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The Mindfulness Journal For Anxiety by Tanya J. Peterson

41ab-oLPH2L._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_The Mindfulness Journal For Anxiety is one of my new favorite journals, and it’s something I plan to start my new year with. I think we all have some form of anxiety, most people only mildly. In 2004 I was diagnosed with social anxiety and panic disorder. I still have panic attacks from time to time, but these days my anxiety is more generalized – random things cause it, not just social situations (which don’t bother me much at all these days).

Even though I feel like I have my anxiety mostly under control, I found this journal so useful and inspiring. I’ve only just started writing in it, after reading through it for this review, but I have felt such a connection with the space within these pages.

Put pen to paper and learn about what makes you feel anxious, get to know your anxiety, imagine what life would be like without anxiety, and learn how to use mindfulness and meditation to find peace and clarity of mind.

This journal will help you get in tune with your thoughts. It’s full of colorful images and motivational/uplifting quotes that will keep you inspired and writing.

I received this book free from the publisher for reviewing purposes.

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The Social Anxiety Workbook by David Shanley

 

51Fvj4I9CZLHave you been diagnosed with social anxiety? I was, about 13 years ago. It almost felt like a death sentence, even though it came with a prescription that was supposed to help me. The drugs made me numb, not social. Then I lost the dream job that kept me social, and it all went downhill from there. I wish I’d have had this book back then!

Since then I’ve learned to use mindfulness and other techniques to deal with my anxiety. I don’t need the drugs (but they do work for some people, so don’t use my story as an excuse to quit pills prescribed by your doctor). This book touches base on mindfulness techniques, which is why I believe it’s an excellent tool for those of you out there still fighting with your anxiety in social situations.

Aside from mindfulness, this book is a journaling tool to help you discover your triggers and learn to see things differently. Journaling is proven to help people in many ways, mentally and physically.

Each page offers important information and forces you to look at your life, your anxiety, and how you react to things. It’s an investment you need to make in order to deal with anxiety and find a social balance again.

This book was free from the publisher for this unbiased review.

 

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The Complete Guide To Modern Massage by Ryan Jay Hoyme

 

41XWnaQJGZLOnce upon a time, I wanted to be a massage therapist. Then I remembered that I am slightly germaphobic and don’t like touching people (especially strangers). However, as someone that suffers from back, shoulder, and neck pain, I like to pay my husband back for impromptu massages with the same. I requested to review The Complete Guide To Modern Massage in hopes that I could get better at helping him with back spasms he suffers from during the cold months.

Whether you want to use massage in the privacy of your own home or you’re considering it as a career, this step-by-step guide to the basics of massage should be on your bookshelf. It will give you the key massage techniques needed to start training ahead of the curve or to just help your spouse battle pain naturally. I love how detailed it is!

The sections travel down the body, starting from the head and working your way all the way down to the toes. There is also a special techniques section that takes you to types of massage from “around the world” – including Ayurvedic, Reiki, and Reflexology (some of my favorite techniques and topics).

This is a 5-star book on massage therapy, making both a great reference guide for pros and an excellent guide for beginners.

I received this book for free from the publisher for review purposes.

 

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Traveling Light by Nisha Paul

51vHBwln8AL._SY346_When was the last time you reflected on your life? Traveling Light is a guided journey through this reflection process, allowing you to practice self-discovery and invest more in yourself.

While this is a book that is meant to help you in your road to self-discovery, Nisha takes us on her journey of the same. That’s what makes this such a useful book – you get to see the author’s path, which allows you a visual of what can happen to you if you follow in her footsteps, or take her advice, anyway.

The first lesson of the book is to question your life experiences. Question everything, really. I can attest to the fact that questioning things is the way we learn. When we’re children, we don’t fear to ask questions, no matter how strange they may seem. Questions lead to discovery, plain and simple.

Each chapter of this tome delves into something like the above – happiness, love, trust and influence, loss and displacement, and journeying onward. You don’t have to travel across the world to discover yourself – but it doesn’t hurt.

Ready to find the things that make you happy and content, and allow you to lose those feelings of loss? Give this book a read. You won’t regret it.

 

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Anger Management Workbook For Kids by Samantha Snowden, MA

51kVJoaew8L._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_As a Holistic Life Coach and Spiritual Counselor, I love reading books that give me insight in helping people of all ages. When I was working toward my life coaching degree I took a class in anger management, and the ways we express and deal with anger have always intrigued me.

I was fascinated with this Anger Management Workbook For Kids. In fact, I feel like plenty of the fun activities and tips within this book could be used for adults too. Some of us act just like children when we’re mad, don’t we?

This book is an amazing workbook that will help any child dealing with anger issues find new ways to express feelings of annoyance, frustration, and more. Every page has activities and questions that help children learn to pay attention to anger and how it makes them feel. They’ll learn what triggers anger for them, and how to just let it go.

My absolute favorite part of this book is the final quarter of it. This is where the author gets more in-depth with the natural ways you can decrease anger – like using breathing techniques and guided meditation.

This is an absolute must-have book for parents that want their children to learn healthy ways to cope with feelings of anger, even if it’s something as small as a wrinkled forehead because it’s time for bed!

I received this book free from the publisher, and this is an honest and unbiased review.

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A Glass Half Empty? …or Half Full? by Dan Schuck

51792AdwC-L._SX260_I love self-help books, and this one is glorious. Why is it awesome? Well, it covers a topic we all know, and it does it in a quick, neat, and fun way.

The question of whether or not your cup is half full or half empty isn’t always easily answered. A Glass Half Empty? …or Hald Full? gives you a new perspective on the age-old question. It helps you understand what each option means, and shows how we can all fit into both, or neither, category.

I had fun reading this book. The varied fonts make it easy on the eyes. Since it looks like a kid’s book it helps you feel those positive youthful feelings as you read it. The pictures are the perfect addition to make this a fun and education read that will help you see that it doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty, as long as you’re continually replenishing it!

I highly recommend you grab a copy on Amazon!

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The Complete OCD Workbook by Scott M. Granet, LCSW

515YZJNfjdL._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_The Complete OCD Workbook is just what it sounds like – it’s a book full of pertinent information on how to work through OCD.

A Step-By-Step Guide To Free Yourself From Intrusive Thoughts And Compulsive Behaviors.

The book begins with a rundown of what OCD is. I found it interesting to learn that there are different expressions of OCD. Some people may exhibit more than one OCD habit, while someone else may only have one symptom (for lack of a better word). Or, you might not even realize that some of your habits are ODC related.

There are many types of mental illnesses that have some sort of relation to OCD – including hoarding and various irrational fears. The checklist section at the beginning of this book will help you get a better understanding of the many forms of OCD and which ones may affect you.

Because it is a “workbook,” there are plenty of pages where you can go through and fill in information that will help you understand your illness and learn how to control your thoughts and urges.

I love that this book takes a holistic approach to free your mind – The author suggests using things like mindfulness, as well as treatments like ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). You will learn how to directly apply the therapies in this book into your life.

I like that it also includes exercises to help you be more aware of your actions and reactions, like keeping a list of your thoughts and how you reacted to certain situations. Then you look at how you could have reacted better.

Your OCD doesn’t have to control you. This book may be able to help. Just remember – do not stop taking medications without permission from your doctor.

 

I received this book free from the publisher, and this is an honest and unbiased review.