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A comprehensive list of easy-to-implement mental health tips.

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In this motivational guide, Sylvester (The Land of Blue, 2017) offers advice on coping with anxiety and depression.

For those who are anxious or depressed, life can be a daily struggle, and the management strategies that work for some people don’t always work for others. Here, mental health counselor Sylvester provides 100 different approaches to banishing anxious and depressive thoughts in a single volume, providing numerous options for those who have yet to find methods that work for them. She suggests that those who feel mentally “stuck” should physically “get up and move. Literally, stand up and move out of the space.” One can experiment with dressing differently, she says, in order to show a more confident vision of oneself to the world—and to oneself. A harmless, leisurely “escape” can also help, she asserts, such as an addictive TV show, a hot shower, or an immersive hobby. No matter what method one chooses, she writes, the key is to be proactive: “The only way out of those difficult feelings,” writes Sylvester in her introduction, “is to make the choice to move through those feelings—to learn more about yourself in the process, coming to understand that when you do the work, you become better able to serve.” Sylvester describes herself as a “licensed mental health counselor with a holistic and alternative bent,” and this bent comes through in a number of suggestions. No. 62, for example, is “Get to Know Your Guides,” and these guides are spiritual in nature: “If you’re curious, start asking who guides you. What do they look like? What’s their name? Is your guide an ancestor or an even higher form of being?” This may strike some readers as a bit “out there,” as the author herself notes, but the inclusion of such unorthodox tips alongside more standard psychological fare feels appropriate. After all, Sylvester isn’t offering a one-size-fits-all hat, but rather 100 hats for 100 differently sized readers. Those in need of fresh ideas to tackle their anxiety or depression will likely find at least one or two helpful ideas here, which may be all they need.

A comprehensive list of easy-to-implement mental health tips.

Pub Date: May 29, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-9989775-6-0

Page Count: 218

Publisher: Old Tree House Publishing

Review Posted Online: Oct. 21, 2019

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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