Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT BANISH THE BLUES NOW by @CSCarrigan #SelfHelp #WeekendBlogHop

Today’s team review is from Aurelia, she blogs at http://mcneilsreviews.com/book-reviews/

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Aurelia has been reading Banish The Blues Now by Catherine Carrigan

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Banish the Blues NOW is a fast and easy-to-read overview on overcoming depression without medication. The book’s author, Catherine Carrigan, has been freed from psychiatric medication for twenty-two years. In addition, to explaining her own story of a nervous breakdown and hospitalization, she has researched and compiled key elements on natural alternatives for healing depression.

Catherine’s book doubles as a reflective journal in which the reader exams food and drink consumption, thought patterns, emotions, energy levels, thyroid disorders, drug side effects, amino acids, food allergies, cortisol levels, flower essences, and more. Most of all Catherine makes the connection between happiness and having a purpose in life.

I recommend Banish the Blues NOW for anyone who wants to find wholesome ways to drive away depression.

My favorite quote: “One of the simplest ways to banish your own bad mood is to create a better life for somebody else.” –Catherine Carrigan

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT UNLIMITED ENERGY NOW by Catherine Carrigan @CSCarrigan

Today’s team review is from Shelley, she blogs here http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/

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Shelley has been reading Unlimited Energy Now by Catherine Carrigan

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Unlimited Energy Now, aims to identify the area you need to work on by following the instructions in each unit. The book is set out in five ‘sections’ each divided into short chapters.

The first section is about the physical body, and having suffered from adrenal fatigue in the past I was intrigued to read about stress and the impact on your adrenals. There was a single paragraph about adrenal stress followed by a list of symptoms and then a numbered list of strategies that would help. I would have liked more information, maybe a few case studies to demonstrate how the strategies work.

Many of Carrigan’s strategies I already use, but it never hurts to re-evaluate and remind yourself how simple tools, such as placing a cushion behind your lower back, can help with your well-being. There are a few tips that you can integrate into your lifestyle dotted throughout the book.

There is a chapter on digestion, which is where I sometimes struggle, so I read this with interest. Carrigan explains what our digestive system is like when it’s balanced and healthy, and then goes on to explain how it can affect us when it’s not good. I could relate to this and was happily nodding along, but then the chapter ends without any information on how to heal my digestive tract. We are directed to check four specifics – how do we check this? With who? Can it be done at home, or do we need a doctor?

I agree with Carrigan’s philosophy; ‘When you are blessed with unlimited energy, you enjoy everything you do,’ unfortunately, for me, this book didn’t go deep enough to help me achieve that. If you are new to the self-help and the alternative health genre, and this was the first book you read on the subject, then you would be confused by many of the references as the author merely skims the surface of her topics. On the subject of chakras, we are given no explanation as to what they are, where they are, or the history of chakras. We are simply instructed to place our hand on the sixth chakra – where is it?

The author clearly knows what she is talking about and lives, works, and breathes these techniques. I would have liked her to dig deeper, explore the topics in greater detail and maybe include examples/case studies.

I gave Unlimited Energy Now a rating of 3 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT BANISH THE BLUES NOW by Catherine Carrigan @CSCarrigan

Today’s team review is from Shelley, she blogs at http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/

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Shelley has been reading Banish The Blues Now by Catherine Carrigan

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I am the first to congratulate anyone who can turn their health and wellbeing around using natural healing, so I was excited to read Banish the Blues, by an author who has lived through depression and been clear of medication for 22 years.

The author knows her subject matter and has taken great care and attention to detail when collating the information and advice for this book.

Banish the Blues, is set out as five ‘books’ divided into short chapters. In the introduction, Carrigan explains her personal story and the journey to recovery that she began many years ago. It is written from the heart, and anyone who has been touched by depression will be able to resonate with her words.

The advice from the author is straight forward and clearly laid out. I did like the section about flower essences and will look into this more for my own health and wellbeing. There is a lengthy (23 pages) bibliography at the back of the book as an abundant resource for further reading.

Unfortunately, it felt more like a directory than a self-help book, and I would have liked the author to have gone much deeper into each area. She began with her personal journey, and I was hoping for more of an explanation of her specific experience and how she transferred her lessons to real-life events. The endless pages of symptom lists became slightly monotonous for me. Although there is plenty of useful information for the reader to take away from this title, it didn’t quite deliver what I had hoped for.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com