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  • Written by: Dr Julie Smith
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Brought to you by Penguin.

Drawing on years of experience as a clinical psychologist, online sensation Dr Julie Smith shares all the skills you need to get through life's ups and downs.

Filled with secrets from a therapist's toolkit, this is a must-have handbook for optimising your mental health. Dr Julie's simple but expert advice and powerful coping techniques will help you stay resilient no matter what life throws your way. 

Written in short, bite-sized entries, you can turn straight to the section you need depending on the challenge you're facing - and immediately find the appropriate tools to help. From managing anxiety, dealing with criticism or battling low mood, to building self-confidence, finding motivation or learning to forgive yourself, this book tackles the everyday issues that affect us all and offers easy, practical solutions that might just change your life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2022 Dr Julie Smith (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Toolkit for your mental health issues

Must read by anyone who is struggling with mental health problems. Author has written the book in a very accessible and highly organized manner which I love it. I definitely going to buy a hardcopy of this book and write a summary for myself. I have been reading lot of books written by psychologist and this is one of my favourite so far.

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amazing book. It's like reading 8 small books

Great book, we all face challenges of self doubt, criticism, Fear, Grief, stress and relationships. This book cover each one separately and help us to understand how to tackle these. All the guidance is given by a professional, a therapist.
One should definitely read this.

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must read

Must Read for anyone who is going through a tough phase or trying to understand themselves better

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Such a heartwarming and yet powerful book!

We're truly living in incredible times when we can access years of research and experience, condensed in such small packages as this book.

It was so gratifying to go through all the different aspects that we humans undergo in the world today and how just learning to conduct yourself better can be a solution to every single problem.

So pleased that I came across Dr. Julie and this book. Amazing work!

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Optional most of the things are good

Spend time if you have finished all your wishlist then you can start reading this book. One time read.

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Motivational

loved it... Must read to revisit the past with fresh perspective to change the present and inspire the future...

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Beautiful! worth referring to once in a while!

Loved it! Has great practical tips to improve quality of life while striving to achieve your dreams. Identifying and working on your emotions as a part of human experience. Concise and Power packed! Take notes😉

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-01-23

It was ok

I think it was ok. Probably need to listen to it once more.
Good advice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-22

So not worth it

It is always more or less the same with self help books but this one is just not worth the hassle of listening. Had to return because I could not stand the “filler” sentences throughout a chapter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-08-22

A MUST read

This is a must read for any human being. This is the best gift you could give yourself or any one of your loved ones. It’s a precious book that holds a special place in my heart (and book shelf ;)) and I will keep my eyes open in case the author decides to release anything else.

This book is a guide for life and I liked that she included “toolkit” sections because this is exactly what I felt this book gave me - a toolkit for how to live my life in the best way possible, to navigate it confidently, with the right outlook, attitude, mindset and approach, be present, deal with things the right way for positive outcomes and really bring the best out of it.
I loved the title, the structure and of course the content. It was full of insight and impactful knowledge and it was organized so well!
The narration was perfection.

This is a book you get back to, reference in many different circumstances and recommend to anyone who would listen.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙏🏻

Thank you to the author for this book, it was a wonderful ride :)

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  • Pieter
  • 20-06-22

Excellent and practical application

very helpful book and derived a lot of insight and value from the book. the practical application is outstanding

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-22

Get this book!

I have been a Dr. Julie Smith follower in Instagram for ages now. I love her videos and I was very excited when she announced her book, unfortunately it wasn's available in South Africa just yet so I started listening to the audio book and I have loved it. Her voice is easy to follow, only downside is that I have been listening to it while driving and there are times when I wish I could write things down. This book provides great tips that are easy to follow and I look forward to implementing them.

Thank you Dr. Smith for showing me that I'm not alone in trying to figure out this thing called life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-22

PDF

For those wondering where PDF is - I couldn’t find it to start with either but if you click on ‘chapters’ it’s right at the top in bold. Hope this helps.

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  • Emma Green, PhD, MSc, BSc
  • 07-02-22

Useful info but lots of healthism and ableism

I enjoyed the book overall. As someone with 3 psychology degrees, a lot of it wasn’t new to me but it was presented in a way that was engaging and easy to read.

There was a lot of focus on physical health and sadly no discussion or even acknowledgement of the social determinants of health. These have been consistently demonstrated to contribute to 80-90% of health outcomes so ignoring them in favour of endless talk about exercise and diet is a huge omission.

Within the huge amount of content on health-promoting behaviours there was also no acknowledgement of the barriers that people face in being able to engage in them. Not everyone is in a position to simply make a ‘choice’ about doing more exercise. No mention of privilege is another huge oversight.

Worth a read but it’s certainly far from a comprehensive perspective of all the factors that influence mental (and physical) health and far too individualistic. Clearly well-intended but misses the mark.

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  • Tony D
  • 08-01-22

Here’s hoping!

I’ve watched many of Dr. Julie’s short videos on social media, and became quickly hooked on the way they made me feel.
I was going to buy the book, but was given an Audible subscription for Xmas so this audible book was destined to be my first purchase.
I like that Dr Julie narrates it, as it feels like she’s talking to me direct.
Even after just a few chapters I have started using the techniques she describes, eg writing down what I’m grateful for! I now realise I’ve been in ‘low mood’ for quite some time!
Its only been a few days since publication but this morning I feel better than I have for a long time, and feel ‘my body has a smile’
Lots more left to listen to, but, here’s hoping for a real change in my mood and lifestyle!
Ps. I’ll probably end up buying the book as well!

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  • Social Work Tutor
  • 18-01-22

A dull and boring guide to self-counselling

A dull and boring guide to self-counselling.

This book probably sounded good when pitched to an editor off the back of a successful social media account, and I imagine it will find an audience based on the promise alone.

However that promise of a ‘one size fits all’ approach to self-counselling is simply not realised and we are left with a book that promises much but delivers little.

There is far too little time afforded to far too many complex matters and the book feels flat, dull, and boring as a result.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-22

A toolkit we all need

I could not stop listening! This book gently gives an insight to the tools for life which everyone will benefit from. I have loved listening so much - I will be buying the paper copy to keep reading!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-22

Annoying references

Im on chapter two of the audio book and already think it’s not well adapted for audio. Reference to images/diagrams on the next page not ideal when you are listening to the book

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  • Alžběta
  • 18-01-22

Wow. What a book! A guide for life!

I haven't even listened to all the sections of the book yet, only the three that I found most applied to my issues, but the book has already proved indispensable. I especially appreciate Dr Julie's heavy focus on practicality and the realities of life - e.g. when she acknowledges that some stressful elements in life are impossible to remove and one simply has to learn to manage the stress in a healthy way.
This book is really a treasure trove of sensible, practical, down-to-earth and easily actionable advice on facing and dealing with the challenges of life.
Thank you, Dr Julie!

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  • Abdullah Ali
  • 12-01-22

beautiful

absolutely stunning book loved every minute other work looking forward more of her work, will be do it again

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  • CB
  • 10-02-22

Rubbish

Nobody told you because it wasn’t worth saying! Not even in multicoloured don’t!
The narrators voice is nice. 🤔

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  • Aman
  • 12-01-22

Where’s the pdf

Great start until
I realised can’t view the PDF and Audi or
Refuse to
Help

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-01-22

Same Thing. Different Title.

This would probably be a good book if you've never read a self help book before.
If you've read any self help books before, this is just a regurgitation.
Or at least that's all I got from it before I couldn't listen any longer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-22

Doesn't suit audiobook format

Too many references to images and graphs in a pdf so you lose context quickly.

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  • Stacey James
  • 24-01-22

Must Read

Best book on mental health I have ever come across. You NEED to read this book. Dr Julie is amazing and has reached out to millions of people and I am certain has changed millions of lives. Thank you Dr Julie, from the bottom of my heart.

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  • Artless Dodger
  • 07-05-22

Great practical guide - but please be careful with recommending meditation

There is a building body of evidence suggesting myriad adverse effects meditation can have - particularly for those experiencing trauma. It might be worth suggesting that people watch out for vispassana meditation retreats and or other intensive practices can cause people to experience things such as involuntary tics and twitches, repressed memories reappearing and more. There are also cults that feed on this vulnerability. Mediation is also out of step with the modern experience, so it’s worth suggesting that not too much emphasis should be placing pressure on learning the theistic core of meditation practice. Just some thoughts. Great speaking voice, great practical guide otherwise. But we do owe a great deal of respect for the modern appropriation of ancient religions as tools for mental health. They weren’t always used like this and Buddhism has been a way of life and cultural phenomenon for a long, long time. So it’s worth researching and letting the audience know this. It is powerful and has been used by cult leaders. (Not saying you are doing this, obviously! Hahaha)

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  • Roger Sutherland
  • 24-02-22

Absolutely Superb

This book is a must read for everyone.

WHNTMTB is a book you'll pull off the shelf at different times in your life to refer back to for guidance.

Highly Recommended read/listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-22

I learnt so much.

I learnt so much thanks to Dr Julie Smith. I also loved how she Narrated her own book, and how she combined, Psychology, Mental Health Practical Tips, Real Life Stories & her own personal stories in a really easy way. With so much going on in the World and Communities today, I feel much more equipped as I now have so many more knowledge, insight, tips, hacks, practices to support me along the way. I also hope if you have now read my review & choose to read this book it always brings you that same learning experience. Yvette Le Blowitz, Australia

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  • sachin
  • 26-01-22

great tips

I love everything about this book. Dr Julie's advice are definitely useful, I will be applying all her teachings to improve myself. Thank you Dr Julie!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-22

Inspiring

I started following Dr Julie Smith on Tiktok i love her approach to life. This book is full of insightful information for mental health. Definitely an eye opener.

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  • Mohan Paul
  • 23-02-22

Awesome toolkit for managing modern day living

I was so impressed by this audiobook that I bought the hardcopy as well!
I really liked the straightforward and personal manner in how this book was narrated by the author.
I'll definitely be using it as a guide now and in the future!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-22

Superb book

Wonderful narration and a lot of much needed information that I can reflect on.

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