Welcome to Mental Health Week! If you have been particularly active on LinkedIn this week, you will have noticed a tidal wave of content dedicated to raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental health. This week encourages open conversations around the struggle that comes with poor emotional wellbeing and calls for sustainable effort to prioritise mental health support and create compassionate communities where everyone has the chance to thrive mentally and emotionally. What is Bain and Gray’s contribution? This week our Marketing Manager will be recommending a book that she considers ‘an essential for anyone and everyone’.

“The thing about the human brain is that, when you believe something, the brain will scan the environment for any signs that the belief is true.”

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You really do not need to be suffering with a mental health condition to enjoy the golden nuggets in this refreshing exploration into life’s often overlooked yet essential truths (plenty of guaranteed ‘a-ha’ moments guaranteed!).

One of the spectacular qualities of this book is just how easy breezy it is. The simple and engaging writing style makes complex concepts easy to digest. The combination of personal anecdotes, psychological research, and practical wisdom invite readers on a journey of guidance and reassurance no matter what challenges one may be navigating, whether that be in relationships, personal growth or career.

If you are still unsure about whether this is worth your Sunday afternoon, all insights are actionable! Each chapter concludes with practical exercises and reflection prompts, encouraging you apply the lessons learned to your life and move towards a place of fulfilment and self-discovery.

“It reminds us that our mood is not fixed and it does not define who we are; it is a sensation we experience.”

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Life’s ‘often overlooked yet essential truths’?

This is certainly not an attempt to ruin the book but we conclude this review with a few teasers selected by Liza which represent her favourite takeaways:

  • So many people underestimate the importance of a healthy sleep cycle, routine and nutrition when it comes to thoughts and moods. Having just that extra hour of sleep or picking a wholesome salad over the Five Guys burger makes a world of difference on how you interpret the world around you.
  • Readers are encouraged to embrace their vulnerabilities and imperfections, recognising them as catalysts for growth rather than obstacles for success. In a society brimming with unrealistic expectations, winning is not successfully masking your flaws but cultivating a life aligned with your true values and aspirations.

“Something that I have come to realize over the years of working as a psychologist is how much people struggle with low mood and never tell a soul.”