‘Get Some Headspace’ by Andy Puddicombe
I highly recommend ‘Get Some Headspace’ by Andy Puddicombe which I originally read when it was first published and have re-read a couple of times since. I have recommended it to many university students when they have been feeling overwhelmed. There is now an excellent Headspace Meditation app which I also recommend.
“If you’ve ever wished you could quiet the chatter in your mind, focus more easily, experience an increased sense of calm and well being, or just get some sleep at night, then it’s time to get some headspace. There’s no chanting, no sitting cross-legged, and no need for any particular beliefs. What’s more, this easy to learn skill takes just 10 minutes a day, and can bring about life-changing results.” (Puddicombe, 2011)
“Meditation only works if you do it! It’s only when you sit down and do it on a regular basis that you’ll see any benefit. So while the practice of mindfulness can be applied any time, any place, anywhere, there’s no substitute for a daily meditation session. Those 10 minutes will give you the very best opportunity and conditions to become familiar with what it means to be aware. It’s also likely to provide you with a sense of stillness which is very difficult to replicate in everyday life when you first begin. So, whether you think of it as a an isolated exercise to get some headspace, the foundations for practising mindfulness throughout the day, or simply as a new hobby, the importance of sitting down to do it daily cannot be overstated.” (Puddicombe, 2011)