Book Review: Minding Your Mind


The mind is a marvel. It’s at the centre of our most rewarding experiences. It lets in awe and laughter, love and wisdom, and helps us overcome life’s great trials. It’s our greatest asset, but it can also be our greatest adversary, allowing in self-doubt, anxious thoughts and depression. It can magnify our fears and undermine our best intentions, and lead us into life’s darkest corners.

Based on James O’Loghlin and Professor Ian Hickie’s popular podcast, Minding Your Mind is an exploration into everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how the mind works, and the thoughts and emotions that steer our lives.


Calm, happy people seem to be in short supply because getting caught up in negativity is easy. The constant news cycle, post-COVID events, and social media can make you feel as if the world is closing in on you. But it is important to remember:

Good Mental Health should always be your first priority.

October is our Mental Health month, and if you’re looking for a great read to help you stay in the best mental wellbeing zone- Minding your Mind will be your companion! Improving our Mental Health might appear to be a gigantic task partly because we convince ourselves that our dark days will be permanent visitors in the flow of life. The truth is- they must not stay forever. We all can change the way our minds work when things go wrong. The famous duo from the Minding your Mind podcast- James O’Louglin and Ian Hickie, brings you some practical, purposeful and behavioural strategies to control your health anxiety and help make you more rational than emotional. 

As someone who battled with an anxious mind because of COVID-induced parameters, I found this book to be a great help! A lot makes a difference when we become aware of what psychological health we are in instead of just brushing it under the carpet. Avoiding anything that makes our mind wobble is often tempting, but it doesn’t help us change. And while it might not always be easy to step a foot forward and ask for help, we still need to do it.

Pick this for some great insights and takeaways!

Published by Penguin Books Australia, Minding Your Mind will be out on 18 October 2022 at all leading bookstores. You can purchase the book here.

TitleMinding Your Mind
AuthorProf Ian Hickie and James O’ Loghlin
PublisherPenguin Books Australia
List Price34.99 AUD