Taking time for yourself out of each day is essential for staying present and happy in your life. However, it’s no secret that actually doing this on the daily can be a struggle. Here are 6 books for relaxation to help guide you toward a more mindful and self-fulfilling life!
1. The Tapping Solution for Manifesting Your Greatest Self: 21 Days to Releasing Self-Doubt, Cultivating Inner Peace, and Creating a Life you Love.
Nick Ortner’s take on creating the life you want is rooted in first simply identifying what it is you want. He writes about a practice called “tapping,” where over 21 days the reader engages in a daily challenge and meditation focused on the vision you have for yourself.
When it comes to being aware of your own needs, Michael Losier inspires the reader to pinpoint these personal motives in order to identify a stronger sense of their life’s purpose. Evaluation of one’s own life is a large part of this process and is carried out through the book’s exercises.
3. Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, stress is the worst thing you can let yourself fall a victim to. These daily meditative and yoga practices are designed to manage both physical and emotional stress by instilling a sense of control back in to the body and mind.
Another bestseller by Kabat-Zinn, this classic discusses short meditative practices in an easy, every day way. The focus here is on “being” rather than “doing” in an attempt to live in the moment instead of the past or future. Read this to recalibrate after a busy day.
Speaking of an easy read, this even lighter book preaches just 10 minutes of mindfulness with each topic it discusses. Topics include dealing with anger, eating well, and self-compassion.
Richard and Kristine Carlson have advice for anyone on how to deal with stress, including mothers. Written by Kristine, this book provides support on how to balance your life as a woman and a mother, as well as how to manage your needs and your family’s needs equally.
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