My Books

The Mind Workout: Twenty steps to improve your mental health and take charge of your life

Now available on Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/themindworkout

Combining design thinking and innovation tools with Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques, this book is all about the practice of taking care of that mushy ball of thoughts and feelings in your skull.

Sharing from my own experience overcoming mental illness and helping others around the world on their own journeys, each chapter of the book covers a concept to help with embracing difficult emotions and each chapter finishes with an exercise to help you explore and apply that concept. We’ll talk about how to push into uncertainty, anxiety, and other feelings you don’t like instead of trying to avoid them. I’ll share exercises and tips on how to start a meditation practice in the same way you’d start a running practice. We’ll go through several examples of how to accept anxieties, not engage in compulsions, and instead do things you actually care about. And the entire second half of the book is devoted to making the switch from a life that’s all about reacting to fear, to a life that’s all about putting your time and energy into things you care about.

This is not about what works in a lab or what works in theory, it’s about what works in the real world, as we navigate our complex lives and sustain changes that help us maintain and improve our mental health and fitness.

* More editions are on the way, in a bunch of different languages.

 


My Book Shelf

I often get asked for book recommendations, so here are some of my favourite books to help people with making changes in their lives:

Peace is Every Step

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Whenever somebody asks about how to get started on practicing mindfulness, this is the book I recommend to them. Learn more.

 

Get Out Of Your Mind And Into Your Life

by Steven Hayes

If you want to learn the skills and concepts of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, start with this book. Learn more.

 

Eat & Run

by Scott Jurek

Whether physical or mental, change is change. You can learn a lot about change from this exploration of ultra-marathon running. Learn more.

 

The OCD Stories

curated by Stuart Ralph, foreword by Lily Bailey

These personal stories of tackling OCD can offer insights for your own journey of recovery from any mental health challenge. Learn more.

 

Fail Fail Again Fail Better

by Pema Chodron, foreword by Seth Godin

As with physical fitness, building better mental health is all about exercising to failure, and then doing it again, but wiser. Learn more.

 

Daring Greatly

by Brené Brown

If you’re struggling to step into difficult emotions that make you feel vulnerable, pick this up to explore how vulnerability can be a source of power in your life. Learn more.

 

The Back Of The Napkin

by Dan Roam

Get ideas out of your head and escape the limitations of words. It’s a huge support for personal or organizational innovation. Learn more.

 

The Happiness Trap

by Russ Harris

A great book to help you see why the feelings you’re pursuing are actually giving you more of the feelings you hate. Learn more.

 

Learning ACT

by Jason Luoma, Steven Hayes, and Robyn Walser

It says it’s for therapists but I think this is an excellent resource for any patient. Learn the skills and apply them in your life! Learn more.

 

Resonate

by Nancy Duarte

If you struggle with presentations or communication in general, grab this book. Learn more.

 

A Wild Sheep Chase

by Haruki Murakami

Not explicitly about mental health but it’s my favourite novel so I always keep it on my bookshelf. Learn more.

 

6 comments On Books

  • To everyone who hasn’t read Mark’s Acceptance Field Guide:

    THIS is a MUST READ for everybody who suffers from mental health issues (OCD, anxiety, depression and every disordered whatever). The book offers an extremely effective approach to get your life back.

    Read it and follow the three steps day by day and religiously. When you do that you will soon discover that you get back in charge!

    Learn to swim like an Olympic Athlete 🙂

    Ah and thanks a thousand times for your work Mark. You don’t know how you changed my life.

    • Thanks, Chris!

      I’m glad you’ve found it useful. Happy swimming!

      • Is it possible to get an audio book of this please?
        I’m a mobile computer technician who spends most of the day driving around and would love to listen to it.

        🙂

        • Thanks for asking about it, Conrad. There’s an audio book version available on the Amazon UK page but there are some rights issues with different countries and it might not be available there yet depending on where you are. The US version comes out in Summer of 2018 and there’ll be another audio version with that I believe.

  • hello Mark.

    is it still possible to get access to your acceptance field guide? I can’t seem to find it on amazon etc.

  • Mark, i experience your ‘online stories’ as extremely useful. By far the most enforceable techniques i’ve heard till now on. I follow you’re YouTube-channel since 2014, the first time i realized that the patterns showing up in my life were actually OCD. Besides the fact that you support mindfulness, acceptance and exposure, you provide us with a deep understanding of the roots of OCD. I find it amazing how you put so much energy and wisdom in something what’s still so disturbing for a lot of people. I personally needed the most informatie about cutting out compulsions, because i personally mentioned that it brings up a lot of aliveness, new feelings, memories, energy, changes in the body and so on. I don’t know how you guide people with that in your book or courses, but for me that’s very helpfell. Cause living ‘clean’ is really walking the long mile.

    Much love and respect from Europe (Holland). I don’t know if you guys in the US are familiair with paying with Ideal, but for us Europians it makes digital payment a lot easier!

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