These books will help keep your mind and body healthy in 2023. From therapist-written memoirs that demystify therapy for first-timers to fitness books with a range of workouts, these titles will inspire you to embrace the wellness trend.
This book is a must-read for anyone with health concerns or who has experienced an illness. It helps readers navigate today’s complex medical field and get the care they need.
1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fight
Often, when people envision giving no fucks, they envision a serene indifference to adversity—a calm that weathers all storms. This is, however, not the case. Not giving a fuck is not about being unaffected by or unshakable in the face of difficulties; it’s about choosing your priorities and dedicating your fucks to something you believe in. This is the message of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, which was written by Mark Manson—the star blogger who boasts more than two million followers on Facebook—as a counterintuitive approach to living a good life.
This book is an exploration of the underlying motivations and subconscious forces that cause us to self-sabotage, as well as a guide on how to break through those ruts and build healthier habits for long-term wellness. “As a mental health and wellness professional, I recommend this to anyone who is interested in how they can be a better version of themselves,” says Ginelle Krummey, LCMHC, NCC, a therapist at Growth Point Collaborative Counseling and Group Facilitation.
The New York Times bestseller offers a fresh perspective on personal development. The author argues that the problem with most self-help books is that they are filled with meaningless positivity and a lack of practical advice. Instead, he takes a more blunt and honest approach to achieving success, in the vein of Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club. He calls for a return to the grit of hard work and explains that happiness comes from solving problems, not avoiding them. “It’s a grab-you-by-the-shoulders book, and its ruthless humor is refreshing,” says New York Times reviewer Sally Kohn. “It is a much-needed wake-up call.”
2. The Little Book of Big Change
A new year brings with it renewed focus on health and wellness. It’s more than just diet and exercise, though. Addressing mental, emotional and spiritual health is just as important. And while there is a lot of information available on social media platforms and in vlogs, a good book can dive much deeper into a particular topic.
This popular book is the perfect primer for anyone looking to get their health and wellness in order. With practical advice and easy-to-follow steps, you’ll find yourself living better than ever before.
Psychologist Amy Johnson helps readers understand how their bad habits form and offers tools they can use to rewire their brains to overcome those habits once and for all. The book combines neuroscience and spirituality to show that bad habits are not about who you are, but rather a result of simple brain wiring that can be reversed.
This best-selling wellness book breaks the mold by incorporating science and research into a holistic approach to healthy living. With a philosophy that prioritizes sustainable fitness and nutrition, this book is an ideal read for those looking to learn how to listen to and work with their bodies rather than against them.
3. The Subtle Art of Tidying Up
A hilarious, practical parody of Marie Kondo’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this book teaches you how to give less f*cks and focus on the things that really matter. Author Sarah Knight explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt—and to stop spending your time and money on people and things that don’t bring you joy.
This popular wellness guide helps you clear the clutter from your home, mind, and relationships—and transforms them into spaces of beauty, peace, and inspiration. While most decluttering methods take a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo’s revolutionary category-by-category system leads to lasting results that change lives.
Recommended by Richard Branson, Bill Gates, and Roger Thurow.
The bestselling author of Tools of Giants takes his wellness experiments to the next level in this New York Times best seller. Using the scientifically proven principles of biohacking, he tests himself for a year to see if he can radically improve every aspect of his body and mind—from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. A wildly entertaining and inspiring read.
4. A Mind of Your Own
The mind has a tendency to go a little crazy, darting from one thing to the next and replaying memories that you’d rather leave in the past. The problem is, intrusive thoughts aren’t just a nuisance — they can also feel like prison bars. This book helps readers break free from the prison of self-sabotage and learn to use the mind as a tool to help them thrive.
With humor and honesty, Gottlieb demystifies the therapeutic process and makes mental health accessible for first-timers. This book will inspire readers to make the most of their life through a powerful daily routine, including a nourishing diet, targeted nutrient support, detoxification, restful sleep and stress-reframing techniques.
For anyone struggling with chronic illness, this book is a must-read. A pioneer in integrative medicine, Brogan offers clear advice on a range of lifestyle and dietary changes that are proven to help improve symptoms. She highlights the growing body of evidence that links gut health to brain function and explains how to overcome depressive disorders without resorting to medication.
This bestselling book outlines a simple, sustainable plan to achieve lasting health and wellness. The key is to begin with the most basic and important task each day – making your bed. Performing this small task each morning will give you a sense of accomplishment and encouragement to complete other tasks throughout the day. Over time, the small habits you create will add up to big results. It’s a philosophy that is both empowering and practical. This is a must-read for anyone looking to achieve real and lasting change. The latest edition reflects the most current research on nutrition and healing and includes new science on vitamins, supplements and herbs.
5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Clean and organized spaces have many benefits, including boosting focus, encouraging healthy habits, and providing a sense of accomplishment. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is the New York Times bestseller by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo, whose KonMari Method takes tidying to the next level. It’s a revolutionary category-by-category approach that makes putting things away and keeping them up permanent, not a short-lived trend.
Kondo’s book teaches you how to decide which items truly spark joy in your life, and which ones don’t, before taking steps to discard or give them away. It also shows you how to find storage solutions that make it easy to put things back where they belong, and how to set a regular routine of tidying up so you can keep your home in top shape.
While Kondo’s methods may seem extreme, her results speak for themselves. Those who have applied her techniques have reported that their homes are easier to maintain, their families have become more mindful of the items they buy, and they have found that their relationships have improved as well. It’s important to note that tidying up is just one part of a holistic health plan. A diet of whole foods and exercise, for example, is crucial to overall wellbeing.
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