The resources below are designed to supplement the Life Balance (ACT) courses. They are supporting information which either appears or is used in the sessions, or has been recommended by the course facilitator. TabsLinksWebsite A look at the research on how identifying your values will build your resilience: http://jamesclear.com/personal-values-journal Article Focusing on our breath in the present moment can help us to detach from troublesome auto-pilot thoughts and urges. The 4-7-8 breathing excerise is not a mindfulness technique per se, but can be a useful tool in calming your nervous system at times of crisis, anxiety and when you would like to sleep. This is an article from the Telegraph with a link to a short video demonstration. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11585755/Simple-4-7-8-breathing-trick-can-induce-sleep-in-60-seconds.html Flipboard 'Magazine' This is a ‘magazine’ of web-articles about ACT put together by Kevin Simpson, a psychologist working with Outlook South West https://flipboard.com/@kevinsimpson/act-(acceptance-and-commitment-therapy)-i3bekba4y BooksGet Out of Your Head and Into Your LifeSteven C. HayesQuirky original book from one of the founding fathers of ACT. This is full of classic metaphors and explanation of the basic ACT philosophy.The Happiness TrapRuss HarrisProbably the most accessible and readable book about ACT. Highly recommended as a first choice introduction to ACT.The Confidence GapRuss HarrisAnother wonderful self-help guide which is deceptively simple to read but contains some profoundly important ideas.The Reality SlapRuss HarrisRuss Harris’s latest addition to the ACT literature. He revisits some of the old ground but updates and simplifies many of the ACT strategies. Particularly geared for people who have experienced major disappointments and set-backs in their lives.ACTivate Your LifeJoe Oliver, Jon Hill, Eric MorrisA new guide to ACT written specifically as a self-help manual. It covers the basics of ACT and then has specific chapters dedicated to the problems of anxiety, depression and anger. Really thorough and full of wisdom. Videos Interview with Stephen Hayes, the main founder member of ACT, about finding your passion In this video, David Gillanders (University of Edinburgh) describes values as chosen life directions, and the choices and action This video is about the difference between a life focused on values vs one focused on goals This video is about the Choice Point, a way of noticing moments where you can take valued actions A short video by Russ Harris on the difference between values and goals This is long. It is a film of a 1 hour 44 minute presentation given by Steve Ilardi, Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas. (We suggest that you start watching at the 8 min 30 sec mark to avoid a not very interesting introduction). If your brain tells you that “this is too long” and you “don’t have the time” then why not watch it in 15 or 20 minute chunks! A short video made for young people about a fundamentally different approach to accepting our emotions. Reminding us to be curious about how emotions show up in our bodies and that they naturally come and go. Another video for young people building on the film above called “A Curious Look”, teaching how we can scan our body to locate our emotions. Brilliant Russ Harris video illustrating how we often struggle with feelings. It suggests we might do well to turn this switch to ‘off’! How we get caught up in struggles and how we might take a different perspective to avoid getting so tangled up in them. Really important video from Russ Harris about the pervasive happiness myths in our culture. These myths actually create more unhappiness. A classic ACT message. A brilliant talk by Steven Hayes about ‘unhooking’ from negative thoughts. From a Ted talk he delivered to a group of young people.