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The Little Book of Calm for New Mums

The Little Book of Calm for New Mums

Author: Anna Mathur Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2022

The Little Book of Calm for New Mums will share advice and support on issues that new mothers face, from A for Anger, to I for Insomnia, providing an empowering pep talk for those days when new mothers need it most. Psychotherapist and mother of three, Anna Mathur, will support readers through the rollercoaster of feelings that come with being a new mum and provide expert advice based on her own professional and personal experiences. Whether you need some quick grounding, a note of compassion, or you want to untangle a feeling, flick to a page for a quick, uplifting moment of much-needed support. There are quick takeaway mantras and action tips for those tight on time, and further reading should you want to explore topics more deeply. This comprehensive A-Z covers everything from baby blues and anxiety to guilt, insomnia, stress, your inner critic and maintaining friendships.

Happy Mind, Happy Life

Happy Mind, Happy Life

Author: Dr. Rangan Chatterjee Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2022

Happiness is good for your health. Learn how to nurture yours. During his 20 years as a GP, Dr Rangan Chatterjee has seen first-hand how motivation isn't always enough for us to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It's only when we learn how to support our own mental wellbeing and cultivate core happiness that these choices become easy. In his latest book, Dr Chatterjee shares cutting-edge insights into the science of happiness and reveals 10 simple ways to put you back in control of your health. It features real-life case studies and over 20 practical exercises, including lessons on how to: Treat yourself with respect Improve your relationship with your phone Deal with criticism Whether you are at a crisis point or simply want to experience more joy, this book will help you feel calmer, more confident, and able to live your life to the full. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF THE LATEST BOOK FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FEEL BETTER IN 5

Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul

Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul

Author: Annie Burdick Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/02/2022

This is a joyful and handy book which focuses on guidance for finding happiness and living in tune with your own personal piece of the great outdoors. Over the past few years we’ve found ourselves at home more than we might normally wish to be, and for those of us lucky enough to have them, we have grown to love our gardens even more. Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul cuts to the chase, zooming in on anything and everything in the garden that can bring you fulfilment, calm and well-being. Turning the traditional gardening book on its head this comes from the point of view of why gardens are good for us and includes sections on everything from mood-boosting and fitness to sensory experience and spiritual wellness. I particularly liked the pages dedicated to creativity and the ideas around music, art and writing in the garden - a far cry from facing up to the chores of weeding or mowing the lawn! This book has given me all sorts of inspiration for turning my garden into a stress-busting source of energy and has opened me up to the possibilities of its healing gifts. If you ever find yourself wanting to run away and escape the stresses of modern living, you may discover through this book that the answer is closer to home than you thought.

A Cure for Darkness

A Cure for Darkness

Author: Alex Riley Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2022

After years of experiencing depression himself – during which was prescribed anti-depressants and underwent therapy – award-winning science writer Alex Riley began to question the effectiveness of the available treatments for what has become “one of the world’s most prevalent disorders”. In A Cure for Darkness, Riley tells his own story before delving into centuries of science and treatments, illuminating past and present methods, as well as new hopes, for the future of mental health. It's a fascinating look at the treatment of depression that blends popular science, narrative history, and memoir.

Bigger Than Us

Bigger Than Us

Author: Fearne Cotton Format: Audiobook Release Date: 20/01/2022

Calm anxiety through connection; Find happiness through purpose; Feel comfort in the universal; Think bigger to unlock you. In her brand-new book, Fearne Cotton seeks out the insight and advice of wise minds to explore what they can teach us to achieve happiness, connection and hope. Fearne weaves her own journey of discovery and personal stories with the deep knowledge, ancient practices and emotional tools of renowned spiritualists and thought leaders. With their help, she peels back layers of anxiety and self-limiting beliefs to find contentment and deeper meaning. Down-to-earth and relatable, Bigger Than Us is divided into three universal lessons that we can all learn, no matter who we are or what we believe: love, awareness and communication. From intuition and energy to the law of attraction, ritual, prayer and signs, Fearne explores positive ideas and exercises that are available to every single one of us. Bigger Than Us is for anyone seeking a path through our confusing lives and offers inspiration for tapping into the strength and comfort around us and releasing the blocks and insecurities that hold us back.

Audiobooks of the Month
This Book Could Fix Your Life

This Book Could Fix Your Life

Author: New Scientist, Helen Thomson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2022

We all want to be happier, more successful and less stressed, but what really works? From building confidence and boosting creativity to forming better relationships and getting smarter (and healthier), This Book Could Fix Your Life explores the real science behind self-help. HOW TO BOOST YOUR IQ THE SCIENCE OF SUCCESSFUL DATING HOW TO BREAK BAD HABITS HOW TO ACE EXAMS WHAT TO EAT TO FEEL HAPPIER HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE HOW TO LIVE HEALTHIER LONGER Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson has zero desire to become a lifestyle guru, she just wants to help us understand the often surprising truths behind meditation, resilience, addiction, willpower, love, good sleep, CBT, success, dieting, antidepressants, intelligence and much, much more. Full of fascinating evidence-based advice pulled from the very latest research and packed with experiments you can try on yourself (including one guaranteed to lift your mood), this book really could help you fix your life.

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Author: Dr Julie Smth Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2022

Discover exactly how to navigate life's many ups and downs with the essential and empowering guidance of TikTok sensation, Dr. Julie Drawing on years of experience as a clinical psychologist, online sensation Dr Julie Smith shares all the skills you need to get through life's ups and downs. Filled with secrets from a therapist's toolkit, this is a must-have handbook for optimising your mental health. Dr Julie's simple but expert advice and powerful coping techniques will help you stay resilient no matter what life throws your way. Written in short, bite-sized entries, you can turn straight to the section you need depending on the challenge you're facing - and immediately find the appropriate tools to help with . . . - Managing anxiety - Dealing with criticism - Battling low mood - Building self-confidence - Finding motivation - Learning to forgive yourself This book tackles the everyday issues that affect us all and offers easy, practical solutions that might just change your life.

Zen and the Art of Dealing with Difficult People

Zen and the Art of Dealing with Difficult People

Author: Mark Westmoquette Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2021

We all have to deal with difficult or challenging people from time to time (and, let's admit it, at times we may also be a challenge for other people). They may be a stranger on train, an overly opinionated work colleague, a nosy neighbour, or even a close relative or friend. Zen and the Art of Dealing with Difficult People explains how, using Buddhist practices such as mindfulness, we can remain 'Zen' at all times. This book isn't about removing difficult people from our lives - we may even like some of them (most of the time). It's about learning how to use kindness, patience and honesty to remain calm and help other people remain calm too. The book is written in a chatty and conversational tone. The science of the body's emotional and physical reactions to tense situations is well explained, and there are realistic (and entertaining) case studies. By the end of the book, I was thinking a lot more about how I interact with other people - the importance of taking a step back and understanding their point of view, and that how we respond to others, and how they respond to us, can teach us a lot about ourselves. Zen and the Art of Dealing with Difficult People is a thought-provoking guide to improve relationships and interactions with other people.

High Performance

High Performance

Author: Jake Humphrey, Damian Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/12/2021

How do Olympic medal-winning athletes turbo-charge their motivation? How do multi-millionaire founders develop the habits of champions? And how do Premier League football coaches lead their teams to victory? High Performance reveals the methods the world's most remarkable athletes, coaches and entrepreneurs use to excel. From taking responsibility for your situation to finding your 'trademark behaviours', thinking flexibly to crafting a high performance culture, Jake Humphrey and Professor Damian Hughes identify the eight crucial steps to becoming the best 'you' possible. Along the way, they draw on cutting-edge research to explain why these methods work - and how we can all use them. Anyone can learn the secrets of high performance. Drawing on conversations with... Dina Asher-Smith | Steven Bartlett | Tom Daley | Steven Gerrard | Evelyn Glennie | Kelly Holmes | Chris Hoy | Eddie Jones | Siya Kolisi | Frank Lampard | Jo Malone | Matthew McConaughey | Ant Middleton | Tracey Neville | Robin Van Persie | Mauricio Pochettino | Gareth Southgate | Holly Tucker | Jonny Wilkinson | Clive Woodward | Toto Wolff and many more...

Twelve and a Half

Twelve and a Half

Author: Gary Vaynerchuk Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/11/2021

In his sixth business book, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and investor Gary Vaynerchuk explores the twelve essential emotional skills that are integral to his life-and business-success and provides today's (and tomorrow's) leaders with critical tools to acquire and develop these traits. For decades, leaders have relied on hard skills to make smart decisions, while dismissing the importance of emotional intelligence. Soft skills like self-awareness and curiosity aren't quantifiable; they can't be measured on a spreadsheet and aren't taught in B-schools or emphasized in institutions. We've been taught that emotional intelligence is a nice to have in business, not a requirement. But soft skills can actually accelerate business success, Gary Vaynerchuk argues. For analytical minds, it's challenging to understand how to get better at being self-aware, curious, or empathetic-or even why it's important to try. In this wise and practical book, Gary explores the 12 human ingredients that have led to his success and happiness and provides exercises to help you develop these traits yourself. He also shares what the half is-that emotional ingredient of leadership he's weakest at and makes the most effort to improve. Working through the ideas and exercises in the book, he teaches you how to discover your own halves and offers insight on how to strengthen them. Gary's secret to success is using these twelve traits in varying mixtures, depending on the situation. But how do we know when to balance patience with ambition? Humility with conviction? Gary provides real-life examples involving common business scenarios to show you how to use them together for optimum results. This iconoclastic book will help you refine your ingredients and improve your leadership capabilities. When implemented in the proper situation, these ingredients can help leaders land promotions, retain core employees, move faster than competitors, win the loyalty of customers, and build successful organizations that last.

Will

Will

Author: Will Smith, Mark Manson Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/11/2021

One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had. Will Smith's transformation from a fearful child in a tense West Philadelphia home to one of the biggest rap stars of his era and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, with a string of box office successes that will likely never be broken, is an epic tale of inner transformation and outer triumph, and Will tells it astonishingly well. But it's only half the story. Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn't see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn't signed up for. It turned out Will Smith's education wasn't nearly over. This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind. Written with the help of Mark Manson, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Will is the story of how one exceptional man mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. Few of us will know the pressure of performing on the world's biggest stages for the highest of stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for one stage of our journey might have to be changed if we want to make it all the way home. The combination of genuine wisdom of universal value and a life story that is preposterously entertaining, even astonishing, puts Will the book, like its author, in a category by itself.

Audiobooks of the Month
The Kickass Couple 7 Secrets to Transform Your Relationship

The Kickass Couple 7 Secrets to Transform Your Relationship

Author: Dr Gloria Lee Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/10/2021

The Kickass Couple 7 Secrets to Transform Your Relationship is written by Dr. Gloria Lee, a clinical psychologist. This book will be beneficial to all couples, no matter their ages or stage of the relationship. Dr. Lee aims to empower and support couples. Single people will also benefit from this information, so they can apply it when they are in a relationship. Dr. Lee explains that by understanding our own attachment styles/needs and those of our romantic partner; we can create an unbreakable, fulfilling partnership. She uses three sources of information: research, her own childhood experiences, and the insights gained from her clinical work with couples. This is a concise book, consisting of nine chapters. She begins by defining what a “kickass” couple is. She then explains how the quality of our relationships with our primary caregivers (our childhood attachment template) affect our beliefs, thoughts, and feelings about relationships. It also affects our reactions and behaviour with partners. She discusses triggers, which are unresolved childhood wounds/needs. When couples are aware of their partner’s attachment styles, they can help each other move towards secure attachment and a more fulfilling relationship. She presents us with real-life stories from couples and stories from her own experiences in her childhood and marriage. She also gives tips on improving communication. She explains all the relevant theories logically. This book is helpful and easy to understand. Furthermore, I found it optimistic and encouraging. I highly recommend it. Susan Gibbs, A LoveReading Ambassador

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