If you're feeling down, please know, you're not alone

...I've been in that place too.
And once I found my way back to a better place, I crafted this 100% hand-drawn, step-by-step guide for overcoming burnout, anxiety, and depression (or whatever challenges you may be facing).
It's packed with all the strategies and techniques that truly made a difference for me.

Whether it's for you, a friend, a neighbor, or an aunt, please know that this guide is here for anyone who may need it.


Video: Marieke about her book

"It's not what you think, but what you do, that is going to get you through"

That's what I've found out on my own unintended journey through misery.

So when I felt much better again, and funnily enough thankful for everything these tough times had taught me, I made a decision:

I would create a book for ME, with áll things that supported my journey.
If I would ever have to go through a similar journey again, it would help me guide myself back to calmer waters.

Video: Flip through the book

Will you gift yourself (or a loved one) some loving guidance too?

... ’cause it's not just my own step-by-step guide anymore; I decided to selfpublish it to help just 1 other person. Now it has been 4 years, and it has helped over 30.000 people to date.

Psychologists work with it, it is backed up by the biggest mental health institution in the Netherlands, and every week I get hundreds of thank you notes.

About me, Marieke, and my mission

Hey there, I'm Marieke! Typically, you'd find me embracing life with optimism as a happy camper, avid traveler, illustrator, and holder of a Psychology MSc degree.

However, there came a time when a heavy cloud of anxiety, depression, and burnout swept me off my feet, even while I was living amidst the beauty of Australia's most stunning beaches. Suddenly, I couldn't recognize myself anymore.

For months, despair consumed me entirely, leaving me unable to see a way forward. Eventually, I had to retreat to my parents' home near Amsterdam, convinced that I'd never find my way back to happiness.

But, against all odds, I did recover. And not only that, I emerged from the experience even stronger than before.

During my journey to healing, I created what I call an "exercise-book" for myself. It became a source of hope, love, and a practical guide, ensuring I'd never feel lost in the darkness if another storm were to strike.

Now, it's my mission to extend a helping hand to others, ensuring no one ever has to endure the profound loneliness I once felt.

If you're struggling, please know that you're not alone. With this book, I'm here to accompany you every step of the way.

Customer Reviews

Based on 141 reviews
Deborah Woolley
Fantastic book

Absolutely great book, really helpful. I like how you have been quite comical in your stories etc, made me smile which I had not done for quite a while. Thank you so much.

Hey are you ok?

Fantastic book, really helpful. I love the bright coloured pages, things to do but mainly because it isnt crammed with words which I super difficult when your struggling.

Ellie White
Amazing life changing book!

I can’t recommend this book enough. It literally helped me through such a rough time for me and quite literally saved my life. If you’re struggling mentally, stop what you’re doing right now and buy this book!

Ellie, your words mean the world to me! Knowing that the love, hope, and step-by-step guidance resonated with you on your journey warms my heart. Wishing you all the best, dear Ellie!

Best book ever

I recently bought this book and wow I was not disappointed...its my new bible...its laid out in such a fun and colourful way that makes you want to use it....so many helpful tips and tools to help recover from mental burnout... I would highly recommend this beautiful book to anyone who is finding life tough....thank you marieke for giving me a life line

Susan, your kind words mean the world to me! With gratitude, Marieke

Really helped me through a very dark time

This book and the activities gave me something to focus on during a particularly challenging time in my life. Although I'm doing better now, this book is something I still revisit to ensure I keep up with the activities and continuously learn to stay present.