Burn After Writing (Yellow)
Check out the book everyone is loving on TikTok! Ironically, this journal is perfect for when you want to step away from social media, clear your mind, and write down the secrets you don’t want to share with the rest of the world. Filled with incisive questions and prompts, Burn After Writing is the perfect tool to help you self-reflect, and when you’re finished, you can toss it, hide it, or—of course—burn it.
The Big Activity Book for Anxious People
After the past year, it’s pretty much a given that we are all extremely anxious. To help us cope with the late nights wondering if we should still be Cloroxing our groceries and the mornings feeling like we might be missing a Zoom call we didn’t know was happening, we’ve turned to this insightful guide made specifically for anxious people. Filled with soothing facts, relaxing coloring pages, and weird coping mechanisms, The Big Activity Book for Anxious People is the book we all need right now. We’re even considering tearing out the page of facts about hand sanitizer and taping it to our mirror.
If you love coloring to relax or if you’re trying to be more mindful, we highly recommend checking out this book. Created by professional illustrator Kerby Rosanes, this coloring book is one of our favorites. It’s filled with stunning images, ranging from intricate tigers to camels to dinosaurs, and is perfect for experimenting with the box of colored pencils you bought last year. And if you need inspiration for how to color your pictures, there’s also a section of incredible artwork completed by Kerby’s fans, including comments from Kerby on why each coloring approach works so well.
Worlds of Wonder
Another one of our favorite coloring books, we love relaxing by coloring in new worlds. Bestselling artist Johanna Basford has produced a series of fantastical inkscapes that will transport you to tree-top castles and mystical villages. And each image has her signature botanicals, creating gorgeous landscapes for you to color in. This is really the perfect coloring book to take to your local park for an outdoor coloring session or to gift to your fantasy-loving friend to let them know you’re still thinking about them, even if you haven’t seen each other in over a year.
The Joy of Movement
If you’re anything like us, you probably spent your winter inside, huddled under a blanket, watching The Queen’s Gambit, cheesy Christmas movies, and The Great British Baking Show. Now that there’s no longer a foot of snow on the ground, we’re definitely beginning to think about getting back to exercising, and we’ve turned to Kelly McGonigal’s The Joy of Movement for inspiration. We love this book because it isn’t a lecture on why we should exercise. Instead, it’s a celebration of movement and how it can be a source of joy instead of a chore. We’re even thinking about downloading the audiobook, so we can listen to it while we’re walking, running, and hitting the gym.
The Body Keeps the Score
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Did you know that trauma literally reshapes both the body and the brain, affecting our ability to feel pleasure, trust others and ourselves, and fully engage in our lives? In this book, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma uses scientific evidence to explore how trauma physically affects our minds and bodies and explain how innovative treatments can help. If you or a loved one is feeling exceptionally stressed, particularly after a traumatic event, this book is your first step to understanding and moving toward healing.
With the beginning of spring, warmer weather, and longer days, we’re looking forward to spending more time outside and really focusing on our mental health. These books already helped get us through the long winter, and now we can’t wait to read, journal, and color somewhere other than our couches. If you’re also looking for ways to ease your anxiety, practice mindfulness, and learn more about the effects trauma may have had on you and your loved ones this year and last, these books are exactly what you need.
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