Remember This When You're Sad - Maggy Van Eijk
Release Date: 11th January 2018
Started Reading: 12/01/2018
Finished Reading: 15/01/2018
'Self-love is a term everyone throws around like it's fluffy and easy but to go through something and accept it rather than work it out on the battlefield of your body is actually one of the hardest things to do.'
The publisher kindly sent me a copy of Remember This When You're Sad to review, and I'm so glad they did. This book is hilarious, helpful, and like a nice hug all in one.
Remember This When You're Sad is part memoir, part self-help, based on the experiences of former Buzzfeed Social Media Editor and current BBC Social Media Manager Maggy Van Eijk. It focuses on her anxiety, depression, panic attacks and disassociation and how she gets through each day with them.
I really loved reading this. I never really read many self-help books before Matt Haig's Reasons To Stay Alive, but now I really love them and enjoy that they make you feel like you're being cuddled while reading them.
This book managed to be absolutely hilarious in places while somehow also remaining serious and to the point. It spoke about anxiety in the same way that I address mine. I wouldn't have gotten through so much if it hadn't have been for being able to laugh at it sometimes.
It doesn't preach a miracle cure to mental illnesses. Instead, Maggy Van Eijk talks through different ways of getting through your worst points, from telling you the best places to have a good cry to explaining how to 'Club Penguin' your problems. It's the perfect mental health book for my generation.
I loved how the book is split into lots of lists, and the chapters are split so you can easily flick to the one you need the most at the time you need it.
Maggy Van Eijk even went into the detail of discussing people's reactions when you talk about your mental health and it made me think about something that happened when I was at college that I had forgotten about until now. I've always been open about my mental health, especially when it was much worse when I was in college. I spoke to a girl I knew about it and she said 'But why are you so open about it? You don't talk about things like that.' People's reactions in the book were quite similar to that.
It's sad to see that this is a normal thing that people think, but at the same time, it's not shocking. There is still a massive stigma around mental health conditions, which is why I love books like this that talk openly about it.
This is definitely one of my favourite mental health books. I've already had to buy it for a friend and I've got two friends waiting to borrow my copy. I've never read a book that has been so much like talking to a friend.
'My body is not my enemy. It just overreacts to things sometimes and that's actually OK.'
Want to read it?
Buy it in the UK here and the US here.