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Maybe This Will Help: How to Feel Better When Things Stay the Same

Maybe This Will Help: How to Feel Better When Things Stay the Same

by Michelle Rial


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We love this funny, helpful guide to feeling better even when it seems like nothing ever changes — and her graphs are brilliant! This is relatable, and yes, wise advice to making the best out of your less-than-perfect life.

A visual pep talk of charts and essays on feeling better about not feeling better.

Maybe This Will Help is one part the funny and relatable graphs that fans of Am I Overthinking This? and of Michelle Rial know and love, and one part the honest stories behind what makes those graphs so poignant. Michelle Rial brings to light her struggles with chronic pain, grief, and creative uncertainty in a way that reflects the universality of dealing with the unthinkable. Equal parts funny and moving, this book delves into the more serious side of things, finding levity and collective experience in the invisible difficulties that so many of us face. Through humorous charts and intimate peeks into the author's life, it explores the big things that can feel unmanageable and the everyday humor that keeps us moving forward.

SELF-HELP WITH HUMOR: This book brings levity and laughter to serious topics without undermining the important message and relatability that makes it resonate.

BELOVED AUTHOR: Michelle Rial's first book was beloved by her tens of thousands of fans as well as by the media, including Wired, Vulture, Book Riot—and the New Yorker even published her chart-based article on "Book Publishing by the Numbers."

JUST THE RIGHT TONE: This book perfectly captures trying to figure out the "magic pill" that will fix things, struggling to find peace in how things are, and the humor in even the hardest times. It makes an ideal gift for someone struggling with physical or mental pain when you want to help but aren't sure how to.

Perfect for: Fans of Michelle Rial's Instagram and first book, Am I Overthinking This?; people in their 20s and 30s grappling with big life changes or chronic illness

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781797211251
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 11/23/2021
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 15,294
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michelle Rial is a graphic designer who makes charts. Named by Vulture as one of "9 of the Funniest Cartoonists and Illustrators on Instagram," her work has been featured by The New Yorker, Fast Company, USA Today, WIRED, and more. She's the author and illustrator of Am I Overthinking This? Over-answering Life's Questions in 101 Charts, and a former senior designer at BuzzFeed News.

Table of Contents

Introduction 10

Everyone is going through something 12

What if we don't compare our problems? 13

The worst part of waking up 14

Sometimes it helps to think about breakfast 15

Le Pain Three Ways 16

An easy puzzle for something hard 20

"I'm not a hypochondriac" bingo 21

Types of brain fog 22

Why Is It always six visits? 24

Every day is chronic pain awareness day (if you have it) 25

Have you tried 26

Referral fatigue 27

Have You Tried 28

Elimination diets are actually very easy 30

A quick trip to the grocery store 31

Has anyone found the answer? 32

I have some questions about this treatment 33

Something doesn't feel right 34

Anti-Inflammatory drinking game 35

I've tried everything, but OK I'll try that 36

The cost of healing 37

Making Adjustments 38

Sometimes trying to fit in will only hurt you later 42

Why do I give myself less space? 43

I've been feeling stuck 44

A little better is not nothing 45

Wait, is everyone just here to show off? 46

Make your scrolling finite 47

Maybe one day I will break out of this 48

Should I wait until the pain is gone to tell my story? 49

When I'm caught in the same old loop 50

It might help to stop and breathe 51

A Different Theory of Relativity, Part 1 52

How do I get noticed? 54

What is my "artist statement"? 55

OK, It's time to get to work 56

I'm trying to be original 57

Keep in mind that nothing is original 58

Someone will always be better than you 59

Everything I accomplish will fade eventually 60

What If You Could Change One Thing? 62

How do you stay in control? 66

Am I prepared for the worst-case scenario? 68

There are some things I can control 70

Accept the good things and don't get stuck on the bad 72

Is this who you want to be? 73

It Hurts to Write This, but Don't Worry 74

Sometimes it helps to think about fall 76

You can become a hat person 77

Sometimes you just need a cold drink 78

You may need a variety of drinks 79

Try making a new wish 80

It might help to brighten up the space 81

Close your eyes and picture yourself on a California road trip 82

It's so nice, Isn't It 83

A picnic might help remind you of human generosity 84

Things I'm prioritizing 85

I'm giving up my favorite things, in moderation 86

Everything I already know 87

Feeling Better about Not Feeling Belter 88

Is It luck or hard work or both? 94

You might need a break 95

What do I say to this? 96

It's worse for you if you don't say it 97

It can feel hard to speak up if you're used to getting shut down 98

Sometimes everything can feel overwhelming 100

Try not to let it numb you 101

You might need some air 102

Is It too late to make a difference? 103

Pain Anniversaries 104

It's time we invest in a comfy shoe 106

Sometimes too much of a soft thing can be bad 107

It might help to adopt a dog 108

Maybe try going to a dog park 109

If one day at a time is too daunting, try one meal at a time 110

Relationship advice from the Beatles 112

Take responsibility early and often 113

Why aren't they getting the message? 114

There are some things you can let go of 115

Are you suuure you don't want to talk about It? 116

You don't have to talk about it right now 117

Postmortem 118

Ode to the strict parent 122

Ode to my Immigrant parents 123

There are two types of accomplishments 124

Accept the praise when It's given 125

How do you hold on to hope when it feels frivolous? 126

Sometimes it feels like I should never get excited 128

Having hope can help get you through It 129

Do I want to talk about it? 130

Don't sweep big feelings under the rug 131

Sometimes it helps to listen to R.E.M. 132

Why I'm wearing black today 133

It can help to talk to someone who gets it 134

Share things that make you happy 135

I thought you said this would pass 136

Will you please stop saying it? 137

Everyone keeps asking 138

"It's better that you weren't there" 139

Even when they're gone 140

Ode to the caretaker 142

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed 143

What is this feeling? 144

Getting through the night 145

Ask for help when you need it 146

In the meantime, maybe this will help 147

Maybe someday I'll get there 148

A Different Theory of Relativity, Part 2 150

Sometimes it feels like the end 154

Not all rock bottoms are created equal 156

The lows mean there are highs 158

Just when you think it can only get worse 159

Acknowledgments 160

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