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Reading in itself is like physical exercise for your cardiovascular system. The benefits include improving brain connectivity, helping with sleep disorders and reducing stress. Plus, there is evidence to show that frequent brain exercise such as reading lowers mental decline by 32%.
Alongside the general benefits of reading, there is a host of non-fiction self-help books that can teach you wellbeing strategies and coping techniques. We’ve rounded up some of the best books to help with your wellbeing for you to add to your reading list.
Resilient Me: How to Worry Less and Achieve More by Sam Owen
Sam Owen is a Relationship Coach and publisher of several self-help books, including Resilient Me - a practical guide to building everyday resilience in just four weeks. Providing techniques to build strength and shift negative habits to help readers remain resilient throughout life's challenges. Including challenges within the workplace, as building resilience gives employees the ability to comfortably ride out waves of difficulty, and even find success in them.
Self-Care for the Real World by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips
Wellness pioneers Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips have spent decades helping others feel their best and focused their attention on learning to care for themselves for this journey of self-care. Divided into five sections: Love, Hope, Peace, Joy and Light, the authors share practical and small steps to being kinder to yourself, including psychological tricks and refreshing meal ideas.
The 4 Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life by Dr Rangan Chatterjee
Based on research and his own experience as a doctor, Dr Rangan Chatterjee has used case studies from patients to create a simple guide to better health, both physically and emotionally. He believes that everyday health revolves around four pillars: relaxation, food, sleep and movement. By making small changes in each aspect of our wellbeing, individuals can create an integrated approach to living better.
The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness and Meditation by Andy Puddicombe
Andy Puddicombe is the co-founder of Headspace, an app that focuses on the basics of meditation and mindfulness and teaches users to take a couple of minutes out of their day to connect with the present moment. With 10 minutes of meditation per day, Andy believes individuals can reduce an anxious busy mind and find greater ease when faced with difficult emotions.
To set yourself up for a productive day at work, why not swap your morning screen-time for a short meditation? It will help you set the tone for the day and help you achieve more tasks, with greater focus.
Ten Times Happier: How to Let go of what’s Holding you Back by Owen O’Kane
Psychotherapist and former NHS Clinical Lead Owen O’Kane reveals how to choose new, healthier perspectives and ditch harmful patterns to avoid mindlessly obsessing over things. We are all guilty of overthinking about the past, our minds, other people, worry, our behaviours, and the future, but Owen shares evidence-based tools to help manage what keeps you stuck so you can move forward. Once you accept and let go, he assures you you’ll be ten times happier.
Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King
Best-selling author and Instagram sensation Vex King draws on his personal experience of overcoming adversity and his intuitive wisdom to help other manifest their goals and invite great opportunities into their lives. In this book, Vex will show you that when you change the way you think, feel, speak and act, you begin to find your higher purpose and become an inspiration for others.
Prioritising your wellbeing can lead to greater rewards within your relationships, health and career. These books offer techniques to build strength and resilience and the encouragement to be kinder to yourself, which fundamentally leads to a happier and more fulfilled life at work and outside of work.
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