Thriller or Filler: Mindfulness Pocketbook by Gill Hasson, published by Capstone

As a mum of three and an owner of a PR agency, keeping up with the constant demands of a fast-paced life can be a struggle.

As a mum of three and an owner of a PR agency, keeping up with the constant demands of a fast-paced life can be a struggle.

When I was asked to review the Mindfulness Pocketbook, I was a little sceptical. Probably, like many people, I had a vague idea of what mindfulness actually was but didn’t understand or appreciate what benefit it would offer. I enjoyed reading it while travelling to meetings, as it has provided me with time to reflect on my daily life, which ultimately is what the book aims to do.

The book explains mindfulness and its benefits very clearly, with little exercises to help you develop the tools you need for a calmer life.

Each section reflects on a different topic that falls into one of five recurring themes – qualities; work; body and mind; relationships and eating.

For the purposes of this review, I focused on the exercises for work and relationships. As I progressed through the pocketbook, I slowly developed a few mindful ways of thinking and doing that I now believe will benefit a wide range of situations in my personal, social and work life, such as dealing with rudeness, being persuasive and slowing down.

I have also adopted a few of the techniques into the office routine, such as managing interruption – working in an open-plan, fast-paced environment, being interrupted several times an hour, is a challenge we face all the time. We have used some of the techniques by setting criteria for interruptions and, two weeks in, it appears to be working.

It has been a great introduction to mindfulness.

Reviewed by Paige Mengers, MD, Bright Light PR

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