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Best Stress Relief Books

Here are some of the best, most popular stress relief books.

“When you’re feeling shitty—whether it’s from a bad day, a crummy immune system, or just enduring the slow crawl of human existence—it’s time to do something special to take your mind off things. Carve out some time to treat yourself like royalty. Feel like sitting in a bubble bath and speaking to no one? Great! Want to go for a hike and see some happy little trees? Get at it! Reserve three days over the next three months, jot down what you’ll do, and make that shit happen.”

“Mindfulness can occur any time we focus our attention and are largely undistracted. What can mindfulness be for you? It can be a deep breath before going into an important work event, the ability to savor a special moment with loved one, the tools to be fully present despite the myriad challenges and stressors you face, the rituals to wind down at night, or even the act of spending 15 minutes with a coloring book.”

“Our verbal stream plays an indispensable role in the creation of our selves. The brain constructs meaningful narrative through autobiographical reasoning. In other words, we use our minds to write the story of our lives, with us as the main character.”

“To hack our brains and break the anxiety cycle, we must become aware of two things: that we are getting anxious and/or panicking and what results form anxiety/panicking. This helps us see if our behavior is actually helping us survive or in fact is moving us in the opposite direction.”

“The Relaxation Solution is a new way of seeing, a new perspective on how we respond to stress. It’s a recognition that we’ve learned to respond to stress by creating tension in our bodies, in our minds, and in our emotions. We do it to ourselves without knowing it. We actually make efforts that create tension, and we often aren’t aware that we’re doing it. Once we become aware, we can stop. It’s as simple as that. But as long as we remain unaware of what we’re doing to ourselves, we’ll never find true relaxation.”

“Once we decouple ourself from the frustrations, regrets, and painful memories that burden us, we experience emotional freedom. It manifests in our behaviors, decisions, and level of self-awareness. It shows in our relationship with loved ones, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. It reveals itself in the quality of our work and the satisfaction we feel from having completed the work.”

“The opposite of harsh self-criticism and toxic perfectionism is self-compassion. The last twenty years have seen an explosion of research that shows us how much better people do when they engage in less self-criticism and more self-compassion.”

“You can view the process of creating and reaching your goals as a place for happiness and contentment. Rather than holding back happiness while you await an outcome, enjoy every step along the path.”

“Life Is Really Very Simple. What We Give Out, We Get Back What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us. I believe that everyone, myself included, is responsible for everything in our lives, the best and the worst. Every thought we think is creating our future. Each one of us creates our experiences by our thoughts and our feelings. The thoughts we think and the words we speak create our experiences.”

“Meditation is a lifestyle skill that brings not only peacefulness to the person practicing the skill, but also provides lifelong health benefits that add longevity and quality of life. It is a simple skill that can be practiced by anyone of any age, race, religion, political view point, or regional location with no special requirements or equipment needed.”

“Self-care is about making yourself a priority, whatever your life circumstances. Self-care is, fundamentally, about bringing balance back to a life that has grown imbalanced from too many commitments or responsibilities.”

“Research shows that people who focus their energy on superficial pleasures end up more anxious, more emotionally unstable, and more depressed. Pleasure is the most superficial form of life satisfaction and therefore the easiest to obtain and the easiest to lose.”

“One mindset shift is to see rest and relaxation as important and worthy of your focus, and not just something you tack onto the end of a day once more important things are done.”

Look for The Relaxation Solution, to be published at Amazon and elsewhere on May 23, 2022. For announcements and special offers, sign up for the newsletter.

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