• The cover of the book Stillness Is the Key

    Stillness Is the Key

    Many people find themselves overwhelmed with the pace of present-day living. Not surprising, what with a news cycle that turns over so fast we miss half of what’s going on, social media feeds constantly updating, and capitalist expectations of fast, nonstop work. In this new book, Ryan Holiday looks at the power and necessity of slowing down. Drawing on examples from history, he charts a way for readers to find stillness, too.

  • The cover of the book The Big Activity Book for Anxious People

    The Big Activity Book for Anxious People

    When you’re awake late at night with spiraling worries, or when you can’t get going on work because you’re anxious, that’s when this book comes in handy. Full of centering activities, lists of soothing facts about common concerns, and mantras to memorize, this book is both useful and funny (laughter, after all, is a great stress reliever).

  • The cover of the book How to Breathe

    How to Breathe

    Breathwork is the term commonly used to describe conscious, controlled breathing patterns that can help shift your focus, alter your state of mind, and calm your body. Breathwork practitioner and teacher Ashley Neese collects 25 practices she’s created for different needs, each with a desired outcome, like Letting Go, Negative Thinking, Unwind, Sleep, and more. Keep this near you, practice in times of stress, and learn to breathe.

  • The cover of the book The Second Mountain

    The Second Mountain

    The U.S. is a country that has always praised individualism above the might of the collective, which is ironic, really, when considering its foundation required cooperation, compromise, and community. David Brooks, a conservative New York Times columnist, returns to the idea of community in this book, where he examines the joy that can be found once we let go of purely selfish concerns and work for and with others.

  • The cover of the book Silent Agreements

    Silent Agreements

    Whether it’s knowing to tip your server or to ignore your phone while a friend is telling you something serious, there are plenty of seemingly unspoken rules that govern how we behave. Such social contracts are deeply ingrained in us when we’re brought up, and they can lead us to avoid conflict, even the productive and necessary kind. These psychologists help point them out and show us how to have more productive, open conversations.

  • The cover of the book Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness

    Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness

    If you live in one of the states where recreational and/or medical marijuana is legal but you’re trepidatious—maybe even anxious?—about trying some, this book, by a physician and a weed-for-wellness advocate, is for you. Beginning with the long history of this plant and moving toward the various ways in which THC and CBD can help mitigate anxiety, chronic pain, sleeplessness, and more, this read is the ABCs for all your weed needs.

  • The cover of the book Notes on a Nervous Planet

    Notes on a Nervous Planet

    Matt Haig has been there—as an adult, he developed anxiety, depression, and a panic disorder. One way he sought control in the face of these mental illnesses was by trying to understand them and what might have contributed to his development of them. In his newest book, he examines how the societies we live in, full of advanced technology and capitalist systems, might be making us all unhappier, and how we can subtly change things.

  • The cover of the book The Art of the Wasted Day

    The Art of the Wasted Day

    Many of us don’t know how to let go of productivity and simply enjoy our mind’s internal musings, but Patricia Hampl, a lover of solitude, has gone to the other extreme. Seeking out the houses and places where famously solitary people spent their time in leisurely thought, she muses through her own life and theirs, finding richness in the surprising places her mind takes her, and she invites readers along to try it out, too.

  • The cover of the book How to Make a Plant Love You

    How to Make a Plant Love You

    If you’ve been yearning for some company around the house, have you considered some plant babies? Summer Rayne Oakes, who hails from the Pennsylvania countryside, arrived in Brooklyn with the firm belief that she would continue to surround herself with the lush greenery of her youth. And you can too, whether you have a green thumb or not, with this handy guide. Plants reduce stress levels, help us find mindfulness, and more.

  • The cover of the book Finnish Nightmares

    Finnish Nightmares

    The socially anxious will certainly identify with Matti, the hero of this quirky comic drawn and written by Finnish graphic designer Karoliina Korhonen. Finnish Nightmares explores with gentle humor and empathy the various awkward situations Matti finds himself in, from how to act in public spaces (do you share the bench or keep walking?) to how to deal with neighbors (especially when you don’t want to chat).

  • The cover of the book Instant Calm

    Instant Calm

    Not everyone is ready to do a total 180 on their lifestyle—we’ve got jobs and kids and life to grab at while we’re here, right? Still, that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to take some time, even a little bit, for yourself. In these quick yet effective meditations that employ different senses and mindsets, you’ll learn how to build a practice of mindfulness into even the busiest, most anxious of lives.

  • The cover of the book Notes to Self

    Notes to Self

    It’s hard to find motivation for self-care some days. If you’re looking for a practical guide to keep yourself accountable, check out this wonderful journal. With beautiful images and notes toward beginning a daily self-check-in list, this is the kind of journal that will help you actually take time to listen to and consider what you need.

  • The cover of the book A Liberated Mind

    A Liberated Mind

    Ever notice how conflict or its memories, pain or its triggers, and vulnerability can cause your breath to speed up, your anxiety to spike? We fear and run from what might hurt us—even when what might hurt us is what and whom we love or care about deeply. This book shares the path Steven Hayes explored to develop flexible thinking and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), as well as ways to try it yourself.

  • The cover of the book Now Is the Way

    Now Is the Way

    Look, we get it. Not everyone is into self-love or some spiritual understanding of stillness. Don’t fret, because Cory Allen is here to show you that you don’t need to use the jargon or the yoga mats or the incense in order to feel present, alive, and better. In this guide, he gives you no-BS tools to live in the now and relax (flowy clothes not required).

  • The cover of the book The Nature Cure

    The Nature Cure

    For eons, humans used the natural world around them to find, discover, and share cures for common ailments. Western medicine–trained MD Andreas Michalsen learned all that stuff was baloney, but over the years, he began to wonder where there was truth to the natural cures. In this book full of science and research, he returns to the earth and shares how we, too, can use the natural world around us to feel better.