Thursday, April 22, 2021

Me Time by Jessica Sanders

 

As a quivering ball of anxiety, ME TIME seemed like it was made for, well, me. When I had the opportunity to nab an ARC of this, I was super excited because I liked the cover and learning some self-care tactics was super appealing, even if I figured that they would probably be things like "scented candle" or "face mask." (One can't help but think of the CollegeHumor sketch, You Can Be Terrible If You Call It "Self Care," which is simultaneously a brilliant parody of people who abuse the term self-care and the people who think that self-care is an infantilization of the self.)

ME TIME isn't just about spa days and eating cheat foods. This book contains some excellent tips on how to center yourself, whether it's having a relaxing day in after a stressful day out, spending time with pets and family, or making space in your schedule to go outside and enjoy nature or exercise. I was actually impressed at how attainable so many of these goals are. One of them is as simple as just taking the effort to brush your teeth (which seems common sense, but for those who are severely depressed, even tasks that are basic hygiene can be difficult).

I would recommend ME TIME to anyone who wants to improve the quality of their life and focus on their mental health. The graphics are really fun and quite colorful and the book is helpfully divided up into sections that say how long the self-care tasks will take, so whether you only have five minutes or a half-day, there are activities and things in here that you can do to take time to appreciate yourself.

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

4.5 out of 5 stars

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