Last month I wrote a lot about body image and how I was dealing with my own inner-head-shouty-stuff about the way I looked, what the scales said and how this made me feel. I started browsing Amazon for something to read which might help and inspire me to be less crazy.
Every tried looking for books on this subject on Amazon? Man, it's bleak. Then one book popped into my sight:
Now, just seeing the cover made me think 'hang on, this is someone who I should be taking advice from' (she looks like something from a Soap & Glory product!) after reading a brief synopsis and having a look on the authors website (belesscrazy.com) I thought 'yep, definitely someone I need to take advice from'.
Megan's book does exactly what it says on the cover, teaches you how to be less crazy about your body image. Megan draws from her own experiences (some of which will have you laughing, the beauty pageant story is worth the cost of the book alone) and offers tips to help readers who have cases of the crazy to deal with the stuff that rallies around their heads (in my case, on a monthly basis).
One of her tips that I have taken up is to make myself notes-from-the-other side; in the book she gave the idea of having things to look at/read back/listen to when you're having a crazy moment in order to calm down, give some perspective and reassure that the feelings will pass (behold the creation of the Be Less Crazy Spotify playlist and Happy List in my iPhone notes!). It's little things like this which can make all the difference when my brain goes off on one. Having an overactive imagination is brilliant at times but it's also a massive pain in the backside when it goes on a negative track.
Here's to me Being Less Crazy and liking myself a little bit more. Thank you Megan.
(I found Be Less Crazy of my own accord, I haven't been paid or endorsed for this review, I just loved the book so much that I wanted to share it with my readers. It's only £1.99 in the Kindle store, and is really, really worth it.)