The Adulting Manual

An interactive manual for when being an adult is a bit too much.

You know those things you're supposed to know how to do as an adult, but you really don't know? Ever been in that situation where you're looking for the adult in the room, and then you realise YOU are the adult? Yeah, that. There's adulting, then there's adulting for the messy mind. Sometimes you just need extra maps and a GPS. This manual is for adults that sometimes need a little extra help.

From top small talk tips to use next time you're at the hairdressers to advice on how to ask for help, this interactive journal offers a safe place for people to explore their mental health and express themselves.

Written by Milly Smith, a mental health and body acceptance advocate and public speaker. Milly uses her Instagram account @millykeepsgoing to send positive messages to her 170,000 strong following.

Milly's wise words are accompanied by the whimsical and quirky illustrations of Katie Abey. Katie's motivational and pun-filled illustrations have a huge appeal to adults.

  • Body image, body acceptance and body love
  • Mental health
  • Riding the lows and coping with crisis
  • How to do... stuff
  • It's okay...
  • Social media
  • Mindfulness
  • Let's talk about sex
  • Worried about worrying about worries
  • Self-worth, self-love and self-acceptance
Plus... two sticker sheets and four pull-out postcards.

About the Author

Milly is a self-proclaimed Bad-ass Mother living in Hull with her soon-to-be husband and her beautiful 4-year-old son. Milly dedicates her time to shedding much needed light into the world via mental health awareness, body acceptance and all round funky good vibes.

If you were to look up relentlessly fierce, slapstick and odd humour in the dictionary a picture of Milly would surely be there. Milly fills her time off with her family finding vegan delicacies and walking her cockapoo, Chester. Katie Abey is a yellow-haired illustrator human who lives in a teeny hobbit-like house in Derbyshire.

She lives with a cat, a hedgehog, a husband and the world's smiliest baby. Her work provides doses of happiness and motivation with a little dash of sarcasm.

She is a big lover of animals and her work often features creatures looking slightly nonchalant, perturbed or even sometimes a bit deranged. When she is not drawing Katie enjoys going on adventures with her daughter Violet and consuming as many chocolate oranges as humanly possible.
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