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Rewire your anxious brain : how to use the neuroscience of fear to end anxiety, panic, and worry by Catherine M Pittman

Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, psychologist Catherine Pittman and author Elizabeth Karle offer a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research. In the book, you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. The amygdala acts as a primal response, and oftentimes, when this part of the brain processes fear, you may not even understand why you are afraid. By comparison, the cortex is the center of "worry." That is, obsessing, ruminating, and dwelling on things that may or may not happen. In the book, Pittman and Karle make it simple by offering specific examples of how to manage fear by tapping into both of these pathways in the brain. As you read, you'll gain a greater understanding how anxiety is created in the brain, and as a result, you will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it. The brain is a powerful tool, and the more you work to change the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you will become. Using the practical self-assessments and proven-effective techniques in this book, you will learn to literally "rewire" the brain processes that lie at the root of your fears

The Mister Rogers effect : 7 secrets to bringing out the best in yourself and others from America's beloved neighbor by Anita Knight Kuhnley

In a world increasingly divided by politics and social issues, we need Mister Rogers more than ever. For three decades, his presence was a healing balm to children of all ages. And though he is no longer with us, we can all adopt his attitudes and actions as models for our own lives. In this uplifting and informative book, Dr. Anita Knight Kuhnley shows us how to use the transformative psychological principles that Mister Rogers masterfully employed to make a difference in our own neighborhoods. Principles such as - listening for discovery - validating feelings - preserving white space - expressing gratitude - exercising empathy - practicing radical acceptance - using expressions of care Imagine a world where these seven principles guide our interactions with each other. Sound heavenly? Neighborly? It all starts with you

The 40-day sugar fast : where physical detox meets spiritual transformation by Wendy Speake

What would you be willing to give up to gain the presence of God in your life again? Many of us sign up for a physical detox program, thinking that if our bodies are healthier, then we're healthier. But a healthy body doesn't do us a lot of good if we are spiritually malnourished. Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself--the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul's deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you'll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us

Decluttering at the Speed of Life : Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K White

You don't have to live overwhelmed by stuff-you can get rid of clutter for good! While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, real women with real families who are constantly growing and changing simply can't purge it all and start from nothing. Yet a home with too much stuff is a home that is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress. In Decluttering at the Speed of Life, decluttering expert and author Dana White identifies the mind-sets and emotional challenges that make it difficult to declutter. Then, in her signature humorous approach, she provides workable solutions to break through these struggles and get clutter out-for good! But more than simply offering strategies, Dana dives deep into how to implement them, no matter the reader's clutter level or emotional resistance to decluttering. She helps identify procrasticlutter-the stuff that will get done eventually so it doesn't seem urgent-as well as how to make progress when there's no time to declutter. Sections of the book include - Why You Need This Book (You Know Why) - Your Unique Home - Decluttering in the Midst of Real Life - Change Your Mind, Change Your Home - Breaking Through Your Decluttering Delusions - Working It Out Room by Room - Helping Others Declutter - Real Life Goes On (and On) As long as we're living and breathing, new clutter will appear. The good news is that decluttering can get easier, become more natural, and require significantly fewer hours, less emotional bandwidth, and little to no sweat to keep going

Anxious for nothing : finding calm in a chaotic world ; study guide five sessions by Max Lucado

Do you feel weighted down with worry? Does the uncertainty and chaos of life keep you up at night? Are irrational fears your constant companion? Could you use some calm? In this five-session video Bible study, bestselling author Max Lucado explores God's treatment plan for anxiety found in Philippians 4:4-8. As you follow this prescription - celebrating God's goodness, asking for his help, leaving your concerns with him, and meditation on good things - you will experience God's peace. This is a peace that "transcends all understanding" and will help you reframe the way you look at your fears. While anxiety is a part of life, it doesn't have to dominate your life. With God as your helper and his promises at your side, you can sleep better tonight and smile more tomorrow. You can talk yourself off the ledge and view bad news through the lens of God's sovereignty. You can discover a life of calm and develop tools for combating the onslaught of anxiety. The Anxious for Nothing Study Guide includes video discussion questions, Bible exploration, and personal study and reflection materials for in-between sessions. Sessions include: Rejoice in the Lord Always. Let Your Gentleness Be Evident to All. Present Your Requests to God. The Peace of God Will Guard Your Heart. Meditate on These Things. Designed for use with the Anxious for Nothing Video Study (sold separately)

Love yourself like your life depends on it by Kamal Ravikant

THE SELF-PUBLISHED PHENOMENON -NOW FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED I almost didn't publish Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It. Here I was, a CEO who'd fallen apart after his company failed, writing a book about how loving himself saved him. I thought I'd be a laughingstock and my career would be finished. But I stepped through the fears and shared my truth with the world. The book went viral. Amazing people all over bought copies for friends and family. For some, this book saved their lives. For others, it was the first time they ever loved themselves. Many readers reached out and asked questions. This taught me that, to create lasting impact, I had to go deeper. So, seven years later, here it is. All the questions I received, resolved. My intention is that by the time you finish this new edition, not only will you be committed to loving yourself, you'll know exactly how to do it. And, most importantly, how to make it last

The visual guide to easy meal prep : strategies and recipes to get organized, save time, and eat healthier by Erin Romeo

Conquer your healthy eating plan while saving time and money! In A Visual Guide to Easy Meal Prep, nutrition coach and meal prep master Erin Romeo, founder of Food Prep Princess (foodprepprincess on Instagram), shows you how to prep your food in five easy steps, with photos clarifying every detail. Meal prep is the key component to any diet-whether you're low carb, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, or just trying to eat healthy! If you don't plan to eat, then you plan to fail! With A Visual Guide to Easy Meal Prep: Strategies and Recipes to Get Organized, Save Time, and Eat Healthier, you'll learn shortcuts to prep to reduce your time in the kitchen, budget-friendly meal prep ideas, and how to pack your food. Learn how to shop, how to prep and cut your food, and the best containers to maximize your food prep pantry. In this guide, you'll also get more than 75 recipe ideas for healthy meal prep, complete with photos to make your prep work quick and easy. So skip the unhealthy take-out food and save money and time with the shortcuts in this essential healthy living companion, with tips and tricks for all of your food planning needs. You'll find meal prep for: Weight loss Specific diets: low carb, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free Preventing disease Quick and easy healthy eating A flat belly And much more! You'll never be at a loss for a healthy meal again with this easy and complete guide to meal prep

5,203 things to do instead of looking at your phone by Barbara Ann Kipfer

Put down your phone! Filling your downtime scrolling through social media is a bad habit. Here are thousands (thousands!) of things you can do instead that will result in a more mindful, rich, creative, fun, and engaged life

Try softer : a fresh approach to move us out of anxiety, stress, and survival mode-and into a life of connection and joy by Andrea M Kolber

In the wise and soulful tradition of teachers like Shauna Niequist and Brene Brown, therapist Aundi Kolber debuts with Try Softer, helping us align our mind, body, and soul to live the life God created for us. In a world that preaches a "try harder" gospel-just keep going, keep hustling, keep pretending we're all fine-we're left exhausted, overwhelmed, and so numb to our lives. If we're honest, we've been over functioning for so long, we can't even imagine another way. How else will things get done? How else will we survive? It doesn't have to be this way. Aundi Kolber believes that we don't have to white-knuckle our way through life. In her debut book, Try Softer, she'll show us how God specifically designed our bodies and minds to work together to process our stories and work through obstacles. Through the latest psychology, practical clinical exercises, and her own personal story, Aundi equips and empowers us to connect us to our truest self and truly live. This is the "try softer" life. In Try Softer, you'll learn how to: Know and set emotional and relational boundaries. Make sense of the difficult experiences you've had. Identify your attachment style-and how that affects your relationships today. Move through emotions rather than get stuck by them. Grow in self-compassion and talk back to your inner critic. Trying softer is sacred work. And while it won't be perfect or easy, it will be worth it. Because this is what we were made for: a living, breathing, moving, feeling, connected, beautifully incarnational life

Minority leader : how to lead from the outside and make real change by Stacey Abrams

*This program was previously published as Minority Leader. This updated edition includes a new preface written and read by Stacey Abrams.* "Abrams's own grit, coupled with her descriptions of much stumbling and self-doubt, will make [Lead from the Outside] touch you in a way few books by politicians can." - The New York Times National leader Stacey Abrams has written the guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider and succeeding anyway. Leadership is hard. Convincing others-and yourself-that you are capable of taking charge and achieving more requires insight and courage. Lead from the Outside is the handbook for outsiders, written with an eye toward the challenges that hinder women, people of color, the working class, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make change. Stacey uses her hard-won insights to break down how ambition, fear, money, and failure function in leadership, and she includes practical exercises to help you realize your own ambition and hone your skills. Lead from the Outside discusses candidly what Stacey has learned over the course of her impressive career in politics, business and the nonprofit world: that differences in race, gender, and class provide vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and create real and lasting change

Good morning, i love you. Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy by Shauna Shapiro

Learn how self-compassion can change everything about how you feel, how you relate, and how you live-for good. "Revolutionary findings in neuroscience have demonstrated that we can change our happiness set point. But it's not through changing our external world. It's through changing our internal landscape," writes Shauna Shapiro. In Good Morning, I Love You, Dr. Shapiro-one of the leading scientists studying the effects of mindfulness on well-being-shows us that acting with compassion toward ourselves is the key. In short, lively chapters, Dr. Shapiro explains the basic brain science and offers numerous mindfulness and self-compassion practices. Stories from her life and research demonstrate how this powerhouse combination alleviates anxiety, boosts creative thinking, and enlarges our sense of belonging and purpose. We can see it on brain scans. Negative and critical thoughts (and the vast majority of our thoughts are negative) cause the part of the brain responsible for learning to literally shut down. Kind and self-compassionate thoughts, by contrast, turn on the parts responsible for growth and change. With practice, we can literally rewire our brains for greater feelings of calm, joy, and possibility. Try it and see . . . even if it makes you squirm. When you wake up tomorrow, take a deep breath, hand on heart, and say, "Good morning, I love you." Then try it the next day. And the next. See what happens

An (almost) zero-waste life by Megean Weldon

Author Megean Weldon, aka The Zero Waste Nerd, gently guides you on an attainable, inspirational, mindful, and completely realistic journey to a sustainable living lifestyle with tips, strategies, recipes, and DIY projects for reducing waste-presented in one approachable, beautifully designed, and illustrated guide. What is zero waste living? Although the practice has been around for generations out of necessity, it is making a comeback as concerns grow about the fate of our environment. To put it simply: it is attempting to send no waste to landfills. Although you may have read or heard about "zero waste," "sustainable," or "green" living, the concept can sometimes seem too complicated, the author's tone a bit self-righteous, or riddled with advice geared for people with 5 acres of land in the country with dreams of raising livestock and homesteading. This is not that book. Can a "regular" person do this? Absolutely! Zero waste isn't necessarily about zero, but more about changing or altering the way we see the world around us, how we consume, and how we think about waste. It's about making better choices when we can, and working to reduce our overall impact by reducing the amount of packaging and single-use plastics we bring into our life. Focusing on the positive, An Almost Zero Waste Life presents simple ways to reduce waste in every aspect of your life: -Cleaning: Recipes for natural cleaners and how to ditch paper towels for good. -Meal plans: Weekly menus and recipes for zero waste meals that use bulk pantry staples. -Shopping: How to shop zero waste at big chain stores and ways to reduce food packaging. -Bathroom: Sustainable beauty routine. -Recycling: Ingenious ways to repurpose old clothing and how to recycle small metals, like razor blades. -Compost: The basics of composting. -And much more!An Almost Zero Waste Life will change the way you see the world around you, how you consume, and how you think about waste for a healthier planet and happier you

The art of making memories : how to create and remember happy moments by Meik Wiking

What's the actual secret to happiness? Great memories! Meik Wiking-happiness researcher and New York Times bestselling author of The Little Book of Hygge and The Little Book of Lykke-shows us how to create memories that make life sweet in this charming book. Do you remember your first kiss? The day you graduated? Your favorite vacation? Or the best meal you ever had? Memories are the cornerstones of our identity, shaping who we are, how we act, and how we feel. In his work as a happiness researcher, Meik Wiking has learned that people are happier if they hold a positive, nostalgic view of the past. But how do we make and keep the memories that bring us lasting joy? The Art of Making Memories examines how mental images are made, stored, and recalled in our brains, as well as the "art of letting go"-why we tend to forget certain moments to make room for deeper, more meaningful ones. Meik uses data, interviews, global surveys, and real-life experiments to explain the nuances of nostalgia and the different ways we form memories around our experiences and recall them-revealing the power that a "first time" has on our recollections, and why a piece of music, a smell, or a taste can unexpectedly conjure a moment from the past. Ultimately, Meik shows how we each can create warm memories that will stay with us for years. Combining his signature charm with Scandinavian forthrightness, filled with infographics, illustrations, and photographs, and featuring "Happy Memory Tips," The Art of Making Memories is an inspiration meditation and practical handbook filled with ideas to help us make the memories that will bring us joy throughout our lives

Abundance now: amplify your life & achieve prosperity today by Lisa Nichols

New York Times bestselling author, Personal Transformation guru, and life coach for the Steve Harvey Show and Today, Lisa Nichols shares her journey from scarcity to abundance, outlining steps everyone can take to create abundance in career, relationships, self, and finances-while creating a legacy for others to follow. With a foreword by Steve Harvey. Twenty years ago, Lisa Nichols was a single mother dependent on public assistance and jumping from one dead-end job to the next. Determined to break out of the defeatist mindset, negative behavior, and bad habits that were holding her back from success, she resolved to change her life. Today, she leads the life of her dreams. In Abundance Now, this icon in the field of personal transformation shares her secrets for creating a life that is rich in every way possible. Focusing on the four areas of life that must be refined to bring true abundance, or the 4 E's-Enrichment, Enchantment, Engagement, Endowment-Nichols identifies the framework upon which a fulfilled existence is built. Abundance Now offers provocative lessons, actionable plans and real-life case studies, and makes clear what we must do every day to attract abundance, how to act as if we are already leading abundant lives, and how to open the door to a life of richness in our work, our relationships, our finances, and in our view of ourselves

Habit swap : trade in your unhealthy habits for mindful ones by Hugh G Byrne

Daily practices to help you replace unhealthy habits with conscious, healthy choices. All of us have a harmful habit we'd like to change-whether it's unhealthy eating, excessive drinking or shopping, procrastination, compulsively checking email and texting, TV bingeing, worrying, stressful thinking, 'busyness,' impatience, or even aggressive driving. But no matter what your bad habit is, you have the power to change it. From the author of the highly successful The Here-and-Now Habit, this practical guide offers everyday mindful practices for replacing unhealthy habits with healthier ones. With this book, you'll learn to break free from stubborn behaviors, and discover the freedom and peace that come with living mindfully. You'll also learn how to develop resilience; manage the difficult emotions that lie at the root of your bad habits; and cultivate acceptance, kindness, and curiosity. Once you are aware of the emotions that drive your bad habits, you'll feel empowered to make wise and beneficial choices that enhance your well-being. This go-to guide will help you, every step of the way

Living well, spending less : 12 secrets of the good life by Ruth Soukup

In Search of the Good Life. Have you ever felt that your life--and budget--is spiraling out of control? Do you sometimes wish you could pull yourself together but wonder exactly how to manage all the scattered pieces of a chaotic life? Is it possible to find balance? In a word, yes. Ruth Soukup knows firsthand how stressful an unorganized life and budget can be. Through personal stories, biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire you to make real and lasting changes to your personal goals, home, and finances. With honesty and the wisdom of someone who has been there, Ruth will help you: - Discover your "sweet spot"--that place where your talents and abilities intersect. - Take back your time and schedule by making simple shifts in your daily habits. - Reduce stress in your home and family by clearing out the clutter. - Stop busting your budget and learn to cut your grocery bill in half. Who Needs This Book? Living Well, Spending Less was written to bring hope and encouragement to every woman who currently feels overwhelmed or stressed with a life--and budget--that feels out of control. It speaks to the mom trying to juggle all the demands of a busy life with the pressure to keep up with those around her. It is a practical guide for those of us who often long to pull ourselves together but don't always know how. It is real, honest, packed with practical tips, and speaks to the heart of the matter--how can we live the life we've always wanted? Want to know if this book is for you? - Do you ever find yourself comparing your life to those around you? - Have you ever wished for the courage to follow your dreams? - Do you ever struggle to stay organized or get things done? - Have you ever felt loaded down with stuff you don't really need....or even really want? - Do you ever struggle to keep your finances on track? - Do you sometimes long for deeper, more authentic relationships in your life? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, this book provides real and practical solutions from someone who has been there. Ruth doesn't just offer advice, she walks it with you, and shares with brutal honesty her own mistakes, failures, and shortcomings. It is encouraging, motivating, and life-changing

Help yourself : a guide to gut health for people who love delicious food by Lindsay Maitland Hunt

More than 125 gut-friendly recipes plus science-backed advice for wellness in body and mind This game-changing cookbook will make you rethink how you eat. It turns out that gut health is the root of all health: A happy equilibrium in the body's unique community of microbes promotes good health throughout the body, including a stronger immune system, better sleep, and lower stress. Despite eating healthfully, author and recipe developer Lindsay Maitland Hunt was plagued by symptoms such as depression, fatigue, incessant itching, and joint pain-until a gut-friendly way of eating helped bring her back to a state of balance. In fact, she felt better than ever before. Out of Lindsay's journey from sickness to health, and her extensive research, comes this practical and nourishing guide, with irresistibly delicious recipes that make you feel good too. Dishes emphasize plant-based ingredients like vegetables, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, and whole grains, along with eggs, fish, and some meat and dairy, if you like. Lindsay also walks you through integrating fermented foods into your daily life and reducing added sugar and processed foods. It's an approach you can tailor to your own lifestyle, whether you're vegan, gluten free, or just love to eat! Recipes cover any time you eat, from quick weeknight dinners to party-worthy treats, including: - Seeded Almond Flour Waffles with Raspberry-Flax Smash - Garlicky Shrimp and Quinoa "Grits" - Special-Occasion Short Ribs with Olive Oil and Kefir Mashed Potatoes - Parsley, Kale, and Pumpkin Seed Pesto - Brussels Sprouts and Peanut Butter Curry Bowl - Peanut Butter-Banana "Nice" Cream - Plus go-to essentials (roasted vegetables, simply cooked leafy greens, sprouted grains, and more) for building meals off the cuff Beyond the recipes, Lindsay explains what you need to know about your gut microbiota and offers smart strategies and solutions to help you navigate real life, like a new food pyramid for gut health and tips for tracking (and rewarding) healthy-living habits. Help Yourself isn't a fad diet, a detox, or a cleanse. It's a common-sense approach to food, backed by science. If you've been living with symptoms such as allergies, chronic pain, inflammation, bloating or weight gain, exhaustion or poor sleep, acne, irritability, if you've been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease-or if you just want to feel your best in your body-this book offers a pathway to wellness via the gut

The enchanted life : Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday by Sharon Blackie

Enchantment. By Dr. Sharon Blackie's definition, a vivid sense of belongingness to a rich and many-layered world, a profound and whole-hearted participation in the adventure of life. Enchantment is a natural, spontaneous human tendency - one we possess as children, but lose, through social and cultural pressures, as we grow older. It is an attitude of mind which can be cultivated: the enchanted life is possible for anyone. It is intuitive, embraces wonder, and fully engages the mythic imagination - but it is also deeply embodied in ecology, grounded in place and community. Taking as her starting point the inspiration and wisdom that can be derived from myth, fairytales, and folk culture, Dr. Sharon Blackie offers a set of practical and grounded tools for enchanting our lives and the places we live, so leading to a greater sense of meaning and of belonging to the world. To live this way is to be challenged, to be awakened, to be gripped and shaken to the core by the extraordinary which lies at the heart of the ordinary

Memory rescue : supercharge your brain, reverse memory loss, and remember what matters most by Daniel G Amen

A proven program from #1 New York Times bestselling author and brain researcher Dr. Daniel Amen to help you change your brain and improve your memory today! Brain imaging research demonstrates that memory loss actually starts in the brain decades before you have any symptoms. Learn the actions you can take to help not just prevent memory loss later in life . . . but to begin restoring the memory you may have already lost. Expert physician Dr. Amen reveals how a multipronged strategy-including dietary changes, physical and mental exercises, and spiritual practices-can improve your brain health, enhance your memory, and reduce the likelihood that you'll develop Alzheimer's and other memory loss-related conditions. Keeping your brain healthy isn't just a medical issue; it's a God-given capacity and an essential building block for physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Take action against the fast-increasing memory crisis that threatens this crucial part of who you are-and help your brain, body, and soul stay strong for the rest of your life

Every Body Yoga : Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body by Jessamyn Stanley

From the unforgettable teacher Jessamyn Stanley comes Every Body Yoga, an eBook that breaks all the stereotypes. It's an eBook of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes: If Jessamyn could transcend these emotional and physical barriers, so can we. It's an eBook for readers already doing yoga, looking to refresh their practice or find new ways to stay motivated. It's a how-to eBook: Here are easy-to-follow directions to 50 basic yoga poses and 10 sequences to practice at home, all photographed in full color. It's an eBook that challenges the larger issues of body acceptance and the meaning of beauty. Most of all, it's an eBook that changes the paradigm, showing us that yoga isn't about how one looks, but how one feels, with yoga sequences like "I Want to Energize My Spirit," "I Need to Release Fear," "I Want to Love Myself." Jessamyn Stanley, a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes, has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her. Now she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in an eBook that will help every reader discover the power of yoga and how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life
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