‘An essential, wondrous WOW of a book’ – Sarah Knight ‘Essential reading’ – Daisy Buchanan ‘Everyone should have this on their bookshelf’ – Lucy-Anne Holmes It doesn’t matter that you’ve lived in shadows, that you’ve slept through years of your life, that you’ve done things you’re ashamed to admit even to yourself. It doesn’t matter that you’re an anxious, depressed, spaghetti-brained mess with a shouty monster brain that keeps you from conforming to society’s definition of normal.Beth McColl has been there – sometimes she still is there – but in this book she shares what’s worked for her and what hasn’t, what’s gotten her into trouble and then back out of it again, and what she wishes she’d known from the start: How to get through a bad day Questions to ask your doctor The truth about medication Ways to practise self-care and mindfulness What to expect from a partner How to forgive your past self, and so much more… How to Come Alive Again is a relatable, honest, at times joyous and above all practical guide for anyone who has a mental illness – or anyone who knows and loves someone who does. It’s the basics for mending your life, accepting yourself, changing what doesn’t work, killing the worst of it and learning to live again.
How to Come Alive Again Review
- January 1, 1970HeatherThis is a very good book. Been dipping in and out of it but in terms of books around mental health, I think it's great. It says from the start the book won't save your life, but it will offer you a heap of advice and anecdotes, encouraging and welcoming, and there's a lot to take away and apply.more
- January 1, 1970JessicaA caring, non-judgmental, and humorous book of advice for individuals experiencing mental health issues, and for loved ones wanting to learn more. It's full of really practical tips--many of which may be common knowledge, but are helpful and important regardless. It's nice to hear advice from someone who has been through depression herself and can speak to what the lowest lows can look and feel like. I highlighted a ton of passages--parts of the book I may want to return to later when I'm not do A caring, non-judgmental, and humorous book of advice for individuals experiencing mental health issues, and for loved ones wanting to learn more. It's full of really practical tips--many of which may be common knowledge, but are helpful and important regardless. It's nice to hear advice from someone who has been through depression herself and can speak to what the lowest lows can look and feel like. I highlighted a ton of passages--parts of the book I may want to return to later when I'm not doing so great. My only criticism is it can be repetitive at a few points, and the information wasn't organized in a very clear or defined way.Feelings of depression and anxiety will eventually pass--it's always temporary--you just have to survive. This book shows you how to take care of yourself until it passes. And then how to take care of yourself afterwards.more
- January 1, 1970KristinI try to reserve my five stars for the books that dramatically altered something deep within me, and this one made the cut. How to Come Alive Again is a huge, warm, understanding hug. It is a guide of fundamentals of being human when you don't want to be a human. Highly, highly recommend for anyone that needs a reminder that it's not you against the world.more
- January 1, 1970Tara SeddonFirst and foremost this book was beautifully written. It’s is jam packed with amazing and truly applicable words. There is lot of really important, hard stuff to read but equally as much dazzling comedy. I’ll be recommending this book to all of my friends and family.more
- January 1, 1970SarahBrilliant advice and guidelines in a relatable, often funny, voice. I never once felt patronised and felt like these were real tips that someone like me could implement. Will be recommending to friends.
- January 1, 1970Paul NunesIt's a great book for people struggling with chronic health in general; not just mental health. Beth is funny and considerate.Much of the material is well established knowledge or common sense; however, there may also be many people who have not had access to the valuable and functional knowledge presented here. Having said that - everyone will learn at least a few nuggets of techniques and advice they may not have thought of. It is nice to read from someone frankly sharing who 'gets it'.more
- January 1, 1970Christian WittsA fantastic and humourous dive into depression and how to help yourself by:* Help on how to get through a bad day* How to talk to your partner about expectations* Ways to practice self-careand many more topics.Would definitely read this again.
- January 1, 1970AnggiI love all of her tips, tricks, and insight on dealing with mental illness.
- January 1, 1970SamuelGreat advice in a relatable and encouraging voice. I hope literally everyone I know with any kind of mental health experience is ready to receive this recommendation.
- January 1, 1970HavelockSome of the jokes took me out of it and will probably date the book, but mostly this is a really useful resource for dealing with depression.
- January 1, 1970Josh RawlinsonNot at all what I expected, but nonetheless a fantastic read. A real eye opening account on mental health from a brilliant writer in Beth McColl
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