COVID-19. Pandemic. Social distancing. Fatalities. Outbreaks. Mandatory mask wearing. Lockdowns.
As the world continues to dramatically change and evolve into the unknown, it’s very important to look into taking care of ourselves. Remember, there’s always a silver lining to this. Even though much of the activities have been stopped during these unprecedented times, there is one activity that’s remained untouched by this pandemic, reading. Sometimes you just need a good book to drown your thoughts into and help you get through the stressful and dynamic work life. Although social media has been readily available at the tip of your fingertips, I recommend indulging yourself in a book that will get you through the stressful times. If you’re looking for suggestions, here are my top 5 list:
5. Happiness at Work by Srikumar Rao
This book talks about creating joy no matter what is going on around us. The rough economic and personal difficulties are everyday experiences. It may be difficult for you at this time, but hey, there’s no harm in trying, right?
“Learn to create resilience and happiness no matter what’s going on in your life.”
2. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
This book tackles the fact that we all have an enormous potential. Self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours should be changed to get what you want. This also emphasizes self-love, setting big goals to reach them and create a life that you totally love.
3. Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames,” by Thich Nhat Hanh.
This book focuses on mindfulness. It raises the awareness of “self” and how to manage your emotions. During these times when everything seems to be out of control, we become angry and frustrated. Being mindful solves our anger that tends to dominate us. This book will teach you how to channel your frustration and anger to mindfulness. With the unexpected difficulties and ever changing workplace dynamic, it’s easy to get your emotions at a peak of frustration. Learn to manage those emotions through this book!
2. You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times,” by Max Lucado.
Though these unprecedented and challenging times may bring a load of uncertainty and fear that feels too heavy to bear, God gives us this promise: You’ll get through this.
This book takes you back to the time when Joseph was sold to slavery and later on evolved into a much greater man. He faced difficult challenges, deceit and hardships. This thought provoking book encourages you that amidst through the storm, you’ll be resilient and end up in a place where you want to be. Definitely a good read.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good life by Mark Manson
We seldom hear about the counterintuitive approach but it works. We are living in a society with expectations and standards however at times, it doesn’t flow to the right direction. Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
We have our own flaws and learn not to sugarcoat it. The author presents a witty and humorous approach to convey that life is f*cked up, learn to live with it. Suck it up, buttercup and just carry on!