Stress is caused by countless issues and scenarios, both internal and external, so there’s no one way to cure it or cope with it. The following five books offer strategies and practices to ease stress through coloring, developing coping skills, crafting, and yoga. Try one or try them all, and enjoy the less chaotic times ahead.
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The Mindful Mandala Coloring Book
by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma
A mandala is a symbol viewed as the key to self-knowledge and inner peace. In Eastern traditions, a mandala is believed to bring profound transformation when meditated on. What if you could also color a mandala and other beautiful spiritual symbols while deep in thought? With the Mindful Mandala Coloring Book and a sharp new box of beautifully colored pencils, you can melt away the day’s challenges with a soothing activity that promotes positive thoughts and self-reflection.
Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way
by Rick Carson
The Gremlin-Taming method was first introduced by Rick Carson in 1983 and is still holding strong today. This new edition offers the same techniques for maintaining emotional balance and separating the “monsters” in your mind from your reality while injecting Taoist values and bringing more zen to your life.
Hope, Make, Heal: 20 Crafts to Mend the Heart
by Maya Pagan Donenfeld
If the source of your stress comes from a recent trauma or loss, this book will guide you through thoughtful crafting projects that will get you out of your head and focus your energy into your hands. The twenty projects, all perfect for preoccupied minds and low spirits, are designed to promote feelings of strength, calm, release, and hope. The finished works make perfect keepsakes or gifts.
Meditate, A Guided Journal: Beat Stress, Improve Health, and Create Happiness Diary
by Martin Hart and Skye Alexander
Had a tough day? Crack open this guided journal and ponder the quotes, soothing illustrations, and helpful tips included to calm and inspire you. Jot down thoughts, to-do lists, or reflections. If you’re looking for a little bit of daily focus to complement your journaling, this is a worthy companion.
Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression
by Bo Forbes
Yoga can lessen the symptoms of many ailments, and it is a tremendous workout for the mind and the body. Yoga for Emotional Balance is the guide to calming your mind, de-stressing, and finding balance at the end of a long day. Roll out the yoga mat in a quiet room and start relaxing with breathing exercises and poses for a calmer and happier you.
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