Take Charge of Your Own Life Again with Alice Boyes, PhD’s ‘The Healthy Mind Toolkit’ [REVIEW]

Woman in green shirt smiling
What does it take to have a healthy mind? (Photo courtesy Canva)

As women, we wear a lot of hats, and that can challenge even the best multitaskers. Sometimes, we start going on gut instinct just to get through the day. Afterward, we have to live with the decisions we make, even if they weren’t always for the best. Those are the times we feel like hitting our heads against the wall, asking ourselves, “What was I thinking? How can I keep from making the same mistake again?” That’s where Alice Boyes’ The Healthy Mind Toolkit comes in handy.


If you have learned anything about me over the years (aside from the facts that I love to read and cook), it may be that I thrive on change. More importantly, like most women I think, I want to be the best possible version of myself. So, when I started to notice I was allowing circumstances in my life to steal my joy—especially at work—I threw up my hands and said, “Enough!”

That’s why I am particularly excited to share Alice Boyes’ The Healthy Mind Toolkit with you. When I first picked it up, I began perusing the table of contents and was delighted to find a section called “Self Sabotage at Work.” As I read, I felt like Boyes was talking directly to me.

The author goes through several different scenarios to which I could relate. For example, I’d had a meeting with management after being bullied by a coworker. To say that the meeting didn’t go well would be an understatement. But Boyes taught me strategies to better equip me to deal with other workplace conflicts in the future.

Since reading The Healthy Mind Toolkit, it’s helped me change my mindset. Now I think of having difficult conversations as a skill I can hone rather than it simply being a personality strength I either have intrinsically or don’t. That was a total “Aha! moment” for me, as Oprah would say.

But this is simply one example. Boyes shows us how we oftentimes impede our own success and how we can stop doing that. We learn to see the positive aspects of our personality rather than dwell on our deficiencies. And she shows us why self-care is an important element of our problem-solving strategy.

If you’ve been struggling with similar problems in your own life, I urge you to pick up The Healthy Mind Toolkit. I encourage you to open your mind and heart to Boyes’ keen insights and helpful suggestions. If you do, I’m sure you’ll be able to curb your emotional responses to difficult situations and find your own way to success too in all aspects of your life.

Add to Goodreads badge
About the author banner

Alice Boyes, PhD. is a former clinical psychologist turned writer and is the author of The Anxiety Toolkit.

She is a popular blogger for Psychology Today, where her articles have more than 10 million views, and she contributes to various magazines and blogs.

Her research has been published by the American Psychological Association.

To find out more, visit AliceBoyes.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Alice Boyes, PhD.

By Alice Boyes, PhD.
304 pp. TarcherPerigee. $16.

Purchase The Healthy Mind Toolkit direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, IndieBound, or Powell’s.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: