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It’s All In Your Head

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It's All in Your Head
Published: 2016
A neurologist explores the very real world of psychosomatic illness. Most of us accept the way our heart flutters when we set eyes on the one we secretly admire, or the sweat on our brow as we start the presentation we do not want to give. But few of us are fully aware of how dramatic our body's reactions to emotions can sometimes be.

I've been looking to finish this book for a while, I know if I promised a book review I'd have the motivation!

What I will say is don't let the title put you off. It is misleading and I know some people have taken it the wrong way. It's in your head because it's a neurological condition. As it's in your head, it doesn't mean its not true. Suzanne O'Sullivan saw patients in the clinic with physical symptoms that were struggling to understand the symptoms could have a neurological cause. When on a day to day basis we accept the mind and body connection more readily. If you get embarrassed you might blush, or if you feel worried you might feel sick. So why not accept the connect when it comes to more complex issues.

Keen followers of mine, might have seen that I've teased this book for a while. It has taken some time to read through. It can take a fair bit of concentration due to the medical language and my wanting to absorb so much of the information. The other reason is that some of the details in the case studies reminded me of my situation, so I had to be emotionally strong enough to read it.

Suzanne O'Sullivan has a plea at the end of the book for there to be a change in the way these illness are viewed. "Doctors should be less afraid of this diagnosis...and more compassionate to the sufferers. Medical schools should teach their students about this disorder, create better doctors. Medical professionals need to stop placing this unqualified diagnosis right at the bottom of their list."

There is so much information in this book, I'm definitely going to read it again. However I'm so pleased that I've finally finished it and it was worth the wait.

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Self-Development/Books for the Brain

The Self-Love Affair by Katie Phillips

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The Self-Love Affair
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Published: 2015-06-10
To feel happy and connected is your right. Feeling worthy of a life full of love, peace and deep satisfaction is not the Holy Grail. Worry, anger, guilt and a lack of self worth are NOT your truth. The truth of you is free, empowered, abundant and joyful. You shine from the inside out. You are quite something to behold! If you are ready to make the decision to become the best version of you,…

I mentioned The Self-Love Affair book in my Wellbeing Plan for June blog post, that was published last week. I always set myself the goal of reading a self-development book each month. However, I have mentioned in previous blog posts that I am or will be reading this book, but I haven’t got through it. I had a realisation as to why.

This book and some others like it, is more than sitting and reading one page after another. There are exercises to complete through the chapters to help reinforce your learning. You need to have your notebook and pen with you all the time and be prepared to do a combination of reading and writing within the time.

Since re-setting my thinking on this, I've got two thirds through the book! It just goes to show doesn't it, what you can achieve with a change of mind-set.

To Feel Happy and Connected is Your Right.

There are some really interesting exercises about getting to know who you are and what is important to you. The most important aspect for me is you work on self-limiting beliefs. You are worthy of living a full and wonderful life. To some this might sound obvious. To many others who have self-esteem issues, who might be feeling low or that something is not quite right; this book may be just what you need.

As well Katie's first hand experience and the activities, there are other tools to help. Each chapter has a combination of meditations, affirmations and also a song or songs to help reinforce the teachings of that chapter.

This book is a great start for a self-development journey. It is written in every day language, which really helps to explain certain concepts, such as the difference between thoughts, feelings and emotions. I've been clearer on this than I have been for years.

I encourage you to buy the book and start your guide to a daring and mighty life!

I also did a little update on the book on my Facebook Page, here Retrain Brain and Simply Shine Facebook Page 

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