Reading is one of my favourite past times, it's a fantastic way to unwind, enjoy a great story or provides a chance to learn. Not only does reading a good book allow you to take some time out, it can also benefit your health. Experts have said that a brain activity such as reading improves your memory, boosts concentration and allows you to de-stress. Those who read could be 2.5 less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those who spend their down time on less stimulating activities. Reading before bed can also help you to have a better nights sleep due to your body and mind being able to unwind and relax, allowing you to sleep well. With so many amazing health benefits provided by reading, I wanted to provide you with my top 5 book choices that will change your life for the better.
Hippies In The City - A Guide To Natural Urban Living by Rita Balshaw
A exciting and informative collection of insightful nutritional advice, recipes, lifestyle tips, super helpful and natural skincare suggestions and much more. Its also a directory of all the best organic, wholesome cafes around. Overall Hippies in the city encompasses a holistic approach to living – you will discover ways to take your health and wellbeing into your own hands and basically learn how to feel and live better. You could call it 'bible' for modern-day hippies!
Make Peace With Your Plate by Jessica Ainscough
Make Peace With Your Plate is part memoir and part exploration into the possibility of ditching diets and mending our torturous relationships with food. It’s about getting back to basics, eating real food, loving and accepting ourselves, and establishing a relationship with food where the love is a two-way street. The book features foods for a healthy mind and body, essential elements other than food that contribute to your wellbeing, simple daily practices to help you look and feel amazing as well as easy to follow and super healthy recipes. Written by Jessica Ainscough, known as the Wellness Warrior passed away in 2015 after seven years battling an extremely rare cancer, epithelioid sarcoma. Jessica decided to choose alternative treatment for her cancer which unfortunately was no match for her cancer. Prior to becoming very unwell Jessica created her tribe the Wellness Warrior and her book Make Peace with your Plate.
The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle
A #1 national bestseller The Power Of Now is inspired by Eckhart Tolle who describes his transition from despair to self-realization soon after his 29th birthday. Although it took another ten years to understand this transformation, during which time he evolved a philosophy that has parallels in Buddhism, relaxation techniques, and meditation theory but is also eminently practical. Eckhart shares with readers how to recognize themselves as the creators of their own pain, and how to have a pain-free existence by living fully in the present. Accessing the deepest self, the true self, can be learned, he says, by freeing ourselves from the conflicting, unreasonable demands of the mind and living present, fully, and intensely, in the Now.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Rhonda Byrne, like each of us, has been on her own journey of discovery. In The Secret, she explains with simplicity the law of attraction. Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation life-transforming for all who experience it. In this book, you'll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life - money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You'll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that's within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life. The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers - men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
Written by the best selling author Glennon Doyle Melton who shares her experience of discovering her husbands fidelity. Love Warrior is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on. Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life. Love Warrior has also recently made it onto Oprah's Book Club list - if it's loved by Oprah you know it's good!