You must take care of yourself to better take care of others. This month focus on loving yourself to better love those around you. These 14 titles rooted in Self-Compassion, Gratitude and Deep Conversation will help grow your heart to spread your love beyond yourself.
The Self-Compassion Deck
The Self-Compassion Deck offers 50 mindfulness-based practices for use at home, in the classroom, or therapy office. Commit to these easy, yet meaningful exercises in kindheartedness and gain a deeper appreciation for yourself and your life.
"I super love these cards. They really helped me sit down and be mindful to reach into my soul and cultivate more self compassion. I felt kind of nerdy at first and I am a work in progress but little by little I they are helping me have some more self compassion." ~ Melanie D McGrath, Amazon Customer
Mindful Living Card Deck
At home and at work, science has shown that developing certain simple strengths can significantly improve your mood, relationships, resiliency and quality of life. Why not give it a try?
"The Mindful Living Card deck is a wonderful resource for simple, easy reminders and practices that help me focus, feel better, relate with others more skillfully and find calm. I like to pick one each morning and let the guidance gently influence my day. The additional mediations go into more depth to enrich and sustain happiness." ~ Sally Sporer, Amazon Customer
When it comes to emotional health, we’re all busting our backsides trying to make ourselves feel better. We channel positive thoughts, walk 10,000 steps, say what we’re grateful for, search for our passion, buy an expensive juicer, and finally, in a fit of exhaustion, we turn to the comfort of eating, drinking, scrolling social media, and anything else that gives a little instant relief.
In Soothe: Your Mind-Body-Spirit Guide for Dealing with Crappy Emotions, psychologist and basically your new best friend, Dr. Heidi Kopacek, gives you a holistic approach to de-frazzling from 21st century stress and negativity.
"I just finished Dr. Kopacek's book and am going to go back and read it all over again! The way she explains emotions makes more sense to me than anything I've ever read before (and I work in the profession). The techniques that she offers to help soothe our bodies, minds, and spirits are easy to use and things I can implement into my life right away. Her sense of humor makes reading about crappy emotions enjoyable - I laughed out loud and found myself snorting, more than once." ~ Nicole Lovald, Amazon Customer
Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox
From over 25 years of clinical experience, Manuela Mischke- Reeds, MA, LMFT, has created the go-to resource for mental health therapists who want to incorporate somatic techniques into their daily practice. Highly-effective for clients dealing with trauma and stress disorders, somatic psychotherapy is the future of healing the entire person-body and mind.
"A thorough, thoughtful, and immensely practical workbook written to help therapists work with clients' bodily responses, not just with their actions and emotions. Manuela Mischke-Reeds has a compassionate voice that imbues her very precise somatic interventions and suggestions with warmth and clinical wisdom." ~ Janina Fisher, PhD
Just One Thing Card Deck
We are so busy these days that it’s great to have just one thing to focus on: a simple practice to reflect on and be inspired by that will gradually strengthen your neural pathways of happiness, love, and wisdom.
These practices are grounded in brain science, positive psychology, and contemplative training. They’re simple and easy to do - and they produce powerful results: bringing you more joy, more fulfilling relationships, and more peace of mind and heart.
"Love the individual cards. Easy to use. Concepts are in the moment and relaxing." ~ Skye, Amazon Customer
"I bought these for my son who is going through troubled times. Hes not big on reading books...but he uses these cards! These are life changing practices. Simple and effective." ~ M.P.D, Amazon Customer
Healing Anxiety, Depression and Unworthiness
Mindfulness and yoga authority Mary NurrieStearns has created a compassionate and practical workbook that provides a caring healing journey. 78 brain-changing practices help you focus on life-enhancing thoughts and actions, which leads to self-understanding, and living with meaning and peace.
"I feel like this book is a User's Manual for my mind. Reading the chapter on Neuroscience & Psychoeducation resulted in a light bulb over my head! Now I get why I am how I am. Now I can do something constructive about it. The workbook format allows for me to do more than just read and file the information away in my brain. I engage with this book ... actually take the time to write out answers to the "Inquiry" questions, I do the mindfulness and yoga practices, talk to someone about what I'm learning and doing. It's changing the way I see some things and see myself. I give this book my highest recommendation to all humans. We can all use a User's Guide to ourselves. Thank you, Mary NurrieStearns, for writing with kind compassion and in terms I can grasp and apply." ~ Danna Vitt, Amazon Customer
RETHiNK Card Deck
Whether you’re at home, in the classroom, or running a clinical practice, these conversation cards are meant to get people thinking and talking about who they are, what they like, and how they interact with the world around them.
Each question targets different skills and areas of life, but all the questions have one primary purpose: to get you discussing the important fundamentals of an emotionally balanced, mindful and compassionate way of living.
"I absolutely love these cards! As a person with mental health issues, negativity can creep up on you at anytime. When this happens, I’ll pull out a card and journal about the topic to reset my mind frame. Would also be great in group settings of any kind to get conversation started. Wish they would have used these in some of my previous group therapies!" ~ Elizabeth, Amazon Customer
The Mindfulness Toolbox for Relationships
Whether loving or stressful, or both, balancing these relationships is tough. Fortunately, mindfulness practices show you how to make lasting relationships that are more manageable, meaningful, compassionate, and collaborative.
Award-winning mindfulness author and expert Donald Altman delivers practical mindfulness tools that relieve stress and enhance daily living. Easy-to-use, detailed handouts offer freedom from old, stuck habits while providing life-affirming strategies for healthy, fulfilling, sustainable connections of all kinds.
"I have the original Mindfulness Toolbox book and I appreciated the easy to use exercises, the handouts, and the author's heart felt insights. This new Toolbox book for Relationships delivers the same quality and excellence. I look forward to using this with my patients as well as for myself. Donald Altman brings mindfulness alive for couples, friendships and for all relationships." ~ Maria, Amazon Customer
Melt Worry and Relax Card Deck
Do you worry too much? Feel anxious, stressed, or tired?
This deck provides you with 56 useful and effective anti-anxiety strategies to help you relax. Based in cognitive therapy, mindfulness, relaxation and behavioral therapy, each card will help you melt worry and anxiety quickly and easily.
"These make an amazing gift and are really useful in curbing your own worrisome thoughts too! I bought a pack of these and pull them out whenever I need reminding that I am not alone, and that my mind is a powerful business that sometimes makes me anxious about the world around me. The relaxing cards work particularly well for me with instructions and reminders on them that you can do in your offfice, in the elevator at work, or even before important meetings. What I love too is that they are not filled with hokey rhetoric, but instead are tried and true ways to change your thinking. I notice that when I use them I feel more in control of my thinking and much more at ease throughout the day…" ~ J Freeman, Amazon Customer
Sex Made Simple
Sex Made Simple is a comprehensive guide to healing sexual issues and dysfunction, with dozens of strategies, techniques and methods to promote healthy sexuality for couples and individuals.
"This book is a no BS study of the role of sex in a relationship. It's pretty comprehensive, and very professional. It recognizes the variety in different couples' needs, and presents a general model for how sex is an important element to a couple's well being." ~ hBar, Amazon Customer
Couples Therapy Workbook
Couples Therapy Workbook is a series of guided questions to promote meaningful couple conversations and build ongoing, connected communication. The core of this unique guide is 30 guided conversations of the most critical relationship struggles. For each of the 30 topics, there is an introduction, goal-setting strategies and 10 scripted questions to ask each other - all presented in an easy-to-use mindful style.
"This book is very helpful! Has 10 questions to ask each other everyday. For us who aren't very good at communicating, this book makes it easy! Dives deeper into things like your childhood so you can learn why you are the way you are today. Only on day 3 but this book is a game changer!" ~ Michelle, Amazon Customer
"My husband and I were struggling to maintain a healthy relationship. So far we’re 1 week in and have drastically altered our relationship. Only 30 minutes a night that we both look forward to that helps us better ourselves and each other!" ~ Amazon Customer
Mindfulness Tools for Gay Men in Therapy
Mindfulness Tools for Gay Men in Therapy is designed to free your clients from shame, find safety, peace, and be truly himself. International trainer, author and gay male psychotherapist, Rick Miller, LICSW, utilizes over 30 years of personal and clinical experience to deliver an interactive book that successfully integrates mindfulness, meditation and self-exploration to accelerate the power of therapy.
"Rick Miller does an excellent job of educating therapists about gender and the subculture that gay men live in. The book delves into the complexities of being gay, defining day-to-day struggles but also those that have been hidden due to growing up gay. Central to these struggles are definitions of masculinity, including conflicts between mainstream concepts of maleness and those that emerge from different gay male subcultures. I love the fact that the book provides scripts and a 'how to' approach to healing and mental health." ~ Anne Fausto-Sterling, PhD, Brown University, Author of Myths of Gender: Biological Theories about Women and Men
The CBT Couples Toolbox
Grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies, along with the best interventions from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology, this will be your powerful go-to resource for guiding couples through challenges, obstacles and opportunities. Filled with 45 unique exercises, assessments, treatment plans and homework to diagnose, tackle specific issues, and keep the therapy moving forward.
Get back to basics and rebuild your relationship with the Love & Connection Cards.
This fun card deck gives you instructions for 52 simple acts of love to refocus your relationship. You and your partner can take turns each week carrying out the instruction on each card, leaving you feel more connected and your love renewed.