Life is full of phases, and I go through phases too when I need a self-help book to pull me out of a rut, give me perspective, or even just make me feel like I am doing something right.
The book Life Your Life – 14 Days to the Best You by Ann LeFevre came at the right time for me as I was struggling with a bunch of health issues. These health issues arose with me trying to cope with my work of running my own business and managing life. I had to get perspective, whether it was to slow down or to practice self-care. I realized self-care was falling by the wayside as I was giving more to the company and my family. I was not doing enough for myself. It was manifesting as low immunity and fatigue.
What’s in the Book
The book has 14 chapters for 14 days from silencing the negative self-talk that I find myself doing more and more as I grow older and ending with taking good care of yourself! Each chapter ends with some thinking points and a few action items that you can practice. It was satisfying for me to know exactly what I can do. For eg: I loved the author’s advice to combat negative talk by literally turning your head away when a negative statement comes up in my mind and stating the opposite, positive statement to yourself. I felt foolish doing this initially and the author acknowledges this, but soon enough I found that the negative self-talk stopped!
The book comes with a companion workbook that you can use to complete your action items as well.
What I loved about the book
The book is practical above all else. The advice is actionable without executing major changes in yourself immediately, which is always hard to do. The author’s tone is like chatting with a friend who is sharing her experience and what she did to cope. I loved that she says keep your small indulgences and make space to dream. Things that were natural when I was younger and what I miss the most now as a mom with a to-do list that never seems to end.
Changes I made
- Found a way to work on my negative self-talk, which I did not even realize I was doing
- Kept my indulgences and stopped my all or nothing diet /exercise plans and found a way to keep balance. It is an ongoing process.
- Made space to dream at least once a week
- Include self-care in my daily and weekly routine
I highly recommend this book if you are looking to get your new year resolution back on track this March or even feeling overwhelmed by all the things life throws at us. Finding balance is a tough job and sometimes a book helps find the way.