Your Wellness Toolbox by Ali Swift is a follow-up to her first book, My Wellness Toolbox, which I previously reviewed. Both books are based on her own experience of what has helped with depression and anxiety.
This book contains 14 new tools, including descriptions of the circumstances struggling with her mental health in which the author came up with them. The tools include crying, going to the beach, and guided meditations. She pointed out that when she initially tried meditation, it didn’t do much for her. She was reluctant to try it again, but then had a positive experience when she tried Headspace, so it made the list of tools for this book.
Some of the tools lean in a bit of a woo-woo direction, like crystal healing and placenta encapsulation, but the author presents these in a balanced way as something that worked for her that may not work for everyone.
Besides the descriptions of the 14 new tools, the author writes about different challenging scenarios, such as the holidays and job interviews, and which tools, including the 26 tools from her first book may help with getting through them.
I liked that saying no and saying yes are both part of the toolbox, but in different scenarios—saying no to maintain boundaries, but saying yes to taking advantage of new opportunities.
This book was short and very easy to read. I found the layout a bit confusing, as it was hard to differentiate between headings and the titles of new chapters. I had an epub copy, and that may have been an issue of the ebook formatting not being quite up to par with the print version. Overall, though, it’s a lovely little read.
Your Wellness Toolbox is available on Amazon.
I received a reviewer copy from the publisher through Netgalley.
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