CONTENT WARNING: This post mentions eating disorders, self-harm, and suicide.
This is a spoiler-free review.
For my second book review on my blog, I wanted to read Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot. I read so many mixed reviews about, but I wanted to give it a shot. I wanted to form my own opinion based on the content and the portrayal of mental illness.
Sad Perfect is a moving story about Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. It’s informative, yet relatable. It’s heartbreaking, yet hopeful.
I do want to make a trigger warning before continuing with my review. I imagine this book can be incredibly triggering for those struggling with an eating disorder, especially ARFID. There were very descriptive passages of self-harm that triggered me greatly. I had to ground myself before reading on.
So to start my review, I say read this book at your own discretion. If you want to gain insight on less known mental illnesses, please read on.
*DON’T FORGET TO READ PARTS ONE AND TWO FIRST
A month after I turned 22, my mom called me on the phone. We were playing phone tag for a couple hours. She would call me. I would miss her call. I would call her back. She would miss mine. That’s how it was. Back and forth all day.
Finally, I picked up one of her calls. “I know you’re not going to want to hear this, but I’m getting a divorce.” That’s it. Then she hung up. Just. Like. That.
As soon as I put the phone down, tears flooded from all areas of my eyes. Areas I didn’t even know I had.
CONTENT WARNING: This post mentions graphic details of self-harm and mentions suicide and sexual abuse.
Wow guys! Wow! I can’t believe I am able to write this post today. I have reached one whole year of being self-harm free.
For the past three years, I’ve been on the bumpiest journey of my life ever since I revealed that I was sexually abused throughout my childhood. This past year in particular has been the biggest test of my strength, especially with all the added stress of my parent’s divorce and my dad’s alcoholism on top of my poor mental health.
But I’ve grown so much in the past year, and I’m so proud of the person I’m becoming. I sincerely mean that with every fiber of my being. I am becoming the person I want to be.
Without further ado…here’s my entire journey from self-harm addict to self-harm survivor.
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When I first started to dive into the idea of mindfulness, it brought a lot of anxiety. I thought I wasn’t doing it right. I thought way too hard on being mindful that I wasn’t actually being mindful at all.
First things first…to learn more about mindfulness, check out Excel at Life’s audios. You should also check out my post here for amazing apps you can download to help get you stared.
Once you become acquainted with the concept of mindfulness, you can try these 5 simple ideas to practice being more mindful:
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If you don’t know me, music is a huge passion of mine. I’m always listening to it, dancing to it, or making up my own. Plus, my boyfriend makes his own music, so I get to become accustomed to so many new styles and techniques in music.
I’ve talked quite a bit about music and particular songs that help my different mental illnesses on my blog. I wrote out my depression playlist, as well as my anxiety playlist. I’ve even wrote about 15 songs to listen to if you’re in a relationship with someone who has troubles with their mental health.
Today, I’ll be giving you my favorite albums that center around mental health. They’re not in any particular order, because how could I choose? I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have turned to these albums in my life.