Hello readers. This is Shawn and today, we’re going to be a little more personal. Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows and will sometimes give you lemons instead. Believe me, as easy as it is to say “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” it still can be a tough ride.
I’ve been struggling with anxiety issues since back in secondary school and we all know how confusing puberty can be. But guess what? I found an unexpected ally in this fight – books. Yep, curling up with a good read isn’t just for escaping reality (though that’s a delicious bonus!), it can be a powerful tool for understanding our mind, improving our mindset, and even finding humour amid the chaos.
So if you’ve been feeling overwhelmed for the past few days, I’d like to recommend some books that have provided me some peace of mind.
“I Want to Die But I Want to Eat Tteokbokki” by Baek Se-Hee
“I Want to Die But I Want to Eat Tteokbokki” is the first Korean novel that I own and I still read it every once in a while. This best-selling Korean graphic novel is a brutally honest and darkly funny exploration of depression and anxiety. Baek Se-hee doesn’t shy away from the raw emotions, but her humor and relatable characters make the journey surprisingly light-hearted. You’ll find yourself laughing and crying alongside the protagonist, a young woman navigating the complexities of life and longing for that comforting bite of tteokbokki amidst the chaos. Be warned, it hits close to home, but that’s exactly what makes it so powerful.
“The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
This whimsical tale is a heartwarming escape into a world between life and death. Nora Seed, our protagonist, finds herself in a library filled with books representing all the paths she could have taken. Each book offers a glimpse into a different life, allowing her to confront regrets and rediscover her love for life. Haig’s writing is both poignant and witty, reminding us that even in the darkest moments, there’s always a way forward, and sometimes, all it takes is a little perspective and a dash of imagination.
“The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk
I remember being attracted by the book cover whilst roaming through a local bookstore. It was a rare case where the book cover was equally as fascinating as its content. This book delves deeper into the science behind trauma and anxiety, offering practical tools for healing. Van der Kolk’s approach is both scientific and compassionate, explaining how our bodies store trauma and how we can work with our nervous systems to find peace. While it’s denser than the previous two, the insights and exercises it offers are invaluable for anyone looking to understand and manage their anxiety.
Remember, folks, you’re not alone in this journey. Book therapy isn’t just about escapism, it’s about finding solace, understanding, and even laughter in the face of our anxieties. So, grab a book, brew a cup of something soothing, and let the words wash over you. You might just find yourself surprised at the strength and comfort you find between the pages.
Now, it’s your turn! Feel free to share your favourite mental well-being reads in the comments below. Until next time, hope you have a wonderful day ahead!