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BOOKS // 'The little book of Mindfulness' by Tiddy Rowan*

The Little book of Mindfulness, edited by Tiddy Rowan, was recommended to me by the lovely Sarah at Blloon. She had seen my rather stressed out tweets recently and said why I don't I try out this short book that was available on the Blloon app? Anything to relieve stress is good by me so I went ahead and downloaded it straight away.
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Mindfulness is a practise in which you live in the moment and almost throw away any lingering worries that you can't shake off. It' about finding peace in the stressful lives we lead and it's something I'd not come across before so was curious to see what the book could offer me.
 The book itself is a collection of quotes and exercises focusing on mindfulness and unwinding. It's one of those books you could open at any page and be OK to read as it is more of a practical guide to help you understand the logic of practising mindfulness whilst offering exercises to aid you in the process.

I am the type of person who gets bad anxiety over small things and I will hold on to these worries for a long time, meaning I have difficulty sleeping or staying asleep, occasional panic attacks and sometimes I get so stressed I give myself a dull headache. You'll often see me venting on Twitter (yep, I'm one of those people haha!) and I'm always on the look out for any kind of therapy that can help chill me out a bit. I was hoping that The Little book of Mindfulness would give me a fresh perspective on things that worried me.

The breathing exercises are really good and I have found myself using these quite often, especially when I can't sleep. They do help you relax and think more in the moment, and it teaches you how to deal with those niggles and worries that randomly pop up in your head.

I loved the 'body scan' exercise. It sounds so ridiculous when you read it but if you actually try it out it does work and made me so relaxed! I wish I had done more of the meditation exercises but I was never in a practical place to carry them out unfortunately.

I wasn't so keen on the lengthier quotes strewn within the pages of this book. The shorter, snappy ones emphasised the points of the exercises but the longer ones were just a bit boring. I understand why they were there, and if you like quotes then you'll enjoy them, it just wasn't for me.

Overall, I enjoyed having a read through this book. It was short and sweet but I know it's a book I'll go back to to read some of the exercises and hopefully practise and explore mindfulness a bit more. It has helped me relax and I'd recommend to anyone who just needs a couple of breathing exercises for when they are stressed or anxious. As I mentioned, The little book of Mindfulness is available on Blloon so you can pop it onto your phone or tablet and read it wherever you are!

Becky xo

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1 comment

  1. Really love the sound of this - sounds so relaxing and calming! I've got one called 14000 things to be happy about which isn't a novel or anything, it's literally just a list of things to be happy about and it always helps to cheer me up if I'm ever feeling a bit down!

    Beth x
    Bethany Georgina

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