A Gentle Yet Powerful Toolkit | Self-Care For Tough Times | Review

Hullo and welcome to the last book review of the month!

Today I’m doing something a little different and reviewing a non-fiction, Self-Care for Tough Times by Suzy Reading. It was originally released last April on Kindle when the first lockdown was in effect and just this month has been released in paperback.


‘I hope this book can empower people with simple, potent ways to feel better right now, to access calm and move through the waves of all their emotions.’

Self-care for Tough Times is a gentle yet powerful toolkit to help during difficult times, such as the end of a relationship, loss of a loved one, career change and times of heightened emotions or anxiety. These are the times when self-care is most important and yet often forgotten, but just a few small moments can make a huge difference to how we feel, how we release emotions rather than bottle them up and how we ride the ups and downs.

Practices include:
Instant tension release exercises for the hands, shoulders, neck and face
Pre-bedtime rituals to help with disturbed sleep
Breathing exercises to calm the nervous system and reduce anxiety
Soothing scents
Releasing stuck emotions
Learning how to relax and let go
Keeping tech use healthy
Questions to reflect on

Anxiety, fear, anger, uncertainty and grief are all addressed, while Suzy also explores how stress and emotional trauma are held in the body, and how these may be gently released through touch, movement and breath.

The practices included within are designed to promote healing and hope, and many are quick and easy for times when you feel exhausted or vulnerable so that you can both cope in the moment during tough times, then recover and restore after these difficult chapters of life.

‘We will revive a weary body. We will refresh a tired mind.’

Netgalley Review

This is a beautifully designed book, I loved the illustrations. The information and advice is also great for the current times. Lovely book.

Star Rating4 Stars

As you can probably tell from my Netgalley review, I struggled to put my thoughts into words! haha It’s a lovely book, what more can I say?

Hullo and welcome to the last book review of the month!

So first I’d like to mention the illustrations that are dotted through the book. The illustrations are beautiful and I find them rather quite soothing, so perfect for a book like this! (You can see examples of this on Amazon’s look inside feature).

The book is divided into 3 main sections; Stress & Burnout, Loss & Grief and Change & Transition. It’s a book, I felt, that you could read from cover to cover or just read the parts that you felt you needed at that time. The book is set out in such a way that makes it easy to read; in small chunks, bold lettering, headers and bullet points, which means it’s not overwhelming when you read it and makes it easy to dip in when you’re looking for a Yoga pose to try to help feel a bit better.

There’s a lot covered in the book and the writing is wonderful, it feels like chatting to an old friend who’s there with a cup of tea and some thoughtful advice. The perfect book for these times to read in full or as and when it’s required.

As always let me know in the comments below if you’ve already given this a read and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR this month?

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