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Note to Self

This book is jam-packed with handy tips, bite-sized wisdoms & thoughtful illustrations to help you navigate through feelings like anxiety, stress, worry, guilt & sadness.

Within these pages you will find practical tools & insights to help you tackle your day-to-day tricky emotions.

Slow

‘Dear Mr & Mrs Jones, I am writing to inform you of my withdrawal from the race to keep up with you . . .’

Once upon a time, Brooke McAlary thought she was close to having it all. Married to a wonderful man, mother to a lively young daughter, and pregnant for a second time, she’d acquired all the things she’d once thought important-holidays, cars, a renovated home. Yet despite this, she found herself utterly despondent. Realising that they wanted a simpler, more fulfilling existence, Brooke and her family gradually created their own way of living, with an emphasis on depth, connection and experiences.

In Slow Brooke gently encourages you to find pleasure and value in a simpler life, sharing the practical tips and rituals that have helped her on her own journey, from decluttering to de-owning, messiness to mindfulness, from asking why to asking where to now?

Part memoir, part practical companion, Slow provides a fascinating insight into the benefits of slowing down. It will inspire you to forget about the Joneses and create a life filled with the things that really matter to you . . . slowly, of course.

The See-Saw

In a society where women and men are under constant pressure to juggles their commitments as partners, parents and workers, The See-Saw offers life-changing tips and case studies to inspire and reassure you that you can get your work-life balance on track.

Julia Hobsbawm, who combines running a successful small business with being a multiple mother of three young children and two teenage step-children, shares her own personal experiences and provides case studies and advice from women and men with different backgrounds and circumstances. Everyone is facing the same challenges: How do I save time? How do I remain focused on work but not distracted at home? How do I relax?

A challenging new handbook for 21st-century life, The See-Saw is bursting with hard-won practical advice.

Four Ways to Click

Do you find it difficult to ‘click’ with colleagues, neighbours, in-laws, or romantic partners? Loneliness has become an international epidemic, but according to Dr. Amy Banks, every one of us is quite literally hardwired for close relationships. The key to achieving more satisfying relationships is to strengthen the neural pathways in our brains that encourage closeness and connection.

In Four Ways to Click, Dr. Banks reveals that there are four distinct neural pathways in the brain that correspond to the four most important ingredients for healthy and satisfying relationships:

CALMNESS is a result of a well-toned vagus nerve, which in turn helps temper the sympathetic nervous system.
ACCEPTEDNESS, or accepting others and feeling accepted back, comes from a well-tuned dorsal anterior cingulate cortex.
EMOTIONAL RESONANCE, our ability to reflect back to others that we ‘get them’, occurs when the mirror neuron system is properly functioning.
ENERGY, the drive to be happy and close to the people we care about despite life’s hardships, comes from a dopamine reward system that is connected to healthy relationships.

When we are supported by good relationships, these neural pathways – and our brains as a whole – flourish. But when we are isolated or in bad relationships, other neural pathways associated with stress are activated, creating symptoms of anxiety, anger, withdrawal, and dissatisfaction.

The great news? By tuning up these four neural pathways, we can feel better – and we can enhance your ability to connect with others. This groundbreaking book gives readers the tools they need to strengthen the parts of their brains that encourage connection and to heal the neural damage that disconnection can cause.

Seeing the Sunrise

Justin Langer was a member of one of Australia’s greatest sporting teams for nearly a decade, but the messages of Seeing the Sunrise go far beyond the boundary rope. In addition to his various Test accomplishments, Justin Langer has also sought to master the physical and spiritual goals of the martial arts. He has learnt to enjoy victories and fight adversity, and to find the mental strength to cope with pressure and fear.

With stories from the sporting field and leading characters of high-profile champions, it is a handbook for overcoming self-doubt, for revelling in success, for aiming high.

The Bottom Line Diet

In this straightforward but groundbreaking new book, Jessica Irvine documents her own dramatic weight loss and equips you with easy-to-use tools and practical information to help you lose weight.

Based on interviews with leading obesity researchers, Jessica shows you how to work out your own bottom line – the number of calories your body uses in a day – for maximum weight-loss results. Then, once you’ve lost weight, she shows you how to keep it off and, should you happen to put some kilos back on, how to lose it again (like she did).

Packed full of personal tips, Jessica explains the simple accounting principles she used to lose weight and then maintain her weight loss. Let Jessica help you beat the odds to transform your body forever.

The Power Book

Power is a loaded word. It shouldn’t be. It’s the currency we trade in today and we all need it.

Knowing how it works, how to get it and how to use it can make life much easier.

From power in relationships to power in families to power in society to power in the workplace, The Power Book will teach you how to be a more powerful person and how to use that power wisely.

Why Can't I Look the Way I Want?

Unless you’ve been there, it’s impossible to know what it’s like to be in the grip of an eating disorder. Melinda Hutchins, a survivor of anorexia nervosa, and ambassador for Eating Disorders Australia, has written what could be the ultimate survival manual for victims-guys and girls. Why Can’t I Look the Way I Want? tackles everything from dieting and anxieties around food, to physical and emotional rehabilitation, and re-establishing relationships.