Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Calm the F**k Down by Sarah Knight

How to control what you can and accept what you can't so you can stop freaking out and get on with your life. 

I've loved Sarah Knight's writing for years. Her first book which I'm sure you'd of heard of, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k that's not even five years old, changed a lot of lives including mine. I love the book so much I gave a copies to loved ones and enjoyed discussing how best to spend our f bucks! I also read her next book, Get Your Sh*t Together and loved Sarah's honest, straight talking approach to sorting yourself out. Since, Sarah has released two books You Do You & Calm the F**k Down ; for some reason I either just hadn't noticed the two releases until listening to Emma Gannon's fantastic CTRL ALT DELETE podcast and Sarah was a guest and it was like divine intervention and I got myself over to Amazon and ordered for my next fix! 

  Calm the F**k down is different to the other three books. A key theme throughout is how being calm is focusing on how you react to things unlike the others that are about being proactive. I find calmness a rare state of mind. I'm always busy. Always on the go. The only time I honestly feel calm is if I'm in Whitstable by the sea. Sarah does well to explain though that where you live doesn't mean you will avoid not being calm - she lives in the Dominican Republic and tells a pretty nifty story about a seven legged tarantula that gets you realising that chaos can and will follow you wherever you go - no one place can leave you exempt from that feeling. 

Whenever I find a book I love, with advice in it, I write in my Smythson notebook or on my phone notes quotes and segments to come back from. Sarah challenges the 'everything is going to be okay' mindset, and gives practical ways to deal with things in the calmest way possible when things go pear shaped. There were lots of practical examples, and not just 'if this happens do this' - it was broken down into various scenarios and various outcomes. Some examples didn't apply and some did - there was an example on infertility and it was really nice to read a straight up opinion from someone not directly related to the fertility industry. 

I don't want to give too much away, but I loved this book. And if you don't buy or read this book one thing you definitely need to do, which I did right away as I was reading this was to check out Pepito The Cat for a real easy bit of calmness in your life.
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