Just a Thought is a self-help book by Amy Johnson. It aims to provide peace of mind for those suffering from negative/intrusive thoughts. Our minds are constantly at work, they are quick to predict the future, bring up the past, and worst of all, convince you that it knows everything. Johnson is a coach and psychologist who’s worked with many clients, and she explains that at the end of the day, we are all experiencing the same thing. The only thing that sets us apart, are the small details. We worry about our education, our careers, our homes, our families, etc. If we’re not worrying about the present, we’re worried about our past. It’s a never-ending vicious cycle that creates more pain while our minds are convinced, they’re just trying to help.
I respect and appreciate Johnson’s approach when it comes to labels. In the chapter titled, “Who-You-Are and What You Are Not” she explains that your thoughts don’t define you. Just because you think you are insecure, doesn’t make it so. Just because you think you are incapable; doesn’t mean you are. The chapter that I found most helpful was “Background Noise.” It talked about the importance of seeing the bigger picture rather than hyper focusing on a single detail.
I enjoyed Johnson’s real-life stories, both personal and from her clients. Hearing so many individuals experiencing the same fears and anxieties from all walks of life, proves that we’re not alone. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a hard time quieting their mind. Whether you’re overplaying a situation from years ago, or you’re overthinking a situation that hasn’t happened yet, Johnson provides clarity and different ways to approach things to attain freedom and peace of mind. Thank you to NetGalley and New Harbinger Publications Inc. for this advanced reading copy (eARC) in exchange for my honest review. This book is expected to be released in October 2021 and is available for pre-order through New Harbinger Publications and Amazon.
Just a Thought by Amy Johnson