'Calm' by Fearne Cotton

In a fast-paced world that’s constantly changing and moving forward, it’s very easy to lose track of our calm. In fact, we sometimes forget it even existed. Fearne Cotton’s Calm recognises the struggles of modern-day life and shares her tips on how she maintains her sense of calm. Whether you’re dealing with work stresses, family or friendship issues, or you’ve forgotten what calm even feels like, Fearne shows that no matter what we are going through, if we truly want to feel at peace, then there’s always a way.


After having read a few books with particularly heavy themes and subjects, I needed something a lot more light-hearted and easy, so I decided to pick up Calm by Fearne Cotton.

It’s a really sweet read, and it’s divided into different sections that mimic what in life causes us stress, from family, relationships, friendships and work. Some topics resonated a lot more with me than others (for instance, I’m not a parent, so I don’t have to deal with parenting stresses!), but I enjoyed the overview of how to maintain a more peaceful life.

I thought the little activities incorporated throughout the book were so cute and a really nice idea, as they help to identify what we as the reader consider to be our own version of calm – Fearne shares her version, then we get to decide what works best for us.

I particularly liked the interview sections with prominent people in Fearne’s life. Some were particularly handy, like the doctor who specialises in PTSD therapy, or tips on how to relax your breathing during a panic attack. Those tools are really helpful for a lot of people, myself included.

Calm was more memoir focused than I had expected, as Fearne shares her past experiences and her journey towards calm, which I liked, but I tend to prefer self-help books that are directly on tips and tricks on how to improve XYZ, so that was the only downfall for me.

If you’re looking for a light-hearted read that you can easily dip in and out of, then Calm might be the perfect read for you! After all, we could all do with a bit more calm in our lives.

Favourite quotes:

“Always remember it’s okay to go against the grain. It’s actually one of the most liberating paths to take.”

“Sometimes we have to stop and pat ourselves on the back for simply carrying on.”

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