If you suffer from depression and/or anxiety, as I do, you know that there are times when your mind is not your own. Thoughts from another planet seem to take over and hammer your brain with beliefs that you know on a certain level aren't healthy or true, but you're quickly under their spell. The enemy's army comes marching through, aided by a barrage of negative thoughts, brutally attacking your sense and sensibilities, and an emotional coup topples every last bit of wisdom, love and positivity that had once ruled your world.
It gets ugly.
Let me introduce you to a beautiful and effective peacekeeper; a gorgeous little book described as "an illustrated guide to making peace with your mind - even when it's driving you crazy." Who's Mind is it Anyway? by Lisa and Franco Esile is a picture book, whimsically illustrated, accompanied by lighthearted yet profound text that lassos your stampeding thoughts while instilling a sense of calm and control through it's gentle guidance.
This book is a quick, delightful, healing read; keep it handy to re-read whenever those negative thoughts and beliefs start a mutiny in your mind. I recommend sharing it with your family, as well. There could be a benefit to reading it together at a family meeting, introducing a new and better way of dealing with upsets; then making it your go-to whenever things get a little crazy.
We all need a gentle reminder at times. "You are already the best and only version of yourself. You just have trouble seeing it." Thanks, Lisa and Franco. I needed that!
Whose Mind is it Anyway? Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life by Lisa and Franco Esile is available for Kindle and in paperback at https://www.amazon.com/Whose-Mind-Anyway-Your-Head/dp/1101982632. You can check out their website at http://francoandlisa.com/ for more cool, happy stuff!