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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Balanced Bodies: A Holistic Approach to Happiness by Alexandra M Asirvadam is an uplifting and insightful book that gives a holistic and practical approach to mental health. The book creates more awareness of how nutrition and lack of self-care affect mental health. The author shares simple coping skills and ways to improve daily lives, thereby enabling one to have a balanced life with increased happiness. The book follows the Eastern concept that speaks about the four dimensions - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual - and how a proper alignment of these dimensions will enable fine tuning to living a fulfilling and enriched life. The book adopts a holistic approach to treating mental health and achieving a complete healing in all areas of life.
The author’s approach to the topic is different and that makes the book unique and original. The author handles a relevant topic in a simple manner, making it easy to understand and practice. She handles the topic extensively and methodically. It is a good book to help readers to understand the connection between mental and physical health and how emotional disturbances can manifest as ill health. It is a good guide for readers on how to take care of themselves, have happy thoughts, eat simple and healthy food, and lead a simple life. Books that help to explore relationships in life and healthy boundaries are good as these help readers to adopt a holistic perspective so that they can live healthier and longer lives. This is definitely a book to have in one’s personal collection as it can be read again whenever there is a need to create a self-care routine.