When you feel lost, when you’re feeling at peace with yourself, or when you are just plain bored with the monotony that is life, books will be there for you. When you’re looking to change your situations, looking for ways to transform yourself, or just finding a balance between thinking, doing, and existing, the right book will find its way to you!
We’ve put together a list of recommended readings from personal experience based on what you’re seeking. You may find some good reads for wellness here, or you may just find inspiration to seek the right set for you. Whatever the case, we hope these stay with you.
~ When you’re heading into the world on your own; Some holistic wellness reads ~
Am I There Yet by Mari Andrew
When you’re about to set out on your own, trying to find your place in the world can be overwhelming. You feel a lot of things at once and it always helps to know that you’re not the only one feeling this way! Am I There Yet by Mari Andrew helps you make sense of these feelings and life. A good read for anxiety, this book is the perfect source of comfort- like hot chocolate on a gloomy day, like an elder sister or your favorite aunt telling you that they get you!
Am I There Yet helps you understand yourself and the idea of who you want to be and tells you that it’s okay to be the person you are while also being the person you want to be. This book teaches you how to accept yourself. As the name suggests, Am I There Yet speaks to your soul in the kindest way possible!
Atomic Habits by James Clear
It’s easy to do things when everything seems to be going your way. It becomes equally difficult to go on in the face of adversity. Atomic Habits by James Clear teaches you to do just that- work towards your goals even in the face of adversity.
One of the best wellness books; Atomic Habits breaks down your actions for you to understand and remember why you need to do them. Clear, with his book, teaches the reader how to master habits without making yourself feel miserable about not doing anything on some days. It teaches you how to make your bad habits worse and your good habits better for yourself.
By being your guide and friend for the good times and bad, this book really teaches you to become a better person for yourself! It will help you find the right ways to show up for yourself and feel at peace with who you are as a person and put you on the path to being the person you want to be!
Happy Not Perfect
Poppy Jamie, founder of two companies including a wellness app, was on a Happiness tour across America when she realized that she wanted to write down all that she had learnt through her own mental health journey. Thus was the birth of the book Happy Not Perfect, that shared insights on breaking away from patterns of avoidance, challenging fears of perfectionism and improving the overall quality of mental and physical health.
In the book, Poppy shares her approach to upgrading your head space to make way for more curiosity, emotions and adaptability. Read it for a fresh new perspective in understanding our mental wellness through a series of research and tools to help you achieve your desired outcome.
~ When you want to reinvent yourself ~
Body Love: A journal
With the arrival of the pandemic food and diet took the center stage for discussions. Eating healthy food was no longer just for looking good but also feeling good. In her bestselling book, Body Love: A Journal, Kelly LeVeque gave her readers everything they could possibly need to address their unique nutritional needs.
This 90-day journal provides tools to track meals, tips and tricks to healthy eating as well as reference charts as a framework to develop your health. She talks about the Fab Four (protein, fat, fiber, and greens) and the need to balance them in order to regulate mood weight and appearance. Readers will definitely find the motivation to record their journeys and achieve their goals.
21 Lessons for the 21st Century - Yuval Noah Harari
The world around us is changing more rapidly than we can keep up. It can be difficult to make sense of it. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is Yuval Noah Harari’s third book. He untangles the political, technological, social, and existential issues that fill our lives and attempts to offer advice on how to prepare for a future very different from our present. He tries to make sense of where we’ve come from and where we are headed with answers for hard-hitting questions you probably didn’t know you had! While the book doesn’t give you all the answers you need, it gets you out of your echo chamber - giving you a chance to rethink and reinvent yourself!
The Daily Stoic - Ryan Holiday
While the world has changed over the centuries, the day-to-day challenges faced by humans, The Daily Stoic will make you realize, are more or less the same. Ryan Holiday has broken down words of philosophers from eons ago for us to overcome life’s inevitable situations and just make peace.
This book isn’t about doing big actions. It teaches you to connect with your inner self and not give more meaning to situations than is required. A must-read for an improved lifestyle, health and well-being, The Daily Stoic emphasizes the simplicity of life through the three disciplines of Perception, Action, and Will.
The best part about this book is that it is universal and cuts across not just time periods but also situations. No matter where you are in life and no matter what page you open, you are sure to find an answer!
What the Dog Saw - Malcolm Gladwell
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell brings together the best of his writing from The New Yorker. In this book, Gladwell tells us how things that are a part of our daily lives came to be. Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard but only one variety of ketchup? How was hair dye invented? He explores intelligence tests and ethnic profiling and tells us the bittersweet story of the inventor of the birth control pill.
If you ever feel a sense of wonderment of the things that encompass the world, then this is the book to answer you, wow you and inspire you- all at the same time!
~ When you want to challenge yourself ~
Quiet - Susan Cain
Quiet by Susan Cain is a deep dive into the world of introverts. In a world where people are charmed by flamboyant personalities, Cain becomes the voice of introverts. She breaks down human behaviors and takes us through an exploration of why people are who they are and makes us realize that there is no right or wrong way to be! Cain very passionately argues for introverts and ultimately changes how we perceive them.
Quiet has the power to change how the world looks at introverts and more importantly, how introverts perceive themselves, for the better!
Love your Gut - Dr. Megan Rossi
Love your Gut is one of the best nutrition and healthy eating books that helps understand digestive health and overall well being. In this book, Dr. Megan explains everything about how the gut works along with what works best for the gut. It also shares a lot of plant based diets that are high on nutrients for a healthy body.
If you're someone looking to change and better understand your diet, this book is a must read. It's easy language and useful tips makes it a holistic health and wellness book.
Think Again - Adam Grant
Think Again by Adam Grant is a book to open up your mind. It doesn’t talk you through things but tells you about yourself to your face. There are times in life when we become complacent about our beliefs, ideas, and habits. Think Again helps you recognize when you’re doing that, so you can rethink your preconceived notions, and think beyond the stereotypes in your head.
Think Again teaches you to be humble, it teaches you to have a healthy lifestyle. It helps you move beyond the set ways in which things are done and channel your humility to make things work in your favor. It also reminds you to think about the people you surround yourself with.
The philosophies of this book are deeply rooted in human psychology and behavior and it truly shows you a mirror with no fog.
Clean Mind, Clean Body
Wellness and yoga expert, Tara Stiles has come up with a life-changing detox for the body and mind with her book Clean Mind, Clean Body. If you’re someone who’s looking to transform your daily routine through easy to follow steps, then this is the book for you. Tara lays down a 4 week detox for the body, mind, and spirit. It covers Mental cleanse, Spiritual cleanse, Changing the eating habits and Changing the moving habits.
This book has the perfect balance of all the right ingredients required to take on a detox/ cleanse journey. Readers can easily follow through the tips and see changes for themselves which is what makes it one of the best health books out there.
If you’ve read any of these books or are keen to learn more, we’d love to know your thoughts. They’re such an integral part of our lives and we hope to learn and grow from what each has to offer!