Braving the Wilderness

Braving the Wilderness: the quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone by Brene Brown is a universally appealing book.  Who hasn't felt like they did not belong at some point?  The short of it is pretty simple, to feel like you belong you have to be yourself.  The book touches on other topics related to belonging like self-worth, anxiety, and depression.  It's part personal anecdotes and part research.  It's a delightful read (or listen!  It's read by the author).  

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Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) To Improve Low-Mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression

Running with Mindfulness by William Pullen is a good self-help book that gives new meaning to the phrase "running is my therapy".  This book provides lots of rhetorical questions to ponder while running.  Questions that relate to your relationships, anxiety, depression, anger, stress, etc.  The book also explains how Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) works---combining mindfulness and movement.  

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Mindful Running

Mindful Running: How Meditative Running Can Improve Performance and Make You a Happier, More Fulfilled Person by McKenzie L. Havey is the latest book out on combining mindfulness with running for therapeutic and running performance benefits.  McKenzie is trained in MBSR---Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, founded by John Kabat-Zinn, a well known therapy/mental health practice that uses meditation and active awareness to ease pains and anxieties of all sorts. 

With this book she explores the research, shares anecdotal stories, and provides how-to's for combining mindfulness (MBSR) with running.  This is a very influential book in my own practice as a therapist and a runner.  

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3 Books for Enrichment

Today I've got 3 books to recommend that aren't traditional self-help books, but rather books to inspire a more holistic lifestyle for you and/or your family.

#1 on the list: The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule.  I picked this book up at my local library and was pleasantly surprised to find some simple creative ideas to try out with my kids.  Some ideas in this book include hand stitching, drawing time, making a "musical wall", using nature to decorate for special celebrations, and more.  This book encourages you to access your own creative side, use what you have and natural materials from your environment, the rest will follow.  

#2 How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott D. Sampson.  This book is lengthy, covers ideas for a wide range of ages, and gets into some esoteric nature stuff, but I highly recommend it.  If you value nature, curiosity, and connecting those two things for your children, this book will serve as a helpful guide.  After reading this book I really enjoyed watching my 4 year old daughter explore in the backyard, covered in mud, finding ladybugs, completely uninhibited, just doing her thing.  I had the added enjoyment of knowing that all of it is good for her.  

#3 The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.  I found this book to be a refreshing take on decluttering.  Marie Kondo encourages you to go through your things (in a particular order, category by category) and ask yourself "does this thing spark joy?"  If it does, keep it, if it doesn't, don't.  In this way your things will begin to match up to your values, and allow you to live a more fulfilling life.