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Anxiety and Depression: Sheldon Mindfulness
Anxiety and Depression: Sheldon Mindfulness
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource, 3 May 2016
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‘Anxiety and Depression’ is an excellent guide to applying mindfulness in your life. The book offers a wealth of information about anxiety and depression, detailing what the two conditions are, how to recognise and understand them, and most importantly, how to approach them. This book is about psychology and mindfulness, so has a broader scope than just anxiety and depression. As mindfulness is a concept that can be applied broadly, I found that the book speaks powerfully to the individual on a personal level.

Dr Rezek’s model is described as an ‘emerging mindfulness-based approach’ and is based around the key idea that life happens. Mindfulness is all about building up resilience to life’s challenges, finding an inner stability and relearning how to live in the present moment, an ability we all had as children but have since lost.

Dr Rezek employs a step by step approach to dealing with anxiety and depression. The book is divided into four parts, each important in their own right and each equally interesting. I especially liked reading the chapter ‘Facts, Figures and You,’ as it made me realise that anxiety and depression are conditions on a truly global scale. Mixed anxiety and depression is the number one mental health complaint in the UK, with 1 in 10 people suffering from depression at some point in their lives. Reading this book in the light of these statistics made me appreciate Dr Rezek’s work all the more. This book is an important and helpful resource, and not just for those suffering with depression or anxiety.

One of the most interesting parts of the book was the chapter dedicated to men and depression. This is an issue that is rarely discussed and yet is very important, especially considering that men have a higher suicide rate than women. The chapter details some of the symptoms of depression in men and how they differ from women, which is useful in helping people to recognise the condition, in themselves or their loved ones.

What I liked most about this book was its writing style. Clear and easy to read, the prose is nevertheless compelling. Dr Rezek’s tone is both reassuring and professional; the knowledge, experience and expertise gleaned from her career as a consultant clinical psychologist really shine through. The book is geared around helping people, and the short mindfulness exercises (such as a moment of stillness), as well as the links to audio resources, go a long way in helping people to apply mindfulness as a practical tool. The more I learned about mindfulness, the more I realised that it could be very useful to everyone, as a way of coping with life’s challenges.

I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn more about mindfulness and how it can be applied in your life. Detailed, interesting, and above all, helpful, this book is an excellent resource.


Married in Name
Married in Name
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read!, 23 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Married in Name (Kindle Edition)
‘Married in Name’ is a perfect love story, filled with sparkling characters and swoon-worthy romance. What I really loved about this novel was the way in which Daram grounds the whole thing in reality, making it realistic and relatable. At the same time, however, the story is also entwined with a beautiful, fairytale-esque magic that ensures the happy ending we all crave, making this rom-com a true delight to read.

The novel starts with a diary entry, a somewhat clichéd, but nevertheless engaging decision on the part of the author. The use of a diary allows an immediate connection with our charming protagonist, Riyha, a sassy, witty and instantly likeable 21-year-old living in London. Riyha was by far and away my favourite character. Full of energy, bursting with sarcastic comments and complete with a bubbling internal monologue that never failed to entertain, Riyha is the driving force of the book. Her interactions with other characters served, in turn, to bring them to life as well.

This is immediately apparent when we are first introduced to Nick Summers, the dashing guy-next-door. It is his glittering dialogue with Riyha that made me first like him as a well-rounded character, although I did find it a bit odd when he decided to help himself to a stranger’s kitchen and make a drink for a sleeping girl in the very first chapter. It was the little things like this, however, that fuelled my interest in this story. Although the setting is delightfully realistic – you really get the buzz and rattle of London when you read these pages, it is these small, extraordinary events that add to the romanticism of the novel. You can tell from the very beginning that this is going to be a book about passionate love, a love that transcends the plain and the everyday. For a romance novel, this is undoubtedly a success. The passion at the start continues throughout, culminating in an ending that I was very happy with, if also a little surprised.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good rom-com. The plot is entertaining and pleasingly unpredictable; the characters are well developed, complete with backstories and very clear motives. The passion is undeniable, but I would say that it was the small dashes of humour that really make this book sparkle. Prepare yourself for smiles and a warmed heart – this is a book for all you hopeless romantics out there.


Chalet Hosting - Your Step By Step Guide
Chalet Hosting - Your Step By Step Guide
Price: £2.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to know if chalet hosting is right for you?, 23 Sept. 2014
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‘Chalet Hosting – Your Step by Step Guide’ was a complete, comprehensive manual for being a chalet host. For the ignorant among us, a chalet host works in a ski resort in a catered chalet. They spend their time cooking and cleaning for their guests before hitting the slopes in the afternoon and partying all night long.

When I first started reading this e-guide, I was under the impression that being a chalet host was similar to being a glorified butler. Having finished the book, I now know that it is the job of a lifetime and something I would love to do in the future. Seriously – chalet hosting is dream job material!

Written in educational, yet bubbly prose, Sarah Williams (author and serial adventurer) manages to be both entertaining and informative. This guide covered everything you needed to know about being a chalet host, from where to work, who to apply to, what a typical day was like and how to survive the training week. As well as an astoundingly detailed account of how to cook the perfect meal (which included a section on cooking cakes at high altitude) this guide also included how to ace interviews and write an amazing CV.

This was the first guide I have ever come across that actually went into detail on succeeding at a job interview. Where others vaguely advised to “ask questions at the end”, Williams provided a list of possible questions, set out in neat bullet points. Whilst others merely cautioned to “dress smartly”, Williams launched in with exactly what constitutes as smart, cheekily reminding boys to “wear black socks,” and girls to choose shoes they “can walk in.” This was advice for the real world, from the real world, and was related to the reader in such a charming way I found myself actually laughing out loud. Williams has a gift for being both witty and illuminative. Her meticulous guide provides first class tips on all aspects of chalet life – and there is even a section on the matter of sleeping with the guests. This innocuous subheading made me chuckle with its first bullet point, “only sleep with the hot ones.”

The in-depth nature of this guide really makes it stand out. I had no idea that there was so much to learn about the world of being a chalet host. This isn’t a job for the faint hearted: there is an awful lot of hard work involved. Early mornings, hideous hangovers and grumpy guests, to name but a few. But, as Williams so cheerfully pointed out, the job comes with a luxury lifestyle and innumerable benefits. You get to become a fabulous skier, a superstar cleaner, and a baker to rival the skill of Mary Berry. You come home with transferable talents such as customer service, budgeting, teamwork and public speaking. And that’s only the very tip of the iceberg!

This guide made me smile, educated me, and left me with a burning desire to be a chalet host. Congratulations to Sarah Williams for writing another inspirational guide!


CHERUB: The Sleepwalker: Book 9 (CHERUB Series)
CHERUB: The Sleepwalker: Book 9 (CHERUB Series)
Price: £3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars good, 10 July 2014
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Good book really interesting and I would recommend reading it as it is funny. Can't wait for the next book


The Killing: Book 4 (CHERUB Series)
The Killing: Book 4 (CHERUB Series)
Price: £4.49

4.0 out of 5 stars good book, 23 Jun. 2014
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Good book, would be better if a bit more action was there instead of just planting bugs and stuff like that. Overall I recommend this book!


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