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SELF-HELP BOOKS THAT BOOST YOUR BODY AND MIND…

An article in Woman and Home last month caught my eye. It asked ‘Do Self Help Books Work‘?

To be perfectly honest with you I have no idea if they work but many people have turned to them over the last year due to the pandemic and not being able to see a therapist for real. From sleep problems to chronic pain, anxiety and a lot more. Many of us have suffered at least one of these over the last 18 months.

They write that some books can be like ‘having a therapist on speed dial but without the hourly charge.‘ Reading something that can relate to you and guide you, can be life-changing. But, of course there are times when these books should be used with guidance from a professional.

Woman and Home suggest that you pick a self help book that focuses on a specific area of your life that you want to work on and check the reviews on it. Look for books that ask you questions and ask yourself these questions.

Some books they recommend to boost your body and mind during this difficult time for many are –

Self-Care for Tough Times: How to Heal in Times of Anxiety, Loss & Change by Suzy Reading – perfect for dealing with stress, grief, loss, change and transition. Also to help with loss of a loved one, illness or simply feeling exhausted. Self-care for Tough Times is a gentle yet powerful toolkit to help during difficult times, such as the end of a relationship, loss of a loved one, career change and times of heightened emotions or anxiety. These are the times when self-care is most important and yet often forgotten, but just a few small moments can make a huge difference to how we feel, how we release emotions rather than bottle them up and how we ride the ups and downs.

The Science of Sleep : Stop Chasing a Good Night’s Sleep and Let It Find You by Heather Darwall-Smith – perfect if the pandemic has sent you sleep routine out the window. Heather Darwall-Smith’s message in this book is simple: don’t panic! Humans are biologically programmed to sleep, and by interrogating all the factors – sociological, physiological, neurological, and psychological – that might be impeding this innate instinct, each of us can work out the changes we can make in our own lifestyles to allow ourselves to sleep naturally again.This book demystifies the bewildering data around sleep by combining science with natural self-help techniques.

I’m So Effing Tired by Dr Amy Shah – with many people in chronic pain or just exhausting from doing nothing constantly feeling exhausted in no fun. This book will help you beat burnout and help you feel less exhausted.

Are you feeling overwhelmed, overstressed, and overtired? If so, you’re not alone – and you don’t have to settle for feeling this way. Inspired by her personal wellness journey, Dr. Amy Shah has created this program so that you can regain your energy and reclaim your life. The key is tapping into the powerful energy trifecta: the complex, interconnected relationship between your gut, your immune system, and your hormones. Drawing on the latest science and her work helping thousands of clients, Dr. Shah explains how to transform your life by changing:

What You Eat: increase your fiber-rich, prebiotic vegetables, without giving up your wine and chocolate!?
When You Eat: intermittent fasting – the right way – can revamp your energy
Why You’re Stressed: discover simple exercises and herbs that ease anxiety

In just two weeks, you’ll feel your energy surge. In three months, you’ll feel like a whole new person. It’s time to regain the energy you’ve lost, so you can get back to the life you want to live.

The Brain Fitness Book by Rita Carter – A Healthy Mind helps you keep a healthy body so this training manual for the mind will keep you feeling great. A book of logic puzzles and cognitive exercises to improve memory, beat brain fog, boost processing time and sharpen problem solving.

Packed with expert advice, brain tests, and a range of exercises to stimulate your memory and mental agility, The Brain Fitness Book will equip you with everything you need to keep your brain working to its maximum potential. It includes puzzles, sensory exercises and step-by-step introductions to activities from playing the guitar to beginning yoga and tai chi.

Discover how to achieve a brain-healthy lifestyle!

This empowering guide highlights the role of quality sleep, a healthy diet and physical exercise to help you look after both your physical and mental well-being. Our mental fitness is just as crucial as our body’s, with regular training your brain helps you to be less prone to age-related decline, as well as conquering stress, anxiety, and the risk of depression. The Brain Fitness Book is the perfect gift or purchase for anyone interested in maintaining mental health and cognition.

Source: Woman & Home

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5 GREAT BOOKS TO READ DURING LOCKDOWN AND BEYOND…

With Christmas now well and truly behind us but an awful lot of us still in lockdown I thought you might enjoy a post on some good books, I have read recently.

The Girls by Lori Lansens

The story is about conjoined twins, Rose and Ruby, and it’s told from each of their very different perspectives. This unusual tale of sisterhood is a wonderful read and makes you appreciate what we take for granted. In twenty-nine years, Rose Darlen has never spent a moment apart from her twin sister, Ruby. She has never gone for a solitary walk or had a private conversation. Yet, in all that time, she has never once looked into Ruby’s eyes. Joined at the head, ‘The Girls’ (as they are known in their small town) attempt to lead a normal life, but can’t help being extraordinary. Now almost thirty, Rose and Ruby are on the verge of becoming the oldest living craniopagus twins in history, but they are remarkable for a lot more than their unusual sisterly bond. I promise: you will never forget this extraordinary story. Love, connection, loyalty, raw humanity and much more are the ingredients of this most unusual novel. Lori Lansens’ blend of tragedy and comedy will touch you deeply’ Isabel Allende

Letters of Note : Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher

It’s a book to pick up and put down and lovely to have on your lounge table with letters from everyone from Churchill to Virginia Woolf. An intriguing read. A collection of over one hundred of the world’s most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the popular website of the same name – an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people. From Virginia Woolf’s heart-breaking suicide letter to Queen Elizabeth II’s recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression ‘OMG’ in a letter to Winston Churchill to Gandhi’s appeal for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop’s beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan to Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable job application letter, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.

Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

A lively and deeply inspiring novel which shows a view into the working-class life of Mike Muñoz, a 22-year-old who mows lawns for a living and has a talent for creating topiary structures. He lives in an overcrowded, dilapidated home with his hardworking mother and handicapped brother, Nate, and only wants his chance at achieving the American dream but everything seems to be stacked against him. The author gives readers a relatable everyman who is struggling to make ends meet but knows his self-worth and is determined to overcome the difficulties in his life to succeed. It’s a roller coaster of emotions. I went from sad to happy then back to sad again but it has a great ending. A good feel book.

Create Your Own Calm : A Journal for Quieting Anxiety by Meera Lee Patel

Feeling anxious, uncertain, or overwhelmedYou’re not alone. In this empowering new tool for self-care, a popular artist and author Meera Lee Patel present a fresh approach to feeling better. Designed to help us better understand and dial down the everyday worries getting in our way, these thoughtful and beautifully illustrated journal pages are a safe space for reflection, insight, and the freedom to move forward with more clarity and joy. Bringing together inspiring quotes from great thinkers and writers throughout history with engaging journal prompts and plenty of room to capture your thoughts, the book is a calming breath of fresh air and a quiet space to reflect and recharge in a hectic and uncertain world. I popped this book in as I felt it quite appropriate at the moment and ideal for someone who may be feeling anxious. Although I do not have this actual copy a friend bought me something very similar to jot my blog posts in it. However, I am going to use it to jot down how the next year unfolds. Something I wish I had done from the very first lockdown. I always feel good after I have written things down.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

My final book which I have found hard to put down over Christmas is another fiction book but one that will keep you hooked from the beginning to the end. Power couple Jules and Will have whisked their friends and family away to a remote Irish island for their wedding. But all is not going according to plan when someone is murdered. The tension gets almost unbearable and the creepy setting really adds to the atmosphere. The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped. Need I say more.