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21 Ways to a Happier Depression: A Creative Guide to Getting Unstuck from Anxiety, Setbacks, and Stress Hardcover – April 4, 2017
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I wouldn't call myself a manic, very depressed or even just depressed. And, I don't think I'm in need of a therapist. I'm just one who occasionally needs a little boost or something to get me out of a funk. I feel it's normal to be in a funk every now and then. The arts helps me, most specifically feel good films and books.
Onto Swirsky's work; it's hard to say which chapter spoke to me the most, they all have purpose. As one who tends to forget that it's the little things in life that count, Swirsky's book is a reminder that in order to become unstuck there are some very simplistic tasks that, when applied, help you clear your head and help you look forward to the day! Swirsky hit it out of the park; through his style of prose and verse, through words and illustration, he helps you work through personal anxieties and, in essence, get back to life's basics.
What I got out of his book; when you apply some of the tasks Swirsky outlines, you just feel better. You do! I've especially taken to chapter 10-
"Lowering Your Emotional Temperature" and it really does help. Take my word for it; I can get very heated and about things, especially given today's geopolitical climate. I'm glad I have a copy of this book; when I'm in a gloomy mood, it's right there for me.
That stated, Swirsky addresses all the little things that we can do to break through and, pretty much, get down to the brass tacks of life. And the artwork- the book is tastefully colorized with watercolors; shades of blue, green, yellow, and red, along with pleasing artwork, hence the picture!
Seth's advice, layout and design is simply, in a word... divine. It's a "feel-good"(actually, feel great!) book which reminds me of that same feeling I got after watching La La Land. What a great coffee-table reader! On Amazon's rating's scale, I definitely give it the high 5!
My most recent—and most debilitating—bout with depression would not have been helped much. When it's a struggle to get out of the bed, finding the will to make the bed can be all but impossible. And that's one of the simplest suggestions here. Even so, many of the 21 ways could and will benefit anyone struggling with depression. Many of them are creative pursuits, others just simple self care. Maybe they seem difficult and for some they most definitely aren't realistic, but for others it might be a list to work through. One thing I find helps me during my depressions is having someone else give me lists of things to do. This book could be just that if you need it.
If you're living with depression or know someone who is I believe this book has the potential to bring some distraction at the very least and even moments of happiness if you're open to it.
Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.
It is easy to read, humorous and full of ways to bring light into your life (see especially Chapter 4).
When I'm depressed, I have a very hard time motivating and directing myself. I do get stuck in the ways
Mr. Swirsky speaks of in the Introduction and end up in a very dark place. This book opened my
imagination to possibilities-21 of them-each unique, tangible and, in its own way, nourishing.
The book, with its delightful illustrations, lifts my spirits every time I go through it. The more I use its
suggestions the more easily uplifted I am. It is a welcome addition to my library and the first and most
loved item in my "Box of Joy" (see Chapter 16).
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