‘I have been given this product as part of a product review through The Chronic Illness bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company’.
Hey my loves,
I am so excited to be doing my review on this book. Firstly, ye should know that I absolutely hate reading but when I got an email from the chronic illness bloggers to apply to review this book I jumped on the opportunity.
I wanted to read this book as I suffer from many illnesses and I am always trying new helps to improve my health. Since I started reading this book I found it hard to put the book down. I was constantly, wanting to find time to sit and read more. Which is a new for me, I would normally read a chapter of a book and then forget it, but not this time.
Shannon Harvey herself suffers from a chronic illness and with her busy life as a journalist, she dove into research the whole health life and how she could improve her own life. I am so grateful to her for sharing her story and her research as I already have made changes in my life and can see a huge improvement.
I started reading this book when I went into hospital for my rehabilitation, which was the perfect time, as what I was shown and learning in the hospital I was reading in the book and it all really hit home. As I read everything was setting off light bulbs in my head, as each chapter really related to my situation.
I found the book very easy to read and I never got board, as Shannon uses so many case studies and researches findings showing key evidence into different factors that can affect our health. At the end of each chapter she gives her key takeaways, which I found very helpful. She also gives points to getting started giving you what you need to change your life to benefit your health. She also gives extra resources in which you can access books and apps relating to the topic in that chapter.
I took some notes as I read through the book of key points in which I need to change my life or facts I found very interesting and that people need to know.
‘Focus on one topic per month. Too much at once will set you up to fail’. This line really hit home for me as I always think yes I need to make changes and I try to change too much at once. Like they told me at the hospital I need to pace myself.
The first chapter in the book looks into stress. This chapter will help everyone, as we all have stress in our lives. No matter how much we try to avoid it, it’s a part of life, but how you deal with stress is how it will affect your health. ‘Stress has a strong impact on physical and mental health’. I know when I’m stressed my pain levels increase, leading to me taking more pain meds, which leads to that affecting my bowel movements, making me feel tired and drained, with more pain and feeling ill, my moods drop and I feel down and been a person who struggles with depression this is something i need to work on as I don’t want another breakdown.
‘Stress is the reason many of us say we eat too much and sleep too little; it’s the reason were distracted, grumpy, impatient and sick’. Everyone would benefit from reading this chapter alone its really shows in great detail how stress affects so much in one’s life regarding their health.
‘Chronic stress is associated with a greater risk of depression, heart disease, diabetes, auto-immune disease, upper respitory infections, poorer wound healing, and increased susceptibility to infectious illnesses.’
I honestly didn’t realise how bad stress was for me. I know it causing ageing as I’m a beautician but after reading this book I have been working on my stress and balancing out my day to day plans and not over loading myself with things to do as that makes me stressed.
I’m am going to skip some of my notes because I wrote so much and this post will be as long as a book if I included everything along with my own words. ( I tend to ramble).
Chapter five looks at movement. This chapter was brilliant as I was doing physio and hydrotherapy in hospital and this chapter really helped me understand why our bodies need to move. ‘Exercise helps maintain blood pressure, reduces immflammation, boots lung function, improves blood flow to the brain-giving it an oxygen boost which feeds neural tissues and enhances memory’. Since my rehab I have been doing 30min to an hour to exercise everyday and I honestly am doing so much better. I have less pain, no dizzy spells which would be caused from my low blood pressure, less palpitations, I’m sleeping better and I am feeling happier in myself. ‘When it comes to exercise do what you can with what you have got’.
Chapter seven is on sleep. I have or I should say had a huge problem with insomnia. This chapter explained so much to me which really helped me sleep at night. I was relying on three tablets a night to sleep and I have now cut down to one and eventually will stop taking them and I am sleeping all night. Might wake once but nothing like before, I couldn’t get to sleep I would wake every hour and I was always exhausted. After reading this chapter and I have been working on my sleep with over two weeks and it’s gone so good. I get to sleep early and wake early without alarms. I don’t feel drained and fatigued all day.
I would rate this book 10/10 and I have and will continue to recommend it to everyone. Even if you think your healthy you will still benefit from reading this book and you learn so much. I am so glad I got the opportunity to read this book and I will definitely be watching shannons documentary ‘The connection: mind your body’. I will also look into all the extra resources Shannon gave and read more about the whole health life and I will certainly continue working on my whole health life.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you too will find this book as good and helpful as I did.
I included the link to the book- The whole health life, and the doccumentary- The connection: mind your body below if ye are interest just click the button.
If you have any questions you can always ask I will link my email and social media platforms below and dont hesitate to contact me.
lots of love,