If you’re looking for ways to boost your mindfulness practice, or just interested in learning how to start, you’ll want to get your hands on one of these must-read mindfulness books. Everyone from parents to children to well established professionals can reap the mind and body benefits of mindfulness.
In case you’re unsure whether mindfulness is for you or not, here are just a few of its benefits:
- Reduces stress
- Increases focus
- Improves physical well-being
- Helps avoid burnout and feeling overwhelmed
- Improves creativity and collaboration
Cultivating a mindfulness practice is not as complicated as you might think. As these books will show, there are many practical tools and activities. You can integrate mindfulness into your everyday life, no matter what your lifestyle looks like.
There’s a little something here for everyone so find a book that interests you and relevant to your stage of life. Happy reading!
Mindfulness for Parents
Mindfulness for Mums and Dads, by Diana Korevaar, is the go-to book for mindful parenting. Life can be chaotic with kids and the many stages they quickly go through. Learn how to maintain a sense of calm and ease through all the challenges of parenthood by utilizing the tools of mindfulness. Based on science, the techniques in this book will help you be fully present and embrace a more full life. And what parent can’t use a little more peace in their life?
Mindfulness for Children
Speaking of children, the book I Am Peace, by Susan Verde, comes highly recommended by Mindful.org. It’s the story of a child who uses the principles of mindfulness to calm himself down. In addition, when he gets overwhelmed with worry. He talks about the specific ways he calms his mind and finds a way to let go of fear. Developing the tools they need to manage their emotions is key. Give your child the gift of peace with this beautifully illustrated book.
Mindfulness for Professionals
If you’ve ever felt like you are too busy for mindfulness or that work-life balance is impossible, this book is for you. The Mindful Day; Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy from Morning to Evening, by Laurie J. Cameron, will give you the tools you need to slow down and focus without sacrificing success. If you want realistic mindfulness tools to integrate into your existing schedule, this is the place to look. You’ll get a step by step guide on how to make it happen.
Mindfulness in Your 20’s and 30’s
What Now?: Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond, by Yael Shy, is the ultimate guide for making the transition into adulthood without losing yourself. This book will help you build a meditation practice to create a sense of balance when your world feels unsure, unstable, and ever changing. Addressing topics life tech-life balance and mental health, you’ll find Shy’s advice exactly what you need in this challenging chapter of your life.
Mindfulness for Skeptics
If you’re unsure whether this whole mindfulness thing is real or not, you’ll want to read Dan Harris’ memoir, 10% Happier; How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story. It starts with him having a panic attack on national TV and ends with a lifelong tool for creating more happiness. It’s the perfect book for the mindfulness skeptics in your life.
If you’re ready to grow your mindfulness practice, it’s time to jump into one (or all) of these books. As a bonus, reading is a great self-care practice, too! Carve out a little time each day to read a chapter or two of your chosen mindfulness book. It’s a great way to get your mind going in the right direction each morning or to unwind at the end of a long day.
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