A Huddersfield writer has published her a debut book inspired by her own experiences to provide and help and support for people’s mental health.
Huddersfield writer Sharon Kinder has published her debut book, The Wellness Journal. With over 25 years of professional experience in HR and Mental Health, wellness is a topic Sharon is incredibly passionate about. She wrote the book to share her own experiences and provide comfort and support to others.
“We all have mental health”, says Sharon, “some days are fantastic, and we feel on top of the world. Some days can be harder than others. When our worlds go into turmoil, we don’t always realise its effects on our health. Recognising those behaviours and making tweaks, talking or seeking further support can help us on a speedier road to recovery.”
Sharon designed the book as an interactive journal, encouraging readers to pause, reflect and become more self-aware.
“The book is challenging and gets people to look at themselves in a very honest way. It encourages readers to write their own reflections and document their wellness journey. The interactive experience is about changing behaviours and creating good habits that last. We all have our own variation of what wellbeing means to us. But we often don’t talk about it or press pause on our busy lives to think about it.”
She added “Nobody has a magic wand to make things disappear, but understanding why you are feeling the way you are and creating a plan to keep you on track can make a big difference. The Journal is well-suited for anyone who feels out of sorts but doesn’t know why and people in a good space who want to understand why so they can cement the difference.”
The book focuses on self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience, as well as the ten ‘anchors of life’ developed by Sharon. These anchors are the headers in our lives that give us stability and help us to feel safe, wanted and loved. Changes to any of these anchors, from a poor diet to financial stress, can significantly impact wellbeing.
Sharon has already begun work on a second book focusing specifically on men’s mental health, which will be published early next year. “I still regularly come across men who struggle to talk about their emotions,” Sharon adds. “I hope that by designing a journal tailored for them, I can create a safe space where they can get their feelings out, even if they don’t feel they can talk to anybody.”
Building upon the foundations of the Journal, Sharon has designed an online course to accompany the book. The half-day session encourages participants to look inward at their mental health, understand their values system and discover how to put themselves and their mental health centre stage.
Courtesy of Health & Wellbeing | Huddersfield Times