- The Little Book of Hygge – the Danish secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking.
Pronounced hoo-ga, hygge is a Danish word that describes a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday things simply extraordinary. It may be the newest craze, but there is something to learn from the philosophy of comfort, togetherness and well being, and this book provides ideas and advice on how to incorporate hygge into your everyday life.
Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things.
You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.
Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress.
My friend bought me a book similar to this one which has inspired me to start a new blog on the hygge way so keep your eyes open for when I launch it. Available from Amazon and other good bookstores.
2. Making Friends with Anxiety: A Calming Colouring Book by Sarah Rayner and Jules Miller.
Discover how to ‘make friends with anxiety’ and thereby manage stress • Learn why colouring, in particular, is so therapeutic • Find out about other creative activities that have a similar effect on the psyche, providing an array of solutions to help ease worry over the long term
Each illustration incorporates a mantra – a few simple words to help boost your mood.
All this alongside Jules Miller’s pictures… You’ll find magical gardens, pretty coastal scenes and gorgeous country landscapes, dogs snuggling by the fire and cats playing with wool. Each illustration incorporates a mantra – a few simple words to help boost your mood.
The result is a book to treasure – a unique combination of words of wisdom and pictures filled with childlike joy that will encourage positivity long the colouring-in is done. Available from Amazon and other good bookstores.
Can you really cure chronic pain without drugs, surgery or therapy? Surprisingly often the answer is Yes. While chronic pain can have a physical cause, this book, written by a leading UK Physiotherapist and chronic pain specialist, reveals how very real, and even debilitating pain, can frequently be caused by our brain in response to repressed emotions as a result of current and even past experiences. This process is at the root of many common complaints, including back pain, sciatica, migraines, fibromyalgia, repetitive strain injuries, digestive disorders and many medically unexplained symptoms. This self-empowering book explains research findings, describes dozens of case studies and provides practical tools to help you identify the cause of your pain and puts you on the path that leads to relief once and for all.
Available from Amazon and other good bookstores.
4. Chronic Pain Diary: Daily Assessment Pages, Treatment History, Doctors Appointments, Monitor Pain Location, Symptoms, Relief Treatment. Notebook, Journal Template Volume 6 (Health) by
A great way to start 2018 to achieve better control of your pain is to keep a pain diary. This notebook has everything you need to keep details of your overall health and how you are coping with it. I will help you to keep an accurate record to track the location of your pain and any patterns and triggers which you are experiencing.
A great book to share with your doctor or specialist to help aid your treatment methods or monitor any side effects you are experiencing. Available from Amazon and other good bookshops.
5. The Little Book of Mindfulness by Dr Patrizia Collard.
Another ‘little’ book but another handy one to read. Mindfulness is the easy way to gently let go of stress and be in the moment. It has fast become the slow way to manage the modern world – without chanting mantras or setting aside hours of time for meditation.
Dr Patrizia Collard will show you how to bring simple 5- and 10-minute practices into your day in order to free yourself from stress and, ultimately, find more peace in your life.
This beautifully illustrated book will set you and your family on the road of mindfulness so you can lead a more mindful, peaceful and relaxed life. Available from Amazon and other good bookshops.
6. Complimentary & Alternative Therapies for Pain by (myself of course) Barbara McLullich.
Obviously, I am going to pop my book on the list but I am also putting it on the list so you can save it for 2018 when the updated version comes out. The new one will include more therapies, and ‘My Story’, from my first spinal operation to a near-death experience and also being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
My book offers a practical guide and up to date information on the more commonly used treatments. It has chapters for each specific therapy and explores the benefits of each therapy. Easy information on how Complementary Therapies affect/help in health and pain. Available from Amazon.