Monday, July 12, 2010
The Pocket Therapist, Therese J. Borchard ~ book review
This book totally fell into my lap the other day. Almost literally.
I won it over at Retro Girl's place some time ago and so when I went to the mailbox last week and found it there, I was so psyched.
The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Kit is written by Therese J. Borchard, a writer and blogger and all-around incredible woman. In just under 200 pages, Borchard manages to fit in 144 tips on how to help yourself be emotionally stable and sound.
Truly, it's a book worth reading. Whether you've experienced mental health issues or not, you're bound to find that you recognize yourself in her pages.
Some of my favorite tips from the book are:
#14 * Stir the oatmeal: "Stirring oatmeal is a humble act - not exciting or thrilling."
This small reminder us to just follow the norm and go for the day to day sometimes, and not look for the spectacular, is a HUGE one.
#58 * Build a guest-house for your feelings: basically let them stay for a night or two and then send them on their merry way. I LOVE IT!
#49 * Poke fun at your problems
#50 * Bawl your eyes out
#128 * File the feeling: Don't lash out in reaction, give yourself some time, watch the other person. File it away to help you determine if it's really and truly how you feel, or if you've been taken over by the rush of adrenaline that comes from feeling raw and angry
#94 * Go out and play
#133 * Don't quit five minutes before the miracle
These are all fantastic reminders that I will reflect on to get me through my day-to-day. I'm a huge fan of the book, and encourage you to pick up a copy. Heck, buy one for your mom, your sister, and/or your friends! It's worth a read.
* I've got an affiliate link in this post so if you buy the book through me I'll make a few cents towards my next read! *