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3 Books To Help You Better Yourself

If you’re ready to have more confidence, build willpower, and age better, I have three books in my stack of review books that you might want to check out.

5 Weeks To Self-Confidence by Lynn Matti

519qK3vX01L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Building confidence isn’t always an easy thing to do. There are so many things that can get in the way fo feeling good about yourself. While a book may not have all the answers, it will help you get on the right track.

In the pages of 5 Weeks To Self-Confidence, you’ll learn what makes us self-confident and how to build up your self-esteem. The lessons and tips for building your self-confidence are broken down into weekly, easy-to-digest instructions. By the time you are done with the fifth week, you’ll have what you need to keep working on yourself!

I love that this book is such an easy guide to follow. You’ll learn how to set goals that will start the building blocks of your new, confident life. That’s my favorite part—I’m big on goal setting!

Aging Brilliantly by Dr. Patricia Pimentel Selassie41IcTPWPq1L._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_

I’m sure you’ve noticed that some people age better than others. I get told I look much younger than I am often. I am 45, and I’ve been told I look as young as 18, though most often it’s mid-twenties or mid-thirties. Even mud-thirties is subtracting a decade off my life. The thing is, I don’t feel like I am aging so gracefully, what with all the joint aches and mystery pains.

So, that’s what made me snatch up a free copy of Aging Brilliantly from the publisher. I need some tips because looking younger than you are isn’t the only way to age gracefully. I may have good genes for a young-looking face and healthy skin (for the most part), but I have bad genes when it comes to heart health and joint pains!

Aging Brilliantly walks you through the importance of eating right, staying active, and even the reasons why you need to take time out to relax. Part of aging gracefully also comes from the right stimulation, which means connecting with people and finding the things that make you happy.

How To Win With Willpower by Aliya Levinson

410HnIS9y4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ (1)How To Win With Willpower will help you learn to be stronger about a lot of things in your life. It’s separated into 75 strategies you can start implementing immediately (if you choose).

It’s a very immersive book. Each strategy includes a description to let you know how the strategy is going to help you, followed by the steps to help you do it.

I love that there are so many ways offered in here to help you learn self-discipline and gain control over your wants. These lessons include learning how to develop an attitude of gratitude, how to create calm within yourself, how to lower the stress in your life, how to build new habits, and so much more.

 

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5 Books for Yogi Wannabes (Like Me!)

I love it when the publisher I request books from gets yoga-related books. Yoga has been a part of my life for over a decade. It’s an amazing way to find calm, ease muscle pain, get better posture, and lose weight. I don’t practice as much as I should, but I find inspiration in every new book and fitness video we add to our collection.

If you’re looking for some books on yoga and yoga-related topics, I’m about to share with you five books that are worth checking out.

Restorative Yoga for Beginners by Julia Clarke

51KgI7p5aqL._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_Yoga is a healing practice that can help with everything from joint pain to digestive issues. Restorative Yoga for Beginners is filled with gentle poses to help you feel whole and balanced.

The book is sectioned off into poses for what ails you, starting with beginners’ poses. You will find poses for stress relief, pain relief, and other healing poses. Learn about proper breathing and meditations that will help enhance your health, well-being, and your yoga practice.

Expect to find easy-to-follow and step-by-step instructions for each pose, including how to turn your poses into a sequence.

Yin Yoga by Diane R. Paylor51sVuCakJjL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_

Yoga is grounding and balancing. Yin Yoga is a book packed with balancing poses that will help you feel energetic and in control.

The book begins with a description of the basics of Yin yoga and how it is different from the basic yoga you may be used to. Then you will learn a collection of Yin poses and Yang poses. Once you’ve got that down, Paylor goes into sequences to balance your body and mind.

My favorite section of the book is the chapter on “Seasonal Practices.” Consider warming up this winter with a Winter Warmer or celebrating the next new year with a New Year Revitalizer.

Essential Chakra Yoga by Christina D’Arrigo

51LOBHPq49L._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_This is by far my favorite yoga book to date. I am a student of chakra healing, so something that teaches me even more about how to balance our meridians is a must in my collection.

Essential Chakra Yoga is more than your basic yoga pose book. Instead of only covering the poses, they delve into how each pose works with certain chakras. It’s not only an excellent primer for someone interested in yoga but also a great tool for learning more about chakras.

I am overly educated in chakras, so I found the connection of yoga to each chakra the most interesting as someone with only a basic knowledge of yoga. The book starts off with a lesson to the reader in how yoga and chakra healing work together, as well as a primer on the chakras. The next seven chapters talk about each individual chakra, offering balancing poses to heal and open. The final two chapters cover how to heal more than one chakra at a time and how to heal your inner self (something we could all use).

A Seeker’s Guide To The Yoga Sutras by Ram Bhakt51bUHaS-ZCL._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_

To explain it at the very basic level, sutras are laws or instructions. The Yoga Sutras are something Yogis learn in their training. To be a traditional yoga teacher, you don’t just learn posses—You learn the sutras and follow them as law in your yoga practice.

Whether you intend on teaching yoga classes or you simply want to enhance your own yoga practice, A Seeker’s Guide To The Yoga Sutras is a must-read. I love the wisdom within this book—And it offers more than the standard sutras. This book is a collection of modern reflections on the path of the yogi.

A couple of my favorite reflections are those on the spirit experiencing itself when the mind is calm, on attachment coming from the experience of pleasure, and how by mastering our energy, our soul can flow.

The Little Book Of Mudra Meditations by Autumn Adams

41jgljuTETL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_If you don’t know about mudras, you’re missing out. Mudras are hand gestures that are used to find calm and healing. Yogis use mudras often to get into the right state of mind for practice.

The Little Book Of Mudra Meditations is filled with everything you need to know about mudras if you’re just beginning with them, and some stuff that you may not know or may have forgotten.

I love that the author talks about chakras at the beginning of the book. You’ll learn how to combine mudras with your meditation process, helping you get deeper and more balances in your practice. I absolutely love this book. It’s healing and beautiful.

 

 

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Three Books for Healing What Ails You

Aside from the occult/new age section at the store, the other place you’re very likely to find me in a book store is in the self-help section. Even before I earned my degrees in Holistic Life Coaching and Spiritual Counseling, I have had an affinity for self-help as far back as I can remember. Every time the publisher I get my free review books from has a new self-help book available, I jump on it!

Pain-Free with CBD by Alice O’Leary Randall

41AdcK3MSbL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I started using CBD oil daily almost a year ago. I can’t praise it enough. It has helped with both my chronic pains and my anxiety. It is the thing I have been looking for for years. My go-to brand, if you’re interested, is HempWorx. I like them because they use very few ingredients… they don’t stuff their product with crap you don’t need.

Because of my recently discovered love of CBD, I was thrilled to grab up this book, Pain-Free with CBD. Anything that can help me get more benefit out of something I already use is definitely worth my time to read.

The book breaks things down into illnesses and describes how CBD can help, which dosages are required, and other information you’ll find useful. I like the primer on CBD that explains a lot about the product and even touches base on the laws surrounding the use of hemp and marijuana products (which are changing all the time).

If you have any of the following illnesses, this book may be for you (these are the ones covered within the book) – Alzheimer’s, ALS, Anxiety Disorders, Arthritis, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, HIV/Aids, Huntington’s Disease, IBS/IBD, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Migraines, MS, Parkinson’s, PTSD, Stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

A Patient’s Guide to Acupuncture by Sarah Swanberg

I’ve heard acupuncture works. I’m too afraid to try. I thought buying this book would 515ZRoiIkjL._SX404_BO1,204,203,200_take away my fears. It’s a great book. I’m still not going to get acupuncture done.

So, now that we have that out of the way, A Patient’s Guide to Acupuncture contains “Everything You Need to Know” about acupuncture. It’s an excellent guide, whether you’re thinking of getting it done, already got it done and want to know more about the benefits, or if you’re learning to be an acupuncturist.

What I did LOVE about this book is that it’s about more than just where they stick the “needles.” It covers the elements, talks about Yin and Yang, and it also has some acupressure points you can try at home. Acupressure is using pressure on specific points of the body to promote healing to pain relief (basically the same as acupuncture, but without pokes).

The Gaslighting Recovery Workbook by Amy Marlow-MaCoy

513vYlffwdL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_Self-help workbooks are amazing things to have in your roster, whether you’re a therapist or the one looking for therapy. The Gaslighting Recovery Workbook is a place where you can work through your feelings after being subject to emotional abuse. As someone who has lived through emotional abuse from more than one source, I found this book extremely useful.

I like that it prompts you, kind of in a diary form, to talk about the things you’ve experienced and your feelings. You may not even realize that you have been gaslighted until you start answering the questions put forth in the pages of this book.

Have you been lied to? Has someone made you feel like you’re crazy by blaming you for doing things you didn’t even do? Are you always the scapegoat? Through this book, you’ll learn how to spot the signs of gaslighting and how to protect yourself.

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There’s A New Year’s Journal for Everyone

It’s resolution time. Why not resolve to write in a journal daily? Have trouble coming up with things to write? There are plenty of guided journals out there, like the four I’m going to tell you about!

The 5-Minute Stoicism Journal by Matthew J. Van Natta

51akCiKED9L._SX350_BO1,204,203,200_Enduring the troubles of life isn’t always an easy task. This journal is meant to help you reflect on life and see the joy and positivity in things. I like that each of the entries is supposed to only take 5-minutes of your time. That means you don’t have to set a ton of time aside for your journaling.

Journaling is a great stress reliever. Not only does this journal give you guidance on what to write about, but it’s also filled with some great quotes that will motivate you and bring you joy.

Take some time to look at your choices. Get to know your fears and how to let go of them. Look at failure, and learn how failing leads to success.

A Year of Mindfulness by Jennifer Raye

513lq5EPH5L._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_Mindfulness helps you be more present and focus more on now, rather than dwelling on the past or focusing on the future. We often put too much of our time into wondering what will happen. When will I get married? Will I ever find my dream job? What does tomorrow hold? Then, we look at the past and focus on the mistakes we’ve made.

With A Year of Mindfulness, you can spend each week of an entire year learning how to appreciate the present and cultivate a life of peace and joy.

There are seven guided entries for each week, so you can do one small entry each day. It won’t take much time to start living a happier now!

Everything Sucks – A Gratitude Journal by Tiffany Reese

41tmoiC0DiL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_Ever feel like life just keeps shitting on you, and you’ll never clean all of the stink off? Well, there is a guided journal out there just for you. The Everything Sucks journal is a delightful romp into dealing with a shitty hand. I like that this journal has a rough attitude — it’s for sure going to make you chuckle and help you see the brighter side of things without being choked out by people telling you to “be grateful for what you have.”

Learn how to find inspiration in your more positive friends. Look back at more positive times in your life. Find the simple pleasures in life, like your favorite part of any given day.

You’ll find some great motivational quotes within these pages. They’ll help inspire you and remind you that you’re not alone in your struggles.

A Mindfulness For Beginners Journal

41uuQ8rtmpL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_Need more mindfulness? A Mindfulness For Beginners will walk you through the steps of being in the present and living in the moment. Like all of the rest of the guided journals in this list, this is a quick entry book that will make you think but won’t take up a bunch of your time.

Learn to avoid self-talk, find joy in each moment, learn to focus on your present thoughts, and learn not to judge yourself so harshly.

Again, you’ll find a collection of inspirational quotes throughout the journal.

This is my favorite of the four!

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The Self-Care Prescription by Robyn L. Gobin, PhD

51YaFQA75zL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I talk to people about self-care all of the time. As a holistic life coach and spiritual counselor, I can’t say enough about the importance of taking care of yourself. Whether you’re single and alone or raising a family, you matter. You matter to your family, your friends, your colleagues, and sometimes even strangers. When you don’t take care of yourself, it’s harder to find the energy to take care of other people.

So, onto this stellar book that I got for free from the publisher. I love it. I mean, I covered many of the things in this book in my now out-of-print Reconnecting With yourself, but all writers covering similar topics will look into things differently and give different insight. No matter how many self-care books and articles you’ve read, I can bet you’ll find something extra in Robyn L. Gobin’s The Self-Care Prescription.

Sel-care encompasses more than physically caring for yourself. You also require social, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional self-care. All of these things are covered in this amazing book.

Each section has so many important tips in them to help you better your life and feel whole again. Did I mention I am in love with this book?

Social Self-Care: This section is all about the importance of healthy friendships, having fun, and taking time to unwind.

Physical Self-Care: Learn to eat right, take time for exercise, and the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.

Intellectual Self-Care: Learning new things all of the time is so important. Even if you learn something simple. Find a hobby. Discover your passions.

Vocational Self-Care: Our jobs are an integral part of life. This section will help you take better care of yourself on and off the job.

Spiritual Self-Care: Whether you’re religious or not, your spiritual self-care will help with positivity, joy, and faith. Learn about meditation and self-realization.

Emotional Self-Care: Emotional health includes learning when to say “no,” identify your triggers, and don’t dismiss your emotions.

This book will change your life.

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Two Books To Help You Sleep At Night

41b-OwLdw3L._SX404_BO1,204,203,200_I’m not awake because I can’t sleep. We’re night owls here. As a full-time freelance writer and a business owner/entrepreneur, I make my own hours. I married a career musician… Then again, I do have insomnia from time to time.

Do you? The 4-Week Insomnia Workbook may be just what you need to help you get to sleep and stay asleep long enough to get a good night’s sleep! This book is filled with healthy sleep habits that are meant to assist you in getting to sleep without the use of drugs or self-medicating habits.

I like that the book begins with an explanation of what insomnia is. Some people think 41jESQfCOWLone night of disrupted equals insomnia, but that’s not the case. Read on to learn how to change your sleep behaviors, and learn how to make a plan to regain your sleep-filled nights!

I’m no stranger to teaching people how to get more sleep. I get paid to write about it, like in this article about getting better sleep. If you liked that article, you’ll love this next book by Dr. Nicole Moshfegh, PsyD. In The Book Of Sleep: 75 Strategies to Relieve Insomnia, you’ll find easy-to-maneuver tips from quitting smoking (a habit that can affect your sleep) to getting into healthy habits, like doing Tai Chi.

This is a great book to have on hand when you need a reminder on how to relax and live healthier. The bonus is that the tips will help you get to sleep at night.

I got both of these stellar books from the publisher for free. I liked them, so I chose of my own free will to review them.

 

 

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Bodybuilding for Beginners by Kyle Hunt

5124Oipt0qL._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_Let me start off by saying that you don’t have to want to be ripped with big bulging muscles to get some good use out of this book. It has some great steps to help you tone your body and start getting into shape.

With that said, Bodybuilding for Beginners by Kyle Hunt is an excellent resource if you’re trying to get fit, no matter who you are. It’s more than a book about lifting weights, it’s a guide to building muscle and getting toned healthily.

The book starts with the basics, like finding a gym, making a workout plan, and listing essential techniques. It includes excellent nutrition tips, which makes it stand out. You don’t have to join a gym to benefit from this book; Most of the exercises can be done from home if you have the right equipment (and some of them require no equipment at all).

Starting with warm-ups, you’ll find fitness techniques for all the muscles you want to work on. The book finishes off with an actual 12-week guide filled with the exercises you need to do to build muscle and burn fat.

I got this cool book free from the publisher!