John pens 28-day challenge to tackle depression

An old dog is hoping to teach new tricks to people with anxiety and depression through his new self-help book.

John Goodier has penned a self-help book
John Goodier has penned a self-help book

John Goodier, 69, from Newport, has written That Old Feller’s 28-Day Challenge, which urges people to focus on habits they want to change one at a time.

His advice covers diet, exercise, rest, relaxation and activities.

“All my ideas are fairly simple,” says John, “and based on my own experiences.

"I’ve suffered from low-level anxiety and depression for decades. I’ve coped and had a lot of fun too, but it’s been a struggle.

"These days life feels good but for a long time it didn’t. Looking back I can see I only started to feel better when I began to develop new habits.

“Now I’d like other people to benefit from what I’ve picked up along the way. I just ask readers to try all my suggestions – two tasks a day for four weeks – and see which ones they find helpful.”

John says his approach is friendly, encouraging and the programme moves in small steps from very easy tasks, such as taking a walk, to some that readers might find really challenging, like deciding how to tackle one of their bad habits.

The book is available on Amazon, and at cost price to mental health charities, GPs and other professionals who become concerned about their clients’ mental health.

Go to John’s website,, for more details.

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