Finding Sisu

Author: Katja Pantzar

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473669928

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 5903

Finnish-born writer Katja Pantzar was raised and educated in Canada, where the consumerist and materially obsessed culture left her feeling empty and unhappy. When she received treatment for depression in her mid-20s, the doctor treating her simply prescribed medication and sleeping pills, no thought given to her lifestyle. After moving to Finland, Katja discovered sisu: the Finnish approach to well being defined by a special kind of resilience, grit and courage. She embraced this way of living and experienced a dramatic turnaround in her health and happiness. Simple, functional exercise (as simple as riding her bike to work), the Nordic diet,spending time in nature and water together with a more courageous outlook, all served to transform Pantzar's life: her anxieties, fatigue and pain left behind in the sea. In Finding Sisu, Pantzar offers an honest (no place is perfect - Finland is not an exception) and uplifting account of her physical and psychological health transformation from a slightly lethargic depressive into an energetic optimist. She examines the link between sisu and the Nordic reputation for excellent wellbeing and overall life satisfaction, and looks at the ways in which we, too, can apply sisu to our lives - wherever we may be. Finding Sisu is a personal but also practical approach to the power of this 500-year-old philosophy and how it can help us all to lead healthier, happier - and braver lives.

The Nordic Art of Sisu


Publisher: White Lion Publishing

ISBN: 0711251363


Page: 160

View: 7813

Often translated as resilience or perseverance, the Finnish concept of sisu is about never giving up, even when a task is seemingly impossible. Considered a hot topic of popular psychology, sisu is regarded as having a positive impact on mental health. At the heart of sisu is the idea of getting back up from failures, whether that be losing a job or the end of a relationship, and having the courage to use that experience to further oneself. Running a marathon and feel like you've hit a wall? Got a business idea but too scared to try it? Channelling sisu can be the key to overcoming both mental and physical blocks. Although a Finnish concept, this book explains how anyone can embrace sisu and channel their inner courage to make the most of any situation.

222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep

Author: Kim Jones

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 034942179X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 240

View: 8622

'Wide ranging, backed by science and research, informative and easy to understand, this is a great book for the sleep-deprived' Lisa Artis, The Sleep Council When was the last time you had a proper night's sleep? In today's fast-paced, non-stop world, research by the UK's Sleep Council has found that almost a third of us don't get enough sleep most nights. Insomnia can wreak havoc on everyday life - leaving us feeling exhausted, irritable and unwell. Lack of sleep has also been linked to a whole host of long-term chronic conditions including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity and depression. But don't despair - help is at hand! This book is packed with easy to read and simple to follow tips, as well as some weird and wonderful tricks, all gathered from expert scientific research, that will help you fall asleep and stay asleep. You may be surprised to learn that everything from having a purpose in life to warming your feet, from what you eat through the day to how you breathe, from how much time you spend outdoors to reframing your thoughts and mindset can all help you get a better night's rest. A good night's sleep can help change your life for the better, and this book will help you to achieve it.

Finnish Lessons 3. 0

Author: Pasi Sahlberg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0807764809

Category: Education

Page: N.A

View: 4145

"Finnish Lessons 3.0 encourages readers to think big and bold to find new solutions to improving their schools and entire education systems. This third edition of the Grawemeyer Award Winner includes important new material about teaching children with special needs, the role of play in high-quality education, and Finland's responses to growing inequality, slipping international test scores, and the global pandemic"--

Across a Prayerful Planet

Author: Daniel Pawley

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1666716103

Category: Travel

Page: 272

View: 4252

In our mobile world, travel memoirs are a staple. And books about prayer line the shelves of readers who seek to grow spiritually through the timeless practice of conversing with God. But books combining travel with prayer are rare, and it is within this void that Daniel Pawley’s masterful memoir of traveling the world, with prayer as its backdrop, establishes itself as an essential companion to both subjects. Starting with a travel/prayer template bequeathed in childhood by his parents, Pawley then recalls life-altering experiences as an adult in fifty locations spread across six continents, each illuminated by the soulful prayers of ancient and modern seekers. Inspired stops in places like exotic Bali and raucous Morocco, as well as pain-framed settings such as Chernobyl and Auschwitz, combine to weave a tapestry seen more vibrantly in prayer’s revealing light. The result is a narrative of prayer’s mysterious ability to provide hope and stabilizing faith in a world threatened by hate, division, and unbelief.

The Natural Health Service

Author: Isabel Hardman

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1786495937

Category: Medical

Page: 211

View: 9030

'Brilliant' -- Matt Haig In 2016, Isabel Hardman's mind, in her own words, 'stopped working' as she fell prey to severe depression and anxiety. She took time off on long-term sick leave and despite several relapses has returned to work with a much improved ability to cope. She has since become one of the UK's most prominent public voices on mental health. She credits her better health to her passion for exercise, nature and the great outdoors - from horse-riding and botany to cold-water swimming and running. In The Natural Health Service, she draws on her own personal experience, interviews with mental illness sufferers and psychologists, and the latest research to examine what role wildlife and exercise can play in helping anyone cope with mental illness. Straight-talking, thoroughly-researched, and compassionate, this important and often funny book will fascinate anyone touched by a mental health condition, whether themselves or through the experiences of a loved-one.

The Finnish Way

Author: Katja Pantzar

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525504826

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

View: 9421

An engaging and practical guided tour of the simple and nature-inspired ways that Finns stay happy and healthy--including the powerful concept of sisu, or everyday courage Forget hygge--it's time to blow out the candles and get out into the world! Journalist Katja Pantzar did just that, taking the huge leap to move to the remote Nordic country of Finland. What she discovered there transformed her body, mind and spirit. In this engaging and practical guide, she shows readers how to embrace the "keep it simple and sensible" daily practices that make Finns one of the happiest populations in the world, year after year. Topics include: • Movement as medicine: How walking, biking and swimming every day are good for what ails us--and best done outside the confines of a gym • Natural mood boosters: Cold water swimming, steamy saunas, and other ways to alleviate stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression • Forest therapy: Why there's no substitute for getting out into nature on a regular basis • Healthy eating: What the Nordic diet can teach us all about feeding body, mind and soul • The gift of sisu: Why Finns embrace a special form of courage, grit and determination as a national virtue - and how anyone can dig deeper to survive and thrive through tough times. If you've ever wondered if there's a better, simpler way to find happiness and good heath, look no further. The Finns have a word for that, and this empowering book shows us how to achieve it.