The Joy of Doing Nothing

the joy of doing nothing.jpgThe Joy of Doing Nothing: A Real-Life Guide to Stepping Back, Slowing Down, and Creating a Simpler, Joy-Filled Life

160 pages
Expected Publication: December 5, 2017
Average Rating on Netgalley 4/5 stars
Average Rating on Goodreads 3/5 stars

Book Blurb

Fight back against busyness and celebrate the pleasure of doing nothing in this new guide that helps relieve stress and increase happiness in your life.

In The Joy of Doing Nothing you’ll discover how to step away from everything you think you have to do and learn to live a minimalist life. Rachel Jonat shares simple strategies to help you stop over scheduling, find time for yourself, and create moments of calm every day. You’ll learn how to focus more on the important aspects of life, such as family and friends, and scale back your schedule to create more time in the day to care for yourself.“

I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley, for allowing me to review.

My Thoughts

Burn out is OPTIONAL. If you feel like your schedule of activities is dictating your life and you have no control over your time, then it’s time to take a step back and have a good, hard look at your calendar. Take back the power of setting boundaries. The philosophy of doing nothing is about self-care, finding clarity, restoring yourself, feeling more content, being more productive, reducing stress, and so much more. Jonat shares thoughtful advice on how to take control of your time by saying “no”, and disconnecting from tech. There is a difference between doing nothing and procrastination. Procrastination is simply putting things off, while taking the time to do nothing is actually taking mindful breaks.

Teaching yourself and your children the art of stillness will benefit all of you physically and mentally. There are many studies which show how slowing down improves health, and even helps to fight disease. Jonat includes a great how-to guide on teaching children how to do nothing and I’m really excited to see the results for my own kids.

The Joy of Doing Nothing has some fantastic tips on how to take control of your time in order to find some peace. I was once addicted to my phone and social media. I was checking my messages, emails, and social media notifications constantly and I felt ridden with anxiety. A couple of years ago I decided to spend less time on my phone, and more time in the present with my family and friends, writing, reading, knitting, or just plain relaxing. I have to admit, it was HARD. The phone was an addiction for me. I was caught up in the idea that being busy meant I was important. I often hear people almost bragging, or competing about just how busy they are and whoever is the busiest wins. One day something clicked and I realized that is not right and it was contributing to my anxiety big time. I used to suffer from SEVERE anxiety. I used to worry for my entire day. Since reducing my phone time/social media time I almost immediately felt more peaceful. My brain started  to slow down.

In January 2017 I made the decision to spend less time watching TV, and more time reading. I bring a book with me almost every where I go, so if I have a little bit of free time I read a few pages instead of looking at my phone. I also started going to bed earlier so I can read 30 minutes before sleep. I used to wake up a million times a night and felt exhausted every day, but now I sleep through the night at least 7 hours and I feel AMAZING.

I have also made changes to our family schedules so we have more time to just BE. I like that the weekends are usually a time for my kids to relax and play with toys, read, write, and colour, instead of rushing around to sports and other activities. My youngest has had less outbursts at home and at school. My oldest has actually said that many classmates have complained to her about their busy schedules and she’s happy that we have lots of relax time in our calendar.

Even though I’ve already been unplugging and making changes to our schedules I still found a lot of value in this short book. There were some great tips on how to use my time, especially “fringe time”, to my advantage in order to find more peace and enjoy life.

I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. This would make a great Christmas gift to someone you love, especially to yourself! ♥ ♥ ♥

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16 Reasons to Read More

Benefits of Reading

  1. Reading before bed will help you sleep better
  2. Protect against Alzheimer’s disease (“elderly people who regularly read or play mentally challenging games are 2 ½ times less likely to have the debilitating illness“)
  3. Creative hobbies, like reading, help preserve late-life memory. (slowed late-life cognitive decline rate by 32%)
  4. Lower stress – According to a new study reading for just 6 minutes can reduce stress levels by more than 2/3 – relaxing us more than music, a walk or a cup of tea.
  5. Lengthen work out time by reading a book, or listening to an audio book
  6. Boost your vocabulary, which will increase self-confidence, and maybe even help your career (10 Research-Tested Ways to Build Children’ Vocabulary)
  7. Lead By Example – If we want our kids to read more, we need to lead by example.
  8. Improve Empathy
  9. Economical Entertainment – cheaper than going to the movies, free if you visit your library
  10. Increase knowledge
  11. Boost mind-reading skills? Mind-Reading Skills Boosted by Reading Literature
  12. Enhance analytical thinking
  13. Develop more focus and concentration. Try reading for 15-20 minutes before work and you’ll see an improvement in your focus and concentration at work
  14. Better writing skills
  15. Self-Help books have been shown to reduce depression
  16. Promote Imagination

The Cozy Life: Rediscover The Joy Of Simple Things Through The Danish Concept Of Hygge #spoilerfreebookreview

I first heard about Hygge a few years ago, but with the recent surge in interest throughout social media I decided to pick up a book about Hygge from my local library. The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia Edberg is a short book published in 2016 that is a great introduction to Hygge. (pronounced HOO-Gah).

Back Blurb: “In today’s world, we’re constantly rushing from one thing to the next and are struggling with information overload. We’re more disconnected from ourselves and our loved ones than ever before. Rediscover the joy of the simple things through the Danish concept of Hygge in The Cozy Life. This book will inspire you to slow down and enjoy life’s cozy moments!

  • Learn about the Danish cultural phenomenon of Hygge, and the secret to why Denmark is consistently rated the happiest country in the world
  • Embrace the little things and take simplicity and minimalism up a notch
  • Add Hygge into every aspect of your life with practical examples and tips
  • Say goodbye to the Winter Blues and live a healthier, centred life

This charming little book, filled with hand drawn illustrations, beautifully addresses that yearning we all have for a more authentic life, created by ourselves instead of external forces.

What’s stopping you from living a more meaningful and connected life?”

The Cozy Life

The author, Pia Edberg was born in the tiny city of Nykøbing Falster, Denmark, and later moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. She shares her memories of growing up Hygge, including recipes for food and drinks.

Pia EdbergPicture taken from Pia’s website http://www.piaedberg.com/

Hygge is defined as the Danish concept of coziness, or homeyness. It is both a noun and a verb. “The art of creating warmth, comfort, and wellbeing through connection, treasuring the moment, and surrounding yourself with things you love.”

I’m a bit of a “foodie” and love to cook homemade meals, so the recipes shared in this little book intrigued my taste buds, especially Ebleskiver

ebleskiver

Pia also shared instructions on how to made your own “Dream Pillow“, which I’ve never heard of before and would love to make one.

We also got a little advice on decluttering, something I’ve already been doing for a few years now as a way to calm my mind.

My kids and I are taking the 30 Day Hygge Challenge that the author shared in this little book – Day one is to take a relaxing bath. Sounds great to me!

I highly recommend this little book to everyone – Happy Hygge! 🙂