DR. ACKRILL IN THE MEDIA
Cindi contributed to pyschcentral.com with
Try These 3 Little Rituals To Combat Bigtime Stress
Choice Magazine: Coaching Healthcare Leaders
Stress! Addressing the Unseen Foe
Today’s Practice gets Dr. Ackrill’s take on the future of stress
How to De-Stress and Live More Mindfully In Retirement: 10 Tips for Your Well-Being
The Huffington Post consults Dr. Ackrill in February 2013
Weekly Wellbeing: 16 Top Tips on How To Reduce Stress in 2013
Dr. Ackrill contributes her knowledge to helping create healthy habits for the new year in The Huffington Post
Reduce Stress at Home or Work With These 16 Activities That Instantly De-Stress You
The Huffington Post interviews Dr. Ackrill for tips on activities to life a more fulfilled life
Eating Beauty ~ Spa Magazine, June 2012
A look at the supplement industry
The Coaching Advantage Adding the power of coaching to wellness programming.
Les Nouvelles Esthetiques and Spa June 2012 –
Stress Management and Wellness Coaching in the Spa; Tapping the fastest growing revenue market while supporting lifestyle transformation to improve health and performance
Today’s Practice: Let Your Creative Side Flow
Does your clinic brand reflect your practice? A look at branding & building authenticity
OTHER ARTICLES OF SIGNIFICANCE
Wellness Coaching: The Latest Trend in Fitness
Experts share tips about choosing a fitness professional who can put you on the road to better health.
There are truly more books than time! This is a partial listing of books that clients have found inspiring. In the process of self-development education plays an important role. Beyond that, though, as you work to change a habit or behavior, books can offer a way to bring repeated attention to the “why” of your choice. Repeated attention reinforces the driving purpose and helps rewire the brain to support the new perception or behavior. And listening to books while exercising is a good example of multi-purposing (more efficient than multi-tasking!) Please feel free to share your suggestions of books that support your excellence.
Books on Brain Science
Brain Rules by John Medina
12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness and Magnificent Mind at Any Age by Daniel G. Amen
Great explanations of the workings of the brain.
The New Brain: How the Modern Age Is Rewiring Your Mind by Richard Restak
Proof of brain plasticity- the ability of the brain to continually learn new patterns.
Your Brain at Work by David Rock
Again, should be required for leaders and anyone wanting to make the most of their brainpower.
The UltraMind Solution by Mark Hyman, MD
Excellent look at the function, nutrition and chemistry of the brain.
Books on Leadership/Performance/Change
Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life by Alan Deutschman
Why change is so hard and how to make it easier.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pink
Great read on what drives us intrinsically. Should be required reading for leaders.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Achieving flow is achieving peak performance.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
Great system of organization
(Also check out http://www.priacta.com/Training/ for Totally Relaxed Organization that builds on the GTD principles)
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
Harvard researcher examines positive psychology in the workplace
Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization(Leadership for the Common Good) by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer
Positivity by Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.
Leading researcher in the power of positive psychology to drive improved performance.
Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath
An excellent presentation of how we really make behavior changes- good for individuals and organizations
The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz
Fabulous discussion of energy management for performance by the author of The Power of Full Engagement
Books on Health/Stress
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest and Thrive by Dan Buettner
What we can learn from the happiest, healthiest people around the world.
Flourish by Martin Seligman
Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being
The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath’s Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart’s Intelligence by Doc Childre,Howard Martin, and Donna Beech
(also see www.heartmath.org This is the biofeedback system I use the most for stress reduction, health promotion, peak performance)
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
The former head of the FDA explains why overeating has become part of our brain programming.
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman
The amazing science behind exercise that will inspire you to work out for life!
Transforming Stress: The Heartmath Solution For Relieving Worry, Fatigue, And Tension by Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-zinn
This is one of so many books introducing using mindfulness in everyday living for improved health, performance, and well-being. Mindfulness is the ultimate regulation of attention and ever more difficult in our fast paced world. Reading and listening to sources that teach mindfulness are really helpful in developing proactive, healthier, happier lifestyles.
Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy Until You’re 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley and M.D., Henry S. Lodge
Fun to read and very good science. This kind of book is great to listen to for inspiration and to reinforce your resolve while you adopt healthy habits. It also comes in gender-specific versions. Eating Beauty Spa Mag Article
Free assessment from the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. Register on the site then take the VIA Survey of Character Strengths. (There is a children’s version as well- great to take as a family and discuss!) Ask me how to use this in a team setting.
Gallup Strengthsfinder requires the book that has an access code. This is a bit different in nature, but also very interesting to take individually and in team settings.
Positivity Ratio by Barbara Frederickson. Take the test and track your progress.
Heartrate+ Coherence App- train for a calmer physiology
Coaching and Leadership in Healthcare
Duke Med study: + impact on patients when docs improve their own well-being
American Institute of Stress Many resources for stress education
Welcoa Wellness Council of America has many free resources and reports addressing workplace health, stress management, wellness leadership.
Institute of Coaching, A Harvard Medical School Affiliate Great resources for leadership and health coaching and the overlap.
I do not have any financial arrangement with the following company, but my clients and I have found this useful:
This Fit Desk is a great way to get your brain and heart moving, while doing some” real work” or taking a break to play Words with Friends!
(mention my name when ordering for great service!)
NUTRITION – Food IS Medicine. What we eat provides our energy and even turns on and off important genes that affect our brilliance and health. That said, it is really hard to get the nutrition we need, including 10+ fruits and vegetables, in our over-packed lives-on-the-run. And to complicate matters, our food sources have deteriorated. So I do supplement, and I am often asked what I use- especially when I am drinking that “weird looking green stuff” at workshops.
Who knows what really works for any one individual- nutrigenomics is on the horizon to tell us. But in the meantime, I do know that I stay quite healthy despite a lot of travel and yes, stress. And I follow the 80-20 rule- I adore food and choose well most of the time!
So… here are a few things I use:
Biopharma Superfoods Solutions – great way to get a nutrition boost of vegetables and fruits. I use the greens and protein the most because they are proven to be bioavailable and…….they actually taste good! I use them in water or in smoothies with frozen organic fruit and a varying collection of ingredients for an easy breakfast on the run. This is the “weird green stuff” Cindi is drinking!