Active Lifestyle - Top Wellness Books of 2020

Top wellness books of 2020 - While we are in self isolation, it is the perfect time to go inwards and invest in our growth. Many people have started online course, classes or reading for self development. Taking care of ourselves and wellbeing means we can give more to others. It means our cup is fuller and we can share with others. Taking some time to read inspiration and motivational books can encourage confidence, self awareness and creates positive outlook on life. Sometimes it is comforting to read other people stories, knowing you are not alone and every story has a rock in the road.

What is self development and wellbeing? It means educating your mental and emotional state - to focus on philosophy of life so we can live a fuller and meaningful life. So we can heal past trauma, build on self confidence, grow and develop. Here are some great wellness books coming out this year:

1) Jay Shetty - Think like a Monk.

This guy is funny, witty and most importantly humble. After being a monk for nearly a decade, he is now a social media star sharing his message of self love and purpose. In this inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk in the Vedic tradition to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power. Drawing on ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, Think Like a Monk reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us. The lessons monks learn are profound but often abstract. Shetty transforms them into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve focus, improve relationships, identify our hidden abilities, increase self-discipline and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world.

2) Alexander Elle - After the Rain

Alexander write beautiful poetry and affirmations, now she has created a book with all her work. It's a gentle reminder for healing, courage and self love. Alexandra Elle delivers 15 lessons on how to overcome obstacles, build confidence, and cultivate abundance. After the Rain is a soulful guide to help you embrace all the beauty, love,and opportunity life has to offer.

3) Alicia Keys - More Myself

We know Alicia Keys as a singer song writer - More Myself is part autobiography, part narrative documentary. Alicia's journey is revealed not only through her own candid recounting, but also through vivid recollections from those who have walked alongside her. The result is a 360-degree perspective on Alicia's path, from her girlhood in Hell's Kitchen and Harlem to the process of growth and self-discovery that we all must navigate. Alicia shares her quest for truth--about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth. With the raw honesty that epitomizes Alicia's artistry, More Myself is at once a riveting account and a clarion call to readers: to define themselves in a world that rarely encourages a true and unique identity.

4) Dr. Nicole Lepera - Self Healers

Dr. Nicole LePera is a Holistic Psychologist who believes that mental wellness is for everyone. She evolved her more traditional training from Cornell University and The New School to one that acknowledges the connection between the mind and body. She views mental and physical struggles from a whole person perspective and works to identify the underlying physical and emotional causes. She understands that balance is an integral part of wellness and empowers individuals to heal themselves, supporting them on their wellness journeys.

Her book 'Self Healers' is due to come out this year, putting decades of her work together into a book to help heal others and to encourage better wellbeing.

5) Jenny Sansouci - The Rebels Apothecary

This book has the potential to heal your life through natural remedies, using nature to make different treatments. The author has deeply researched into the plants she learned that her father was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, her extensive knowledge of the latest alternative therapies was put to the test. Jenny dove into the world of cannabis and mushrooms and their medicinal properties - and she and her dad are now outspoken champions of the healing power of these plants and fungi - not only to tame the side effects of chemotherapy, but to address everyday wellness concerns. The Rebel's Apothecary is the result of her heartfelt and rigorous quest - a science-based and supportive guide that will enhance the lives of anyone living with pain, anxiety, depression, a weakened immune system, insomnia, and more.

6) Dr. Ramani Durvasula - Don't you know who I am

This book is about overcoming Narcissistic abuse and what to look out for in a parent and partner so we don't repeat old patterns and can heal. “Don’t You Know Who I Am?” has become the mantra of the the entitled and the insecure. It’s the tagline of the modern narcissist. Health and wellness campaigns preach avoidance of unhealthy foods, sedentary lifestyles, tobacco, drugs, and alcohol, but rarely preach avoidance of unhealthy, difficult or toxic people. Yet the health benefits of removing toxic people from your life may have far greater benefits to both physical and psychological health. These relationships infect those who are in them with self-doubt, despair, confusion, anxiety, depression, and the chronic feeling of being “not enough,” all of which make it so difficult to step away and set boundaries. We need to learn to be better gatekeepers for our minds, bodies, and souls.

7) Wilder Poetry - Nocturnal

Nocturnal is a collection of words and imagery inspired by darkened skies and sleepless nights. it is a journey of healing and self-discovery whether love stays or leaves. it is dreaming with your eyes wide open while the rest of the world is hiding.

8) Glennon Doyle - Untamed

Untamed shows us how to be brave. And, as Glennon insists, 'The braver we are, the luckier we get.' This book is part memoir and part inspirational - soulful and uproarious, forceful. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is also the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honour our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts.

9) Dr. Christina Northrup - Women Bodies, Women Wisdom

Dr Christiane Northrup's vision of mind-body wellness has received an extraordinary response from women all over the world. A massive international bestseller, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom powerfully demonstrates that when women change the basic conditions of their lives that lead to health problems, they heal faster, more completely, and with far fewer medical interventions. This groundbreaking book offers the most up-to-date information available on every aspect of women's health. Dr Northrup explains the workings of the female body in an accessible and intimate way and guides you through a comprehensive list of women's conditions and concerns, from fibroids and menstruation to pregnancy, hysterectomy and the menopause. She also shows you how to heal yourself by listening to your body's own wisdom or intuition. Filled with dramatic case histories, it is contemporary medicine at its best, combining new technologies with natural remedies and the body's own miraculous healing powers.

10) Isabel Hardman - The Natural Health Service: What the Great Outdoors Can Do for Your Mind

Isabel Hardman's mind, in her own words, 'stopped working' as she fell prey to severe depression and anxiety. She took time off on long-term sick leave and despite several relapses has returned to work with a much improved ability to cope. She has since become one of the UK's most prominent public voices on mental health. She credits her better health to her passion for exercise, nature and the great outdoors - from horse-riding and botany to cold-water swimming and running. In The Natural Health Service, she draws on her own personal experience, interviews with mental illness sufferers and psychologists, and the latest research to examine what role wildlife and exercise can play in helping anyone cope with mental illness.

Written by @activationyogagirl extracts taken from Google Books

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