• Hardcover: 192 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (March 29, 2016)
Let’s face it: the more we rush around, the shorter the days can seem. Packed with page after page of inspirational ideas to help you bring your life back to center, this is the perfect antidote to reducing the chaos of everyday life. Filled with exquisite photographs and insightful quotations, this elegant book offers an opportunity to enjoy guilt-free “me” time, as well as easy suggestions for a more peaceful existence—from keeping a bud vase on your desk to tucking yourself into bed an hour early with a book you love. The brilliant images are a reminder to savor the world’s natural beauty—and ease the mind in an instant. This enriching, beautifully illustrated book is an inspiring guide to relaxation and harmony. Simple tips for how to unwind, ideas for spending quality time with loved ones, and illuminating quotes offer ideas on how to slow down and savor life’s simple moments.
Happy Monday and welcome to my stop for The Art of Calm blog tour. I’d like to thank the author, as well as TLC Book Tours and the Publisher National Geographic for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for my honest review of it.
The Art of Calm is an inspirational book all centered around the topic of bringing more calm, less stress and more inspiration and harmony into your life. It is a small collection of quotes, recipes, suggestions on things that could possibly help you to de-stress or find a few moments of peace in a busy life.
It is mainly geared towards busy women like moms needing to take a few moments for themselves or women who are just getting home after work and need to unwind by drinking a glass of wine in a bubble bath. I definitely really enjoyed reading through this book. It’s definitely one that you can pick up, read a few pages and then return to it later. It would also be a great idea to just read a page when you feel stressed and try to reflect on what it says or in some cases, follow the recipe or do whatever action the page refers to. Some of these definitely sound very calming or even fun. My favorite page was 202 and it says, “Start with this thought, every morning, even when your alarm goes off too early. Every day is a gift.” I love that and that is definitely something I am going to try to take to heart.
I think the book itself is absolutely gorgeous and it has it’s own bookmark which is awesome and all the pictures and colors that are used in it are like lavenders and light blues – definitely colors that I associate with having a calming affect on me. I am giving this book a four star review, I thought it was really neat and cute, something that I see myself referring to again, although once again there are a few things that don’t fit with my particular lifestyle but I think people would love this and it’s even a great book to have on your nightstand or your coffee table.
About Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a journalist who covers celebrities and lifestyle. She contributes to many newspapers and magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal and The L.A. Times.