*** Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
I have to admit, I don't handle stress very well at all. And lately, I have been dealing with what feels like mountains of it. I recently lost a loved one, which has been consuming me with grief. I also have had to prepare for my son to head back to school, which as all parents know can be a harrowing experience. And we also had to deal with a basement that got flooded with raw sewage due to the main drain being backed up. (Don't flush baby wipes. Tell your kids not to flush baby wipes. Trust me here, the results are not at all pretty!) In addition to these things, I have been trying to be a good friend to my bestie, who not only is dealing with her own health issues, she just found out her mother has breast cancer and will need a double mastectomy. So yes, I have really had quite a bit on my plate recently. I have been trying to focus and relax, and just get things done. I have been more successful on some days than on others. Some days I just can't bring myself to do more than what is absolutely needed.
A friend recommended I try out Mindfulness. I hadn't heard of it before, so I was definitely intrigued. Mindfulness is a kind of meditation that is meant to help restore balance to one's life. It relaxes, and helps us to live in the present and rid the mind and spirit of negative thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness can be applied to many different conditions, including depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, or illness. Practicing mindfulness promotes well-being and improves quality of life.
The book, "Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies" is a great introduction to this style of meditation, and guides the user through each step and technique. The book is a workbook style, so you can record your thoughts, feelings and reactions. I love how the book is laid out. It's very well organized, so you can find the best mindfulness techniques to cope with the very things you're facing at that moment. Stressed out? There's a great chapter on stress and anxiety. Having a hard time dealing with anger? They've got you covered there, too! Other topics include depression, insomnia, and healing your body naturally, just to name a few.
There are also tons of tips on how to incorporate mindful thinking in your day to day life. Practice makes perfect, and it doesn't take long to change the way you think. If you follow the advice and practices in the workbook, eventually it will become second nature. So you see, this book isn't necessarily about a "quick fix", it's about a lifestyle change that promotes positivity and overall well-being.
I would definitely recommend the Minfulness Workbook for Dummies. I have found so many valuable exercises and they have truly been helping me to leave my stress and grief behind and just live in the moment. I like that. And it's getting easier every day.
If you'd like to check out the Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies, you can purchase it HERE.
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