3 different books 3 very different ways to look at life; how to survive it, conquer it and why it is wildly and confusingly mad and brilliant at times. We are now in the age of cyber self help, googling symptoms and typing for answers is common, everyone does it. But there is something sturdy and reliable about your self help coming from between the folds of paper and ink. These are my 3 top picks when you need a little refocus and pick me up to help you get back on track for the best year ahead possible!
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight
The bestselling book everyone is talking about, revealing the surprising art of caring less and getting more.
Are you stressed out, overbooked and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? Then it’s time to stop giving a f**k. Words to my ears Sarah, although when I started reading this I was already a semi-subscriber to this way of thinking. I do think it’s thoroughly “un-British” but then I’ve never been terribly conventional myself.
Basically this book is a practical guide to ridding yourself of unwanted obligations and the shame and guilt that comes with not bothering with them. It’s a #sorrynotsorry approach to life which I love and totally advocate. I really think when you approach life this way you GET SHIT DONE because you free up your time, energy and money to do the things that really matter.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE?
This is the true story of a man who was ready to give up on life because of an illness and how he learnt to live again. This book is moving and funny at times and takes the reader on a journey showing that, as cliched as it sounds, time really is the biggest healer. It is also a worthy read for anyone whose partner has suffered depression as he eloquently describes the black dog feeling that is so hard to put into words and may provide insight into what it feels like to suffer this way.
For me the main takeaway from this book is how to make the most of your time spent here on earth. Valuable lessons to learn and deep insight into someone who was almost at the end but managed to come back into the light. Told in a passionate, tender and candid way.
The Little Book of Inner Peace by Ashley Davis Bush
This little book seems a bit gimmicky at first but what I like about it is the short and concise way it enables you to digest its content. It contains practical tools, strategies and exercises harnessing the benefits of mindfulness, meditation, gratitude, creativity, relaxation and compassion in a colourful and illustrated way.
The book has been divided into 7 categories (grounded and rooted, relaxation, equanimity, acceptance, gratitude, compassion and beyond yourself). This helps if you are looking for one specific topic, you can go straight to that section and read about it instead of trawling through the whole book.The quotes are really lovely and I made note of a few that I often return to when I need a lift or reminder.
I think this is a great little introduction for anyone making an effort to learn more about spirituality and tapping into inner peace and mindfulness. Could also make a great gift!
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