Do you struggle with stress or anxiety? Are you depressed? Are you dealing with chronic physical pain? Do you struggle to get through the day because of difficult emotions such as anger, guilt, shame, or regret? If so, mindfulness can help.
Mindfulness is a tool that helps people manage a variety of mental and emotional struggles. A great way to learn about mindfulness is to read one of the many books on this topic. This list of mindful books worth reading can help you narrow down the options and find one that is best for you.
Before you start reading, you probably want to know a little more about mindfulness and if it would be helpful to you. Mindfulness is best known for helping people control stress and anxiety. The practice of mindfulness includes meditations and rituals that help people become attentive to the present moment. Following mindfulness methods helps people stay in the here and now, which reduces stress, anxiety, and difficult emotions.
Mindfulness also teaches people how to approach life from a place of nonjudgement. Instead of responding reactively to the difficulties of life, the mindful person learns new tools. They learn how to practice nonjudgmental awareness, develop self-compassion, and build a radical acceptance of current life circumstances.
Research shows that mindfulness can help people who struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, emotional reactivity, and physical pain.[i] If you would like to learn more about mindfulness and build a mindfulness practice of your own, the books below are a great place to start.
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- Peace of Mindfulness; Everyday Rituals to Conquer Anxiety and Claim Unlimited Inner Peace by Barrie Davenport
Mindfulness is a highly effective means of controlling anxiety. Anxiety pulls people towards the past and reminds them of bad things that have happened. It pulls them to the future to worry about potential future problems. Mindfulness combats anxiety by teaching people how to remain in the present where they are able to claim the unlimited inner peace the author describes.
- Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic by Mark Coleman
Do you struggle with self-judgement? Do you find that you speak to yourself with harsh words? If so, you may benefit from learning how to develop self-compassion. Self-compassion is an important aspect of mindfulness that can help you tame your critical self-talk. This book provides specific tools to help you do just that.
- A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein
One of the strengths of this book is that it comes in the form of a workbook. Mindfulness is known for helping people manage stress, and people who actively complete the exercises in this book will be well on their way to a more peaceful life.
- The Mindfulness Eating Solution: Proven Strategies to End Overeating, Satisfy Your Hunger, and Savor Your Life by Lynn Rossy
Do you have an unhealthy relationship with food? There is so much wisdom in this helpful book. Lynn Rossy helps her readers slow down and consider the origins of their overeating. She provides advice on how to approach eating in a mindful way, helping people enjoy both food and life once again.
- You Are Not Your Pain: Using Mindfulness to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress, and Restore Well-Being – An Eight-Week Program by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman
This book is the right choice for individuals who struggle with physical pain in addition to other emotional and mental struggles. This hopeful book teaches readers how to navigate life with chronic pain by managing the difficult emotions and thoughts that often arise when faced with physical struggles.
- The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Move Through Depression and Create a Life Worth Living by Kirk D. Strosahl and Patricia J. Robinson
This workbook is meant for people who are struggling with depression. A primary component of mindfulness is learning how to accept the lives and circumstances we have been given. It may sound counterintuitive, but one way to work through depression is to accept the difficult feelings and discover how you are still able to create a meaningful life in the midst of depression. This book shows you how to do that.
- Moments of Mindfulness: Anti-Stress Coloring & Activities for Busy People by Emma Farrarons
Who doesn’t like coloring their worries away? This book is both playful and practical. It incorporates concepts of mindfulness into coloring pages and activities. Take a few minutes to sit down, slow your mind, and focus your thoughts on a distracting activity instead of giving in to stress and anxiety.
Do any of these books stand out to you? Buy one today, and learn how to build a mindfulness practice that will help you withstand the difficulties of life.
[i] Davis, D. M. & Hayes, J. A. (2011). What are the benefits of mindfulness? A practice review of psychotherapy-related research. Psychotherapy, 48(2), 198-208.