These are some of the books and other resources that I often recommend to patients in my practice.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Books
Mindfulness Books and Apps
MBSR Classes Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an 8 week group program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at the University of Massachussetts. Participants increase mind and body awareness through body scanning, gentle yoga, and mindfulness meditation. Locally, classes are offered at Stanford University, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and El Camino Hospital.
Relationship and Family Books
CBT for Healthy Eating, Sleep Book, and Sleep Hypnosis CD
Good nutrition is the foundation for good health. It can be difficult to sort through all the information available, especially since some of it is conflicting. There does seem to be consensus that a diet based primarily on unprocessed plant foods with minimal added sugar and processed foods is optimal. Here are a few websites that I find useful:
Harvard School of Public Health
Nutrition Action Health Letter: A wonderful newsletter on nutrition published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Consumer Lab: This is a site that requires a paid subscription. It provides information and independent testing of herbal and nutritional supplements.
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has a wonderful website that provides up to date information on research findings in women's mental health. There is information on psychiatric issues during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, postpartum, breastfeeding, and menopause.
Exercise is an important part of overall health, and it is a proven treatment for depression and anxiety. Many people find it hard to fit exercise into busy schedules. One resource I often recommend to people is Fitness Blender. This website offers over 500 free, high quality workout videos produced by a husband and wife team. With videos on everything from strength training to yoga to HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), you can use their search function to find a workout that fits your fitness level and available time.
Yoga can be a great way to become more aware of your body sensations and release tension. Slow, focused yoga is a mindfulness practice that some people prefer over sitting meditation. For beginners, Yoga with Adriene is a free, accessible resource. I personally love Glo, which offers thousands of yoga, meditation, and fitness classes. Ask me who my favorite teachers are!