Monday, January 22, 2018

How To Stop Feeling Like Sh*t Book Review

 How To Stop Feeling Like Shit by Andrea Owen on Amazon

Surprise, Surprise...I have a review for a self-help book in January!! I am actually laughing at myself as I type this.

I am nothing if not consistent in my love of books on self-improvement, so when I was asked if I'd like to read and review How To Stop Feeling Like Shit: 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back from Happiness by Andrea Owen *, I jumped at the opportunity. I have her previous book, 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life, on my Kindle and have listened to a few of her podcasts. Plus, I have goals for 2018, and can use all the help I can get. It felt like a match made in heaven.

Owen is a no-nonsense, straight-talking life coach/guru...so her books are filled with a lot of no-bullshit practical advice, which I love. I have mentioned on the blog before, especially in regards to Gretchen Rubin, that when I'm reading a self-help book, I want practical tips that I can actually put into play in my life. I don't necessarily need a whole lot of the psychology behind it, although that's nice. I want you to tell me what I should be doing when I wake up tomorrow. This book is filled with exercises and practices that I can do...and it's laid out in a manner that makes it easy to find those tips.

The book covers somewhat negative habits that a lot of women fall prey to, and ways that you can acknowledge them, and work on changing them for the better. A few examples of the habits she covers would be catastrophizing, people pleasing (which is a HUGE one for me), listening to your bitchy inner-critic and the imposter complex.

While I personally don't find that I struggle constantly with every habit that she describes, some of them are things that I do really have issues with. In reading to review, I picked the book up and devoured it cover to cover. But, I have big plans to go back and do the exercises she lists for the habits that I do think I need to work on. I feel it's one of those books that you can use for the chapters that you need, and then skim the rest. The exercises didn't appear to be too woo-hoo out-there crazy, or so involved that I wouldn't want to conquer them. And they actually made sense to me, and felt practical enough that I feel they would do me good.
 How to stop feeling like shit on Amazon
The book isn't hefty, and was a quick read at 224 pages. It's not quite as cerebral in it's sass as Sarah Knight's books, yet it's way more blunt and cool than Rubin...if that makes sense. I like the author, and how open she is about past mistakes in her life, and how she's grown into the woman she is today. Unlike others, I don't mind that it seems we now have life coaches falling out of trees in their abundance. I'm personally working to become a bigger fan of myself, and will read anything that might have one tiny little nugget of info that resonates and helps me in some way to improve and grow into the woman I want and know I can be. Yes...I'm aware that the previous sentence smells so bad of cheese, I almost deleted it...and I would have if it wasn't so TRUE. But there were definitely nuggets in this book, and I felt it was worth the time I'd invested in it.

And Andrea Owen gets bonus points because she regularly posts her dancing unabashedly on Instagram. I mean, crazy dancing...with friends...in the kitchen. Dancing like no one is watching, even though thousands are. For this, I am a fan. Because I have come inches away from posting myself dancing on an Insta-Story. And I regularly sing and dance on Snapchat. Plus, Jonathan Fields said we should, so....

Anyway, huge thanks to the author and her people for sending me the book! I will continue to work my way through it, and definitely thought it was a good nonfiction book to start 2018 with. But please don't worry, 2018 is not going to be filled with self-help, I promise. Next up I should have a slightly naughty to full on naughty compilation book, and your standard book club fare, along with plenty of others. 😁

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