Slow living is getting more popular, as people find life too fast and hectic these days. A zero waste lifestyle is about learning to enjoy the moment, not having to rush around to cram everything into the day. Slow living is living in the moment. Fast living causes ulcers, heart attacks and high-speed trains that kill wildlife.
Slow Down is a book to bring calm to a busy world, with 50 nature stories. This gorgeous for children would be enjoyed by people of any age. Each day (hour by hour), transformations happen right in front of you. But with today’s busy world, it’s easy to miss them. In this beautifully illustrated collection, 50 moments in nature are paused, for you to watch them in detail.
Then you can go outside and explore to see what you find – when you take the time to slow down. This charming collection celebrates the small wonders that are happening all around us, every day. Every day, transformations happen in front of you. Not always to see ..unless you slow down.
The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy is a beautifully written book by Jennifer McCartney. Be happy, live better, sleep soundly, eat mindfully. It’s all too exhausting for the sloth, who is mindfulness in action: contemplative, deliberate, relaxed and focused. Sloths don’t log steps on fitness trackers and find sleep more restorative than a 6am run! It really is OK to be a sloth!
Slow: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Hectic World asks ‘do you ever wish the press the pause button’ from endless work deadlines, responsibility, to-do lists and FOMO (fear of missing out?) Discover ways to slow down in this guide to slow living. It will not just make you feel better, but help you to reconnect and enrich relationships. Includes tips on self-care, breathing techniques, mindfulness, ethical living and eating. And how best to cultivate quiet moments very day. This is your companion to a happier and calmer you.
Be Wild, Be Free
Be Wild, Be Free is a wonderful book; a beautifully illustrated guide to life, through a mash-up of poetry, fables, comedy and whimsical watercolours. Using the characters of sloth, bear, manatee, blob fish and more, the author (a former NHS doctor) shows that we no longer need to surrender to negative thoughts nor those who drag us down, and instead ponder the beauty all around us, and remind us how to simply love again.
Do you ever hear the beasts scratching at the door? They want to be let out, to be wild & free! They were sleeping too long, and now they’re getting feisty. Don’t be afraid, they’re pretty lovely inside, and never did I see a more lovely beast than you…
So come inside. You might be surprised, to remember how to feel alive! With a heart to feel, a mind to learn & hands to build extraordinary things. Go forth, fiercely, bravely.
Amber is also a forensic psychiatrist, whose work with very ill patients in hospitals, prisons and the community have inspired her to write message of hope. She encourages us to have compassion for those that society rejects, mistreats and ignores and for those suffering mental anguish. We are prompted to ponder the beauty all around, reminding us how to simply love one another, and ourselves, again.
How to Overcome Emotional Turmoil
Healing is the New High is by man-of-the-moment Vex King, who has millions of fans for his uplifting words that he shares with the world. What many people don’t know is that this wonderfully wise young man was once suicidal, and used techniques to help him heal. This book shares what he did, so you can too. Learn to:
- Work with your body’s energy
- Explore and raise your inner vibration
- Create positive relationships
- Explore your personal history
- Rewrite limiting beliefs
- Uncover your true self
- Reignite your fire
Vex wants you to take charge of your inner healing. Having it hard in life? Vex has been there, his family were homeless some of the time, and he grew up in troubled neighbourhoods where he regularly experienced violence and racism. But it was only when he changed from ‘being a victim’ to using the wisdom in this book, that his life began to turn around around. A true spiritual seeker, for the present and future generations.
How to Feel Anxious
Anxiety is a real problem these days, with millions of people on ‘red alert’, when often there is nothing to be on red alert for. This is due to our fast-paced lifestyle, and the fact that stressed-out people often feel the need to make you feel stressed out too! The only solution if you can, is to spend less time with them, as it’s like osmosis. If others are always in ‘fight or flight’ mode, it’s likely you will start to be too. You don’t have to live at the speed or stress level of others. Just find some people to chill out with, who can make you feel calmer too.
How to Feel Less Anxious is a lovely little book for anyone who has frequent feelings of worry, nervousness or unease. Do you wish you could be more relaxed and self-assured? In this book you’ll learn tips for the benefits of mindfulness and better ways of thinking, and how to build better daily habits, from the way you speak and breathe, to the way you stand. There are also tips on healthy lifestyle habits and behavioural patterns. The book also covers different forms of anxiety and how to avoid anxious thoughts by taking regular exercise, getting quality sleep and minimising digital distractions.
This rose geranium calm bar is perfect for when you need to unwind. Made in Rutland (England’s smallest county), this is vegan and free from palm oil, wrapped in paper. Handmade soaps are creamier, so keep them on a slatted soap dish, so they dry out and last longer. Note handmade soap is not the same as ‘handcrafted soap’. Those fruity translucent bars are just the glycerine taken out of commercial soap, to eek more profit. Use a proper handmade soap instead,. Use it for a month with nothing else, and see the difference. You may not even need any other skincare products.
Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing, avoid shea butter for latex allergies.
Sometimes medication is needed, but not usually. Everywhere you look are books to ‘cook fast meals’. Good now and then. But why not embrace the art of cooking, and just take 30 minutes to prepare a proper meal? We are now beginning to see the wisdom of slow food, slow fashion, slow flowers. So now it’s time for a slow you! We are not naturally predestined to rushing. In more primitive cultures, there is no ‘clock’ to finish jobs. Some of the longest-lived cultures in the world often reach 100 years. This is because they don’t rush. If they picking berries from a bush, when the sun goes down, they simply drop what they are doing to go off for dinner, and resume the next day. There is no ‘I must just finish this bit, before I rest’.
To release yourself from anxiety can be very difficult, for people who suffer from bad nerves. To learn to let go of the past, is one of the most powerful things you can do, in order to move on. It doesn’t mean not respecting the past. It means letting go of traumatic experiences. Donate or sell items no longer relevant, create new routines and make new friends. Often people can’t let go due to not forgiving someone. If he or she were really yucky, it’s likely they won’t care anyway, so forgive for you, if not for them. Learn to live in the moment, rather than going over the past.
How to Quieten Your Mind is a nice little book to have on hand, if you are feeling stressed and anxious. A busy mind is one of the hazards of modern day life, and can be a huge drain on your energy and well-being. Anna’s tips can help – whether you find it difficult to keep unwanted thoughts at bay or you’ve just got 101 things to think about. There are ways o relax and unwind that an be learned and perfected. Filled with helpful tips, calming activities and soothing statements, this book can help put you back in the driving seat of your own life, to feel more relax and at peace with yourself.
How to Relax is a nice little book, bursting with tips to make life simpler and more relaxing. Filled with suggested activities, the book offers lots of help to channel inner peace and find a contentment. And it’s far cheaper than a therapist, a little affordable bundle of hope, all wrapped in a book!
Lot’s wife (no name given) is from Book of Genesis. She looked back at the city that burned – and turned into a pillar of salt.
Never look back, unless you’re planning to go that way. Henry David Thoreau
Guided Cards to Improve Your Mood
LSW Mind Cards offers guided cards to improve your mood, by a qualified practitioner. Download the recordings to listen whenever you need a bit of time to yourself, say 10 minutes. Get settled in your favourite chair, close your eyes and allow your mind to drift off someplace else entirely. The gratitude meditation can help you to look out for things you are grateful and there is also a Getting to Know You e-book journal, by founder of LSW London – cognitive hypnotherapist Lili Sinclair-Williams.
Dig into a journey of self-discovery that does not have to be daunting. With her expert training, you can break the process of healing through mindfulness into a small chunks, and discover how to be the best version of yourself, at this present time.
LSW Mind Cards are designed to help you become more mindful of your thoughts and feelings, to give you the tools to take back control of your happiness, focus on the present and spread positivity throughout your life. Each day, select a card at random and take the action stated. Build the habit of making positive choices each day will help you lead a more fulfilling and happier life. The 45 cards are presented in a beautiful lidded box. The cards are split across 5 categories:
- Kindness – to boost your mood
- Ritual – build good healthy habits
- Gratitude – stop to appreciate what makes you happy
- Journal – a powerful way to reflect on life
- Reflection – 10 minutes to reflect on a quote
Books to Help Children Feel Better
These books to help children feel better focus on mindfulness, a technique that helps younger people to live in the present. We sometimes forget that today’s world must be really scary for children: a global viral pandemic, climate change, war and violence, narcissistic leaders etc. It’s not just us that need to slow down and take some time to just be. Here are some nice books to help them do just that.
- Listen Like an Elephant features a colourful friend to help children learn to slow down, listen to the world around them and focus their minds, no matter how messy life is. These exercises can be performed at home, at the desk or even in the back of the car.
- Bunny Breaths teaches children to think like a bunny, and find their own focused energy. No matter how blah they feel. These exercises again can be performed anywhere to manage bodies, breathing and emotions.
- Peaceful Like a Panda offers easy exercises to help children calmly and mindfully navigate from sunrise to sunset. With sections on waking up, travelling, learning, playing, eating and bedtime, children can learn how to wake up bright and sunny, and boost their brains.
- The companion book Breathe Like a Bear offers 30 simple short breathing practices and movements that can be performed anytime.
- Paint a Double Rainbow offers 40 mindfulness activities for you and your child. Mindfulness reduces anxiety and stress, improves focus and calms. This charming book helps children to enjoy ‘silent sandwiches’ and share moonlight gratitude.
Music Break: Half the World Away
You should learn to meditate, because it’s a great way of slowing down the brain waves to alpha-level, and this can greatly help to feel less stressed in this busy world. You don’t even have to attend strange meditation classes, nor chant mantras if you don’t want. And you for sure don’t have to pay people to give you special ‘seed’ mantras. Just read or more of these books.
Although meditation only takes around 20 minutes to 1 hour daily, with regular practice the effects flow into daily life. You’ll find that you can make better decisions, you will react less, and that’s the best way to ‘manifest a better life’, rather than spending hundreds of pounds on online courses from ‘gurus’.
- Finding My Right Mind is a book by Vanessa Potter who woke up one day to find herself blind and paralysed. Yet it was meditation (not drugs) that saved her mind. So convinced she had more to learn, she explored the major schools of meditation, hypnotherapy, had Cambridge neuroscientists measure her brain activity and more. She offers detailed snapshots of each practice, and provides a genuine insight on whether after 300 hours of sitting still, meditation lives up to the hype and is the key to contentment.
- Meditations for the Soul offers a journey through accessible meditations to help you experience life in the immediate now. Join Neale Lundgren as he shares 30 awakening exercises to activate your soul’s senses, become more present to inner and outer worlds, and bring calm to relationships.
- Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics is by ABC News anchor Dan Harris, who used to think meditation was for people who collect crystals and play the pan pipes. After he had a panic attack on live TV, he went on a journey that ultimately led him to become one of meditation’s most vocal fans. Science suggests that meditation can lower blood pressure, help depression and anxiety and rewire key parts of the brain. Yet millions of people want to meditate but don’t do it. What’s holding them back? In this guide, Dan (and his friend Jeff) walk you through, to help you start, and reap the benefits.
- My Mind Won’t Shut Up! is a book by two sturdy-legged Glaswegians, with short attention spans. This cheeky and easy-to-read book can get anyone meditation, especially if you are stressed out with odd relationships, money worries or haemorrhoids. This book won’t take you a spiritual journey. But it will help you be kinder to yourself, stop you from spinning out of control, and make you less prone to emotional wobbles.
George goes off to find some quiet, when he almost goes mad from noise, that’s why. Writer George Michelson Foy was already feeling stressed from all the noise. But one day in New York, he clasped his hands to his ears, as two subway trains screeched into the station at once. He made it a mission that he was going to go off, to find the quietest place on earth. The results became his book Zero Decibels.
The world seems to get louder and louder. From people shouting in the street to women screaming as they greet and kiss you, to game show contestants who blast out your eardrums if they win something (compare that to contestants on the old Bullseye game show – you would not even know whether they won or lost the speedboat they had no need for, which is likely why repeats are so popular).
The charity Pipedown is at the forefront of trying to quieten everything down a bit. They have already had some success in stopping piped music in supermarkets, and now are trying to do the same in hospitals, where people literally can’t get away. Other noises that disturb are drills, car alarms, people shouting on phones, yawning loudly and slurping.
Barking dogs often are due to bored dogs, so keep dogs well-exercised and use positive dog training, and this issue will usually solve itself. Experts suggest creating a quiet room with no electronics for quality sleeping (if pets like to be with you while you work, get a simple quiet laptop and wait until they are snoozing, until you switch on). Dog expert Alexandra Horowitz suggests also replacing LED bulbs with flicker-free versions, as conventional ones can be like a ‘disco bulb’ to pets.
One place where loud noise is really annoying, is if you have to shop in supermarkets. The fact that Morrisons has now had to introduce a ‘quiet hour’ some mornings, shows how irritating many people find it during the rest of the day. And if you don’t live near an organic farm shop, you often have no choice but to shop there. It’s not only annoying, but also disrespectful to their older shoppers, who likely don’t want to listen to blasting pop tunes, while they get their bread and veggies. If you wonder why they do this, why do you think? That’s right, money. Just like McDonald’s using red and yellow colours to increase people’s appetites, if you are stressed and tired, you tend to eat more so will spend more.
So what happened with our friend George? He already knew that Antarctica is not the most quiet place (screeching albatrosses and boats). He finally found the world’s most quiet place – a lab in the Midwest USA. But when he went in, he didn’t like it. It was so quiet he could hear his heartbeat, and even the sound of his scalp moving across his head! It was then he discovered that it’s not complete quiet we want, it’s the right kind of noise: the rustle of wind in the trees, a purring cat, sweet birdsong. Not Morrison’s canned music.
Don’t be afraid of solitude. Often we are asked to buy rubbish to keep up with others, when in fact, it’s a really healthy way of life to sometimes get away from it all, spend time on your own (away from what society wants you to be and buy) and learn what makes your soul tick.
- The Circling Sky is a blend of childhood memoir and nature observation by Wainwright-prize shortlisted author Neil Ansell. The story of one man’s journey over a year to the of England’s key natural habitats – the New Forest of Hampshire. He returns for solitary walks, close to where he was born, observing birds, trees, butterflies, insects and landscape.
- The Art of Solitude is a book about reclaiming the pleasure of your own company. In a world where we are more connected than ever, why are so many people more lonely. This anthology of classic writing is edited by academic Zachary Seager. If we spend time alone, we can meaningfully connect with those around us, including the earth itself. Solitude is surprisingly, often the cure for loneliness. or loneliness.
- Live Alone and Like It is an update of a classic book from a 1930s magazine editor. With beautiful stylish line drawings, Marjorie encourages you to enjoy solo life (the book sold over 100,000 copies in 1936, within 2 months of release).