I’ve been wanting to do a lot of work around Mental Health and use my Blog to really help people. So when I was kindly offered the opportunity of reading and reviewing Gail Mitchell’s ‘Loving the Life Less Lived’* for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, I couldn’t turn it down!
Now I’ve never really gone into the Mental Health issues that I suffer with on my blog before – however I do have a more personal post coming soon! But I was told that Gail had suffered with both anxiety and depression throughout her life and had learnt that through accepting her mental illnesses, she had found a way to cope with them and has even shared throughout her book her tips and ‘toolbox’ on how she did this and how we can do this too.
Gail is really relatable throughout the book and that is one of the first things I noticed through reading. I related to her straight away and because we suffer with similar mental health issues, when she described feeling certain ways, I just completely understood how that felt. She describes the different mental illnesses that she had faced in detail – which can also help people who don’t suffer with them the begin to understand what they are. And she is completely honest throughout the book, she shares everything that she has been through.
I think this book could definitely help anyone suffering with mental health issues, you realise that although you feel alone going through it, you actually aren’t and there are so many people suffering with similar issues too. If you are dealing with a mental health issue, or even if you aren’t and you know someone who is, I would definitely recommend picking up this book and giving it a read. This book and Gail have definitely encouraged me to start focusing more on looking after myself and talking a lot more openly about my mental health too.