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5 Selfcare and Wellness Books to Empower You in 2022

by Voices Wellness 21 Mar 2022
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Let these five bestsellers inspire you to lead a happier and healthier life this year and beyond.

Self-help books might not be a one-stop solution to your problems, but they can certainly open your mind up to possibilities for a more meaningful life. If you’re hoping to achieve your 2022 goals with a clearer mindset, consider adding these five books to your to-read list. 

Please Yourself: How to Stop People-Pleasing and Transform the Way You Live by Emma Reed Turrell

If you’re a natural people-pleaser, this book is a good reminder that you shouldn’t forsake your own needs to support and help others. Inspiring and forgiving, the book highlights author Emma Reed Turrell’s experience as a clinical psychotherapist and how she helps clients who struggle with the dilemma of pleasing others and oneself. She presents an alternative to people-pleasing through the stories of people-pleasers from all walks of life and offers techniques to help one live more authentically. Overall, the book teaches one to get better at being disliked, recover instead of fearing failure, as well as accept instead of avoiding situations. By caring for others without taking on their problems, one can love and care for oneself better.

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The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Think of this book as a warm hug on days when you need a little encouragement or comfort. Memoir meets self-help book, this book from the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library, is great for anyone in search of hope or tips for a more meaningful life. Affectionately called the author’s “life raft”, the book is a collection of lists, notes, and stories penned over several years, which originally served as gentle reminders to Haig’s future self that situations aren’t as terrible as they may seem. The anecdotes incorporate sources from history, science, and his own experiences to offer reassurance and help. His stories will remind the reader to take a pause and appreciate the beauty of their existence. 

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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Staying true to your New Year’s resolutions is no easy feat, but this self-help book has a wealth of advice to boost your rate of success. Written by one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, this book offers a proven framework for improving oneself daily by forming good habits, breaking bad ones, and making little changes to one’s behavioural patterns. By drawing on ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience, he creates an easy-to-understand guide for learning good habits. Expect to be inspired and entertained by real-life stories of award-winning artists, business leaders, Olympic gold medallists, and star comedians who have made it to the top of their field by honing the science of small habits.

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Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? By Julie Smith 

Life may be filled with challenges, but with the right tools, you’ll be able to navigate them with grace. Drawing upon the secrets of clinical psychologist Dr. Julie Smith, this book offers helpful insights on fortifying and maintaining one’s mental health. Even in trying times, her expert advice and coping techniques are designed to help you stay resilient. Whether it’s dealing with criticism, managing anxious moments, building self-confidence, forgiving yourself, or coping with depression, the book has a practical solution for it. These bite-sized pieces of advice are condensed into an empathetic guide that helps one better understand the workings of the mind.

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How to Ikigai: Lessons for Finding Happiness and Living Your Life’s Purpose by Tim Tamashiro

The pathway to happiness isn’t easy but the key could lie in finding your life’s purpose. Popularised in recent years, the Okinawan concept of ikigai is defined as one’s reason for being. This book outlines examples of ikigai in action, including renowned whisky expert David Michiels’ experience of overcoming stutter through finding his passion about scotch and sharing that knowledge with customers. Fans of titles like The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama will appreciate this book’s simple and clear-cut description for leading a meaningful life—doing what you love, what you’re good at, what the world needs, and what you can be rewarded for.

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