Hey my Lovelies,
Did you know that MAY is #MentalHealthAwareness month? If you didn’t, now you do ☺
This month I’ll be making extra efforts to spread awareness about physical & mental illnesses on all platforms… Join me if you like 💪💙
As today is the first Monday of May, I’m coming to you with a few audiobook suggestions that have recently made their way into my library. The few I’ll mention today are ones that I think are brilliant in shedding light on how prevalent mental illness is, how people cope today, the importance of good mental health and how to achieve personal growth with the right mindset.
What a Time to be Alone – Chidera Eggerue (SLUMFLOWER)
The bestselling guide to why you are already enough
‘What a Time to Be Alone’ was the first audible book that I finished listening to in April. Although it’s a short listening time of 1 hour and 21 minutes I still thought I would need to listen to it in smaller parts, as I normally find it quite hard to take in so much information at any one time due to learning difficulties. ‘What a Time to Be Alone’ had me hooked throughout the entire audio as I resonated with Chidera on so many levels; first and foremost she is a Young Black British female out here living her best life despite any obstacles and judgements thrown her way. This audible is seasoned well with Igbo, Nigerian idioms and narrated with clear diction for all to digest. An unapologetic guide to nourishing your self-worth and esteem. Also, because this audiobook isn’t long-winded it’s definitely one you can listen to over & over and still find yourself feeling uplifted.
*me whilst listening to this audiobook*: “yaaaas girl you better preach 👏” and, “Chidera DID THAT”.
The 3-Day Effect – Florence Williams
4.5 out of 5 stars
Florence Williams is a Science journalist on a mission to explore the wilderness to see how much of a positive impact nature has on our mental health. Three days outdoors amongst nature conversing with war veterans, sex trafficking survivors and individuals that suffer from other anxiety and trauma-induced illnesses.
The 3-Day Effect looks at the science behind why being in the wild for a minimum of three days can make us happier, healthier and more creative. It encourages listeners to get motivated, get outdoors away from the situation and into a new environment.
This audio series is a great listen for those who love the city so much they may be sceptical about being amongst nature and also for those like me, who already have a present love for being amongst the trees and the bees whenever it is possible.
What do I do? Mental Health & Me – Kelly Holmes
Kelly Holmes is known for her championships and being a gold medalist whilst representing Britain in The Olympics, but now that she’s retired as an athlete she’s using her platform to raise awareness and shed light on the important topic of mental health.
What Do I Do? Mental Health and Me is a series of 10 episodes where Dame Kelly Holmes having experienced her own struggle with depression and self-harm, sets out to discover how other people cope with their mental health. Speaking to UK TV personalities, writers, comedians, journalists who are very open and honest about their mental illness diagnosis and the struggles they’ve endured throughout the years, being in the public eye and also behind closed doors.
This series will have you reeled in right from the start as you’ll hear confessions coming from public figures you would’ve never guessed. It’s a brilliant way to shed light on how common it is for people to be suffering from mental illness and also feature expert insight from a mental health professional at the end of each episode with information on when and how to seek professional help.
Hats off to Kelly Holmes for this very real and honest audible series
Take control of your life – Mel Robbins
How to Silence Fear and Win the Mental Game
5 out of 5 stars
Take control of your life is an audible original full of wit, humour and wisdom where Mel encourages her listeners to take control of your obstacles and face them head-on, but first tackling what she views as the biggest obstacle, fear.
This Audible includes a mix of one-on-one life-coaching sessions and a personal narrative with vital points that help to handle rejection, being alone and imposter syndrome. This is a good listen with tools to break free from fear and live to your fullest potential, giving insights on how to kick fear and anxiety in the shins and take steps for better mental health.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
4.5 out of 5 stars
Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is a powerful guide to help listeners solve personal and professional problems. This audiobook helps to motivate and shed light on how people can achieve their goals, access your full potential through using strategies, tips and techniques that are easily explained and remembered. Stephen R. Covey also speaks on the true value of what it means to be a sincere, rational and open-minded person. Written almost two decades ago but still very much relevant in promoting self-development for today.
So there we have it, my 5 audible book suggestions for this #MentalHealthMonday blog post.
Do you use Audible? What audiobooks do you suggest for mental health awareness and personal development?