This Week’s Top Trending Relaxation + Self-Help Books

December is here! Now that NaNoWriMo is officially over, you can relax your poor fingers and let your brain quiet down for a bit. Fortunately, we’ve got just the thing you need: this week’s list of Top Trending relaxation and self-help books. From the art of being “still,” to tips on how to manage stress, we’ve got you and your mental wellbeing covered.

The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace, and Uncovering Happiness by Barb Schmidt

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 Happiness isn’t easy to acquire—and sometimes, your mind is your worst enemy. It takes training to gain an inner source of peace and with Schmidt’s three-part spiritual discipline, you will learn how to avoid stress and doubt while gaining a higher sense of self-confidence. The tools that you will learn are derived from a wide variety of religious and spiritual traditions and are proven to work. Meditate, reflect, and engage in exercises that will inspire and change your life.

Sane New World: A User’s Guide to the Normal-Crazy Mind by Ruby Wax

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Attempt to understand the craziness of modern life with this hilarious and honest book by comedian, writer and mental health advocate, Ruby Wax. So often our minds can drive us up the wall with our internal critics (“You should have,” “Why didn’t you,” etc.) that it’s no wonder that we’re all a little bit bonkers. This is why Wax— by sharing her enlightening life journey— hopes to explain why we sabotage our sanity, how our brains work, and how we can rewire our thinking through often simple techniques.

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer

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 Staying put isn’t as simple as you’d think. The Art of Stillness focuses around the unexpected adventuring of staying still and theorizes that, “the more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug.” Pico, a lifelong traveler who has visited everywhere from Ethiopia and Cuba to Kathmandu, draws influence from the lives of well-known monks and his own experiences as a travel writer in rural Japan. Iyer reflects that advances in technology are making us more likely to retreat, and stresses that sometimes “Nowhere” has a lot more to offer than “Anywhere.”

 Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year by Demi Lovato

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 Anywhere you go, you will see singing megastar Demi Lovato’s face plastered on posters and television screens. The former Disney star may seem as if she leads a perfectly charmed life, but she has her own demons to deal with. In Staying Strong, the starlet—who is about to embark on her second season as a judge on X-Factor—commits to helping other young people dealing with issues of self-worth and value. With a powerful 365-day collection of Lovato’s most hopeful insights and quotes, readers will emerge from the pages to be stronger than ever.

Do you have any similar book suggestions or tips on how to wind down? If so, share with us by leaving a comment! Visit here for the rest of this week’s Top Trending self-help and relaxation books.

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