This February we’re reviewing our favourite self-improvement books. Neither of us believe in making lots of resolutions or in promises to ‘totally change your life‘ but we do think the start of the year can be a useful time for reflection and to focus on one thing you would like to change for the better over the months to come. For one of us that is calming down our over-active mind and for the other it is learning to give less of a f***!
This week Katy will be reviewing the book that helped her and stay tuned for Lauren’s recommendation later in the month. We’ll also be sharing our tips for relaxing and de-stressing over the coming weeks. So take a little time out for yourself, put your feet up and enjoy…
The book I have chosen to share this week is Mindfulness, a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. I suffer from anxiety and my GP recommended this book to me last year. I can be quite cynical about the average self-help book, but this one appealed to me because there is actually a ton of scientific research to support the use of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in the treatment of anxiety and depression, as well as reducing stress.
The book takes you through an 8 week course teaching you simple practices to incorporate into your daily life and includes a CD with a different meditation for every week. If like me you have a tendency to always think ten steps ahead and usually assume the worst, this book is great at bringing you back into the present moment (and away from whatever future disaster you were busily imagining) and puts you back in touch with your body and breath. It also teaches you to live more consciously day-to-day and to be a little kinder to yourself too (something we could all do with).
Mindfulness has been one of the most effective ways I have personally found to manage my anxiety, but I’d also really recommend this book to anyone who just feels a bit frazzled and wants to slow down and get more enjoyment out of life.
Wishing you a happy and peaceful Sunday. Kx