2020 is here! Even if you didn’t make New Year’s resolutions, most of us would still like to achieve optimal wellness in this new decade. One of the most effective ways to improve your mental and physical health is to keep your mind engaged. Reading books is a phenomenal way to open new pathways in your brain and new possibilities in your world. By reading wellness books, you can find tips to help you feel best all year long. Here are the top 7 wellness books to read in 2020.
How to Breathe: 25 Simple Practices for Calm, Joy, and Resilience by Ashley Neese
Nothing takes a toll on our overall wellness quite like stress can. Many of us believe that stress is a part of life, and accept this nuisance for what it is. Keeping this tension bottled up is unnecessary. The key to finding your inner zen is in your breathing.
We chose How to Breathe by Ashley Neese for this list of wellness books because we love how it teaches us to stop taking our breath for granted. Most of us don’t make the most of this autonomous tool inside all of us. By utilizing proper breathing techniques, we can learn how to cope with stressful situations better.
Neese is a breathwork expert. Who knew we needed an expert to breathe? It just goes to show that we could all benefit from learning more about this essential function. Over the past decade, Neese has worked with clients to improve their breathing using various exercises. She has firsthand knowledge and her lessons provide lasting effects.
Building these good habits consciously trains the mind and body to perform them naturally. You’ll notice that instead of balling up your fists and clenching your teeth under pressure, you’ll be able to take a step back and breathe.
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
87% of smartphone users will check their devices during a conversation with loved ones. Let that sink in. Not only is it rude to the people you are with, but these actions are hurting the smartphone users. They’re missing out on learning experiences, memorable conversations and other chances to expand their horizons. Thanks to Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, we can reclaim our zest for life.
Digital Minimalism is not one of your average wellness books. It’s an electronic detox. You go 30 days without the noisy chatter of everything, even music. No social media, email just for work during set hours and a TV-free nighttime are all staples of the Digital Minimalism Challenge.
Once the 30 days are over, you can slowly integrate these staples back into your life but you must be particular about them. Allow yourself one hour of TV time. Only listen to music in the car. Check social media once a day.
You’ll immediately prioritize what you genuinely care about. For instance, if you spend one hour online every day and you spend it browsing sports, that’s your passion. Don’t waste another hour browsing celebrity gossip and watching trailers for the latest movie coming out.
Newport has tried this mental decluttering experiment himself. He encouraged many others to do the same along the way. The results are unanimous. Everyone was happier in the end!
Complete Wellness: Enjoy long-lasting health and well-being with more than 800 natural remedies by Neal’s Yard Remedies
If you are burgeoning naturopath and need a backbone for your growing wellness book collection, let Complete Wellness by Neal’s Yard Remedies be that cornerstone. This book has everything you need to practice holistic care in your home.
What we love about this book is that it covers so many essential aspects of wellness that need our attention and care. This book even offers all-natural tips to improve the biodiversity of your intestinal flora, promote blood circulation and keep your weight in check.
One of the best parts about this book is its variety. The traditional oil and herb remedies are included but they also offer delicious and unique recipes. Complete Wellness truly takes a “food-as-medicine” approach by illustrating how whole, organic foods can improve your wellness.
This selection earns bonus points because it offers a kid’s section, too. We can foster good habits early to set our children up for making healthy choices later on. Neal’s Yard makes learning about health fun!
101 Ways to Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg
Wellness isn’t just diet and exercise. Are we truly achieving optimal wellness if the environment we live in is suffering? The way we package goods, how we commute and the items we throw into landfills are all impacting our environment. What’s the point of wellness if we won’t be able to live on our planet?
101 Ways to Go Zero Waste forces us to take a look at our impact while offering techniques to turn things back around. For those of us who don’t know where to start, Kellogg gives you 101 straightforward ways to reduce waste.
This title can also improve financial wellness: going zero waste is an excellent way to help save money. According to polls, financial woes are our number one concern, with 44% of adults stressing over it. As we know, stress can do a number on wellness. By saving money and cutting your carbon footprint, you can promote wellness in two different ways.
The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis: The Perfect Partnership for Self-Regulation and Healing by Dr. Scott A. Johnson
How could we forget about CBD in our list of wellness books? We chose The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis by Dr. Scott A. Johnson because it breaks down the science of cannabis from an expert’s perspective.
Dr. Johnson takes on the complex task of explaining the intricate network known as the endocannabinoid system. He breaks it down in an easy-to-read format that readers will find engaging.
Dr. Johnson included 560 footnotes. With such a hot topic that’s new to the masses, it’s encouraging to see an author who includes so much research. We believe this book should be an essential part of your wellness library.
Clean: The New Science of Skin and the Beauty of Doing Less by James Hamblin
We live in a sanitizer-centric society that encourages us to wash our hands at every whim and exfoliate our faces nightly. What we’re doing is beating down beneficial bacteria in our bodies. We need to take a step back with a simpler approach. James Hamblin tackles this in Clean: The New Science of Skin and the Beauty of Doing Less.
Clean creates an open dialogue on hygiene customs that may be doing more harm than good. Oversanitation can lead to pathogenic resistance. Becoming too sterile may open a pandora’s box of issues that can affect our overall wellness.
Reading Clean would be great to pair with Digital Minimalism. It has the same overarching theme of cutting back to the essentials. Be sure to add this to your wellness books collection when it’s released in July 2020.
Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D.
Sometimes we’re our own harshest critic. It’s hard not to be. We are trapped inside of our heads 24/7. It’s only natural to drive yourself crazy sometimes. When this happens, you run the risk of using negative self-talk.
In Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It, Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D. addresses how cruel thoughts can sabotage your productivity and overall wellness. It’s like being an abusive relationship with your mind. You wouldn’t stand around and allow someone to talk to your loved ones that way, so why do it to yourself?
When we dwell in negativity, it manifests in our daily life. Do you sometimes wonder why you keep attracting the wrong people? A big reason for this could be the way you view yourself.
Saying something hurtful about yourself can harm your self-esteem. Eventually, your mind can default to negativity and create a black cloud that follows you around all the time.
Helmstetter offers insights and techniques to change the conversation going on in your head. With a positive attitude, you will learn to love yourself, warts and all. Negative Self-Talk is one of the ultimate wellness books for 2020 because it helps you reclaim your life.
Have you read any of these wellness books? Are there any others you think we missed? Let’s have a discussion in the comments below!
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Hannah Smith is Joy Organics Director of Communications. She is driven by her passion for providing clear and accessible wellness and CBD education. In 2015, she received her BA in Media, Culture and the Arts from The King’s College in New York City and before Joy Organics, worked as writer and photographer in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has been featured on Forbes, Vice, Vox, Denver Post, and the Coloradoan.