A new book by two Lake District authors is all set to inspire good mental health among local and national readers.
Providing a daily dose of joy, with wise words on the topics of mindfulness, friendship, appreciation, kindness and happiness, Five A Day to Keep You Joyful is the first book written and created by Windermere-based writing duo, Rachel and Andrew Sainsbury (both 37).
The handy-sized book was inspired by their experience of replacing life and work in the city with raising a family in the Lake District. Rachel, who is originally from Barrow, teaches part-time in an Ulverston Primary School and is keen to promote the message that good mental health is as important as good physical health:
“Everyone knows it’s good to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to keep your body in tip top condition, we wanted to create an effective five-a-day solution for the mind too.” Explains Rachel.
“We recognised the stress levels in our offices and the impact that they were having on our, and our colleagues’, mood and mental well-being. Moving back to the Lake District provided us with the opportunity to redress the balance and concentrate on the things that bring joy and happiness to daily life. The book directly reflects our personal experience and our interest in yoga, meditation, open-water swimming and fresh air.” Concludes Andrew.
Colourful and bold graphics featuring birds and 160 pages of daily inspiration for a healthy and happy mind make Five A Day to Keep You Joyful a quick and easy guide to mental well-being.
The book will launch on Saturday 13th January at Low Sizergh Barn near Kendal, where visitors will be invited to create a tree of joy, take a lucky dip for inspirational words and the chance to win copies of the book, or browse a copy in the café. The book will be stocked at Low Sizergh Barn and other local booksellers, rrp £6.99.