A lot of people are spending more time at home, but having a bit of a harder time focusing. It’s understandable, there’s a lot going on in the world around us. And while our homes may be our safe space, where things are a bit less hectic – we’re still all struggling with the stress and the anxiety that life is throwing at us. No one seems to be immune to this.
So what do you do with this anxious energy? What can you do if you’re not feeling focused or need to make a change in how you’re doing things? Thankfully there are a few books you can pick up that can help you focus your energy, work on reflecting on who you are and setting goals to get where you want to go.
You can Do All things
Daily meditations to help with depression and anxiety. Mental health is a topic that affects everyone, though so few are eager to discuss it. You Can Do All Things is a compendium of knowing-yet-supportive illustrations from The Latest Kate, whose thoughtful quotations encourage you to be mindful of your own mentality and to take care of yourself, regardless of image or lifestyle. Calming and supportive, the illustrations are also candid about the internal problems many people face in our hectic modern world.
Inspirational, gentle drawings of animals. The Latest Kate’s inventive pairing of whimsical colors and friendly, smiling animals is the spoonful of sugar that makes the heavy subject matter approachable and non-threatening. You Can Do All Things is a welcome addition to any bookshelf or art wall, and its messages are equally applicable to adults and children. Anxiety sucks, but you don’t. This book will show you how to get through the worst of it.
Your Goal Guide
Start with a plan. One of the biggest reasons goals fail is that we often don’t put enough thought into what we really want before diving in. Your Goal Guide by Debra Eckerling starts with that first, crucial step: figuring out your goals and putting a plan in place. As a professional writer, communications specialist, and project catalyst with more than 20 years of experience, Eckerling is prepared to help you achieve success.
Your Weirdness Makes You Wonderful
Step into a state of mindfulness: Depression and anxiety are topics that can be uncomfortable to talk about, but that doesn’t mean they should be avoided. If anything, it means we need to be more aware and have more conversations about them. With the help of her adorable illustrations, art blogger Kate Allan (known through her remarkably popular Tumblr blog as “The Latest Kate”) urges us to be mindful of our mentality.
Work through anxiety and depression with the help of enlightening words: Allan, who suffers from anxiety and depression herself, understands what it’s like to deal with feelings that are difficult to fight through. In this book, she provides the personal kind of encouragement that she herself needs to hear. These encouraging words, along with writing prompts, can help readers sort through and express their feelings.
Anyone can make a list. But can that list make you a calmer, more mindful, super productive and less stressed version of yourself? It’s easy to become overwhelmed by to-do’s, bucket lists and goals. The secret to success is not just about what you put on your list but what you intentionally leave off. Less is more. Leading with intention and how you’d like your life to feel is key.
Will these books fix everything your feeling or what is happening around you? Most likely not, but they can put you on the right path to get you where you want to be. You may find that you’re just a bit less anxious with more lists to direct you where to go. You can find copies of You Can Do All Things, Your Goal Guide, It’s Your Weirdness that Makes you Wonderful and Listful Living to get your organization and wellness journey started.