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.

Pilates For Beginners by Katherine Corp and Kimberly Corp

51ORbD-OR7L._SX260_I got into Pilates when I picked up a video that combined Yoga and Pilates together. I enjoyed the higher intensity (at the time) of Pilates and found it meshed well with the lower intensity and flow of Yoga. Since then, my husband has started doing Pilates. We like the focus on the core you get from this type of workout.

We’ve both been doing Pilates enough to feel like we’re no longer beginners, but we’re still new to this type of fitness. Because of that, I figured a book on Pilates that was geared toward the beginner would be a great addition to both our home library and our workout reference materials.

I like that there are plenty of pictures in this book so you can see what you’re supposed to be doing. However, it’s also rife with words – so you get to read the step-by-step instructions to ensure you’re doing each move correctly.

Even if you have some Pilates videos, or follow along with classes online, this book is still beneficial to you. Why? Well, aside from walking you through the basic moves of this workout regimen, Pilates For Beginners also includes some useful information that will help you do it right!

My favorite parts of the book are the visualizations and the precautions. The visualizations let you know how to picture your body to help you properly do each move (like picturing yourself as a tree…). The precautions let you know if this is a safe position for you to take or not depending on health conditions and other factors.

This is an A+ book, and it would make an excellent gift for the newly fitness-minded person in your life!

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

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.

Feel Better Fast And Make It Last by Daniel G. Amen, MD

978-1-4964-2562-5.BACKIf you want a comprehensive guide to overcoming “negativity, anxiety, anger, stress, and trauma,” Daniel G. Amen, MD, has taken his experience as a psychiatrist to develop this book to help you become more optimistic and happier. ‘Feel Better Fast And Make It Last‘ is a book that will change your life, if you read it and follow what it says.

There is so much stuff in this book that you’ll initially be overwhelmed by it – but don’t fret, once you get into the strategies, exercises, and steps that are described throughout, you’ll start getting a better understanding.

What I really liked about this book is that it has so much information – it’s not just one part of how you can feel better, it’s all of the things that you need to do in order to change your life for the better.

My favorite chapters, the ones that did the most for me, are “I Is For Inspiration” and “N Is For Nourishment.” As someone with a lot of hobbies, and someone that works in a creative career full-time, passions and inspiration play a huge role in my life (and now I am better understanding why I am so much more a positive person than a negative one, even when things seem to be going bad). The chapter on Inspiration also talks about addiction, something I’ve been able to overcome on my own (hoarding) and never had a major issue with in the more life-threatening sense (like drug addiction).

The Nutrition chapter attracts that side of me that took a ton of classes on nutrition in college. “The Feel Better Fast Diet” is filled with info on the foods that are best for your all-around health and wellness.

I enjoyed this book. I didn’t like the overabundance of brain photos (I felt like they weren’t really needed), but aside from that, it’s a book that will help you be healthier and happier.

 

I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.