A therapeutic and consoling workbook with exercises to soothe anxiety and create a state of calm.
Most of us long to be a little calmer: too many of our days are lost to agitation and worry, stress and discord. Yet we know that we are at our best when we can manage not to panic and take challenges in our stride.
Fortunately, a calm state of mind is not a divine gift. Even those of us starting from a more agitated position can systematically understand and lay claim to it. Too many books on this subject simply explain what it would be like to be calm. This is a workbook that takes us through the practical steps required to actually become calm. It is filled with exercises and prompts that deliver the self-understanding and self-compassion on which true serenity depends. Furthermore, the book invites us to build calming routines into our daily lives so that what we learn can stick with us and change us for the long term.
Based on years of The School of Life’s work in the area of anxiety and calm, this is a landmark workbook guaranteed to bring about the calmer state of mind we long for and deserve.
1. A Beautiful Idiot
2. Overcoming Anger
3. Melancholy Calm
4. The Broken Pot Exercise
6. Learning to Handle Moods
7. Keep it Simple!
9. You Will Survive
10. If the Worst Came to the Worst …
11. Global Pessimism
12. Swearing in the Woods
13. Under the Aspect of Eternity
14. Sublime Views
15. The Catastrophe Has Already Happened
16. Self-Hatred and Anxiety
17. If You Weren’t Allowed to Worry about This
18. Panic Attacks
19. Philosophical Meditation
20. Living in Modernity
21. Telling the Story of Failure
22. Surrender Expectations
23. The Impostor Syndrome
24. The Call of Death
25. Ecce Homo
26. You Are ‘Good Enough’
27. Remaining Calm around Other People
28. Care around the News
29. History and the News
30. No One Is Normal
31. A Quiet Life
32. Small Pleasures
33. Teasing Oneself
34. Keeping Faith with ‘Rupture’ and ‘Repair’
35. Cheerful Despair
***Praise for Calm by The School of Life***
"This book is beautifully written and incredibly comforting. The writing itself makes you feel calm, and it seems to instill a seed of hope in you that you really can lead a more calm and peaceful life."
"Beautifully written application of philosophy to everyday life. Highly recommended."
"Engaging. Insightful. Well thought out arc of ideas on and around ‘calm’ with tangible activities one can immediately implement."
"What an amazing book! The structure, the wording, the examples and the references in history makes this piece a real gem. When you are going after calm in life, calm will not happen but, when you are going after a calmer life, calm will prevail. Brilliant."
"A wonderful book that explores all aspects of being calm."
"This book has helped me in an unimaginable way."