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Stop stressing and learn to chill with this mindfulness and meditation guidebook that can help workaholics and others let go of anxiety and achieve and maintain the healthy work/life balance they need.

We all know good health and happiness depends on having proper balance between our professional and private lives. But in today’s hectic work environment, in which we must do more in less time with fewer resources, that goal can feel impossible to attain. We stay late at the office rather than being home with our families. We work into the night and on weekends to perfect that presentation or just catch up, rather than relaxing with a hobby or spending time with our friends. Under constant pressure to over-perform, work easily becomes the dominant force in our lives.

Licensed psychotherapist and professor Bryan Robinson understands the demands we face. He also knows that it’s difficult to stop the cycle of over-work. But there is a solution. In #Chill, Robinson explains how ending the cycle of work addiction can be achieved by reframing priorities and cultivating mindfulness in our daily lives. He provides a month-by-month guide with meditations that help center and soothe us, allowing us to step back, close our eyes, take a long breath, and focus on the moment.

Filled with wise advice, inspiring quotes, and gentle guidance, #Chill gives us the tools we need to quiet our anxiety, break our addiction to work, and bring compassion, calm, confidence, and creativity into our daily existence—and at last, have the peaceful, balanced life we all deserve.

Award-winning author and psychotherapist Bryan E. Robinson spent time with The Big Thrill discussing his latest work of nonfiction, #CHILL: TURN OFF YOUR JOB AND TURN ON YOUR LIFE:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

#Chill is not just something you do such as getting a hobby, exercising, or relaxing. It’s much more—a mindset, a way of being in the world with present-moment awareness that brings greater clarity, calm, and competence.

No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?

There are eight secret words that begin with the letter “C.” When you’re feeling one or more of these words you are in a state of Chill. In this state, you are the most confident, clear-minded, and creative. Your work output is more likely to garner success because it comes from your center. The book shows you how to get to this place of power, productivity, and happiness.

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning because he shows how we can overcome and surmount anything that life throws at us.

All the southern writers who delve into the human psyche: Flannery O’Connor, John Hart, Zora Neal Hurston, Pat Conroy.

How does this book make a contribution to the genre?

No profession is more stressful than the writing field. This book is the first to explain how #Chill goes deeper into the mind of the person and is drawn from the inside out when we’re driven from the outside in. We live in a culture that says to be successful and thrive you must be busy, overdo it, and produce. This book shows how to be more successful in your endeavors by being first and doing second.

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

Studies show that five minutes of meditation a day is cumulative and over time builds us into a state of Chill that boosts our immune system, improves memory and clarity, and raises confidence and output.


Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist and award-winning author of two novels and 40 nonfiction books that have been translated into 14 languages. He is a contributor to Thrive Global, Psychology Today, and The Big Thrill and has been featured on 20/20, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, The Early Show, and ABC World News Tonight. Bryan maintains a private clinical practice and lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his spouse, 3 Golden Doodles, and occasional bears at night.

To learn more about Bryan and his work, please visit his website.


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