It’s almost the end of January, which means that new year’s resolution you made to yourself almost a month ago is most probably just a distant memory by now. But don’t despair: Wellness shouldn’t be an arbitrary promise you make to yourself anyway—instead, it should be something you try to encompass in all areas of your life. Be it getting your greens in, finding a workout you adore, or learning confidence and self-love, there are so many ways to incorporate wellness in your life in a balanced way (aka, no cutting carbs or going on some crazy crash diet).
However, understanding the wellness world can be fairly difficult, what with the amount of conflicting information out there. So, in order to make it easier, we’ve compiled a list of our absolute favorite wellness books that tackle everything from getting a good night’s sleep to making sure you treat your body with love. Read on for these truly life-changing picks.
Healthyish: A Cookbook with Seriously Satisfying, Truly Simple, Good-For-You (but not too Good-For-You) Recipes for Real Life, $18.14, Amazon
If cooking more homemade meals is high on your list of priorities this upcoming year, you need to get your hands on this easy-to-read cookbook. Featuring a number of recipes that rely on healthy ingredients, Healthyish also helps to prevent food boredom by making sure there’s just a little indulgence thrown into each dish—because who says eating well has to be boring?
In Defense Of Food, $13.25, Amazon
If you’re interested in the whole foods movement, definitely check out the book that started it all—Michael Pollan’s insightful look into the way our food is prepared, marketed, and sold is truly eye-opening, and you’d be shocked to know what really goes into those packaged salad dressings you love so much. Pollan instead focuses on how to eat sustainably, thoughtfully, and healthfully in an accessible way.
The 8Greens Cookbook: The Simple Way to Get Your Greens, $19.58, Amazon
Often touted as the lazy girl’s guide to nutrition, Dawn Russell breaks down easy recipes all incorporating her signature 8Greens tablet. The tiny little pill packs a mean punch, containing everything from chlorella to kale—and it’s perfect for those people who struggle to eat healthy. But to take it up a notch, try one of these simple recipes instead—they’re guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest eater.
If you struggle with body positivity, allow Jessamyn Stanley to inspire you. The yoga teacher and self-love advocate wants to prove to readers that you don’t have to have the perfect body to exercise—in fact, the focus of exercise should be how you feel, not how you look. Her manifesto is sure to get you to look at your body in a whole new way.
Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise, $11.05, Amazon
The cardio versus weights dilemma has been debated on for years, but if you want a comprehensive, science-backed look into the mechanics of exercise, this book is for you. It answers pretty much every question you ever had about working out—from whether you should exercise when sick to the effects of caffeine on your progress—so you can start your workout routine with all the information you need.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, $9.59, Amazon
“Jen Sincero does an amazing job at simplifying ideas around discovering limiting beliefs that are holding you back from living the life you desire, and gives you tools and inspiration to take action to create it,” says Domino photo editor Lahaina Alcantara. “If you’re feeling like you need a breakthrough in any area of your life, read this book—and then read it again.”
Self-help coach Gabrielle Bernstein jumped on the scene several years ago with her bestseller Add More ~Ing To Your Life, and her latest release is as effective and insightful. In Judgement Detox, Bernstein focuses on a six-step process that will stop the beliefs that are holding you back from living your best life through her frank, kind tone. “The reason that readers are deeply resonating with this content is because of my willingness to tell the truth. Through my honest stories, they can recognize themselves in me,” says Bernstein.
The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles, $15.49, Amazon
Deeply spiritual and a great read for anyone dealing with financial stress, this book reveals principles that will help readers unleash the divine power of abundance. A great lesson in the power of attraction, The Law of Divine Compensation is ideal for those looking for a way to change their perspective on the world.
If crystals seem too complicated for you, you need to give this book a try. Focusing on both easy ways to get started, along with some more complicated procedures for crystal veterans, Elemental Energy teaches you how to harness the transformative power of crystals in a chic, easy way.
For all you hoarders out there, there’s hope for you yet: In this minimalist manifesto, Carver explains how a life of simplicity can clear up space for all the things you’re craving in your life—from stronger relationships to a successful career. By showing us how we can have more by living with less, Carver simplifies life for us—which is all anyone is really looking for.
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, $11.54, Amazon
Hygge has been all the rage this past year, but do you actually know what it is? If this gloomy winter’s been wearing you down, you might need some of this Danish philosophy in your life—think cozy, happy, and joyful.
We all know we should get our recommended eight hours of sleep a night, but things—okay, Netflix shows—pop up. After reading Arianna Huffington’s love letter to the power of sleep, however, you just might change your tune. Here, Huffington not only talks about the negative effects lack of sleep has on your body (it’s not pretty), but she also provides a roadmap to making sure you get that rest in.
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