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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Drawing on years of experience as a clinical psychologist, online sensation Dr Julie Smith shares all the skills you need to get through life's ups and downs.

Filled with secrets from a therapist's toolkit, this is a must-have handbook for optimising your mental health. Dr Julie's simple but expert advice and powerful coping techniques will help you stay resilient no matter what life throws your way. 

Written in short, bite-sized entries, you can turn straight to the section you need depending on the challenge you're facing - and immediately find the appropriate tools to help. From managing anxiety, dealing with criticism or battling low mood, to building self-confidence, finding motivation or learning to forgive yourself, this book tackles the everyday issues that affect us all and offers easy, practical solutions that might just change your life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2022 Dr Julie Smith (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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For those wondering where PDF is - I couldn’t find it to start with either but if you click on ‘chapters’ it’s right at the top in bold. Hope this helps.

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Useful info but lots of healthism and ableism

I enjoyed the book overall. As someone with 3 psychology degrees, a lot of it wasn’t new to me but it was presented in a way that was engaging and easy to read.

There was a lot of focus on physical health and sadly no discussion or even acknowledgement of the social determinants of health. These have been consistently demonstrated to contribute to 80-90% of health outcomes so ignoring them in favour of endless talk about exercise and diet is a huge omission.

Within the huge amount of content on health-promoting behaviours there was also no acknowledgement of the barriers that people face in being able to engage in them. Not everyone is in a position to simply make a ‘choice’ about doing more exercise. No mention of privilege is another huge oversight.

Worth a read but it’s certainly far from a comprehensive perspective of all the factors that influence mental (and physical) health and far too individualistic. Clearly well-intended but misses the mark.

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Here’s hoping!

I’ve watched many of Dr. Julie’s short videos on social media, and became quickly hooked on the way they made me feel.
I was going to buy the book, but was given an Audible subscription for Xmas so this audible book was destined to be my first purchase.
I like that Dr Julie narrates it, as it feels like she’s talking to me direct.
Even after just a few chapters I have started using the techniques she describes, eg writing down what I’m grateful for! I now realise I’ve been in ‘low mood’ for quite some time!
Its only been a few days since publication but this morning I feel better than I have for a long time, and feel ‘my body has a smile’
Lots more left to listen to, but, here’s hoping for a real change in my mood and lifestyle!
Ps. I’ll probably end up buying the book as well!

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A dull and boring guide to self-counselling

A dull and boring guide to self-counselling.

This book probably sounded good when pitched to an editor off the back of a successful social media account, and I imagine it will find an audience based on the promise alone.

However that promise of a ‘one size fits all’ approach to self-counselling is simply not realised and we are left with a book that promises much but delivers little.

There is far too little time afforded to far too many complex matters and the book feels flat, dull, and boring as a result.

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A toolkit we all need

I could not stop listening! This book gently gives an insight to the tools for life which everyone will benefit from. I have loved listening so much - I will be buying the paper copy to keep reading!

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Wow. What a book! A guide for life!

I haven't even listened to all the sections of the book yet, only the three that I found most applied to my issues, but the book has already proved indispensable. I especially appreciate Dr Julie's heavy focus on practicality and the realities of life - e.g. when she acknowledges that some stressful elements in life are impossible to remove and one simply has to learn to manage the stress in a healthy way.
This book is really a treasure trove of sensible, practical, down-to-earth and easily actionable advice on facing and dealing with the challenges of life.
Thank you, Dr Julie!

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beautiful

absolutely stunning book loved every minute other work looking forward more of her work, will be do it again

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Where’s the pdf

Great start until
I realised can’t view the PDF and Audi or
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Annoying references

Im on chapter two of the audio book and already think it’s not well adapted for audio. Reference to images/diagrams on the next page not ideal when you are listening to the book

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Rubbish

Nobody told you because it wasn’t worth saying! Not even in multicoloured don’t!
The narrators voice is nice. 🤔

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  • 20-06-22

Excellent and practical application

very helpful book and derived a lot of insight and value from the book. the practical application is outstanding

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  • 14-02-22

Get this book!

I have been a Dr. Julie Smith follower in Instagram for ages now. I love her videos and I was very excited when she announced her book, unfortunately it wasn's available in South Africa just yet so I started listening to the audio book and I have loved it. Her voice is easy to follow, only downside is that I have been listening to it while driving and there are times when I wish I could write things down. This book provides great tips that are easy to follow and I look forward to implementing them.

Thank you Dr. Smith for showing me that I'm not alone in trying to figure out this thing called life.