Book recommendations

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This is a book written by a practising GP who is also now a TV personality and produces a brilliant podcast called Feel Better, Live More (which I also highly recommend). Over his years helping patients he’s seen great results from getting his patients to spend just 15 minutes per day doing practical things to improve their wellbeing. This book explains how to go about it with lots of simple, practical suggestions. We highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their mental, physical or emotional wellbeing.

This book (and Rubin’s brilliant podcast which I’ve listened to ever since reading this book) has taught me so much about how I can improve my happiness in both small and big ways.
After reading this book our Health & Wellbeing Coach Laura was inspired to come up with what she calls a ‘Mental Health toolkit’. This is a list of things that she knows helps improve her mental health. Her list includes reading, gardening, being outside, exercising and cooking healthy food from scratch. She has her list on the inside of her mug cupboard door as a reminder to regularly do these things, especially when her mental health is suffering. Doing these things doesn’t mean she’ll feel instantly better, but she’s come to learn that if she keeps doing these things eventually her mental health will start to improve. Everyone would come up with a different list but having it written up and somewhere you’ll often see it will help remind you of the things you can do to make yourself feel better when you’re struggling.
In this book journalist Johann Hari takes a deep dive into the world of depression and (to a lesser extent) anxiety. He seeks to find out why these conditions are so rife, and how to stop that from being the case, both on a personal and a societal level. A great read for anyone who has suffered with/suffers with depression.

Glennon Doyle is one of the wisest people of the modern day, and her book Untamed provides the reader with an incomparable sense of empowerment and mantras which have the power to change the way they experience life going forward. High praise indeed but absolutely deserved.

Brené speaks eloquently and insightfully on the power of vulnerability and shame resilience. As such her books are well worth exploring if feelings of shame, vulnerability or traumatic experiences impact your life.

Date published: 3rd March, 2021
Date last updated: 25th August, 2021