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MENTAL WELLBEING
  • MENTAL WELLBEING
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This short audio presentation by Dr Denis McBrinn and narrated by Sara Dylan is designed to bring a clear definition of what mental wellbeing is, how to ensure it, and to give you a relaxing moment to focus and reflect on the level of mental wellbeing currently in your life.

"Mens sana in corpore sano - A sound mind in a healthy body" Juvenal

The practice of mindfulness helps to reduce stress and anxiety and contributes to our mental wellbeing. Mindfulness helps us to take notice of what is happening in the present moment.

By being more engaged with the present, we improve our focus on what really matters.

This improves understanding of our values, priorities and motivations.

We live in a constant stream of commentary running through our heads. But when we take notice and observe our mind, we are less likely to be controlled by negative thoughts.

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COURAGE
  • COURAGE
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This short audio presentation by Dr Denis McBrinn and narrated by Sara Dylan is designed to bring a clear definition of what Courage is, how to develop it, and to give you an opportunity to focus and reflect on the level of courage currently in your life.

"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change and the courage to change the things I can." Reinhold Niebuhr

Courage is one of the most important inner qualities we can develop to address our fears.

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OPPORTUNITY
  • OPPORTUNITY
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This short audio presentation by Dr Denis McBrinn and narrated by Sara Dylan is designed to bring a clear definition of what opportunity is, how to seize it, and to give you a relaxing moment to focus and reflect on the level of opportunity currently in your life.

"The pessimist sees the problem with every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every problem" Winston Churchill.

Life's opportunities are not always immediately obvious.

Opportunities can come to us disguised as problems, difficulties and challenges.

Sometimes all it takes is a subtle change in thinking to make the most of them. There are no shortage of problems in this world.

But within every problem lies an opportunity to create a better solution.

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YIN AND YANG
  • YIN AND YANG
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This short audio presentation by Dr Denis McBrinn and narrated by Sara Dylan is designed to bring a clear definition of Yin and Yang, how to appreciate the concept, and to give you the opportunity to focus and reflect on the effects of recognising Yin and Yang in your life. "Before day, there must be night. Before falling there must be rising." Tao de ching
In ancient Chinese philosophy Yin and Yang represent the two interconnected forces in all things. It describes how seemingly opposite forces may actually be complementary in nature. The pulsation of energy between opposites creates the dance of life.

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LOVE
  • LOVE
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By Dr Denis McBrinn; narrated by Sara Dylan: This short audio presentation is designed to bring a clear understanding of love and how to allow more of it into your life. Sara Dylan will also be gently leading you through reflection on the level of love currently in your life. "Do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about Love....." Max Erhmann. Love is humanity's most challenging and powerful emotion. Its presence or absence in our lives influences everything we feel, think, say, do and become. When we experience love we seem to be connected to the mysterious fabric of creation.

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Adaptability by Dr Denis McBrinn narrated by Sara Dylan
  • Adaptability by Dr Denis McBrinn narrated by Sara Dylan
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This short audio presentation is designed to bring a clear definition of what adaptability is, how to achieve it, and to give you the opportunity to focus and reflect on the level of adaptability currently in your life. "Better to Bend than to Break" French Proverb Adaptability is the ability to think and act flexibly in the face of changing and challenging circumstances. This audio presentation includes a mindfulness reflection exercise focusing on changes you may be currently resisting in your life

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BALANCE by Dr Denis McBrinn narrated by Sara Dylan
  • BALANCE by Dr Denis McBrinn narrated by Sara Dylan
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This short audio presentation is designed to bring a clear definition of what work-life balance is, how to achieve it, and to give you the opportunity to focus and reflect on the level of work-life balance currently in your life. "Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life" Dolly Parton Having a satisfying personal life and a satisfying working life are the essence of work-life balance. This audio presentation includes a mindfulness reflection exercise focusing on the achievement of balance in your life

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Walking by Dr Denis McBrinn narrated by Sara Dylan
  • Walking by Dr Denis McBrinn narrated by Sara Dylan
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This short audio presentation is designed to bring a clear understanding of the benefits of walking, how to do more of it, and to give you the opportunity to focus and reflect on the level of walking and exercise currently in your life. "You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk" Carol Burnett Walking is much more than the mundane activity of getting from A to B, on foot. Even the very way we learn to walk as babies, teaches us a fundamental lesson about life. This audio presentation includes a mindfulness reflection walking exercise.

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JOY by Dr Denis McBrinn, narrated by Sara Dylan
  • JOY by Dr Denis McBrinn, narrated by Sara Dylan
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This short audio presentation is designed to bring a clear definition of what joy is, how to achieve more of it, and to give you the opportunity to focus and reflect on the level of joy currently in your life. William Blake, the great English poet said "Joy and woe are woven fine; A clothing for the soul divine" There is joy in the world and there is woe in the world. Sara Dylan will look at joy and how you might bring more of it into your life. But no life is without sorrow. At times finding joy in life will seem elusive.

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Mind Chef: One pot Specials: Beef and Stout Pie
  • Mind Chef: One pot Specials: Beef and Stout Pie
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Sara Dylan will be talking you through this mindchef presentation, written by Elaine McFerran, on how to prepare an irish beef and stout pie for four people. If you are only cooking for two why not cook for four and freeze some for a later meal?

Just so you know what to expect here’s the sequence; first I’ll be explaining what ingredients you will need for this dish, followed by the equipment you’ll need to gather together before you begin. Then we’ll run through the stages of preparation and cooking.

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients and equipment together, it should take you about three and a half hours to make this pie, but much of this time won’t involve any effort on your part, the filling just needs to cook nice and slowly. To give yourself enough time and to know when you’ll need to start, work back about three and a half hours from the time you want to serve the meal.

If you don’t feel too confident in your cooking skills don’t stress! Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and listen through the whole process before you begin. Don’t forget you can pause and rewind me as many times as you need. Cooking should be fun so don’t worry too much.

Assuming you have downloaded this audio to your mobile phone you can take me with you as you walk around the kitchen and when you shop for groceries.

List of ingredients and equipment listed on our website here: https://mindcool.com/beef-and-stout-pie-incredients-and-equipment

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COOL at 50 by Suzanne Chalkley
  • COOL at 50 by Suzanne Chalkley
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Suzanne says:

”To all my female friends over 40 years of "age''. Most of us are going through the next stage of our lives. We are at that age where we see the wrinkles, grey hair, and extra pounds.

Menopause has already shown up or just waiting around the corner. We see the pretty 25-year olds and sigh. But, we were 25 once, just like they will one day be our age. What they bring to the table with their youth and zest for life, we bring our wisdom, scars, experience and good hearts.

For all we've been through earning each grey hair; raising kids, paying bills, surviving illnesses and whatever else life has thrown at us, we are survivors... we are warriors... we are strong beautiful women. Like a classic car or fine wine.

While our exterior may not be what it once was, it is traded for our spirit, our courage and our strength to enter this new chapter of our lives with grace, pride and wisdom for all we've been through and accomplished.

Never feel bad about getting older. It is a privilege denied to many.”

In this new audiobook Suzanne will bring some wise words for all women in their 40s and approaching 50. She will be bringing to you, an understanding of what the menopause is; why it happens, how its symptoms can affect you, and how you can use tried and tested tips on how to deal with menopausal symptoms to make your daily life more manageable.

While she will be focusing mainly on key lifestyle changes that you can make and natural remedies that you can use, she will also mention when medication is in order to manage your symptoms.

Remember, ultimately you must always follow your doctor’s instructions: DO SEE YOUR DOCTOR IF you've had trouble with menopausal symptoms which are affecting your daily life in a way that makes it hard for you to cope.

Suzanne is a Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Health & Lifestyle coach.

Contains instruction on key breathing techniques.

"An information-rich and reassuring audiobook" Listener

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Meditation for Leaders: Release Anger
  • Meditation for Leaders: Release Anger
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This audiobook features a full meditation experience written by Virginia Harton and narrated by Sara Dylan.

Psychologists recognise three types of anger: 1. There is hasty and sudden anger often connected to the impulse for self-preservation. It is shared by human and other animals, and it occurs when the animal, the person, is tormented or trapped. 2. Then there is the more common settled and deliberate anger possibly a reaction to perceived deliberate harm or unfair treatment by others. 3. And finally, dispositional anger often related more to character traits than to instincts or cognitions. Irritability, sullenness and churlishness are examples of this

Your anger, if persistent and frequent, can have a devastating effect on your life and those around you. Spouses and other family members can struggle to cope and to them it may feel like walking through a mine field not knowing what is going to “set you off”.

Treatments you may seek for your anger will always start with your Doctor. Always consult your Doctor if your anger is causing problems in your life. Your Doctor will make a diagnosis and prescribe the best solution for you: This may range from medication to face to face counselling.

This short meditation is designed to help you to deal with anger through exercises to relax the body and the mind while focusing on your breathing.

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Meditation for Leaders: Beat Anxiety
  • Meditation for Leaders: Beat Anxiety
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This audiobook features a full meditation experience written by Virginia Harton and narrated by Sara Dylan.

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.

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Powerful Reiki Healing Meditation SET OF 10 AUDIOBOOKS
  • Powerful Reiki Healing Meditation SET OF 10 AUDIOBOOKS
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In this set of 10 audiobooks Virginia Harton will take you through a series of powerful Reiki healing meditations including: Reiki morning meditation to set you up for the day ahead Reiki healing meditation for physical pain Reiki healing meditation for fear & anxiety Reiki meditation for chakra balancing Reiki Meditation to STOP Smoking Reiki Meditation for weight loss and mindful eating Reiki Meditation for “Inner Confidence” Reiki meditation for ancestral addiction Reiki meditation for vision quest and life purpose Reiki healing meditation for deep restful sleep

Reiki meditation will relax your mind and reduce stress It will give clarity of thought The meditation increases your perception and visualization It raises your consciousness and betters your ability to solve problems It is widely known to cure many maladies It is ideal for post-surgery healing It aids good sleep Reiki meditation works well with other healing/medical processes It removes energy blocks in your body, enabling free energy flow, which gives you a healthy body It is a self-development and transformation tool The producers advise listeners not to substitute proven medical treatments for life-threatening conditions with alternative modalities including Reiki. It is advisable to use Reiki treatment as an addition to proven medical treatments.

Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy, and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing, This tradition was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication. We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of wellbeing. There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence Reiki treatments can help the body emotionally or spiritually. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system.

Reiki treatment is a process that anyone can enjoy in the normal course of their life. Reiki can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery.

The practice is taught by Reiki masters / teachers who have trained in the tradition passed on in person from master to student.

Reiki meditation is a process through which you can experience silence and a quiet mind. The Reiki meditative energy is healing and loving. It involves symbols and mantras to facilitate your meditation experience. It ranks high among the traditional healing systems.

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Mental toughness in Golf Complete set of Audiobooks 1-10
  • Mental toughness in Golf Complete set of Audiobooks 1-10
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Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

There are 10 audio recordings in this set including: Concentration; Course management; Developing mental toughness; Enjoying your golf; First tee nerves; Handling mistakes and setbacks; Increasing your confidence; Performing under pressure; Pre-shot routines; and Putting well.

Padraig Harrington: "This is mental toughness put in simple terms"

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10 Putting Well
  • 10 Putting Well
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Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

Putting is one of the most important, difficult and frustrating skills in golf. Let’s consider each of these points in turn. Firstly, it’s important because it accounts for at least 40% of all your strokes on the course and also because successful putting can boost your confidence and generate momentum. For example, sinking a 15 foot putt on the first green makes you look forward to tackling the second hole – whereas missing a two foot putt usually has the opposite effect. And remember – a two inch putt counts as much on your card as a 200 yard drive. Secondly, putting is difficult because it requires a combination of technical and mental strengths. That’s why, although putting looks easy – it’s hard to do well. For example, to be a good putter, you need good eye-hand coordination, solid technique and, above all, precise perceptual judgment. Judgment is necessary in order to gauge the line or path of your putt – a task which is made harder by the fact that golf greens contain lots of slopes and undulations, many of which are subtle or disguised. So, to be good on the green, you must be able to assess the “break” or degree of swing in a putt across uneven greens. Thirdly, as well as being important and difficult, putting is frustrating because a mistake here it can undo all your good shots on the way to the green. For example, how often have you had the experience of landing on the green after several good shots only to ruin your score by three-putting … or even worse?

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

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9 Performing under Pressure
  • 9 Performing under Pressure
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Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

What does the word “pressure” mean to you? If you’re like most players, you associate it with feeling nervous or apprehensive about something, having negative thoughts, and experiencing a variety of unpleasant sensations like rapid breathing, a pounding heart, butterflies in your stomach and trembling hands. And that’s just on the first teebox! But joking apart, what do you really know about performing under pressure in golf?

Well, many players believe both that pressure is inevitable in golf and that there is very little you can do to overcome it. But both of these beliefs are wrong. Firstly, there is an important difference between pressure situations and pressure reactions. To clarify, although pressure situations – like facing a 6-foot downhill putt to halve a hole in matchplay - are inevitable in golf, your anxious response to them is not inevitable.

In this audio presentation, Sara is going to explain the secret of performing well under pressure - how to do our best when it matters most. In the first part, she will explore what anxiety or nervousness is, where it comes from, and how it affects your performance in golf. After that, she will provide some practical tips on how to control it so that you can perform well in pressure situations.

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

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8 Increasing your Confidence
  • 8 Increasing your Confidence
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Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

Golf is often described as a “confidence” game because in order to play to to the best of your ability, you need to believe that you can execute key skills such as driving, chipping and putting accuratey when it really matters. Unfortunately, if you’re like most golfers, it’s all too easy for your mind to dwell on the flaws in your game and what you did wrong rather than on what you enjoyed or did well on the course.

However, by keeping track of small and gradual improvements in your game, your self-belief will grow and build resilience in the face of pressure. That’s why Jack Nicklaus claimed that confidence is the golfer’s “primary weapon” on the course. And he should know. After all, he has won more Majors than any other player in history. In the last of these victories, at the 1986 US Masters in Augusta when Nicklaus was 46 years old, he birdied 6 of the last 9 holes to win the tournament by one stroke. Subsequently, in his autobiography, he said that “a genuine belief in yourself is the top requirement for winning golf tournaments”.

Not surprisingly, this observation applies to players of all levels. For example, sinking a difficult putt early in a round can generate a psychological momentum which carries you through later holes – perhaps even until the final green. By contrast, missing a short putt can sow the seeds of self-doubt in your mind – and erode your confidence on the green for many holes afterwards. Clearly, it’s not just your skills that are tested in competitive golf … your belief in those skills is also challenged.

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

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7 Handling mistakes and setbacks
  • 7 Handling mistakes and setbacks
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Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan.

Every day, golfers experience frustration, anger and embarrassment on the course as a result of the missed opportunities, mistakes and other misfortunes that they encounter on the course. For example, on any given hole, you could miss-hit a tee shot, find a bad lie in the rough, or miss a short putt – getting one bad break after another and saying “poor me, it’s just not my day!” If you’ve had similar experiences, then here’s a simple question. Do you currently have any practical techniques for responding to mistakes and setbacks in golf? If not, how can you expect to play well?

Remember - it’s not what happens to you on the course that matters, it’s how you react to it that counts. Research shows that in order to achieve success in golf, you must be able to learn from your mistakes and setbacks and be able to put them behind you quickly and efficiently so that you get on with the job at hand. If you don’t do this, one of these misfortunes could trigger a negative spiral in your mind whereby your mistakes lead to frustration … which, in turn, leads to more mistakes, more frustration and ultimately, a very disappointing round. There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

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6 First Tee Nerves
  • 6 First Tee Nerves
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Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan.

Standing on the first tee of a competition can make even the most experienced of golfers feel nervous. For example, Justin Rose, a Major winner who has represented Europe in three Ryder Cup teams since 2008, admitted that he gets anxious every time he stands on the first tee of Ryder cup matches. As he said: “you never get accustomed to it. You don’t do it often enough to get comfortable”. This idea applies to all golfers – regardless of their ability level. Clearly, one reason why we feel nervous before our first shot in a competition is because we don’t play often enough in that situation. And because we want to get off the first tee as quickly as possible, we tend to swing too fast, which may produce the bad drive that we had feared. But take heart, almost every player feels anxious before a competition. And there are a number of practical steps outlined in this short audiobook which you can take to overcome this problem.

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

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5 Enjoying your Golf
  • 5 Enjoying your Golf
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Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

According to Mark Twain, golf is a long walk punctuated by many disappointments! If this description matches your experience at present, then maybe it’s time to re-discover your enjoyment of the game - that sense of excitement and fun that you had when you started to play golf. Unfortunately, the “many disappointments” that we encounter in golf can sometimes cause us to develop a bad attitude to the game - one that involves exessive self-criticism and negative, “all or nothing” thinking.

This short audiobook will give you tips on enjoying your Golf and also includes a visualisation exercise to reinforce your development of mental toughness.

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4 Developing mental toughness
  • 4 Developing mental toughness
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Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

Although sport is played with the body, it’s won mainly in the mind. That’s why mental toughness, or the ability to enjoy and thrive under pressure situations, is the key to sporting success. So, as a golfer, how can you develop mental toughness? How can you prepare your mind to enable you to play consistently to the best of your ability? In this section, we introduce you to the mental side of golf – and give you some practical tips on developing mental toughness.

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3 Concentration - Mental toughness in Golf
  • 3 Concentration - Mental toughness in Golf
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Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

Concentration, or the ability to focus on the task at hand while ignoring distractions, is crucial for success in golf. This is true because golf is a “stop-start” game in which at least 90% of your time on the course is spent doing something other than hitting the ball. And because there is a lot of walking and mental “down time” between your shots, a multitude of distractions can arise and divert your focus from the present moment. For example, a sudden noise or movement from a playing partner could upset your swing or you may find yourself thinking too far ahead as you face a putt. And like most players, you probably find it difficult to forget about a missed opportunity that occurred several holes back. Unfortunately, each of these distractions could prove costly to your score.

Contains 6 special tips to improve concentration in your game, and a short visualisation exercise involving a short putt.

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2 Pre-shot Routines - Mental toughness in Golf
  • 2 Pre-shot Routines - Mental toughness in Golf
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Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

Have you ever wondered why golfers like to prepare for every shot in the same methodical way? For example, they always line up their target and set-up their shots in a consistent manner and they take the same number of practice swings each time. In golf, this preferred sequence of preparatory thoughts and actions is called a “pre-shot routine”. Its main objective is to help players to clear their minds and warm-up their bodies so that they can focus completely on producing a comfortable and consistent swing. Such consistency is crucial for success in golf. As Gary Player, a 9-times Major winner, remarked: “the most important thing in golf is to have the same swing every time”.

Contains instruction on pre-shot routines, pre-match routines, post mistake routines and a short visualisation exercise.

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1 Course Management - Mental toughness in Golf
  • 1 Course Management - Mental toughness in Golf
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Written by Professor Aidan Moran. Aidan is Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. Aidan’s work for the last twenty years has included one to one coaching on mental toughness with top players including Major winners. Narrated by Sara Dylan

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.

One of the best ways to improve your game - apart from practising technical drills and swing mechanics - is to work on “course management” - a strategic aspect of the game that involves thinking clearly and playing the right shot at the right time as you navigate your way around the course in all weather conditions. Effective course management involves making the smart shot choice each time you stand over the ball.

Contains nine special tips to improve this strategic aspect of your game, and a short visualisation exercise.

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INSOMNIA: Meditation for Deep Restful Sleep
  • INSOMNIA: Meditation for Deep Restful Sleep
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This audio presentation will take you gently into a deep restful sleep under the guidance of Sara Dylan. Sara’s soft, kind, reassuring voice will lead you step by step into the safe, comfortable mind-set that will be conducive to achieving deep restful sleep. The intention of this meditation for deep sleep is that you will sleep soundly and deeply and wake up feeling refreshed and re-energised.

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.

Meditation can help with sleep but there are other things to consider which will improve your chances of getting to sleep and staying asleep. The UK National Health Service recommends the following:

BE SURE TO • go to bed and wake up at the same time every day – only go to bed when you feel tired • relax at least 1 hour before bed – for example, take a bath or read a book • make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet – use thick curtains, blinds, an eye mask or ear plugs • make sure the room is not too hot or too cold • exercise regularly during the day • make sure your mattress, pillows and covers are comfortable

TRY NOT TO • drink alcohol, tea or coffee at least 6 hours before going to bed • eat a big meal late at night

DO SEE YOUR DOCTOR IF • you've had trouble sleeping for months • your insomnia is affecting your daily life in a way that makes it hard for you to cope

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Speak your Mind: Tips on being Assertive
  • Speak your Mind: Tips on being Assertive
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Tips on being Assertive by Dr Denis McBrinn, narrated by Sara Dylan. This audiobook will bring to you a clear and comprehensive list of useful tips to help you become more assertive

The communication skill of being assertive, is about striking the right balance between our needs and the needs of others.

If we are always centred on satisfying our own needs, at the expense of others, we will be perceived as being selfish and aggressive.

On the other hand, if we are always putting the needs of others first and neglecting our own essential needs, we risk being taken for granted and our self-esteem will suffer.

Assertiveness is about finding the right response to situations, that is neither aggressive nor passive. It is an important communication tool, that can be learned and developed, with practice.

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Surviving Redundancy
  • Surviving Redundancy
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Losing our job is something we all fear and it 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 audiobook provides hope for the person who is confronting redundancy for the first time and provides them with clear options and things to do to take control.

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