Book: Turning This Thing Around by Keith Maginn
Genre: Memoir/Self Help
From: ebook from the author
It seems I've been a little magnet for small and simple memoirs this year. I've enjoyed getting these little glimpses into other people's lives... real people's lives. Maybe I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed lately with my own life problems, but it's nice to read how other people have overcome their issues and what helped them along the way.
This particular book is about the author who, as a young man, realized that he'd been suffering from several mental health issues all his growing up years which in turn caused some pretty painful physical side affects. As a teenager, he just covered it all up, but later on during his twenties, and after a painful end to a relationship, he finally understood that things were pretty serious and he needed help.
The first thing he did was to reach out to friends and family. Three cheers for this step! It makes me crazy when people suffering from such issues tend to turn away from those who want to help them the most.
Then, he got a therapist. And he mentions,and I tend to agree, that we should probably all have one!
And then he learned how to meditate and do yoga. This is the bit that fascinates me. It seems like such a simple way to "fix" your brain and emotions, and yet the author said this was the biggest thing that helped him. It's something we can all do, right? I'm thinking I just might give it a try, because calming my brain would be really nice right about now!
There were many other things he did and as he says, he is still in the process of figuring things out but he feels like, compared to where he was just a short time ago, life is looking very very up!
Bottom line: I enjoyed this short, sweet and simple tale of one person's road to emotional healthiness.