The Mind Monster Solution:
How to Overcome Self-sabotage & Reclaim Your Life

‘Life-changing. One of the best books I’ve ever read!’
– Dr Michelle Braude, author of The Food Effect Diet

Whenever elite fighter Hazel Gale entered the ring, she felt fear. Not just the rational fear of being knocked out. But something deeper as well. The fear that she didn’t deserve success, and that she would let everyone – especially herself – down.

While others saw a confident world champion athlete, Hazel was plagued by anxiety, self-doubt and depression. It was these things – the monsters of her mind – that she felt were her most dangerous opponents, and she waged a war. It was that hard-fought internal battle that ultimately led her to burn out.

Now a sought-after London therapist, Hazel has created a revolutionary system for overcoming fear, underperformance and self-sabotage. In The Mind Monster Solution, she uses personal anecdotes, practical exercises and innovative therapeutic tools to help you create a balanced life, rich with meaning, confidence and positivity.


Written with humility and humour, this book will help you emerge victorious from your own battles, whatever they may be.

This paperback edition was formerly published in hardback under the title Fight.
Published by Yellow Kite, an imprint at Hodder & Stoughton. Order your copy on Amazon


“Hazel doesn’t profess to be a guru, just a really well qualified, articulate person who happens to have been through the immense challenge of boxing world tournaments and chronic fatigue syndrome.

It’s because she’s so upfront about her struggles that we trust her throughout the book and that she’s able to inspire with such electric force!

This is the most empowering self-help book I’ve ever read.”

Lucy Fry, author and journalist

“Unlike other ‘self-help’ books this is far from patronising. It’s founded in science and shared through the lens of Hazel’s personal story. Written with humility and humour, you not only connect to Hazel’s story but can draw parallels from it to your own situation, whatever that may be. 

We are all ‘fighting’ to overcome the barriers we impose on ourselves – whether that is to achieve something specific or to just be happier in general. A really enjoyable, thought-provoking and genuinely helpful read.”

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“I would describe it as the self-help book for the person who thought they would never, ever buy a self-help book. With Hazel, you feel you’re in safe hands. She recognises our struggles great and small and shows such wit, common sense and lightness of touch, that her wise words comfort like those from a much-loved friend.

I defy anyone to read this book without feeling wiser, stronger and ready to move forward in a healthier, happier way.”

Annie McKie, former Radio 4 broadcaster

The Mind Monster Solution is available on Amazon (and in bookstores) in paperback, on Kindle or as an audiobook.

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#MindMonsters is a creative project that grew out of the process of writing The Mind Monster Solution. To learn more about it, or to take part, click here.