April is Stress Awareness Month and we’ll be sharing various articles here on how to manage stress during these troubled times. We thought we’d start by listing some useful books that will help you manage and reduce stress.
Me Time: The Self-Care Guide That Transforms You From Surviving to Thriving by Jessica Sanders
(White Lion Publishing, Hardback/Ebook, January 2021)
This is a wonderfully visual and well-designed guide to understanding and practicing self-care. Jessica Sanders illustrates how everyone can incorporate self-care into their daily lives, with sections on simple one-minute self-care examples through to half-day self-care practices.
The Stress Solution: The 4 Steps to a Calmer, Happier, Healthier You by Dr Rangan Chatterjee
(Penguin, Paperback/Ebook/Audiobook, December 2018)
As a practising GP, Dr Chatterjee has seen first-hand how stress affects his patients and has found simple but effective methods to help them. In The Stress Solution, Chatterjee offers simple and realistic interventions to help you re-set your life, offering simple tools for how to cope with modern-life. Including how to de-clutter your life, keep a touch diary, mute your digital life, and design your morning routine effectively.
Take a Moment: Activities to Refocus, Recentre and Relax Wherever You Are by Mind
(Michael O'Mara, Paperback, December 2018)
Beautifully designed with hand-made watercolour illustrations, Take a Moment is a self-care companion for anyone who needs a little help putting their wellbeing first. Developed in partnership with Mind, the mental health charity, this accessible guide features simple techniques designed to help you take a moment and find calm. Each page has a different technique or exercise providing expert support and inspiration on the go, whether you need to de-compress, refocus or just relax.
The Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 Minutes a Day to Less Stress, More Peace by Dr Patrizia Collard
(Octopus Publishing Group, Paperback/Ebook/Audiobook, July 2017)
In this useful little book (it really is small!), Dr Patrizia Collard shows you how to bring simple 5- and 10-minute mindfulness practices into your day in order to free yourself from stress and find more peace in your life. If you want a quick, short introduction to mindfulness and how to practice it, this is a brilliant resource that you can easily carry around with you and dip into whenever you fancy.
Stress: The Psychology of Managing Pressure by Dr Jonathan Horowitz and Dr Diane McIntosh
(DK, Paperback/Flexibound/Ebook/Audiobook, January 2018)
Stress: The Psychology of Managing Pressure features techniques aimed at understanding and dealing with stress head-on. This guide helps you identify the causes of stress and reframe unhelpful patterns of thought into psychological solutions that you can use in your day-to-day life. Tips and advice are given on various topics including how to develop a work-life balance, deal with anxiety attacks, explore relaxation techniques such as mindfulness, and learn how to put stress in perspective.
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