4 mental health books you MUST read today #FreelanceStruggle

Struggling with your mental health? Sometimes reading on it for 15 minutes each day is a great way to keep it constant acknowledgement. It helps to not feel alone in our struggles and can teach us new tactics on how to manage.

Brain over Binge by Kathryn Hansen

No one really talks about binge eating openly yet it is something many of us experience at one point or another. Hansen went through years of unsuccessful therapy for binge eating disorder and couldn’t seem to get it under control. The most common theory is that binge eating is a coping mechanism for some underlying psychological issue that must be unearthed in order to stop the pattern. Hansen goes on to explain how she developed her own method for stopping the illness in its tracks. 

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Black Pain by Terrie Williams

Black people are dying. Everywhere we turn, in the faces we see and the headlines we read, we feel in our gut that something is wrong, but we don’t know what it is. It’s time to recognize it and work through the trauma it causes for black and brown people. 

Terrie had made it: she had launched her own public relations company with such clients as Eddie Murphy and Johnnie Cochran. Yet she was in constant pain, waking up in terror, overeating in search of relief. For thirty years she kept on her game face of success, exhausting herself daily to satisfy her clients’ needs while neglecting her own. She learned her problem had a name — depression — and that many suffered from it, limping through their days, hiding their hurt. As she healed, her mission became clear: break the silence of this crippling taboo and help those who suffer.

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(Don’t) Call Me Crazy by Kelly Jensen 

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy attempts to destigmatize mental health by exploring the problematic word crazy, a misnomer often used to describe people who struggle with mental illness. The quick read features the stories of 33 people who have dealt with mental illness in some form, with their commentary on why we don’t talk about it enough—and why that needs to change.

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How You Doing? A Leapers Guide 

Inspired by conversations with the Leapers community, and research into over 500 freelancers about what affects their mental health, Leapers has published its first guide to looking after your emotional wellbeing when self-employed.

45% of freelancers say they hadn’t considered their mental health before taking the leap into self-employment, and over 60% say that poor mental health has had a negative impact on their ability to work. If you’re self-employed, you’ve taken on responsibility for not only doing the work, but also the accounts, the invoicing, the marketing, the sales, the admin, making the tea and buying the biscuits – and it’s often easy to forget to add your own wellbeing to the to-do list.

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