Book Review: Feel Good Factor In 30 Days - Andrea Morrison
Monday 20th January is commonly acknowledged as the worst day in the whole of 2014. The Christmas glow will have faded, New Year's resolutions will be broken, cold winter weather will have set in and credit card bills will be landing on doormats across the land - whilst the January pay-cheque is still some way away.
At this lowest point of the year, many of us reach out for help - self-help if possible. Hence the timely arrival of Andrea Morrison's new book 'Feel Good Factor in 30 days' in which she shares her tried and tested techniques to help you get back your feel good factor. Techniques which, quite literally, changed her life around.
Three years ago Andrea had it all, a great career as a Barrister, three beautiful children that she had battled infertility to conceive, lovely house, great husband, but the reality was a stark contrast. "I was working long hours and travelling the length and breadth of the country, I was separated most days from my children and my father had recently passed away. In November 2008 I ended up with Pneumonia and by 2010, I had developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I now know that this was the best thing to have happened to me, as I finally had to stop and think, this gave me the chance to become the person that I wanted to be."
Over the following years Andrea tried many techniques, therapies & practices, whilst many just didn't make any material difference some did, and she adapted them further so that they worked for her and she also created some of her own!
Andrea has taken these lessons from her journey and put them in her easy to follow book. As Andrea tells us, "by taking lots of small actions in your life, you can make big changes to your levels of happiness, and blue Monday is a great day to start taking action".
Here are some clues about the book:
Smile: Today decide to smile! How do you feel? Notice what happens to the people around you when you smile - the chances are they will smile back, so you are not only making yourself feel better - but you are making others around you feel better too!
Be realistic not perfect: Think about what causes your stress - make sure it isn't your expectations. So today, try and alter your expectations and see what happens, learn to repeat the mantra 'Ok these things happen' instead of questioning 'why does this always happen to ME'.
Breaking the same old same old: Do you ever feel like every day is just a re-run of the day before? At lunchtime or in a break or just for five minutes do something different! It might be that you read a bit of a book in a local park, have a coffee in a different café, or simply walk a different way to work. It can be absolutely anything. Change your routine - just a tiny bit and start to live your day!
Clear the decks: It's time for a good old fashioned clear out - it could be anything a drawer, a cupboard, a box with stuff in or a whole room - whatever is bugging you - just do it!
Focus on NOW: Try not to think about anything else apart from what you are doing at that moment in time. The object is to enjoy that moment and to remain in that moment, not the past or in the future. So the next time you are enjoying a coffee - enjoy it - don't think about what happened this morning or what might happen this afternoon or how are you going to pay the rent etc. Instead, sit there having a moment of calm.
Feel Good Factor in 30 days is to be published on 20th January 2014 to coincide with Blue Monday and is available to download or purchase through Amazon.co.uk
Book Review: Feel Good Factor In 30 Days - Andrea Morrison, 10th January 2014, 9:17 AM