CHECK OUT THESE GREAT BOOKS ON STRESS MANAGEMENT

1. The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity 

by Melanie Greenberg (Author) 

Modern times are stressful—and it’s killing us. Unfortunately, we can’t avoid the things that stress us out, but we can change how we respond to them. In this breakthrough book, a clinical psychologist and neuroscience expert offers an original approach to help readers harness the power of positive emotions and overcome stress for good.

Stress is, unfortunately, a natural part of life—especially in our busy and hectic modern times. But you don’t have to let it get in the way of your health and happiness. Studies show that the key to coping with stress is simpler than you think—it’s all about how you respond to the situations and things that stress you out or threaten to overwhelm you.

The Stress-Proof Brain offers powerful, comprehensive tools based in mindfulness, neuroscience, and positive psychology to help you put a stop to unhealthy responses to stress—such as avoidance, tunnel vision, negative thinking, self-criticism, fixed mindset, and fear. Instead, you’ll discover unique exercises that provide a recipe for resilience, empowering you to master your emotional responses, overcome negative thinking, and create a more tolerant, stress-proof brain.

2. Mindfulness Workbook for Stress Relief: Reduce Stress through Meditation, Non-Judgment, Mind-Body Awareness, and Self-Inquiry 

by April Snow LMFT 

Ease stress and achieve balance through the healing power of mindfulness 

Mindfulness is a powerful and proven method for reducing stress and its negative health effects. The Mindfulness Workbook for Stress Relief shows you how to relieve tension and find calm using soothing, restorative techniques like meditation, non-judgment, self-inquiry, and mind-body awareness. 

Featuring helpful exercises and simple meditations, this hands-on stress management workbook delivers a wide variety of effective mindfulness tools that you can add to your self-care toolbox like breath awareness, body scans, mindful walking, and more. 

The Mindfulness Workbook for Stress Relief includes: 

  • Practical & actionable―This book has a beginner-friendly focus that covers a spectrum of everyday situations and science-based solutions. 
  • Evidence-based approach―Explore engaging mindfulness-based exercises that are proven to help relieve stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and sleep issues.
  • Situational success―Learn how to address stress triggers in many areas of daily life like relationships, at work, and beyond. 

Take a deep breath and begin your practice today with this evidence-based mindfulness workbook. 

3. Quick Calm: Easy Meditations to Short-Circuit Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroscience 

by Jennifer R. Wolkin PhD 

Calm the chaos and rewire your brain in just five minutes a day!

Do you ever feel like your stress levels are off the charts? You aren’t alone. Every day it feels like there’s something new to juggle or a fresh crisis to avert. And just keeping everything in the air requires an exhausting amount of attention and a dizzying amount of responsibilities. The more chaotic life becomes, the more we tend to forget what we truly value—from family and friends to mental and physical health. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stay grounded that won’t eat away at your increasingly precious time.

Quick Calm is a practical and fun guidebook designed to fit perfectly into a fast-paced lifestyle. You’ll discover the what, why, and how of developing your own mindfulness practice. You’ll learn all about the essential, life-affirming benefits of this ancient practice, including mindfulness meditation’s positive effects on both mind and body. And, most importantly, you’ll find daily practices you can do in just five minutes a day!

So, if you’re ready to discover the gift of mindfulness, but you don’t have the time to attend a meditation retreat, set aside five minutes a day with this handy little guide. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better return on your time investment!

4. The Everything Stress Management Book: Practical Ways to Relax, Be Healthy, and Maintain Your Sanity 

by Eve Adamson (Author)

Let’s face it: We’re all stressed out. No matter how hard we work or how much time we spend on burdensome tasks, it seems our deadlines only get tighter and we’re barely catching our breaths before new obstacles arise causing even greater tension. Will it ever end? The Everything Stress Management Book shows that it is possible to achieve your life goals and keep your physical and mental health intact. Beginning with an easy-to-follow quiz that helps you identify your vulnerable areas, the book then takes you step-by-step through the safest, most effective ways to relax, avoid stressors, keep perspective, and live a longer, happier life.

The Everything Stress Management Book also gives you the lowdown on the most popular stress-reduction methods, including:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Proper nutrition
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • And more

Whether you’re frazzled and frustrated at work or at home – or are just plain stressed out – The Everything Stress Management Book helps you regain control, find your balance, and face the world with optimism and confidence.

5. Anger and Stress Management God’s Way 

by Wayne A. Mack (Author) 

Anger and stress may be commonplace, but they are still destroyers that will cause devastating harm if left unchecked. By God’s grace, however, no one needs to be overcome by ungodly anger or stress. Experienced and internationally respected biblical counselor Wayne Mack shows how to apply God’s Word to finding true and authoritative help, explaining principles that can be adopted for lasting positive change. Includes study questions and evaluation materials.

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FIRST NOVEL ADVICE FROM ELIZABETH DAY

Writing a novel is the dream of nearly everyone who actually writes. Whether they write for fun or for a living, the challenge of creating a novel is often regarded as a peak accomplishment in this art form. Actually getting one published is another story. Many writers do not consider themselves as having ‘made it’ until they get a novel published.

Fortunately, this challenge is softened by the wisdom and advice of those who have already made a name for themselves. One of them is Elizabeth Day, who has first novel advice for those authors still aspiring to join the ranks of the published.

One thing she argues in favor of is leaning hard in the direction of vulnerability. Being open to potential failure and trial and error is the only way to silence your inner critic and get writing. Also, being vulnerable in your writing will fuel your pages with genuine experience and emotion. Readers will connect with that.

She always argues against plotting things out in too much detail. Sometimes, mapping out where the story is going can wind up feeling more like a spreadsheet with information in hundreds of cells. Turning that into a compelling narrative can be hard. Have a general idea of where everything is going, and maybe do a color chart showing where each character is in each chapter. Other than that, figure it out as you go along.

Nurture yourself when you’re not writing. Analysis and revision are necessary components of the process, but tearing up yourself inside can lead you to tear up your pages on the outside. Always practice self-care and self-acceptance. You’ll need self-acceptance when you do sit down to write. What you write will never be perfect, but you just need it to be good enough to keep moving.

Being at peace with yourself is how you create space to get to know your characters. You have to personify them as much as possible. Their values and decisions drive the best plots. When you write that way, readers have no choice but to accept their fates as if they could not have been any other way. That’s when you make fiction feel real because, in reality, most people’s lives are just the sum of the choices they’ve made.

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EAT TO SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNITY

With Covid still raging it is important to know that you can do many things to help support your own immune system – including enjoying foods that taste amazing and help keep you healthy.

Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free (Eat for Life) 

From world-renowned health expert and New York Times bestselling author of Eat to Live and Eat for Life Dr. Joel Fuhrman comes a practical nutritional plan to prevent and reverse disease—no shots, drugs or sick days required.

 Why do some of us get sick with greater frequency than others? What makes us more susceptible to illness? Is there a secret to staying healthy? Dr. Fuhrman doesn’t believe the secret to staying healthy lies in medical care—rather, the solution is to change the way we eat.

The Immunity Fix: Strengthen Your Immune System, Fight Off Infections, Reverse Chronic Disease and Live a Healthier Life 2020 

by Dr James DiNicolantonio 

The Immunity Fix is a comprehensive guide to how the immune system works, how different viruses and infections affect our health and offers strategies that have been shown to enhance the immune system. It includes the most up-to-date scientific information about the most important factors related to staying healthy during viral outbreaks as well as in everyday life.

Upgrade Your Immunity with Herbs: Herbal Tonics, Broths, Brews, and Elixirs to Supercharge Your Immune System

From New York Times best-selling author and natural-health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, an illustrated guide and cookbook with smart strategies, cutting-edge research, and 50 delicious recipes to support immunity.

For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a wakeup call, forcing us to take a frank look at how well our immune systems could serve us during challenging times. 

Is your immune health up to par? Could it save you from a monumental threat? In this new book packed with up-to-the-minute information and illustrated with gorgeous photography, natural-wellness expert Dr. Joseph Mercola offers a powerful toolkit for strengthening immunity and supporting health.

The Immunity Code: The New Paradigm for Immune Centric Health and Radical Anti-Aging. 

by Joel Greene

The immunity code represents a powerful paradigm shift to an immune centric approach aging and health, and how to slow it dramatically in easy, practical steps. A new era has arrived. It is an era where commonalities found in the physiology of the leanest, healthiest, and longest lived humans has been uncovered. The startling discovery is that many of these commonalities can be replicated by anyone, and quite easily.

Viruses, Pandemics, and Immunity February 16, 2021 

by Arup K. Chakraborty (Author), Andrey Shaw (

Throughout history, humans have contended with pandemics. History is replete with references to plagues, pestilence, and contagion, but the devastation wrought by pandemics had been largely forgotten by the twenty-first century. Now, the enormous human and economic toll of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 disease offers a vivid reminder that infectious disease pandemics are one of the greatest existential threats to humanity. This book provides an accessible explanation of how viruses emerge to cause pandemics, how our immune system combats them, and how diagnostic tests, vaccines, and antiviral therapies work– concepts that are a foundation for our public health policies.

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THE BEST ONLINE TOOLS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SKILLS

Becoming a better writer in today’s world is more important than ever with the huge amount of online communications and the way businesses depend on advertising and marketing. Having good writing skills can enhance existing qualifications, increase one’s opportunities for jobs, or simply be good exercise for pleasure writing.

Instead of memorizing grammar rules or taking English classes, some of the best ways to improve writing skills is to utilize the best of the online writing tools which will help correct grammar mistakes and suggest better wording options. Some even generate writing prompts for those in need of inspiration.

Hemingway Editor

The Hemingway Editor is a desktop app that focuses on readability score, ease of reading, and comprehension of an article. It works to make writing clear and concise. It highlights sentences that are too wordy or long with different colors to suggest splitting the sentence or rewording it. It also includes text formats, a word counter, and passive voice spotting.

LibreOffice

LibreOffice is a free office suite modeled much like Microsoft Word but without the price. It includes the full app selection for presentations, spreadsheets, and document creation. The word processing feature, Writer, is equipped with a spell checker, grammar checker, and thesaurus.

Reedsy

Reedsy has many interesting features for aspiring writers. It is a marketplace for freelance writers and editors with many points for them to connect and collaborate. It comes with a free book-writing tool that is easy to use and turns the finished product into e-book format for export. Reedsy also offers weekly writing prompts delivered directly to an email inbox.

The Most Dangerous Writing App

From Squibler, this fun and frustrating app will generate fun writing prompts. Then a session time can be chosen, anywhere from three minutes to an hour. During the session, the writer can not stop for more than a few seconds or all progress will be lost forever. Only the brave and daring will give this app a try! It will certainly help new writers learn to focus and produce.

These apps will do everything from offer a full range of office applications, correct spelling and grammar, improve readability, offer connections between editors and clients, and give fun writing prompts.

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7 OF THE HAPPIEST BOOKS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR YEAR

What is it about reading that readers love so much? It turns out that there are as many reasons to love reading as there are people who love to read. Many find a means of escape from the daily stresses of life between the covers of a book. Some read to understand other people’s perspectives or visit places they have never been before. Others read for entertainment. However, to anyone who has found themselves lost in a good story, it is evident that books have the power to impact our emotions and can evoke belly laughs or streaming tears with the turn of a page. For those who read for grins and giggles, check out these happy books:

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Described on its cover as a “thumping good detective-ghost-horror-whodunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic,” this book is great for any time of the year when you just need a good hard belly laugh.

How To Be Idle: A Loafer’s Manifesto by Tom Hodgkinson

When the daily grind has got you down, this book offers hilarious insights into why we are so work-obsessed and how to be a better loafer.

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

This book takes looking at life from a new perspective to a whole new level when the heroine swaps lives with her 79-year-old grandmother to get a break from her high-flying career.

The Lido by Libby Page

United by a shared interest in the fate of a local swimming hole, 26-year-old Kate and 86-year-old Rosemary find friendship in this heartwarming tale of community, teamwork, and self-belief.

Sinners and Saints by Allie Bloom

One part coming-of-age story and one part tale of personal redemption, this lighthearted romp follows a young niece and her roguish uncle on their concurrent journeys of self-discovery and growth.

Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce

A young female journalist dreams of becoming a war correspondent in blitz-torn London but finds herself running the agony aunt column instead in this story of female friendship.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

This heartwarming story follows several years of the life of a celebrated author whose life’s mission becomes returning lost objects to their owners.

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A FEW OF THE BEST BOOKS IN THE LAST 5 YEARS

There are classic books which most people are familiar with, then there are modern books. Modern books will grab your attention and pull you in immediately. Here are some of the best books in the last 5 years.

We have all seen the news lately. This book, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, starts with a fairytale ending and ends with everyone’s worst nightmare. In the beginning, newlyweds Celestial and Roy begin their married life. Then, Roy is wrongfully convicted of rape and murder. This emotional tale will pull you in and not let you go until the last page. This novel will get you thinking about modern-day issues such as wrongful conviction and imprisonment, emotional turmoil in a marriage, and prejudice in the justice system.

If your mind is fixed on feminism, then pick up The Power by Naomi Alderman. This features a dystopian world in which women are physically dominant. With the touch of a hand, they send electric shock waves to whoever and whatever they please. Your imagination will be transported to a world in which the social dynamics have been turned in a way only Naomi could have dreamed of.

If you’re looking for historical fiction, then try reading Hamnet. This novel takes place during the Black Death in which the world is seen through William Shakespeares’ eyes. Seen through the eyes of a brilliant author, set in a time where the world was crumbling. Any reader of Hamnet is sure to be transported to a time and place of wonder and disaster. Written by Maggie O’Farrel, this book won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

If you’re looking for an in-depth novel that will take you inside of a character’s life, look no further than Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo. This diverse and wide-reaching tale will grab your heartstrings with its poetic style and intrigue. The characters’ stories are linked together through the masterful style of Evaristo. Evaristo’s purpose, to engage the reader in a story of being Black and British throughout history.
Finally, if Greek mythology is your vibe, consider picking up the New York Times Bestseller Circe. In this tale, Madeline Miller tells a story of a place where mortals and gods collide. The story follows Circe, who is banished to a remote island by the vengeful Zeus.

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HOW WRITING CAN CALM STRESS

Journaling is a Simple Way to Reduce Stress Stress has a way to creep into everyday life. Thankfully, there are some simple ways that stress can be managed. One of those ways is journaling. Journaling has many positive benefits for the mind and soul. It’s a way for people to unwind, let out their true feelings, and take charge of their life. There are many different ways to journal and a whole slew of different topics a person can write about. That’s why anyone can journal no matter who they are. One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that it reduces stress.

When a person sits down with nothing but a pen and a blank page, their mind instantly opens. This is a chance for someone to let out all those pent up feelings of anger, fear, and sadness in a safe space. A journal is private and therefore, it’s really a time when a person can let out everything they are feeling. This is a great way to calm the mind because it’s essentially dumping all of those negative thoughts on paper and only keeping the positive ones internalized instead.

Journaling is also great for stress-relief because it’s a way for someone to escape the real world. Journaling takes a person into a different world through poetry, self-expression, and drawing. When they enter this new realm, they’re allowed to escape whatever is stressing them out for a little while. Journaling is also a great way for someone to take charge of their life.

A person can use journaling to plot out their day, their goals, their to-do lists, and more. It gives them an opportunity to have an organized place for all their thoughts. Keeping these written down is also a great way for a person to hold themselves accountable. When they hold themselves accountable, they’re better able to manage their time and goals. 

Overall, journaling is great because it brings the world of creativity and structured lists together. A person can use journaling as a creative outlet when they need a break from whatever is stressing them out. A person can also use journaling as a way to keep track of what they need to do. When a person has something they can look at with goals and structure, they feel more on top of things which helps to reduce stress.

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The Best Books for Spring 2021

Spring is an excellent time to hone one’s reading muscles, and 2021 promises no shortage of books with which to do so. Whether fiction or nonfiction, there are likely several good books from either genre sure to pique your interest, with reviewers recommending many noteworthy examples. Let’s look at three of Spring 2021’s best books:

1 – Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese-American Heroes in World War II

Author Daniel James Brown recounts the story of Japanese-Americans who volunteered for service after Pearl Harbor. Sent to Europe to fight against the Nazis rather than to the Pacific Theater to face the Empire of Japan, these Americans also had to worry about their families, many of whom faced internment camps and xenophobia back home. Known as the Nisei, these second-generation Japanese-American WWII service members served heroically and sometimes suffered greatly.

2 – Klara and the Sun

Kazuo Ishiguro’s past works include classic works of fiction such as Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. As in his previous works, Ishiguro’s plot in Klara and the Sun turns out to be quite the opposite of what the characters think they understand. The story’s protagonist, Klara, is a robot or “Artificial Friend” built to serve as a child’s companion. She’s intelligent but can’t see everything when that’s what she must do. So, she ends up another of Ishiguro’s tragic figures fated to experience sorrow.

3 – The Flip Side of Free: Understanding the Economics of the Internet

The old saying that “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” applies equally to the “free” internet: If you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product. World Bank Group’s digital development specialist Michael Kende describes how unified standards made the web accessible for all while also examining various risks, including cybersecurity. Finally, Kende delves into various impending social considerations as the public realizes just how much a free internet is costing everyone.

Spring is always a time of renewal and new life. This year promises a good chance to break out the latest fiction thriller or thought-provoking nonfiction examination of some issue of import or historical significance. See your favorite bookseller now to grab some of 2021’s best books. 

Inspirational Quotes Gathered by Edita Kaye

“Everything starts with yourself—with you making up your mind about what you’re going to do with you life.” Tony Dorsett

“Life itself is the proper binge.” Julia Child

“Where thou art, that is home.” Emily Dickinson

“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.” Douglas MacArthur

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, not touched…but are felt in the heart.” Helen Keller

“It is necessary to try to surpass one’s self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.” Queen Christina of Sweden

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” Dale Carnegie

“Chance never helps those who do not help themselves.” Sophocles

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” Danny Kaye

“Don’t wait for your ship to come in; swim out to it.” Anon

“Trust your hopes, not your fears.” David Mahoney

“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.” Michelangelo

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.” William Gladstone

“It is a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” Somerset Maugham

“The only place were success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vidal Sassoon

“In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus

“This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” Philippians 3:13

“To be happy, drop the words if only and substitute instead the words next time.” Smiley Blanton M.D.

“No seed shall perish which the soul hath sown.” John Symonds

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

“Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.” Christine Bowee

“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?” Frank Scully

“There are only two ways to live your life: one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as if everything is.” Albert Einstein

“Remember, you can’t steal second if you don’t take your foot off first.” Mike Todd