Through the Hourglass

By Libby-Mae Ford and Cara Lisette (co-editors)

Exploring the past, present and future reflections from those recovering from a mental illness

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Looking after your mental health!! - And book update.

Hello lovely people!! 

I hope that you are all well and staying safe. Thank you so much to those that have pledged so far!! We have almost hit 150  pledges which is AMAZING!! 

I am very excited to announce that we have had a little revamp of the pledge levels and there are now some additional pledge levels. There are two new pledge levels for individuals, these are: 

  1. Read with a friend - At this level you will receive two signed copies of the paperback, two mugs, an ebook and your name in the back of the book. 
  2. The hourglass bundle - At this level you will receive a signed copy of the paperback, an ebook and your name in the back of the book as well as the exclusive pin badge, mug and tote bag.

And there are now three exclusive pledge levels for schools!! These are:

  1. Bronze school pledge - At this level you will receive 10 signed copies of the book to a school of your choice, a one hour virtual visit from one of the contributors and your schools name in the back of the book. 
  2. Silver school pledge -  At this level you will receive 20 signed copies of the book to a school of your choice, a one hour virtual visit from one of the contributors and your schools name in the back of the book. 
  3. Gold school plegde -  At this level you will receive 30 signed copies of the book to a school of your choice, a one hour virtual visit from one of the contributors and your schools name in the back of the book. 

Myself and the writers for the book are very excited about these new pledge levels, as we hope you are too! If you know of anyone who may like any of these new levels, please do share our crowdfunding page with them!

Myself and the other contributors have been discussing the lack of representation of all ages, genders and races within those writing for the book and have therefore, after discussing it with those at Unbound, we have decided to open up submissions again for 5 new POC and male writers to join our team and work with us on producing a book that explores all experiences of mental illness and not just the experieneces of white, young, cisgender females. Unfortunetly this does mean that we have decided there will no longer be any illustrations paired with 10 of the letters in the book. We completely understand that illustrations being a part of the book may be something that you were excited about and as a result if you would like to withdraw your pledge and receive a refund that it something you are able to do. 

The past month, since the last update, I have been thinking a lot about mental health in the world today. Looking after our own mental health during this pandemic is vital and I wanted to share with you a few things that has helped me personaly to look after my mental health during this difficult time. 

  • Trying to plan my days ahead of time - I have found it very benifical to create a routine and plan out my days. I try not to plan for big things to happen in the same day as I find that can be quite overwhelming. I like to schedule in little things, like having a cup of tea, reading a book, watering the plants or painting. I find scheduling little activities throughout the day amoungst one big task per day to be a lot less stressful and daunting than trying to cram in lots of big tasks every day. 
  • Getting some fresh air - Sometimes going for long walks is a little too scary at the moment, but I find that most days even just spending five minutes in the garden to get a little fresh air each day really helps to boost my mood and I tend to feel a lot more energised and motivated. 
  • Making time for a weekly phone call with a friend - I cannot stress enough how much having weekly phone calls with my friends has helped prevent my mood from dropping. Whether it's a 10 minute phone call or a two hour phone call, it's been so helpful to keep that connection with my friends whilst I've been unable to see them face to face. 
  • Doing something nice for yourself each day - During lockdown I found that I was waking up around 6am each morning and stuggling to get back to sleep so I started sitting in the garden with a book and a cup of tea whilst watching the sun rise. It really helped to do something nice for myself and to take the time to enjoy and appriciate the little things in life. We're often so busy that we forget to take five minutes to oursleves but it is so benifical, so try taking time out of each day to do something nice for yourself. It could be as simple as watching an episode of your favourite TV show or having your favourite biscuit with a cup of tea. Anything that makes you feel good.
  • Experimenting with your hobbies - At the start of lockdown I picked up an old hobby, painting, and I found so much joy in creating pieces of art work. It not only gave me a sense of acomplishment, it also helps to distract me and calm my mind. I started to experiment with different paint strokes and different styles and I had a lot of fun. Maybe you've been wanting to revamp a staple recipe or you want to explore different genres of books. Whatever it may be, have some fun with it and try not to put any pressure on yourself!!

And finally, following on from this, myself and 4 of the contributors have put together a video for World Mental Health Day that will be uploaded on to our instagram on the 10th October. Our instagram is @throughthehourglassbook if you would like to check that out!! 

Thank you so much for continuing to support our book. I hope you have a lovely rest of your day!! 

Lots of love, Libby x



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