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How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World

Sophia Stuart

Empowerment, Inspirational


Has it just been one of those days? Or months? Or years? I was once in a yoga class (a rare yoga class, I'll admit), where the teacher had us all exhale again and again and again, until-as she put it-we'd let go of today, the last month and, by the end, "the whole of last year." We all collapsed in very non-yogic giggling. But we knew what she meant. Exhale. Let it all go.

To exhale, I stop "doing Life" and start to wind down and engage in soothing rituals like lighting a candle.
And then I take to my bed.
Perhaps you need to do the same? . . .
Gather up your pillows and a box of Kleenex, a novel and some tea . . .
sink back against those soft pillows and dream.

It's time to rest, rejuvenate, and appreciate just how glorious life really is.
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Mar 20, 2014 skiwee47
A “modern book of hours” is the name Sophia Stuart uses for her book of comfort excerpt quotes. There are three cleverly named section: morning, afternoon, and evening.

Sophia decided to write this modern day book of hours after being diagnosed with throat cancer. She had to take a month from work for recovery. What would be a greater recovery tool for herself and others. And did I mention the photographs?

The first section, ‘morning – inspiration’, have one-liner words of motivation. Section two, ‘afternoon – perspiration’, shares ten on-the-go activity tips. In section three, ‘evening – exhalation’, you learn to make a Kindness Kit for yourself, the benefits of drinking tea, watching movies on your laptop, and reading books. Did I mention the photographs?

Sophia has included ‘A Few Shopping Lists’. Under this heading are lists containing items you can use for your Kindness Kit, movie and television sitcom recommendations, music to listen to, and books to read.

Did I mention the photographs? If you do not like anything else about this book, you will love the photographs. They are simply fantastic. They lifted my mood immediately and are pleasing to the eye.

Thanks to Sophia Stuart for sharing her “modern book of hours” with us. It is simple, short, and sweet. I recommend this book for anyone whom has fallen victim to home recovery. I also recommend to make a Kindness Kit for a friend, family member, and yourself. I plan to!

I received this book free from the Book Nook reviewer program for an unbiased review.

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Mar 31, 2014 lausprinkle
I absolutely love to read, and have stayed up many a night till the wee hours just to find out what happens next. Some people read to sleep, but this has never worked for me. I recently found out about Hay House Publishing’s Book Nook, where you can sign up and they send you books for free to read & review! Hooray! And my first book came today, How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World. So appropriate right now, as I feel like organizing my life & space is a very crazy process.

Basically, the book is divided in three sections, Morning, Afternoon, and Evening, aimed to inspire you, drive you to succeed, and help you unwind (in that order). While at first open it appears to be just a book of pictures and short inspirational phrases, it is in fact so much more, especially when you get to the second and third sections. Most of us go through life with the notion that self-love and self-care are just plain selfish, and that giving is better than receiving.

Well, this leads to exhaustion, and in many cases, disease. It’s what it lead the author, Sophia Stuart, creator of, to, and her recovery from that illness is what inspired her to create the book. In her words, it’s “a modern book of hours to soothe the soul.” It’s definitely practical; I loved the parts about taking to your bed to watch movies, whether to laugh or to cry. Talk about modern healing. And it’s also inspirational. Who would have thought of a “Kindness Kit” for themselves? We are taught to be kind to others, but rare is it that we are taught to be kind to ourselves. I’m definitely getting my own together, and I’m including this book!

It’s for anyone who’s on their own journey to more self-love and self-care, including those who are sick and those who aren’t (yet). It’s a quick read, and a quick inspiration; something to turn to in those desperate moments for ideas on how best to get inspired, stay focused, and recover from our insane lives. It’s not for those looking for a novel or more in-depth self-help book.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review, however, the opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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Mar 31, 2014 badastro
"How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World" (2014, Sophia Stuart) is a book filled with beautiful pictures. The ideas and advice given about how to be inspired, happily productive, and how to best unwind, are aimed at the A-list female executive. Not so much at the stay at home single moms -- we can't really be planning our next vacation, or our next massage, and going to the movies once a week is more likely to happen if it's once a year. But the message can land if you're openminded and it's a good one: Be kinder to yourself, whatever that means to you right now. The world is insane for everyone, whether you're living in the penthouse or the basement, and we can all use a break.

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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