This is a book review of You Can Do All Things: Drawings, Affirmations and Mindfulness to Help With Anxiety and Depression by Kate Allan
One of the best ways to cope with any health issue-mental, emotional or physical, is to take action and keep going regardless of any setbacks that may come up. Then, share what worked for you with the world, inspiring others who are going through the same thing and helping them cope.
This is what Kate Allan does through her mental health art and her book: You Can Do All Things: Drawings, Affirmations, and Mindfulness to Help with Anxiety and Depression.
You Can Do All Things: Drawings, Affirmations and Mindfulness to Help With Anxiety and Depression by Kate Allan
(212 pages, English, Self-help)
Daily meditations to help with depression and anxiety: Mental health is a topic that affects everyone, though so few are eager to discuss it. You Can Do All Things is a compendium of knowing-yet-supportive illustrations from The Latest Kate, whose thoughtful quotations encourage the reader to be mindful of their own mentality and to take care of themselves, regardless of image or lifestyle. Calming and supportive, the illustrations are also candid about the internal problems many people face in this hectic modern world.
Inspirational, gentle drawings of animals: The Latest Kate’s inventive pairing of whimsical colors and friendly, smiling animals is the spoonful of sugar that makes the heavy subject matter approachable and non-threatening. You Can Do All Things is a welcome addition to any bookshelf or art wall, and its messages are equally applicable to adults and children.
In this book you’ll find:
- Beautiful, whimsical, and colorful art
- Expressions of encouragement for any hardship you face
- A how-to guide for dealing with anxiety and depression
- Understanding and validation for your struggles
- Cute animals that believe in you!
- Tips for every time you feel inadequate, overwhelmed, or down on yourself
- Anxiety sucks, but you don’t. This book will show you how to get through the worst of it.
Art for mental health, relaxation and stress reduction.
This book is among the most charming books I’ve read recently. It is full of nuggets of actionable advice for those facing mental health issues—feeling hopeless, depressed, anxious, overwhelmed. This wisdom, combined with beautiful art created by the author will motivate the reader and assure them that they are doing the best they can and to keep going.
It is a wonderful guide to dealing with anxiety and depression. The thoughtful quotes throughout the book are encouraging with uplifting words for anyone seeking to boost their spirits. I enjoyed the book very much.
Mental health is not an easy topic. Everyone deals with feelings of negativity but finds it hard to talk about or tackle.
The book is a lesson in self-love, urging anyone feeling low to look after themselves, no matter at what point they are in their lives. We live in a hectic world where each one of us is rushing towards an invisible finish line. The affirmations in this book serve as self-motivation to be aware that we are strong and capable and doing the best we can.
You can use the book as a daily meditation by picking any page to see one of the beautiful illustrations, accompanied by an inspiring quote. The author has done a brilliant job of approaching this difficult topic through colorful, cheerful drawings of animals that will appeal to both adults and children.
Whatever hardship you are facing in life, there’s an encouraging illustration with inspiring words to see you through it.
The author shares her own simple coping strategies that have worked for her. For example, here’s what she recommends if you are struggling with self-loathing.
It is human to feel inadequate, but it is important to know that you are amazing just as you are. Anxiety sucks, but you don’t.
Enjoy this gem of a book with its valuable tips and vibrant art presented in an easy-to-assimilate format. While it is especially helpful if you are going through anxiety or depression, I think it is a must-read for everyone to keep themselves in balance.
The author’s writing is exceptional as she shares her personal journey of coping with depression. She shares how she deals with her feelings of inadequacy. The book is perfect for those with self-esteem issues and in need of validation as it offers a host of CBT techniques to deal with them.
Here’s a small excerpt from the book where the author writes about dealing with low self-esteem
♥ Choosing to be my authentic self; not reshaping myself to fit someone else’s standard, whether that’s my physical appearance or behavior.
♥ Only embracing relationships where I am respected and accepted for who I am.
♥ Being honest with myself and my loved ones about my insecurities and challenges; owning it.
♥ Showing the kindness and understanding to myself that I would show a friend.
♥ Reframing: looking at past events and choices with understanding and compassion and without judgment.
The conclusion I have come to is that feeling inadequate doesn’t really mean anything, it’s just another lie our brain tells us. Maybe it’s a bizarre way to try and keep us safe from risks or failure. Really though, all it apparently does is keep us from realizing our potential and makes us feel bad about ourselves. Thanks, brain.
She recommends a daily mindfulness practice to help cope with daily stress.
Whether you are having a bad day, or feeling stressed, or need a friendly, loving word to help you get through feeling low, add this book to your coping toolbox. You deserve to be happy!
It also makes a great gift for someone you care about.
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