Prolonged Focus on Negative Moments May Impact Mental Health

9 brilliant books about mental health and wellbeing (that are actually helpful)

Whether you’ve dealt with mental health problems for the first time, had to find new ways of coping with pre-existing conditions or found yourself supporting a friend or family member who was struggling, the last year has been incredibly difficult for many.

How is it that our own minds can jeopardize our sanity? With the experience of her own periods of depression and a Masters degree from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, Ruby Wax explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress. If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world. Helping you become the master, not the slave, of your mind, here is the manual to saner living.

With this in mind, sitting back and taking the time to take care of your mental health is more important than ever. And that’s where this list of brilliant books about mental health and wellbeing comes in.

From expert-led books outlining the latest research to first-person memoirs about living with mental health issues, these titles are the perfect place to start if you’re looking to learn more about your mind and how to take care of it…

Prolonged Focus on Negative Moments May Impact Mental Health

The longer your brain holds on to a negative event, no matter how minor, the more likely you’ll be to dismiss positive experiences—which could have a long-term impact on your mental health, according to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience1.

Although minor annoyances may be brief, holding on to them may train your brain over time to keep that level of persistence.

Elizabeth Millard

Those “events” could be fleeting, says the study’s lead author, Nikki Puccetti, Ph.D.(c) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. For example, dropping your morning coffee, receiving a testy email from your boss, or getting cut off in traffic are the kind of everyday annoyances that may seem easy to brush off, but when they linger, it can affect how you view other, happier moments, Puccetti says.

Over time, this could have an impact on psychological well-being and could even change your brain function to some degree…

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