We all have new skills we’d like to develop or hobbies we’d like to take up…someday. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day to get to all the things we’d like to do. But what if it were possible to steal a few minutes here and there for self-improvement? Well, with the 6 short self-help books below, it is possible. Not only are they quick reads, but these books also contain tips for how to improve your life in a hurry.
Learn yoga poses and find calm in 5-minute increments in 5-MINUTE YOGA and 5-MINUTE CALM. Get the scoop on what to do, what to avoid, and doctor’s orders for how to enjoy a vigorous, lengthy life in A SHORT GUIDE TO A LONG LIFE. Discover the the essential principles and techniques of tai chi on the go in MY POCKET TAI CHI. Find out how to defend yourself in any dangerous situation with 100 DEADLY SKILLS. Last but not least, treat yourself to a charming, practical guide to decluttering and downsizing that will help you put your home in order in no time.
by Adams Media
This quick, portable guide features more than 200 practical, effective ways to calm the mind, reduce stress, and erase tension in your body in less than five minutes.In 5-Minute Calm you’ll learn to relax your anxious mind and release tension in your body through quick and easy mindfulness exercises and techniques. Through guided breathing, meditation, visualization, and more, you’ll find a place of calm in just five short minutes. This newfound peace can allow you to reengage with the world in a meaningful, productive way. Whether you’re facing a frazzled morning at home, a hectic day at work, or a daunting project deadline, this on-the-go stress-reducing guide can help you disengage for a few minutes, find a moment of peace, and get back to your day.
A Short Guide to a Long Life
In his #1 New York Times bestselling book, The End of Illness, Dr. David B. Agus shared what he has learned from his work as a pioneering cancer doctor and researcher, revealing the innovative steps he takes to prolong the lives of not only cancer patients but all those hoping to enjoy a vigorous, lengthy life. Now Dr. Agus has turned his analysis into a practical and concise illustrated handbook for everyday living. He believes optimal health begins with our daily habits.
A Short Guide to a Long Life is divided into three sections (What to Do, What to Avoid, and Doctor’s Orders) that provide the definitive answers to many common and not-so-common questions: Who should take a baby aspirin daily? Are flu shots safe? What constitutes “healthy” foods? Why is it important to protect your senses? Are airport scanners hazardous? Dr. Agus will help you develop new patterns of personal health care using inexpensive and widely accessible tools that are based on the latest and most reliable science. Now go live life!
My Pocket Tai Chi
by Adams Media
This essential take-anywhere guide explains the numerous mindfulness benefits of tai chi and shows how to use this ancient martial art to reduce stress and improve overall wellness.Often called “moving mediation,” tai chi is an ancient practice with numerous health benefits our modern, over-stressed society needs. Not only is tai chi a proven stress reliever, it’s also been shown to increase balance, flexibility, and strength, and improve muscle tone, sleep, mood, and overall sense of well-being. This book teaches readers the essential principles and techniques of tai chi while showing you how to use tai chi as an effective mindfulness technique to reduce stress, increase focus, and improve your state of mind. With more than 60 illustrations to help you understand and master essential tai chi moves, this handy, portable package makes My Pocket Tai Chi a perfect companion for practicing tai chi in your own backyard and beyond.
100 Deadly Skills
A hands-on, practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson—adapted for civilians from actual special forces operations—to eluding pursuers, evading capture, and surviving any dangerous situation. In today’s increasingly dangerous world, threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings, and from the unseen (and sometimes virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions.
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning
A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life.In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism.
by Adams Media
Find the perfect way to take a meaningful break and relax your mind and body in just five minutes with this handy, portable guide featuring 100 different yoga sequences to improve focus, mood, energy level, and more.In 5-Minute Yoga, you’ll find 100 yoga sequences that can help you refresh your body and mind in only five minutes. Each sequence—designed to provide a specific benefit to your body, mind, and spirit—contains a detailed explanation with illustrations of each pose so it’s easy to follow along.