Books, journals, notebooks, any type of book: I love ’em. If you read my “Time To Change” post from a couple of weeks back, you’ll know how I am working to make a more positive and fulfilling life so when I heard about this book, Calm, by Michael Acton Smith, I just had to get my hands on it. Living with anxiety sometimes makes it difficult to see the positive in situations and remain calm, so I’m really hoping that this book makes a difference.

With modern life being so hectic from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep, it can be hard to fit in some moments of complete calm. I know that’s the case for me anyway. Michael says that “Calm is the book that will show you how to take back a little bit of peace, space and all-important calm.” This book also partners well to the well loved app, Calm, also developed by Michael. but sometimes it’s just so good to put pen to paper.

Firstly, it’s simply just a gorgeous book. From the blue of the cover, to the texture and quality of each page. I know that’s a bit geeky but I do appreciate a good quality book. Is that just me!? Calm contains simple and realistic habits that work with the demands of your hectic lifestyle, through combining real scientific research with real life experiences. I find it really hard to dedicate time solely to silent meditation, no matter how much I would love to do so. I’m hoping that this book will help me delve into the world of mindfulness and meditation as I’ve heard such positive things about how it can change your life.

Calm is split into eight sections: nature, work, creativity, children, travel, relationships, food and sleep. Each section contains helpful information, creative activities, motivational quotes and lots of inspiration. I love how colourful this book is, how much it makes you want to work through it. The way Calm is set out means that you can dip in and out of the book whenever you like, or read through in order, it’s up to you! I especially love the journal pages, where you can note down what made you feel calm and as I plan to do, recognise what I’m grateful for.

I’m hoping that working through this book daily will have noticeable benefits and I’m already excited to see where this book will take me. From a good initial look, I know this is definitely going to be a favourite of mine and I think that I’ll be coming back to it time and time again. 

Now. for the part you’ve all been waiting for, the giveaway! I wanted to give a copy away to one of you lovely lot as a thank you for reading amyjanealice and to hopefully help you lead a more calm and mindful life. Just read the t&cs below and complete the Rafflecopter form to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1. Open to UK residents only – sorry!

2. Entrants must be over 16 or have parental permission to disclose their address

3. All entries will be checked so please be honest

4. This competition will run for two weeks, from the 20th July to the 3rd August

5. Winners will be contacted via email so please leave it where requested

6. If there is no response within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen

7. I am not responsible for any loss or damage to the item once it has been handed to Royal Mail



  1. 20th July 2015 / 9:54 am

    This looks lovely!x

  2. 20th July 2015 / 11:41 am

    The best technique I've found so far, is to practice progressive muscle relaxation. It does take time, but the benefits are great. Thank you for this great comp. I really love the idea of this book and relaxation is something that many people could benefit from x

  3. 20th July 2015 / 4:41 pm

    i like just sitting in quiet room, calms me x i love the silence x

  4. 23rd July 2015 / 2:42 pm

    Lay on the bed with a completely blank mind and hear yourself breathing, think of a crystal turning in your stomach, it really works.

  5. 29th July 2015 / 9:12 am

    I suffer with really bad anxiety and I've learnt lately that an empty room with some relaxing music can help, after I've got my mind straight I count 10 things I like or 10 things I'm thankful for! Xx

  6. 1st August 2015 / 3:07 pm

    Warm bath with Lavender Oil , mug of hot chocolate and sleep ♥♥ Amazing Giveaway ♥♥

  7. 1st August 2015 / 4:07 pm

    read a good book to take your mind off things

  8. 2nd August 2015 / 11:56 am

    I have downloaded an app called 'headspace' which I use to bring my attention to my sense and what I can hear and physically feel rather than what I am thinking! p.s I put my bloglovin' name as 'emmiegeeblog' but it is actually just emmiegee !

  9. 2nd August 2015 / 12:09 pm

    I am a panic attack sufferer and find mindful body scans very helpful. I set aside at least 5 minutes each day to give my full attention to this.

  10. 2nd August 2015 / 7:09 pm

    Colouring helps me, because my thoughts go onto colours and technique, rather than whatever is going round and round in my head. FriendlyMagpie[at]gmail[dot]com

  11. 2nd August 2015 / 9:13 pm

    I have an app that takes me through guided meditation- that always helps to calm and relax me!

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