7 life-changing wellness books
Updated: May 12, 2020
From the inspirational and galvanizing to the downright transformational, we've put together a list of women's health and wellbeing books that will help you live your healthiest, happiest and most productive life. Here we go:
1. Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski
This New York Times Bestseller contains "the surprising new science that will transform your sex life." It is an exploration of why and how women's sexuality works and, surprise: it's complicated, variable and influenced by a LOT of different things!
2. The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington
She awakened our minds by founding HuffPost, now everyone's favorite editor is guiding us to a better night's sleep. With the latest scientific research and practical suggestions, through this book Arianna Huffington single-handedly gives aspirational women (and men) around the world permission to switch off more effectively and turn in earlier. Counter-intuitively, she argues, every area of your life will be positively impacted and you will ultimately become more productive by being better rested.
3. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
Sometimes the hardest part of personal growth is not making changes, but sticking to them. Gretchen Rubin's "self-helpful" guide contains insights, strategies, stories, and tips that help you better understand yourself and what incentivizes you. Do you work at meeting your own expectations, meeting others', or a combination of the two? Once you've used the book to help figure that out, you can set up your life in a way that makes it more likely you'll follow through with healthy habits.
4. Becoming by Michelle Obama
The former FLOTUS' smash-hit memoir tells the tale of her ascent from modest beginnings in Chicago, through to her Ivy League education and journey all the way to the White House. It's a personal account that contains universal truths and lessons around hard work, ambition and self-care that can inspire every woman's journey.
5. Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
This breakout first book by British journalist Dolly Alderton, who used to write a dating column for The Sunday Times and is one half of the podcast "High Low", is a funny, frank and phenomenal love letter to female friendship, accessing emotional wellbeing and finding out how to love yourself. Though it's set in London, she captures the formative torments and joys of being a woman in her late 20s with the kind of searing accuracy that women in cities all over the world will relate to or remember.
6. Kintsugi Wellness by Candice Kumai
With hand-selected recipes and Japanese traditions, from professional-trained chef Candice Kumai, this book articulates the Japanese art of nourishing the mind, body and spirit. "Kintsugi" is the practice of repairing broken pottery with gold, silver or platinum, and the contents elegantly encourage a wholesome, contented and perfectly-imperfect way of life.
And, of course, our own book...!
7. Everything Egg Freezing: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Doing it Right by Brittany Hawkins and Catherine Hendy
Doctors are calling this guide by two women who have egg frozen a "must-read" and recommending it to all their patients. With plenty of opportunity for misinformation online and with women facing a high-stakes, expensive procedure, this book clearly lays out answers to crucial questions like "is egg freezing right for me?", explains how best to pick a clinic and the steps to take to prepare your body and mind most effectively before the procedure.