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I was recently contacted by TCK Publishing to ask if I would be willing to review their new book, Everyday Mindfulness by Melissa Steginus in exchange for a free copy. It sounded like such a helpful book, so of course, I accepted! I received an e-book copy and was excited to start reading this book.
Who is Melissa Steginus?
Melissa Steginus is a productivity and wellness specialist and the author of two books including Everyday Mindfulness. She provides courses, coaching and resources to help you spend your time and energy in valuable ways. You can find out more about Melissa on her website.
What is Everyday Mindfulness about?
As the title suggests, this book is about mindfulness. It starts with a helpful explanation of what it means to be mindful. Then, the main portion of the book is divided into 108 exercises to help you to be more mindful in 6 different areas of your life: physical, emotional, rational, spiritual, occupation and network (relationships).
Everyday Mindfulness is designed to be read over 108 days, completing an exercise each day. The author’s intention is that by the end of the 108 days, you will have a greater sense of self-worth, a true appreciation of life, and trust in your ability to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
Each day, there is an exercise to complete, with an explanation of its purpose. Some are physical tasks, and others are more thought-based. To demonstrate the types of exercise included, here are a few examples:
- Take a deep breath
- Build a morning routine
- Declutter your space
- Reflect on happy times
- Try something new
- Ask big questions
- Do something kind
There are reflection questions to answer after you have completed the exercise.
Most of the exercises are short and simple. However, some take longer or require preparation, for example, cooking a healthy meal or meeting up with a friend. I recommend checking out the next few exercises in advance in case you need to prepare for or schedule some of them. You could always swap days around to fit in with your schedule.
I think this book has a good setup because it breaks your learning into bite-sized chunks and enables you to integrate mindfulness into your life step-by-step.
My experience with reading Everyday Mindfulness
I didn’t read Everyday Mindfulness over 108 days as it is intended for. I just read it straight through over a few days. However, I did some of the exercises and answered some of the reflection questions as I went along.
I am already familiar with the concept of mindfulness and I have already done many of the exercises in the past. Despite this, I did pick up a few helpful ideas that I hadn’t thought of before. Therefore I am glad I read this book because it has been beneficial to me.
The book was a quick read (if reading it straight through) and the language was easy to understand. It occasionally seemed repetitive, but that is probably not a bad thing because it reinforces ideas.
Because of my familiarity with mindfulness, I don’t think I personally would gain much extra benefit from completing the 108-day ‘course’. However, I think it would be hugely valuable for someone who is less familiar with mindfulness and personal development techniques.
Would I recommend this book?
If you are already familiar with mindfulness, journalling and personal development then you will probably not learn much from this book that you didn’t already know. However, it might be worth reading straight through it, like I did, because you might pick up a few extra tips. It is also a helpful reminder of mindfulness techniques and strategies.
Additionally, you might still benefit from the 108 days program if you feel you need a more organised approach to integrating positive practices into your life.
If you are completely new to mindfulness and you feel you need a boost in wellbeing, productivity and/or confidence, then I think this book would be very valuable to you. I recommend reading this book over 108 days as intended. That way, it will gradually introduce new mindfulness techniques to you and give you time to integrate them into your life.