While I enjoy a good chick lit page turner as much as the next gal, I spend most of my reading time with non-fiction books.  Whether it’s a biography, a historical account, or something more esoteric, the lifelong learner in me always wants to know more. Reading is an essential part of my everyday self-care practice.

Reading books about wellness is a great way to find inspiration to build and sustain my healthy lifestyle. There are 9 personal wellness goals for better life balance that I work towards– and reading more is one of them!

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Fortunately, wellness books are a really popular genre right now. But with all of the options to choose from, how do you know which one to pick?

Let me help!

My top 5 wellness books for women represent a wide range of topics, styles, and messages. They have one thing in common, though. Each book will leave you empowered to take charge of your life and be your best self.

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These 5 must-read wellness books are perfect if you’re interested in fitness, nutrition, mental health, spirituality, or just leading a full, rich, and meaningful life.

 

1. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

One of my personal training clients introduced me to this book a few years ago.  It is a simple, short wellness book that exposes self-limiting beliefs and sets forth a personal code of conduct.

Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.

The Four Agreements made me realize that my patterns of thought and relationships with others are rooted in how I view and value myself. There is a real and meaningful relationship between our emotions and our health. Our physical wellness can benefit from a reframe of our thoughts.

If you’re looking for a wellness book that will ground all of the other self-improvement work you undertake, I recommend The Four Agreements. This slim volume is truly revolutionary.

 

2. The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

My (Catholic) university alumnae association promoted this book as a shared read for an online book club.  I found it an interesting choice before I started it. Wow, was I wrong!

No one can argue with the thought leadership of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu!  They are men from very different backgrounds who seek their commonality. Furthermore, both leaders have dedicated their lives to encouraging others to approach life thoughtfully. Their promotion of spiritual wellness as something other than strict religion was surprising.

Reading about the way these men value suffering as a way to grow our sense of compassion was inspiring. In our Western society of abundance, the idea of suffering as anything positive was thought-provoking. I appreciated that this book did not shy away from uncomfortable topics.

Wellness is about approaching the world with your whole self, and The Book of Joy presents so many nuggets of wisdom for a heart-first lifestyle. There is no whitewashing of “joy” as a sense of happiness. Instead, our spiritual guides offer joy as the underlying compassion for others that should motivate our lives.

 

3. The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

If if you know me at all, you know that I am a HUGE proponent of sleep.  It is the source of one of the great wellness myths, and it is the missing link of most people’s wellness puzzle. It can be difficult, however, to convince people who are very busy that sleeping more will actually make them more productive.

I am grateful that Huffington’s book presents an assessment of recent sleep research. It takes the science and presents it in a user-friendly way. Not only is it is easy to read, but there also are practical suggestions for improving sleep.

If you struggle with sleep, give one of my bedtime routines a try. Sleeping more can spur profound positive changes in your health and wellness.

4. The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD

This book has quickly become my women’s wellness Bible. It is easy to read, even for someone who doesn’t normally find health and science information easy to take in.  Dr. Gottfried’s girlfriend-next-door style appeals to a lot of women.

The Hormone Cure presents a good balance of research, case studies, and practical advice for women looking to take control of their health. It has immediate, real-woman application, too. The book includes good questions to ask your physician if you’re feeling stuck and not getting the health results you want on your own.

Dr. Gottfriend is a thought-leader who is well-respected in women’s health. This book is one of the resources I used for the Biology 101 module of my perimenopause health education course Survive & THRIVE Perimenopause.

Wondering if you’re in perimenopause? Check out the Top 10 Perimenopause Questions– Answered to find out!

5. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Northrup is the leading women’s wellness physician in the United States.  Her wellness books set the stage for the recent (and much overdue!) explosion of books and resources focusing on women’s health. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom is the foundational book for women’s health and wellness.

Dr. Northrup promotes the balance between mental wellness and physical health. She understands that women perceive themselves and the interplay between mind and body differently than men. This book should be a staple in any woman’s wellness library.

 

Remember that books make great gifts! And if you need other ideas to show the ladies in your life you care about them, check out my top 10 wellness gifts for women here!

 

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What are your favorite books about wellness?  Share them in the comments!

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