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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!

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Breathwork By Valerie Moselle

41ESq-O5iAL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_CalmiGo is my go-to when I need to focus my breathing. CalmiGo is a handheld device that helps you take even breaths so that you can find calm (hence the name). I love it, but I also love learning more about how breathing helps with health and wellness, both physically and mentally.

Because I know the many health benefits of breathwork, I was happy to get a free copy of ‘Breathwork: A 3-Week Breathing Program‘ from the publisher. I was mesmerized from the moment I opened the book.

I like that the book is broken down into weekly lessons, and it’s about more than just breathing. There are body positions which help with breathing and relaxation.

From the typical yoga “breath of fire” to basic 3-minute baseline breathing, you will learn breaths to help you deal with anything life throws your way.

Not only do I recommend this book if you want more calm in your life, I highly suggest checking out CalmiGo for relaxed breathing on-the-go.

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Empath Empowerment In 30 Days

51rU3awSmhLI’m an empath. Baby, I was born this way. It’s not easy. Rose Rosetree knows the struggles of the empath, and that is what empowered her to write a book to help those of us who may still be struggling with our gift of empathy.

Empath Empowerment in 30 Days‘ is a guide that will take you deep into the mind of the empath. It touches base on narcissism, something you should know a little something about if you’re an empath.

Learn about your emotional intelligence. Learn how to protect yourself. Learn how to know when you’re clogged.

This is an impressive learning guide. I applaud Rosetree for sharing her knowledge and lessons with readers. There’s a lot of information in this 200+ page book. I recommend taking the entire month to get through it so that you’ll get the most out of the lessons and have a chance to hold onto all that you learn.

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Getting To Good: A Guided Journal by Elena Welsh

51BysSCJL1L._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_I am obsessed with journals this year, and Getting To Good is at the top of my favorites list. Why am I so into journals this year? I’ve tried the diary thing, and I also tossed them after a couple of years, not wanting to look back at the past. Guided journals, however, give you direction and they push you to be more positive. Oh, I’m journaling without the guides as well, but each journal I have has a specific duty.

Getting To Good forces you to focus on the things that make you happy. It contains entries like “What type of friend do you want to be?” and “List what fuels you” with specific areas to think about.

This book will do more than make you focus on positivity, it will fuel your fire to be a better person, chase your dreams, and even treat yourself better.

I definitely recommend this book if you’re trying to better your life and be a happier person.

 

 

I got this book for free from the publisher for this unbiased review.