*BEWARE* mini personal paragraph!
Do you believe in fate? I do. A few weeks ago I was at a health type crossroads; if my lifestyle didn’t start to be changed there would be a possibility of me being on medication for the rest of my life. I tell you this because on the same day I was told that, WM Collins sent me this book (i’m on their bloggers list, it wasn’t a random act). I felt in my heart that it was a sign. A few days after, I begun reading this (I was halfway through another read or I would have started it immediately), one chapter in and do you know what I did? I went for a run. My self confidence has been holding me back for years but reading the beginning of Bella Mackie’s story gave me the motivation I needed to get up and go. I’ve had a few more mad dashes (definition of running like a girl!) since but…it’s going? This is definitely a book I am thankful to have read this year! Here’s my review.
Bella Mackie works as a freelance journalist and Jog On is here debut book / biography that takes you on an in-depth journey of how running helped to improve her mental health.
Jog On is due for its release on the 27th December this year and is guaranteed to make you get up and make sure you fulfil the New Years Resolution a majority of us make every year; to get up and start controlling your life and mind! That is exactly what Bella did after her husband of 8 months divorced her for another woman. Struggling with her own personal mental – health problems and a heartbreak that she thought she’d never get through, Bella did something she would never do; she got up off the sofa, put on a pair of trainers and went for a run. That first 3 minute on / off run sparked something in Bella; her anxiety and her mind quietened whenever she ran, she was free. Jog On is an informative and humorous personal memoir dedicated to the saviour of Bella’s life, running.
Firstly, I’d like to commemorate Bella on this amazing book, I think this is going to help a lot of people who feel like they’re drowning in themselves. I’ve loved how she’s also included statistical evidence within the book but not dragged it past what is needed with information from interviewed individuals.
This read is emotionally raw and it has been called out for, for years. Bella discusses the types of anxiety disorders that are hidden under the large over-shadowing word ‘anxiety’ and how the NHS’ first line of defence is usually medication now and therapy (six months wait at least) later.
Bella has included deeply personal feelings and symptoms etc. that she experienced from the tender age of 9, including heart-breaking separation anxiety whenever her mother left home to go-to the shops, the OCD compulsive behaviour that dominated life and her cut-short education.
Once you start reading Jog on you will be blown away by Bella Mackie’s inspirational strength to take back the control of her life and show her mental health who is boss. Within the first chapter Bella turned from a helpless Bridget Jones to Katniss Everdeen!
I feel, after reading this book that mental health should be spoken about on a larger scale, especially within schools. People tend to stigmatise it and Bella speaks about not knowing whether she was ill / dying due to the physical symptoms that come hand in hand with anxiety amongst other mental health problems. Every comprehensive school library should definitely stock this book, as well as the homely family bookcase. Only then will we be able to begin removing the stigma surrounding mental – health.
This book is so well researched with statistics, information about how to identify symptoms of mental – health issues, as well as answering the questions why is running good for your mental health? Listening to your body, and how to know your limits. This really is a highly thought out and informative book. It’s not difficult to read and it’s broken up into nice sized chapters.
Also, how vibrant is that cover?! Introduce more colour onto your bookshelves with this colourful beauty!
Another reason that I loved this read was that Bella had included some vital links of information that were numerically referenced throughout, resources, as well as tips to get you started on the journey to becoming one of the running kind!
Fantastically written read! It’s available to pre-order here for its 27th December release; you can purchase it in hardback or audio (perfect for running!) so what are you waiting for?