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Read Yourself Calm: The Best Stress-Busting Books

Posted on 29th December 2017 by Martha Greengrass

In a world that never seems to stop moving, it can be hard to carve out a moment of stillness. When the rush, noise and stress of our frantic lives leaves you frazzled, here are some recommended reads to help you find the calm through the storm.

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Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand, vain, considerate, proud, shy or inventive. Written without undue sentimentality, The Secret Life of Cows nevertheless makes a strong case for the humane rights of livestock, illuminated by absorbing anecdote and observation. For this appealing new edition, Alan Bennett provides a knowing foreword.

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Time can often feel scarce, what if we had the power to stop it? The New York Times Bestselling author Pedram Shojai reveals what it takes, from understanding how and where we spend our time and teaching us how to recapture lost moments, he reveals the connections between time, energy and money, uncovering how harnessing the deepest secrets of time can help you to take back control of your life
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Peppered with both expletives and invaluable advice, Manson's bestselling antidote to the cult of mindless positivity is a refreshing, no-nonsense manual to getting the most out of less-than-perfect situations.
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The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai - a reason to jump out of bed each morning. Inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. It will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions. Bring meaning and joy to your every day with ikigai.
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This irreverent and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt - and give your time to what makes you happy. From family dramas to having a bikini body, the simple 'NotSorry Method' for mental decluttering will free you to spend your time, energy and money on the things that really matter.
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Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge once spent fifty days walking solo across Antarctica, his radio broken. In this charming, quietly life-changing book - now an international publishing phenomenon - he takes us on a journey to unlock the power of silence.

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"Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things." Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That's down to one thing: hygge. Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, will help you capture the magic of Danish life.
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Have you discovered your Hygge? Now The Book of Lykke takes that concept one step further, shifting its focus away from Denmark and taking in the entire world. Examining everything from how much money genuinely makes us happy, to how we cook and spend time with friends and family, The Little Book of Lykke is your key to real fulfilment.
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The world moves fast, but that doesn't mean we have to. With insight and compassion drawn from a life full of change, the 'mega-monk' succeeds at encouraging all of us to notice that when you slow down, the world slows down with you.

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Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day written by award-winning violinist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill.

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A collection of illustrated hugs from former Waterstones Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell. The beautiful illustrations from three-time winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal cover every possible type of hug you can think of, but one thing is for certain: every one will touch your heart.

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With charming illustrations throughout, the journal is a lovely gift and a wonderful pick-me-up.
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Writing down worries is a recognised therapeutic technique for relieving stress and anxiety. This inviting journal encourages users to record worries on one page ("write it down") and then use the opposite page to reframe anxious thoughts into positive actions or feelings ("let it go")....
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