The Self-Care Project (Paperback)

How to let go of frazzle and make time for you

By Jayne Hardy

Spring, 9781409177586, 200pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

List Price: 22.99*
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Everything you need to know about self-care; what it is, why it's important, why it's such a struggle and how to integrate it into day-to-day life.

There's a damaging misconception in society that putting ourselves first is an act of selfishness. But self-care is not just a millennial buzzword. Without the restorative power of self-care, how will we ever escape the vicious circle where we're sick and fed-up of feeling sick and fed-up? Self-care is a tool, accessible to us all, which helps us to take responsibility for our own happiness - our physical, emotional, psychological and social needs. Jayne Hardy, founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation, argues that it is the best preventative measure available to us to combat overwhelmedness, stress and ill health, in our hectic, modern world.

The Self-Care Project is for those who have been feeling off-kilter for a while but have not been able to put the finger on the 'why'. It is a no-nonsense, practical journey to help you do just that. It'll walk you through the case for self-care (why it's so darn important), why it isn't selfish at all, help you explore what self-care means for you, what your obstacles might be and provide advice on how to chisel out daily space for self-care in a practical, achievable and realistic way.

'Reading this is like a therapy session with a trusted, empathetic friend determined to help you turn things around, minus any irritating self-righteousness' The Independent

About the Author

Jayne Hardy is the founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation - a social enterprise dedicated to helping those affected by depression.

Jayne lives in Cornwall with her husband, their daughter, and their dog. She has spoken, and written, about her own experiences of depression and self-care on BBC Radio 2, at TEDxBrum, and in publications such as Huffington Post, Grazia and, to name a few.

Her innovative use of the internet to bring about positive social change was recognised from the off. She won the TalkTalk Digital Hero Award in 2011, and in 2014 was included in Marketing Magazine's list of Top Ten Digital Mavericks. Jayne has been mentioned as one of the 19 inspirational women leading the way in mental health by Rethink as part of their International Women's Day celebration. In 2016, Jayne led the viral #whatyoudontsee social media campaign.

Praise For The Self-Care Project: How to let go of frazzle and make time for you

This book tackles the enormously important subject of self-care with wit, insight and the warmth of personal experience.—Poorna Bell

From someone who's been there and got the T-shirt, these are precious, precious words on how you can emerge from the mental health abyss. So practical and so interesting - it might even be a lifesaver—Jeremy Vine

Refreshing, heartfelt and humble. This book will be a game changer in promoting positive mental health—Sarah Turner, The Unmumsy Mum

Reading this is like a therapy session with a trusted, empathetic friend determined to help you turn things around, minus any irritating self-righteousness—Jess Denham, Independent

In this engaging guide, Jayne Hardy argues it is essential for our emotional, social and psychological health that we pay mindful attention to ourselves. She sets out ways we can take better care of our own daily wellbeing—Caroline Sanderson, SUNDAY EXPRESS