Welcome to the 5th instalment of my monthly series #SelfHelpBookReview. I am delighted I have started this series because It has encouraged me to read more and I can't believe I have read five books this year.
So last month I was struggling to balance everything and felt I had nothing left in the tank to give to anybody else. Until Stephie from Colitis To Ostomy suggested to read "The Self-care Project by Jayne Hardy" and I have to say it has helped. So I thought I would review this book for May!
I enjoyed reading this book, and the way it has been written is very engaging. Everything Jayne says is nothing I didn’t know already, but it has helped me to realise why I struggle to keep up with self-care habits.
So at the end of each chapter there features three pages of activities to get you thinking about what you have just written. I thought these were brilliant and the little drawings make you want to fill them in. I felt this was more like a toolkit than a book. Something I can dip into throughout my life.
- Who am I to write this book?
- What is self-care
- Why is self-care important?
- The things that get in our way
- How to find out who we are and what we want
- We don’t have to go all-in; the power of the micro
- Prioritising and planning self-care into our already busy lives
- A self-care squad; how it helps and what to do if we’ve not got one
- What to do when our self-care mojo disappears (because it will)
- Emergency self-care
I would have to say my favourite part of this book is the ‘Letter from me to you’. It felt more like a pep talk and this resonated, and I felt Jayne was more like a supportive friend. Here is an example of the start:
“Hey Twinkletoes, You have just taken an almighty leap towards taking better care of yourself, and that’s no mean feat. Cue high fives, fist bumps, pats on the back, cartwheels and a big deep breath. I’m so proud of you because I know how difficult, uncertain and rickety that first step can be. You did it!...”
Jayne Hardy is the founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation – a social enterprise dedicated to helping those affected by depression. Jayne is from the UK, and she has spoken and written about her own experiences of depression and self-care on BBA radio 2 and TEDxBrum and in publications such as Huffington Post, Grazia and Virgin.com.
Jayne is one of the 19 inspirational women leading the way in mental health by Rethink and also led the viral #whatyoudon’tsee social media campaign.