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How To Stay Calm in Chaos: An Everyday Self-Care Guide by Julie M. Gentile is a helpful companion that promotes peace and clarity in everyday life. Suggested practices are given for each day of the week; for example, on Sunday the reader is encouraged to be present and to focus on the here and now. Filled with practical ideas such as journaling and breathing exercises, this compact guide offers many useful tips to decrease stress and to build resilience as we all learn to navigate life during a pandemic. During these difficult times, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Gentile, a working mother of two, describes how these practices have helped her cope throughout these challenging times. It is important to recognize that the tips given in this book such as deep breathing and positive thinking can have a powerful impact on our wellbeing.
Julie M. Gentile’s How to Stay Calm in Chaos: An Everyday Self-Care Guide is a helpful book that offers guidance to live life with more ease, especially during turbulent times. With all of us having to take on new and multiple different roles due to the pandemic, many will find the practices offered here to be very useful and beneficial. Gentile’s description of the increased stresses in day-to-day life is highly relatable. I found Gentile’s down to earth approach appealing and the exercises suggested are easy to make a part of a daily routine. How To Stay Calm in Chaos shares a valuable message that by taking small measures to take good care of ourselves, we can be at our best to help our families and others through life’s inevitable ups and downs.