UPDATED May 4, 2018

One of the most useful tools you can have in your arsenal is a list of the best meditation books. When your day seems overwhelming you have a choice: you can succumb to the stress, or you can find a healthy way to cope with the crazy. While there are plenty of not-so-good-for-you ways to decompress (we’re looking at you junk food, crappy reality TV and massive glass of wine…), meditation is one of the best ways to unwind your mind and achieve balance in your life. Meditation in any form–and there are several–can make you feel relaxed, can help you disengage, encourages self-awareness, happiness and improves concentration.