Moments of Mindfulness: Anti-Stress Coloring & Activities for Busy People by Emma Farrarons (Boxtree Ltd., $9.95, 112 pages)
It’s a first aid kit for stress wrapped in the covers of a book – more than just a coloring book and less than a full-blown self-help treatise. Author/illustrator Emma Farrarons infuses each page with her cheery and charming approach to life. Her drawing style is flowing and energetic, in a positive energy way. A third of the book is devoted to mindfulness activities that are scattered among the pages.
The activity topics vary widely from small exercises like neck stretches that can be accomplished anywhere to regular daily tasks done at home such as ironing and food preparation. There is even a template for embroidery. Farrarons realizes that life in general offers opportunities for releasing stress and becoming mindful, hence the suggestions for walking along a different route to work or while out walking for exercise.
The book is 5″ by 7″ by one-half inch, making it just the right size for slipping into a tote bag or jacket pocket. There are many small sets of colored pens and pencils available for purchase in art supply stores or over the Internet to complete an anti-stress kit. Of course crayons will work as well.
Moments of Mindfulness delivers on its promise.
A review copy was provided by the publisher.