Our members' book club runs four times a year. Mind members and staff share reviews of the books they have been reading, and members can enter a prize draw to win copies of all the books that we've reviewed.
The Miracle Morning is the wake-up call everyone should introduce to their life.
Self-care is extremely important. In this day and age it can make the world of difference when we give some time back to ourselves.
You don’t have to wake up at 5am, but you need to commit to making a change and waking up at least 30 minutes earlier than normal. You focus on 6 main aspects called S-A-V-E-R-S. This is an acronym for Silence, Affirmations, Visualisation, Exercise, Reading and Scribing which have all been proven to enhance wellbeing.
I have always tried to fit mediation, journaling and yoga into my life. But, by the end of each day I was finding there was rarely any time left. I was exhausted. But now, I do all 6 SAVERS in the morning, most days of the week, and I can see the change in myself.
My head can be forever busy, so mediation helps calm the chatter. I have real moments of relaxation in a tranquil space and affirmations help me think positively when self-doubt creeps up.
I have more energy, have gained clarity and am therefore more productive in my day to day life. I feel like I'm taking care of myself properly at last.
I've had a massive realisation. A WOW moment! My mindset and health have never been better. There's also a Miracle Morning App to encourage you to try the SAVERS for 30 days. There's also an online community that will help you stay accountable. I recommend this book and way of life to everyone.
Reviewer: Sarah, Mind member
Manic Mosaic is a book by Alexis Bear (I will refer to Alexis as Alex as he has since gone through transition).
The book tells you the story to “explain the mosaic of behaviour for friends and loved ones of people who live with depression”.
Reading this book, I already knew I had depression. However, once I had read through the book, I found I had understood my own mental health. The way Alex has used real life stories throughout helps the reader understand either their own depression, or a family member’s depression.
As Alex has been suffering with his own mental health issues, he has been able to create a 138-page book for those around the sufferer. Not only this, he has made sure to explain every little detail of depression that will help others understand their loved one who may be suffering.
There is a trigger warning of self-harm and suicide. However, Alex has made sure to not only put this content right at the end of his book, but also put a page with a trigger warning before it. This is so those who may get triggered can stop reading there.
The way Manic Mosaic is written is probably the best 'self-help' book I could've read. For anyone suffering, or knows a loved one suffering with depression, I'd heavily give a recommendation of this book.
**Content Warning** reference to self-harm and suicide
Reviewer: Zara, Mind member
I must be honest and say that I was apprehensive about reading this book. Not because there's anything wrong with it, but because of the difficult and emotional themes it deals with.
The author is very honest and deals with the themes of grief, loss, and love in a straightforward and no-nonsense way. I quickly found my own triggers and you'll probably discover some of your own.
That said, please don’t let that put you off reading this book. It's reflective of our own experiences in many ways and for that reason, it’s well worth reading. Just maybe stock up on the Kleenex first!
Although the author experiences the distress and sadness that losing a loved one brings, the book is not maudlin. And, as she progresses through the grief process and the year, she finds solace in her garden and in cooking, hence the mouthwatering recipes/autobiographical nature of this book.
Thankfully, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and the author finds a new love. Not only does she find a new love, but also begins to appreciate the other loves that were there all the time - her family and friends. Sometimes it takes tragedy to open our eyes to what and who was always there.
I’m glad I read this book. Not just because of the mouthwatering recipes, but to experience in some way the emotions it brought to me and will surely bring to those who read it.
**Content Warning** reference to grief and bereavement
Reviewer: Pat, Mind member
I’ve been a fan of comedian Bill Bailey for a while – his Strictly Come Dancing routine to Rapper’s Delight was legendary! So, I was very pleased to receive his ‘guide to happiness’ as a present.
Bailey explains in the foreword that he wrote the book mainly during the lockdown. He wrote it as he reflected that ‘happiness’ was a common theme in his stand-up shows over the years.
He warns us from the start that "there will be no tips on yoga, or ‘harnessing the power within'. There will be no ten steps to personal mastery". Instead, he promises to share "a few accounts of fortuitous moments and remarkable times" when he experienced happiness which ‘might just make you smile’.
The comedian delivers on this promise with this perfect bedtime companion. It’s a very accessible and easy to read book that you can dip into for 5-10 minutes before you nod off.
Bailey covers an eclectic mix of topics. From wild swimming in Iceland to playing dinosaur crazy golf. From paddleboarding down the River Thames to skydiving on the Gold Coast of Australia. He even makes a convincing case for the mental health benefits of swearing!
I found myself chuckling to Bailey’s many amusing anecdotes from his far-flung travels. Such as desperately singing 'You Are My Sunshine' to a Maori tribe in New Zealand; or dancing ‘a jig of pure joy in a tidy Swedish car park’ after listening to England cricketer Ben Stokes crash the winning runs against Australia.
The comedian includes his own illustrations throughout the book. He’s no Picasso, but it definitely adds to the charm of the book.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted, interesting, sometimes quirky and genuinely funny book, I’d highly recommend this one.
Reviewer: Fabian, Membership officer at Mind and Member
Members can enter our draw for a chance to win a free copy of one of the books included in our book club. All you have to do is click on the button below and fill out the prize draw form telling us which book you would like to win.
The closing date for entry to the free prize draw is 2 weeks from when we sent our book club email to members. The prize draw will take place within two weeks of the closing date for entry. We'll select winners at random. Prize draw entry is restricted to UK residents who are Mind members. Mind employees and their immediate families may not apply, nor may anyone else directly associated with the competition. If the winner is under 18, the prize will need to be claimed by a parent or guardian.
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