This article showcases our top picks for the Best Books On Staying Calm. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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Not everyone has the luxury to spend the weekend on a yoga retreat or devote a few hours each day to breathing exercises, visualization, and journaling. These formulaic solutions work, but only up to a certain extent. For most of us, work is a big part of reality, and being calm is a matter of daily survival in the workplace. Melnick’s work focuses on providing tangible solutions to stress and chaos without necessarily having to unplug from the world of business. Instead of listing down a few techniques that supposedly work for everyone, she gives us situation-specific tips that help you find opportunities to gain control and exude calmness under pressure. If you’re not one of those people who are keen on “making self-care a priority,” and would rather beat burnout face-to-face rather than run away from it, then this book is perfect for you.
If you’re struggling with staying calm, your first thought may be to turn to a book on mindfulness or meditation, or something with relax, stress, or calm in the title (probability written by psychologist or therapist). When I’m struggling with remaining calm, it’s usually because I’m up against a problem that I’m not sure how to handle … or I’ve come across a trigger of some sort that sends me into a frenzy. The 10 tips Dyer shares in this book help you widen your viewpoint of what really matters in any situation. He offers practical suggestions for handling literally any problem or situation you’re up against (including whatever it is that’s making you lose your calm). It’s a short and simple book, but I find it’s packed with great advice, so it deserves a place among all the psychologists books and meditation//mindfulness books that’ll be the obvious choices for this list.
This product was recommended by Lori Ann King from LoriAnnKing
Know yourself. Love yourself. Empower yourself. If you are like most people, then you are living your life at Mach 3 speed. You fill your calendar from well before sunup to way past sundown, often working or simply “doing” into the wee hours of the night. You attempt to multi-task everything; your job, spouse, kids, parents, friendships, church, household chores, yardwork, groceries and meal preparations, checkbook, and workouts. You think you need to do it all, until you can’t. And therein lies the difficulty. Because after all, you are human. Wheels to Wellbeing is a tool to evaluate all the aspects of your life so that the money, time and energy you invest takes you further. Learn how to go from unbalanced, chaotic, and overwhelmed to a more balanced, calm, and happy existence with this self-care guide. Wheels to Wellbeing provides tools to maintain your calm through the holidays, set boundaries, protect your inner circle, put your life back in balance, and manage your energy, not your calendar or clock. It will send you into the new year and every year after with intention and on purpose.
This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder
Using straightforward language, Stay Calm And Content No Matter What Life Throws At You is an unusual self-help book that offers genuine insights on life issues that affect the people around us and us. The author begins with a quote from Gael Lindenfield’s book “ Self-Esteem” and goes on to discuss how self-esteem drives our emotions, thoughts, and actions. Written in a non-patronizing style and continuous sprinkle of quotes, the bool covers discussions on life challenges including stress, parenting, relationships, Christmas, bullying, criticism, work, motherhood, arguments, sibling rivalry, depression, communication, the battle of sexes, and coping with grief.
This is an amazing motivational book. It helped me tremendously during current uncertain times. It has simple practices that anyone can do to stay driven, motivated, and at the moment. This is a must-read book, especially during current pandemic times. I highly encourage this book to be read.
This product was recommended by Javen Yap from Good Noise
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy is a great book on how to become more productive in order to improve one’s self-esteem. If one eats the frog, they will feel like they’ve beaten the day and can do anything else that comes up with ease.
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The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon is an incredible read on understanding depression and seeing what it goes through. It also offers readers ways of conquering themselves (even if not their illness) through reading excerpts, literature reviews, interviews with medical professionals, prescriptions for stress relief practices, and chapters devoted uniquely to hope among other things.
Joining the ranks of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, You Are a Badass, and F*ck Feelings is this refreshing, BS-free self-empowerment guide that offers an honest, no-nonsense, tough-love approach to help you move past self-imposed limitations. Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. Wake up to the miracle you are, he directs. Here’s what you’ve forgotten: You’re a f*cking miracle of being. It isn’t other people that are standing in your way; it isn’t even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It’s yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.
What if today is the perfect time to notice God’s grace in one another? Women are so often weighed down by comparison, anxiety, and fear that the idea that grace could look amazing on them feels unbelievable. But all around us are flashes of grace, shining examples of God’s love. Amy Seiffert says it’s the everyday moments that Jesus shines through: making time for a friend even when your to-do list is pages long; apologizing to your neighbor when you don’t want to admit you are wrong; opening the Bible when your soul feels hollow and empty. Making the choice to accept God’s limitless love no matter what and reflecting it back to the world around you―friend, that’s when His grace looks amazing on you. A perfect gift to affirm and encourage any woman, Grace Looks Amazing on You is a timeless Christian message packed with personal story and reflection, Scripture, and deep biblical truth. This 100-day devotional will help you change your perspective so you can confidently radiate the grace of Christ.
All those trying to deal with the workload and personal life stress, here we have the best books that would help you stay calm and happy during the toughest times. A book called Success Under Stress by Sharon Melnick holds an array of stress-busting tactics to help you overpass the things that are weighing you down. Besides, a book named Stop Overthinking by Nick Trenton is worth reading. This book guides you on how to stay in the present and keep your mind off things that don’t matter and never will.
This product was recommended by Susan Wildes from WanderWildes
This handy guide has quick, yet effective tips and techniques to help you lower your stress levels and calm down FAST. Like, in under 10 minutes! It’s also got a variety of exercises you can do to help you unwind and get a better night’s sleep.
Back in the day, when I was anxious about my writing future (I had a lot of doubts about myself), it was this little book, or rather essay, that helped me. Simply by describing her inner state at different periods of her life when she lived in New York, Joan Didion was able to awaken in me a desire to continue writing. I finally calmed down about my writing style because I saw how I could write, and I realized that I had been writing this way for a long time. This essay has added to my confidence as a writer. And yes, for sure, it also brought back memories of my youth, which I spent in the big city. Some events flashed before my eyes and reminded me of where I am now and what I have accomplished.
The title alone is enough to calm down, and you can tell from it that humor is about to be upon you. This pragmatic and hysterical book is a light-hearted approach to helping you get anxiety under control. I won’t solve all problems – no book will, but it will put things into perspective, which does help you keep calm.
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If you’re someone who always finds yourself in a place where there’s something that is always holding you back, this book will certainly help you to get out of that fear. I used to believe that I’m weak and that everything I do is not enough. Simply put, I just have this mindset that I’ll never have to figure out how to make things work on my own. But it all changed when one close friend suggested reading Big Magic. This book has taught me a very important lesson – that I can do whatever I want to do. I used to be afraid of doing things and always ask myself “Can I do it?” and I always ended saying “I can’t”. Big magic changed all of this. Now, every time I ask myself if I can do something, I simply just say “Why not?” and then everything follows.
If you’re feeling like everybody around you wants a piece of you and your tank is becoming increasingly depleted, this is the book for you! This is a well-organized book that reaffirms what we already know about the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. With the stress currently being experienced by all of us during the COVID 19 crisis, this straightforward, action-oriented guidebook gives helpful hints and tips on ways to incorporate stress-reducing habits into our daily lives. There is no better time to read Turn Chaos Into Calm!
If you’re feeling overloaded this masterpiece will feel like an anchor in the storm, it will empower you to take back your life and help you explore and understand your relationships and how you interact with people. Challenging your values and taking a long look in the mirror is thought-provoking and ultimately could be life-changing. The sort of book you can read time and time again to help you re-balance and accept the situations you find yourself in, The Seat of the Soul is understandably a worldwide bestseller, so do yourself a good service and read this book.
This product was recommended by Abby Drow from Cloom
What better way to de-stress than to escape into a fantasy world, even if just for a few hours? That’s precisely what I do when I pick up Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch, a fantastic fiction dubbed the Nigerian Harry Potter by critics. This young adult novel is just the medication I need to soothe my hectic world. It’s a fascinating narrative about an outcast girl, a magical school, and a world that is nothing like it looks. Things begin to turn when she realizes she is a free agent and soon joins four magic students studying the visible and invisible realms.
This product was recommended by Ludovic Chung-Sao from ZenSoundproof
This book taught me what awareness was. Eckhart Tolle, the author, sheds light on the mechanism of emotions, such as anger, fear, or anxiety. He breaks down the topic with such simplicity that you wish you learned that when you were younger. Shedding light on your thoughts will help you manage your emotions better and stay calm in difficult situations. My spiritual journey all started thanks to this book. And maybe it will initiate yours as well.
It is my highest recommendation to read The Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace by Patrizia Collard. For those interested in having a calmer life full of peace and mental health, this book is a must. In this book, the author explains the importance of mindfulness to keep calm and focus on the here and now. Additionally, the book explains several techniques that last less than 10 minutes to regain calm, eliminate stress and have a much calmer day.
A perfect book for staying calm is The King’s Daughter by Angelia Cross Cobb. As a mother of five, wife, author, business owner, minister, and partial caretaker for her mother who suffers from dementia, Author Angelia Cross Cobb shows readers how to draw from their spiritual strength to handle and rise above any situation. This is a continuation of her book, The Valley Experience, where she is showing readers that after you survive the unthinkable, you can draw from within to manifest your healing and miracles.
If you want to stay calm, the Daily Relaxer: Relax Your Body, Calm Your Mind & Refresh Your Spirit is the book for you. Authors Matthew McKay & Patrick Fanning detail a variety of relaxation techniques that can be used to provide complete relaxation to our mind and body. One great advantage is that the techniques are not complicated at all, so they can be practiced by anyone who needs to release tension and stress from daily life.