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5 on Fridays - Five Books to Read to Ease Anxiety

Fashion, Inspiration, Petite Style, Lifestyle, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Lately, one of the biggest ways I’ve used a coping mechanism like reading to learn more about ways our thinking can impact the brain. Specifically, how our thought patterns can improve our behavior and the way we think on a broader scale. Anxiety has been a battle for me for years. This year I’ve made huge strides in informing myself more about behavioral cognitive therapy, meditation, how sleep affects us and thinking patterns. I’ve used audio books from Audible to listen to while driving and also downloaded a few ebooks to read when I’m in need of a little break from daily tasks. Here are a list of what I’ve been reading lately:

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

By: Arianna Huffington

This book was one I downloaded and listened to on drives and walks. It’s written by one of the founders of The Huffington Post. Arianna discusses some of life’s stresses, collective international data on how things like technology impacts our ability to be more mindful and ways to address health epidemics. If you are a fan of having data back up a book then I highly encourage taking a look a this book. It’s absolutely inspiring and I’ve already started implementing more techniques and mindfulness in my every day life.

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The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook 3nd Edition

by Edmund J. Bourne 

I picked this workbook up last Fall and have enjoyed working through the assignments. It’s half text book and half therapy worksheets. It addresses how anxiety affects us, ways to spot triggers and identifying coping mechanisms.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Charles Duhigg, Mike Chamberlain

This was another downloaded audio book for myself. I listened to this one mostly on walks. It discusses how creating and implementing daily habit routines allow our minds to think more clearly and calmly. Habit routines are linked to creating mental clarity. This is a fantastic book and was very impressed by how the book draws sociological examples.

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Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

Shauna Niequist, Brene Brown

This is a spiritual based book discussing a woman’s journey being addicted to performance. I actually was in a bible study group and we discussed a new chapter every week. It was a really fun group and getting to process what we learned each week on our own time in a conversational setting was so rewarding. I would recommend this for any mother or woman who feels like life is too full right now. The book discusses how important being present is and how it impacts inner peace, joy and our perspectives in life.

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson, 20th Anniversary Edition

by Mitch Albom 

This is not a new book, but I felt like it was worth mentioning. The book is written in a conversation form and is a short read. Although small in stature this was an impactful book in my life when I first read it early high school. It’s written by an young man who was a student of an older gentleman who is now dying of ALS. The wisdom in each chapter is profound and meaningful.

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What are some of your favorite books right now?

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Houston Hotspots: Becker's Books

Fashion, Houston, Photography, Style, Travel, LifestyleCrystal JacksonComment
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It’s not everyday that you randomly stumble upon a true gem like Becker’s Books. After spending the past few years hunting for an old copy of Little Women, I was at another local bookstore here in Houston and they recommended I check out Becker’s Books. It was a Tuesday and Becker’s wasn’t open until the next day so I made it a point to drive over the following day to see exactly what the fuss was all about. I was speechless (a VERY difficult thing for me) when I entered the old home now converted into a bookstore.

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This place is a dream for any bookworm. You may remember earlier this month my post on Gifting the Joy of Reading where I showcased a few of my Becker’s Books finds including my coveted copy of Little Women and a copy of Emerson’s Essays. As soon as I walked in I was immediately transported to another place in time. It truly felt like I jumped into the library scene of Beauty and the Beast.

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On Monday night they hosted a holiday party where a delicious spread including homemade recipes all for who wanted to stop by. I brought along my daughter who was obsessed with the kids section and we both picked up a few new things to read. Since we are headed on an upcoming road trip I thought a few new reads were in perfect order. I was impressed with how many books were in the collection from my own childhood like Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet and Sweet Valley Twins series.

The bookstore has over 150,000 books and they also have a warehouse. You could easily spend a whole weekend pouring over the beautiful spines and sifting through titles. Since it was a Monday night, I wore a simple navy tank, coral cardigan and skinny jeans. I added a pair of sparkly flats and a bright coral red bucket bag for a laid back but pulled together look. When I’m in question of what to wear to a casual event I almost always reach for a cardigan and flats! Comfortable, but polished and I love the way the pops of bright hues can make the outfit special. I added a simple coral pendant (this one was gifted but here’s a similar one!) to tie it all together.

What are your favorite local places to go? I’m constantly traveling and on the search for new hidden gems!

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