#SelfHelpBookReview – The Self Care Project by Jayne Hardy

#SelfHelpBookReview – The Self Care Project by Jayne Hardy

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!

The Self care Project

 
The Blurb
 
"Everything you need to know about self-care; what it is, why it is important, why it’s such a struggle and how to integrate it into day-to-day life.
 
Self-care is a tool, accessible to us all, which helps us to take responsibility for our own happiness – our physical, emotional, psychological and social needs. In this important book, Jayne Hardy argues that it is the best preventative measure available to combat overwhelmedness, stress and ill health in our hectic, modern world.
 
THE SELF-CARE PROJECT is for those who have been feeling off-kilter for a while but have not been able to put their finger on ‘why’. It is a no-nonsense, practical journal to help you do just that."
 
Review
 
The Self-Care Project is a fully comprehensive book which teaches you everything you need to know about self-care and how to implement this into life.
 

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.

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The chapters break down into:
  1. Who am I to write this book?
  2. What is self-care
  3. Why is self-care important?
  4. The things that get in our way
  5. How to find out who we are and what we want
  6. We don’t have to go all-in; the power of the micro
  7. Prioritising and planning self-care into our already busy lives
  8. A self-care squad; how it helps and what to do if we’ve not got one
  9. What to do when our self-care mojo disappears (because it will)
  10. Emergency self-care                
       A letter from me to you
 
The book is very comprehensive and goes into the mindset and why we do certain things. It also explains why self-care is hard to keep up and even harder to do when life goes crazy, and you know what you need to do, but it can be hard to actually do it. The emergency self-care chapter is brilliant for different events in life e.g. self-care for when you can't sleep, self-care for exhausted new mums.

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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!...”

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Conclusion
 
This book is perfect if you have hit a wall and need a bit of a boost. I would recommend this to anybody who struggles with self-care and wants to go a little deeper into the mindset. A book that you can dip in and out whenever you need it. If you haven't already Jayne has an Instagram account @theblurtfoundation  which is very inspiring and worth a follow.
 
The Author
 

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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. 

Written by : Rachel Jury

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