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Mindfulness resources

Navigating the world of mental health can be tricky as there’s lots of information out there. How do you know what sources you can trust?

At Essex Library Service we have collected a list of resources to help.

Reach out and grab a book

All these books are free to read from any of our libraries.

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The CBT Handbook by Pamela Myles

CBT is widely recommended nowadays in the NHS for the treatment of emotional and psychological problems, such as depression, low self-esteem, low mood, chronic anxiety, stress or out-of-control anger. This thorough yet easy-to-read general self-help guide is a must-have for anyone experiencing these common problems.

Reserve The CBT Handbook on the Essex Libraries catalogue


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An Introduction to coping with Anxiety by Brenda Hogan and Lee Brosan

Written by experienced practitioners, this title explains what anxiety is and how it makes you feel when it becomes unmanageable or lasts for long periods of time. It will help the reader to understand their symptoms and is ideal as an immediate coping strategy and as a preliminary to fuller therapy.

Reserve An Introduction to coping with Anxiety on the Essex Libraries catalogue

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Stress Control by Jim White

Stress is part and parcel of life. We all get it. Think of blood pressure. If you are alive, you have blood pressure. If you are alive, you have stress. If your blood pressure gets too high, you should do something about it. The same is true with stress and this book will help you to control it. Stress can be a mixture of anxiety, depression, panic feelings, poor sleep, low self-confidence, low self-esteem and a poor sense of wellbeing. It is one of the most common problems in the world today. But controlling your stress doesn't have to mean expensive therapy or a long waiting list for a referral to a service. This book will teach you to become your own therapist.

Reserve Stress Control on the Essex Libraries catalogue

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Overcoming Mood Swings by Jan Scott 

This self-help manual for those who have experienced mood swings gives details on tried and tested techniques that will help people identify and manage their moods more effectively. Background information on depression and mania is also provided.

Reading Well for mental health

This is a list of self-help books for adults recommended by health professionals.

They cover issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, stress, bulimia and sleep problems.

View the booklist for mental health

Why not watch something?   

Below is a Youtube playlist with our top mindfulness and motivational videos. Perfect for putting on in the background or sitting down to watch.   

 Watch our Youtube mindfulness playlist

Listen while you work


The Doctor's Kitchen

Hosted by Dr Rupy Aujla, Daily Doctor's Kitchen is a series of bitesize nuggets of information all to do with food, nutrition, healthy living and all the other determinants of what allow you to live your best life. Covers a range of topics on the principles of healthy eating – you'll even get to pick up some tasty recipes while you're learning to make them!

Listen to The Doctor's Kitchen 

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NHS - Mental wellbeing audio guides

On this page you can listen to a series of mental wellbeing audio guides to help you boost your mood.

You can listen to them privately, in your own time, to help you through feelings such as anxiety or a low mood.

Click here to listen to NHS- Mental wellbeing audio guides


Get Lit with Becki Rabin

Back with a new series, this must-listen podcast is for anyone wanting to raise their vibration, realise their own power, build up self-worth and take back control in life. During each episode, host Becki Rabin will delve into topics and guest success stories which aim to inspire. It's the ultimate podcast for personal development and empowering listeners to live their most lit lives.

Listen to Get Lit

Radio Headspace by Headspace Studios

A session run by Headspace Studios that takes place every weekday morning, designed to take a few moments to step out of the internal chatter and external noise. The podcast invites listeners to pause and reflect to consider what brings us together in this shared human condition and how we can live a life that best reflects our limitless potential.

Listen to radio Headspace here

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