A HAMPSHIRE author and positive psychology practitioner will be introducing her new book at a Winchester bookshop.

Cheryl Rickman will launch You Are Enough: Embrace Your Flaws and Be Happy Being You on Wednesday, September 8 at 7pm - the evening before its official publication.

The book aims to help readers cultivate an attitude of “enoughness”, by providing practical advice to turn self-criticism into self-compassion and find a balance between self-improvement and self-acceptance.

This is Cheryl’s 12th book written under her own name, she also works as a ghostwriter from her cottage near Stockbridge. Her previous book, Navigating Loneliness, was published during lockdown so the launch took place over Zoom. “It’s great to be able to have an in-person book launch,” says Cheryl. “And there’ll be tea and biscuits.”

At the launch, Cheryl will read from the book and share some thought-provoking advice about how to challenge your inner critic and explain why we tend to compare and judge ourselves and what we can do about it. The event is free with copies of the book available to buy and have signed.

She added: “There is so much unnecessary pressure on people of all ages today (including our children) which can be detrimental to mental health. I wanted to write a book that helps free us from the “shackles of should” which come from multiple sources in our society. I hope it also helps people to let go of the myth of perfection, compare and critique themselves less and become more accepting and compassionate towards themselves, as life can be tough enough without us giving ourselves such a hard time.”

Places are limited. To register, go to www.pgwells.co.uk/cheryl-rickman-book-launch.