Audiobook: MENTAL WELLBEING
By Dr Denis McBrinn: Narrated by Sara Dylan.
This short audio presentation is designed to bring a clear definition of what emotion is, how to understand the range of emotions, and to give you an opportunity to focus and reflect on the level of emotional struggle currently in your life.
"Emotions make us human. Denying them makes us beasts." Victoria Klein Emotion is what we feel within. It is a mental state arising from our nervous system's response to thoughts and experience.
Emotions are intertwined with mood, temperament, personality, disposition and motivation.
Most of us struggle with our emotions, mainly because we were never really taught much about them. Yet emotions and how we use them have an enormous impact on our daily lives.
Written and narrated by Virginia Harton
Improve your life and health: This audio recording is designed to teach you how to get the life you want through meditation: Specifically how to release anger and achieve total forgiveness. Anger is a normal, healthy emotion.
However, it can be a problem if you find it difficult to keep it under control. It is an emotional response to a real, felt or imagined grievance. It may have its roots in a past or present experience, or it may be in anticipation of a future event. Anger is invariably based on the perception of threat or a perceived threat due to a conflict, injustice, negligence, humiliation and betrayal among others.
Everyone has a physical reaction to anger. Be aware of what your body is telling you, and take steps to calm yourself down.
This audio meditation is designed to assist you to release anger with the use of relaxation, breathing techniques, positive affirmations and guided visualisation in a relaxed state.
Written and narrated by Virginia Harton
This audio includes two full meditations: The first to help you to develop inner strength and the second to help you to achieve deep restful sleep.
Inner strength: The intention of the first meditation is that you will feel physically, emotionally and mentally strong by the end of it. Inner strength resides within you. Sometimes it gets covered up by the strains and stresses of life.
Deep restful sleep: This short meditation is designed to help you to achieve deep restful sleep through exercises to relax the body and the mind while focusing on your breathing and the gentle voice of Virginia Harton creating a secure environment conducive to sleep. Having discussed possible causes for your insomnia with your doctor and addressed these causes with treatments this meditation will assist in your efforts to achieve a true experience of deep restful sleep.
What is insomnia? Since there is no "normal" amount of sleep, a diagnosis of insomnia does not depend on the number of hours a person sleeps. Instead, it's defined as an inadequate quantity or quality of sleep that interferes with normal daytime functioning. For some people, insomnia means difficulty in falling asleep, for others it's difficulty in maintaining sleep, and for still others it's early awakening. Everyone has a rough night or two, and about 30% of adults have occasional or short-term insomnia. Chronic insomnia, though, lasts for more than three weeks. About 10% of adults experience chronic insomnia, and most need treatment to get relief. You can help your doctor evaluate your problem by keeping a sleep diary, which tracks such things as: number and time of caffeinated beverages during the day, naps during the day, your bedtime the previous night, and number of awakenings during the night.
Treating insomnia Relaxation training: Learn deep breathing, progressive muscular relaxation, or meditation. Relaxing your mind at bedtime will help you drift off to sleep.
Written and narrated by Virginia Harton
This audio includes two full meditation sessions: Firstly to help you to let go of anxiety and second to clear your chakras and bring full body relaxation.
First: Anxiety is a word we use to describe feelings of unease, worry and fear. It incorporates both the emotions and the physical sensations we might experience when we are worried or nervous about something. Although we usually find it unpleasant, anxiety is related to the ‘fight or flight’ response – our normal biological reaction to feeling threatened.
We all know what it’s like to feel anxious from time to time. It’s common to feel tense, nervous and perhaps fearful at the thought of a stressful event or decision you’re facing – especially if it could have a big impact on your life. For example:
• sitting an exam • going into hospital • attending an interview • starting a new job • moving away from home • having a baby • being diagnosed with an illness • deciding to get married or divorced
In situations like these it’s understandable to have worries about how you will perform, or what the outcome will be. For a short time you might even find it hard to sleep, eat or concentrate. This short meditation is designed to help you to deal with anxiety through exercises to relax the body and the mind while focusing on your breathing.
Your chakras are energy centres located within and around your body which get blocked for various different reasons. Your way of thinking has a big influence on your chakras. Negative thinking can block their flow and positive thinking helps them flow freely.
In this meditation you will cleanse and clear your 7 major chakras. Virginia Harton will gently guide you through each chakra during this guided meditation. The intention for this chakra meditation is that all of your chakras will be cleansed and you will feel total body relaxation.
Written and narrated by Dr Denis McBrinn
Resilience is the ability to recover and become stronger as a result of dealing with challenging and difficult events that all of us experience in our lives. This audio is designed to help you to develop a resilient mind-set and a resilient skill-set to help you to bounce back from life’s challenges.
With the relentless pace of change in our modern world our lives seem to becoming increasingly complex. Because of the ecological, social, economic and political challenges in today’s world, as well as our own personal issues, it is essential that we learn to develop this vital quality of resilience.
Like many important human qualities, some people seem to be born with resilience and others have learned to become more resilient. Is resilience just a natural gift some people are lucky enough to have or can it be nurtured?
Research shows that all of us have the potential to adapt, learn and grow out of any situation, including the most horrifying and traumatic of events. Resilience can be learned, developed and strengthened and you can teach it to others.
Resilience is an inner quality that can only develop as a consequence of difficult times in our lives. It is impossible to become resilient without challenges. The challenging and difficult experiences of our lives present us with the opportunity to grow in character and become resilient. The good times don’t give us that opportunity. It is only in the “School of Hard Knocks” and the “Classroom of Adversity” that we can learn the lessons of resilience and bounce back.
Looking at the lives of highly resilient people it is clear that qualities such as courage; belief; hope; perseverance, acceptance; forgiveness and compassion are central to their success. This tells us that it is “inner qualities that transformed their lives and we came learn from their experience. Simply put, resilience is about building the inner strength to deal effectively with the stresses, trials and difficulties of life and to grow from the experience. We become more resilient when we learn to understand the spiritual, intangible, concepts of courage, faith, love, hope etc. and put them into practice in our daily lives.
Written and narrated by Dr Denis McBrinn
Overcoming failure is the ability to recover and become stronger as a result of dealing with challenging and difficult events that all of us experience in our lives. This audio is designed to help you to overcome failure by adopting a GROWTH attitude.
Chapter 2 of this audio looks specifically at how to bounce back from redundancy with practical advice on taking stock and planning your way forward.
In our culture we have been conditioned to fear failure. We hate to make mistakes, dislike criticism and don’t like to appear stupid in the eyes others. Whether it is in our careers, business, education, relationships, sport or in life generally, we don’t want others to think of us as failures. In some cases we will deny or cover things up rather than admit mistakes. It’s because everyone loves a winner. Everybody needs to love and to be loved. If we don’t win then the fear is that we may not be enough and we won’t be loved.
But this is not reality. No one is perfect. No one is right all the time and no one wins all the time. Studies of very successful people reveal that they faced many setbacks and had many failures along the way to ultimate success.
The value of failure is in the learning and the growth that it provides. Without learning and growth, failure can be a destructive force in our lives. But don’t let it. Get back up, Reframe the picture positively; identify your Options, find a Way forward, think appreciation and Work your socks off!
With your GROWTH attitude, failure is just temporary and you will bounce back and achieve your potential.
Losing our job is something we all fear and it that can certainly impact on our confidence and self-esteem. But, being made redundant need not be the calamity it first appears to be. With the right attitude you can bounce back and turn it into an opportunity for finding a job you're really passionate about.
But remember it is jobs or roles that are made redundant – not people. You can only become redundant if you see yourself as that job role. You may find yourself out of work for a while, but that does not have to mean the end of your working life.
This short audio presentation by Dr Denis McBrinn and narrated by Caroline Cole, is designed to bring a clear understanding of how to write your journal to enhance your daily life, and to give you an opportunity to focus and reflect on the level of effective journal writing currently in your life.
"Keep a Journal and one day it might keep you” Mae West
The secret to becoming good at anything is to give it attention.
Whether it is exercise, relationships or building a business, the more attention we give it - the better.
And writing things down in a journal is one of the best ways to understand what is going on in your life.
This short audio presentation by Dr Denis McBrinn and narrated by Caroline Cole, is designed to bring clear understanding of mind attentiveness or mindfulness to enhance your daily life, and to give you an opportunity to focus and reflect on the level of effective mind attentiveness or mindfulness currently in your life.
"Mr Duffy lived a short distance from his body." James Joyce
According to a Harvard University study, human minds are attentive about 53% of the time. For the other 47% we’re not paying attention to the present moment. Instead, we are thinking of something else - absent from our body. Like Mr Duffy, from the story in Joyce's "Dubliners", we don't always live in our body.
Our minds are easily detached and go back to the past or transport us to the future.
This short audio presentation by Dr Denis McBrinn and narrated by Caroline Cole, is designed to bring a clear understanding of how to cope with uncertainty, and to lead you gently into reflection on dealing with the level of uncertainty currently in your life.
"Worry is like a rocking chair - it gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere."
Events such as pandemics and other natural disasters remind us about the uncertainty in life.
All life is fragile and each day is a journey into the unknown, giving rise to fear and anxiety.
This short audio presentation by Dr Denis McBrinn and narrated by Caroline Cole, is designed to bring a clear understanding of what your “inner child” is, how to use it to change your thinking, and to lead you gently into reflection on the level of “inner child” currently in your life.
"Become Like Little Children" Matthew 18:3
Learning to connect with the child within is one of the keys to happiness and contentment.
Our Inner Child is the emotional and spiritual essence of our being.
It is in little children where our spiritual nature, in human form, is most obvious.
As young children, growing up, we lived happily in the present moment.
Everything seemed magical.
We were open, trusting, curious, loving and wise.
We laughed, played and had more natural joy and fun than any other time.