These books to offer hope in tough times, are ideal when you are feeling like the whole world is against you. Although we have beautiful countryside and gorgeous beaches, sometimes people in cities or even in small towns can feel overwhelmed by the noise and pace of daily life. So calm down, quieten yourself and enjoy one or more of these books, to help pause and hit the ‘reset’ button, for when you can return stronger.
When Life Is Not Peachy is a beautiful book for anyone whose life has taken a difficult turn. If your heart is aching and you’re just about holding it together, it is easy to question everything. Who are you, and how will you keep going? Pip Lincolne has been there too, and is now in your corner to help keep your spirits up. This is a gentle guide to navigating loss, grief and sad times, including those supporting loved ones.
Firefighter Zen is a field guide to fighting in tough times. While most of us try to walk away from danger, author Hersch Wilson is a firefighter, and spends his life walking towards it. In this unique collection of true stories and practical wisdom, he shares techniques that allow people to stay grounded navigating danger, comforting others and coping with their personal responses to each crisis.
Wintering is a beautifully written book on the power of rest and retreat, in difficult times. Katherine recounts her own year-long journey, sparked by sudden illness in her family that plunged her into a time of uncertainty and seclusion. This beautiful memoir teaches us to draw from the healing powers of the natural world and to embrace the winters of our own lives.
How to Mend a Broken Heart is by Ziella Bryars who in the midst of heartbreak, was fed up of unhelpful advice from magazines and rom-coms. So after a conversation with her neuroscientist best friend, she explored a more scientific approach to help her heal, and now passes on what she learned. From how breakups affect sleep to digestion, and how rejection is represented in the brain the same way as physical pain, how the brain processes loss and how a break-up can trigger addiction-like withdrawal symptoms. Plus tips for counteracting heartbreak and moving onto acceptance.
Life: A User’s Manual is a book for anyone who thinks that life should come with instructions. A psychotherapist and philosopher draw from wisdom of Ancient Greece to Japan. A psychotherapist/counsellor and a philosopher put their heads together to find advice from the world’s greatest thinkers on questions like:
- How should I live?
- What is my purpose?
- Can I find happiness?
- Is there a right way to grieve?
- What is free will?
- How can we learn from past mistakes?
- Do we make our own luck?