- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala (February 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611804949
- ISBN-13: 978-1611804942
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.5 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This practical handbook uses acronyms to introduce mindful techniques. Biegel, a psychotherapist, begins with PAWS ("pay attention with senses"), which emphasizes using the five senses to maintain awareness. Next, she introduces "self-CARE" ("compassion, acceptance, respect, esteem"), urging readers to find joy through hobbies, music, "down time," and gratitude. Finally, Biegel includes strategies for communicating purposefully and meaningfully, explored through the acronym of ACORN ("always considering other responses now"). Mindfulness, Biegel suggests, is not a series of steps to follow but a constellation of tactics for finding clarity and security, even amid overwhelming circumstances. By avoiding a prescriptive tone, Biegel offers an intuitive resource for readers seeking to gain greater control over their emotions and perceptions." --Publishers Weekly
"Without talking down to anyone, Biegel identifies simple actions that young people can take for self-care, easing anxiety, and cultivating more ease. This book will help in the vital work of empowering teens to improve their own wellness."--Mindful
About the Author
Gina M. Beigel, MA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist who teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in multiple settings. She adapted the MBSR program typically for adults for a teen population, and created Stressed Teens. She conducts workshops and conferences on MBSR/MBSR-Teens with a variety of populations including professionals, teachers, parents, and teens in the US and internationally. She is the author of The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens.
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The book is broken down into three parts: 1) PAWS - pay attention with senses; 2) Self-CARE - self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-respect, self-esteem; and 3) ACORN - Always consider other responses now. This division makes it easy to go back and reference tactics and ideas that make sense when life becomes stressful.
As someone who does not read a lot of self-help books, but is always looking for ways to stress less, I actually enjoyed creating my own toolbox of practices that can help me get through tough work days and other stressful situations. If you consider yourself a skeptic of this genre, I would recommend picking this up and giving it a try - there's something in here for everyone. This book was received for free through #GoodreadsGiveaway.
I initially asked for this book because mindfulness and self care are topics I am interested in. As a high school teacher, mom of two, and a blogger, I am always busy and looking for ways to make my life more efficient and fulfilling. I hoped this book would provide me with some advice to make that possible.
While Gina Biegel did provide interesting, helpful tips, I found it challenging to remember them all as I read. I think this may have been due to a lack of specific concrete examples. Throughout the book she included many metaphors and hypothetical moments to illustrate her tips, but none of them felt concrete enough for me to fully relate to her advice.
Overall, I think this book has good information for a reader, and I would just recommend that a reader tackle maybe one chapter of her fifty a day or week in order to really allow the information to sink in and be the most helpful.