In this episode of Listen Yourself Well we review the book sex, drugs, gambling and chocolate. Then Salvation Army gambling counsellor Bronwyn Powell-Grubb joins us to chat about a particular form of addiction, which more in our community than we might expect.
We discuss why people gamble, how prevalent it is in Otago and Southland, and what the warming signs are that your gambling has become problematic.
Lastly, Bronwyn shares about what local services are available to support those who gamble themselves, as well as the wider whanau who are negatively affected by it.
Anger & Irritability
Do you get irritable? Have flashes of bad temper? Bottle in your anger?
We review a useful book and CD on overcoming anger, and the talk to Matthew Peppercorn from PACT and talk about some great management strategies to help bring us back to a calmer frame of mind and useful even when anger is not causing us problems in our lives.
We review the app called Anxiety SAM – an application to help you understand and manage anxiety.
Then Graeme Pringle joins us from Mirror counselling services to talk about why we get anxious, what we can do about it, and how to prevent it. Graeme shares practical tips about getting the right body-mind balance to get on top of the symptoms of anxiety: such as getting out your head and into your body to nip rumination in the bud, or to shift into 'problem solving' mode when physical symptoms are the source of distress.
Boost your mood
This episode is all about the newest fad “mood-boosting” books. We review a mood-boosting book called ‘The Alphabet of the Human Heart’ by Matthew Johnstone, famous author of ‘I had a Black Dog’, which is all about the ups and downs of life.
Then Shirley Jones from the Dunedin City Library talks to us about why self-help books are so popular, and the particular benefits of having the evidence-based and peer-reviewed books in the library.
Chronic Conditions and Diabetes
This episode will feature our very own WellSouth Long Terms Conditions Community Nurse Marryllyn Donaldson, who talks about her award-winning work with the DESMOND diabetes workshop, amongst much more! We also review one of our new Books on Prescription resources, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, available from all libraries across Otago and Southland.
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We review Matthew Johnstone's brilliant book “I Had a Black Dog, His Name was Depression”. We then chat to Tristan Kavanagh and Kristen Beardsmore from Age Concern who talk about how we can spot the warning signs that someone we love might be experiencing loneliness or depression, and what we can all do to help.
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This episode is all about Diabetes – we interview Chris Higgs, a professional practice fellow from the Otago University School of Physiotherapy, who set up the free Dunedin Community Exercise Programme back in 2014. A community-based rehabilitation programme, it is for anyone who has diabetes or has risk factors for developing diabetes (prediabetes). Chris talks about how it got started, and why it is so effective.
We also review some Diabetes Podcasts in our Books on Prescription collection called “Type 2 and you: a guide to living with Type 2 Diabetes”.
In this episode we have a look at when our eating habits start to get disordered. We review the book ‘Crave: Why you binge eat and how to stop’, and then talk with Trudy Dent, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, from the Southern Support Eating Disorder Service about what eating disorders look like, and what we can do to seek help if we notice some warning signs in ourselves or others. We also chat about how we can foster a healthy relationship with food.
Ditch the Diet
In this episode of Listen Yourself Well we have Healthy Food Guide nutritionist and health and fitness enthusiast Claire Turnbull beaming in from Auckland!
We discuss healthy and sustainable ways to ‘lose weight for life,’ whilst avoiding the pitfalls of dieting. In this show we cover the need to transform whole eating patterns, what role our physical environment and planning has to play in that process, and where and how we can begin the journey to successful weight loss.
Today on Listen Yourself Well In this episode of Listen Yourself Well we discuss the TED Talk Emotional Hygiene, and then have a chat to Dr. Kumari, who is an award-winning clinical psychologist and teacher, and OAR host of ‘The Conscious Adventurer.’
We explore what ‘rumination’ is and why it’s such a problem, techniques to cultivate self-compassion, and learn a 5-point process to help us practice emotional first aid in daily life.
Chanél Pienaar, Getting Dunedin Active and Green Prescription Advisor at Sport Otago, joins us to talk about these community-based programmes that can help make ‘movement’ part of your new year’s resolution.
We find out how Green Prescription and Active Families can help get your whanau active as well as provide nutritional and social support, and how you can access all of this for free – or at very low cost.
We also review the Books on Prescription resource, 23 and a half hours – what is the single best thing we can do for our health, exercise is the ‘medical treatment’ that has the biggest impact, the biggest return on investment.
Fear & Anxiety
In this episode of Listen Yourself Well local mental health practitioner George Stamou joins us to explore the topic of fear and anxiety. We discuss the difference between the two, what it looks like when fear and anxiety start to become problematic and why we might start to worry of feel anxious in an unhelpful way. We explore how to break free of the restrictions of fear and anxiety, and local support systems available if you, or someone you know, is in need of help.
We also review another podcast on this site called: How to overcome fear and anxiety by the UK mental health foundation which is just 10 minutes long.
Changing what you eat too hard? Listen to this podcast to find out how to make small, easy changes to your diet.
We review the FREE smartphone app called FoodSwitch, which helps your supermarket purchasing decisions easier. A great app to help you navigate the raft of packaged food in the supermarket and make a healthier choice.
We then chat to Rebecca Wilson, a local dietitian, who gives us some practical tools and tips to make preparing good food at home easy. We start out right at the beginning, on how to navigate supermarkets ‘safely’ to stay both in-budget and ‘on track’ with your health goals. We move on to how to eat well if you don’t like cooking, don’t have time or don’t have much money; and end with how to bring the whanau on board to help make any changes stick.
Do you move around as much as you did when you were a child?
Tune into Listen Yourself Well for some great tips to get us moving our bodies – if you don’t move it you lose it!
We review the smartphone app called Rise & Recharge. Then Margaret Dando joins us from Age Concern to talk about the importance of ‘movement’ to health and happiness in older age.
This episode of Listen Yourself Well is all about grief.
We review the book ‘What Abi Taught Us’, by Dr Lucy Hone, who is a Christchurch-based research academic in the field of resilience/ wellbeing psychology at Auckland University of Technology. It is an inspiring story about how Lucy dealt with the death of her daughter.
Then we have Janine Winters, a paediatric palliative care specialist from the USA working for the Otago Hospice with us in the studio. The hospice is quite a unique setting for grief, death and dying. It’s more of a ‘slow death’, with time for the person and family to prepare a bit more for the loss to come – as compared to a car accident that’s more of a shock. Janine talks to us about the struggles she has seen in people and gives us some thoughts on what might help us in the grieving process.