A New Book – The Mind’s Toolbox
Tools to Fight Depression and Anxiety
The Mind’s Toolbox, by Bonnie Bawiec. Createspace.
Occasionally, a book on depression and anxiety comes around that is different from the usual dry books on these topics. This is one of those outstanding books that guide us into a new person.
Bonnie Bawiec has created her own exemplary step-by-step method of overcoming mental pitfalls. In The Mind’s Toolbox, she draws from her vast store of experience in the trenches as a mental health professional and life coach of 10 years, offering close guidance and key strategies that readers can put to immediate use to not only feel better, but also become better.
Engaging and Caring Style
Written in an engaging and caring manner, the book is full of powerful guides and tools that, when combined into a daily action plan, can both defeat depression and guide the reader to better relationships with others.
Looking Inside The Mind’s Toolbox
The book begins with key messages, therapy, and exercises introduced over seven days. Each day tackles a new theme, with easy to understand language and crystal clear examples so that anyone can learn the key strategies for that day. She even incorporates space to write our own thoughts using straightforward exercises.
The middle of the book talks about coping skills and organizes them along four domains: Diversion, Social, Cognitive, and Physical. Written with clarity, compassion, and psychologically sound earnestness, Bawiec helps the depressed reader navigate a difficult world by offering her own unique cognitive behavioral tools and coping skills.
This is followed by something we all love, a checklist of Tips for Success – a very appreciated section that we all can carry around in our pockets.
The latter sections of The Mind’s Toolbox give us even more gems. She provides tips to handle panic and anxiety attacks. She gives advice on relationships. She even lays out steps to live a life with no regrets.