How to be Mindful – Anna Barnes


Published May 1st 2017 by Summersdale
Author: Anna Barnes
Genre: Non-fiction/mental health/self-help
Pages: 160
Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Opening line:

“Mindfulness is about focusing on the magic of the present moment.”

Goodreads synopsis:

Would you like to feel less stressed, live more calmly, and be more content? The simple ideas that mindfulness teaches can help you achieve all these things, by allowing you to live in the moment and embrace all that life has to offer.  Bursting with tips, centering statements, and activities, How to Be Mindful will provide you with everything you need to make every day full of gratitude and peace.

My review

My first point to make about this book is that I only bought it because I found it in a discount bookshop. The cover price is £9.99, and although I don’t usually bother mentioning the price of books…I wouldn’t say this one is worth spending just under a tenner for.

I say this because it’s a quick read, it’s one you can dip in and out of. It was worth the cheaper price of £3 that I spent on it, but no more than that.

Aesthetically, the book is beautiful, and if you’re a fan of art and illustration then you’ll enjoy flicking through these pages. A lot of them are inspiring and pander to my creative side. They make me want to create.

The book itself comprises quotes, mindfulness exercises, positive messages, encouraging words and various ways you can implement mindfulness into your life. Each page has a different design and illustration, and they are all attractive to look at.

“Make today a ‘no rush’ day.”

Alongside these are quality photographs which capture the simple yet beautiful things in life that we so often associate with mindfulness. It’s about noticing the detail, and this book has plenty to notice and focus on with each turn of the page.

There are a lot of ideas packed into 160 pages, and you can open it up anywhere and feel inspired. But ultimately, this book offers advice, insight and a bunch of colourful and cheery photos and illustrations to help your mind reach a calmer, more focused state.

It’s a book full of the mindful aesthetic, and is a nice place to start if you just want to find out what being mindful is about, without reading into the science behind it.

The last page offers advice on going to see a doctor about ‘a worried mind’ and mentions the possibility of having Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or medication. This ending puts the book into perspective, and reaffirms the importance of the benefits that mindfulness can have if you implement it into your life.

Link to the book on Goodreads: How to be Mindful


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