By Fearne Cotton
In today’s always-on world, for many of us it seems impossible to relax, take time out or mute the encircling ‘noise’. It is easy to feel trapped in this frenzied state of mind: we are surrounded by negative stories in the press, weighed down by pressures from work, family life or school and subject to constant scrutiny under the all-seeing eye of social media. As a result, mental health illnesses are on the rise in every age group, and more of us than ever before yearn for silence, peace and calm.
CALM is Fearne’s mission to find the simple things that can inch us away from stress and over to the good stuff. Including expert advice, conversations with wise friends from all walks of life, easy ideas to try, activities to complete – and the little things that have made a difference to her own, sometimes-bumpy life – this book is a friendly reminder that Calm is a place that exists in us all, we just have to find our way back to it.
After reading Fearne’s first book Happy, I knew I wanted to read more of her stuff.
I have been reading a lot of self-help, positive thinking, de-stress books lately and I mean A LOT! Although I would put Calm under this category I would say that it is a lot lighter, more friendly and approachable but still really helpful.
The book is laid out much like Happy with chapters such as Calm Family, Calm Mind, Calm Body and within these chapters are small bite sized sections, so it is very easy to put down at any point and pick up. Although I just read the whole book in a couple of days as I was engrossed. Fearne’s writing style is so friendly, it feels like she is sat with me just telling me about her life, her children, her stresses and giving me the advice herself. That’s what I really love about this book it is like a friend giving you advice not just some therapist or psychologist with no face to the name. Fearne has been in the public eye since she was 15 so the book feels a lot more relatable when you already know a lot about her.
The book had some great advice in there, I also liked the little activity sheets that are throughout the book, obviously I didn’t scribble in my book but used pen and paper. As if I would demolish my own book!!! I felt like Fearne opened up a lot more in this book about her anxiety, panic attacks how she copes with her family, children and step children. It some what almost felt like a memoir mixed in with helpful advice, but I really liked that. I love learning about other people and I love learning how to keep my stress levels down. Fearne also interviews quite a few people to gain advice from others, such as Russell Brand, close friends and experts. So it was nice to read other people’s opinions, thoughts and advice too.
I found the book really down to earth, positive and of course calming. It is something I would pick up again and flick through if I needed a calming boost. I have already bought a copy of this book for a friend at work who needs a little more Calm in her life, she was very grateful for the gesture.
I don’t think Fearne’s books are there to cure your stress, anxiety or depression but her light hearted friendly tone and advice makes for an easy and positive read. I can’t wait to get my hands on her third book Quiet then I can have the whole set looking pretty on my bookshelf.
Have you read Fearne’s books? What did you think of them? I would love to know. Thanks for reading, Katie x