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If you’re looking for help with a specific health problem, then there are clinical guides that can support professional therapy and medical help. Want to work on building motivation and positive feelings in your day-to-day life? There are books which give you a toolkit to achieve this. If you’re feeling alone, reading memoirs of others who have been through similar tough times can help. And fiction is always a good way to explore how other humans have processed the difficult times in life.

While this rundown of healing books can’t fix the problems of the current world, they can help you feel a little better, and perhaps contribute to your own healing.

Self-Help and Self-Care Healing Books

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Hell Yeah Self-Care! A Trauma-Informed Workbook by Alex Iantaffi and Meg-John Barker

Journalling can be a great way to work through things that are bothering you and find ways to build the life you want, but sometimes the concept can be a bit daunting. In this workbook, there are writing prompts and many other activities that will help you work on mindfulness and build self-care into every aspect of your life.

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The Trans Self-Care Workbook: A Coloring Book and Journal for Trans and Non-Binary People by Theo Nicole Lorenz

It’s currently a scary time for trans people all across the world, and while self-care can’t effect serious systemic change, it can provide some small relief from the onslaught of everyday life. Lorenz’s book celebrates trans joy, teaches body neutrality and positivity, looks at building and maintaining relationships, and has plenty of awesome colouring pages and journaling prompts.

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Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

In a world where we’re primed to see rest as a luxury or indulgence, focusing on taking time out for ourselves is a crucial part of healing from overwork, stress, and the other impacts of capitalist society on our mental and physical health. In this book, Pang argues for frequent rest as a necessity for human health and fulfillment, using examples from history as well as plenty of scientific backing.

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The Black Girl’s Guide To Self-Care: A 30-Day Self-Care Workbook by Kristin D. Hemingway

Systemic racism and societal pressures have taken an immense toll on the physical and mental health of Black women and girls, and while self-care cannot solve these society-wide problems, it is still a radical and important act. This workbook teaches Black women and girls to centre themselves and focus on their joy, instead of constantly putting others’ wants first; with plenty of practical exercises to create a personalised self-care plan, this book is an important part of your toolkit towards self-healing.

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Light Magic for Dark Times: More than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis by Lisa Marie Basile

I’ve written before about my journey back into witchcraft as a way of feeling some kind of control while the world burns. One of the best books I found during this journey is Light Magic for Dark Times , a practical guide for witches who want to engage in self-healing, world-healing and political magic. With spells for everything healing-related, including one to recharge after activism, this book is empowering in every sense of the word.

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A Spell in the Wild: A Year (and Six Centuries) of Magic by Alice Tarbuck

Another fantastic book for people who want to explore magical empowerment for the first time, or go deeper into their magical practice, A Spell in the Wild details writer and witch Alice Tarbuck’s year gaining a deeper connection to her own magic. Tarbuck talks about the healing aspect of getting back in touch with nature, as well as exploring why witchcraft has had a recent resurgence amongst people feeling the pressures of modern life.

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Brown Girl Like Me: The Essential Guidebook and Manifesto for South Asian Girls and Women by Jaspreet Kaur

In this healing manifesto aimed at South Asian women and girls, Jaspreet Kaur looks at tackling social and life problems piece by piece, avoiding overwhelm and burnout. Brown Girl Like Me combines interviews with inspirational women and pragmatic advice, looking at feminism, microaggressions, and body confidence, amongst many other topics.

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You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience: An anthology , edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown

#MeToo founder and campaigner Tarana Burke and academic/podcaster Brené Brown join forces in this empowering, healing book. Exploring Black vulnerability and resilience in a society where Black people are targets of systemic and institutional violence, the book collects essays from several well-known Black contributors, including Laverne Cox, Imani Perry and Austin Channing Brown.

Memoirs About Healing

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What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma by Stephanie Foo

Foo’s memoir is a heavy but ultimately healing book, recounting her diagnosis with complex PTSD following an abusive childhood. Following neglect and parental abandonment, Foo lived an outwardly successful life, but was dealing with the impact of her parents’ abuse; What My Bones Know deals with her journey to heal from her past. The memoir looks at different kinds of therapy, as well as the subject of generational trauma, and while it’s a hard read, it’s ultimately hopeful.

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Renowned feminist writer Roxane Gay has written many spectacular essay collections, but Hunger is a stand-out book about trauma, healing and recovery. After experiencing an act of horrific sexual violence as a teenager, Gay struggled with her physical and mental health for years. Hunger looks at trauma, fatphobia in society, and how to reclaim your right to take up space.

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Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir by Lamya H.

In this memoir, Lamya H. writes about the tensions she experienced growing up, both as a queer Muslim and as a South Asian woman in a Middle Eastern country. As a teenager, Lamya attempted to hide her sexuality, but after moving to the United States, she was able to come out. Hijab Butch Blues follows Lamya as she draws on her faith to build her sense of identity and understand her sexuality.

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The Apology by V

Written by the author of The Vagina Monologues , The Apology is a tough read, but an ultimately uplifting and healing one. As a child, V was first sexually and then physically abused by her father, violations which, understandably, had a massive impact on her life, causing her to become angry and engage in many self-destructive behaviours as a teen and young adult. After becoming a successful writer and feminist activist, V realised that, although her father was long-dead, she could write the apology that she had always hoped he would give her, and find healing and closure through her own words.

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Transitional by Munroe Bergdorf

Part memoir, part essay collection, Transitional is Munroe Bergdorf’s exploration of how we all transition in different ways throughout our lives. Bergdorf reflects on her life growing up as a young Black trans woman in the UK, coming out at university and the beginning of her modelling career, but also looks more broadly at sex, race, gender and politics. Transitional is a thought-provoking read, with the uplifting message that it is always possible to live authentically.

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Behind Bars by Lady Unchained

After trying to defend her sister from being attacked in a bar, Lady Unchained was sent to prison. During the 11 months of her sentence, she began writing poetry as a way to process the trauma and isolation of her time inside. Behind Bars explores the racism and violence of the prison system, but also the resilience of incarcerated people.

Medical and Mental Healing Books

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Break Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT by Dr. Fiona Challacombe, Dr. Victoria Bream Oldfield and Paul M Salkovskis

As someone living with OCD, I know how consuming intrusive thoughts and compulsive rituals can be. Healing from OCD is a struggle, but it’s possible, and Break Free From OCD is recommended by a huge number of OCD charities and specialists as one of the best books to support recovery. The techniques in the book will be helpful for everyone dealing with OCD patterns, or other kinds of obsessive thoughts and anxieties.

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Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Dr. Julie Smith

Clinical psychologist Julie Smith has plenty of experience helping people with mental illness, or people who are struggling with low mood and difficult thoughts. Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? gives the reader useful tools on dealing with anxiety, managing guilt, and learning how to become more confident. Designed for readers to dip into based on what they’re currently concerned about, this book is a helpful healing guide for everyone.

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Needing to Know for Sure: A CBT-Based Guide to Overcoming Compulsive Checking and Reassurance Seeking by Martin N. Seif, PhD and Sally M. Winston, PsyD

Uncertainty is one of the most difficult things to deal with (in my experience, at least) — and sadly, almost nothing in life is certain. If you, like me, have issues with repeated checking and a desperation to finally find absolute certainty that, deep down, you know you’ll never be able to achieve, this book will help. With CBT-based practices built from clinical experience, Needing to Know for Sure will help you break the cycle of checking.

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Self-Care for People with ADHD: 100+ Ways to Recharge, De-Stress, and Prioritize You! by Sasha Hamdani, MD

Neurodivergence isn’t a mental illness, but living as a neurodivergent person in a neurotypical world can make it much more likely that you deal with anxiety, depression, and other consequences of stress. In Self-Care for People with ADHD , Sasha Hamdani, MD describes ways to negotiate life without hiding your neurodivergence, radical self-acceptance, and how to find people who support you.

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Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D. and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A.

Diet culture is toxic, and restrictive eating is hugely damaging, but such a central part of modern society. Intuitive Eating is a fantastic healing resource for anyone who wants to reset their relationship with food, building a healthy, stress-free attitude to eating rather than keeping a damaging focus on restriction and calorie-counting. The book is useful for everyone who has struggled with food and eating, whether they’ve experienced eating disorders or are simply unhappy with their relationship with food.

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I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying: Essays by Bassey Ikpi

This essay-based memoir collection follows Bassey Ikpi’s journey after being diagnosed with bipolar II, her struggle with anxiety, and her creative work as a slam poet. Ikpi describes the challenges of negotiating the world while living with mental illness, her hospitalisation and recovery, and how she challenges preconceptions of “being normal”.

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The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine by Justin McElroy and Sydnee McElroy

A more lighthearted offering (despite the often-gruesome subject matter), The Sawbones Book is a fun romp through medical history by the hosts of the popular Sawbones podcast. Looking at historical methods of healing, the book is frank and funny, and reminds us that, whatever the flaws with the modern medical system, at least we don’t have to deal with quite so much bloodletting or mercury.

Healing Fiction al Books

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The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Mackesy’s drawings, posted on his Instagram account, went viral during lockdown, and the short animated film based on the book was a smash hit over Christmas 2022, watched by thousands and ultimately winning an Oscar. The book is a beautifully-illustrated story featuring four unlikely friends, who are hurt and heal together, learning lessons that we can all relate to.

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Are You the F**king Doctor?: Tales from the bleeding edge of medicine by Dr. Liam Farrell

Although this book is based on Liam Farrell’s real-life experience as a doctor, it falls more into the category of fiction — telling real stories would breach patient confidentiality, so instead, Farrell uses them as inspiration for fictionalised tales from the front lines of medical practice. The book is a hilarious collection of short vignettes describing interactions between a long-suffering doctor and his patients, and the oddness of life in the healing sector.

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A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill

Healing from grief can be a long and difficult process, and fiction can sometimes be the best way to explore it. In this children’s novel, Calypso is dealing with the death of her mother, with little help from her father, who has emotionally shut down in his grief. Calypso begins to heal through her friendship with new girl Mae, but getting to know Mae’s loving family brings Calypso’s own home situation into sharp relief, causing a confrontation that shows Calypso and her father that they need to confront and process their grief.

For more literary support in healing, try our list of Literary Healing Quotes . If you want to get in touch with your emotions and work on your inner sense of self, have a look at the recommendations on our list of 16 of the Best Books on Emotional Intelligence .

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With all the external stresses of modern life, we crave relief, answers, and guidance. Luckily, there is a canon of literature available to provide insight, wisdom, and support.

I won’t lie—for a long time, I had no interest in this kind of book. Sit down and look at my shit when I don’t have to? No thank you. Then, in my early twenties, I developed Crohn’s Disease and struggled with a major bout of anxiety. These two events collectively brought me to my knees. That was when I first encountered the work of wellness OGs such as Louise Hay and Wayne Dyer. They were total life-savers.

Now, I’ve been an avid reader of this genre for over twenty-five years. For me, the most useful book is the one that's to the point and easy to implement. When I’m looking for answers, what I don’t want is unnecessary fluff. I’m a total nerd for science-heavy books, but I also appreciate great storytelling. And here's a dirty secret: whether heavy in Buddhism, psychotherapy, neuroscience, breathwork, forest bathing, or crystals—even a mash-up of several modalities—many of these books arrive at a similar place. They raise our consciousness and provide relief, giving us a sense of agency and instructions on how to arrive at our authentic selves.

Listed in no particular order, here are our thirty essential wellness books. No matter what you're going through, there's something here to help everyone.

Riverhead Books Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor

Breathing: nothing more essential, right? In a stressful situation, we say, "Just breathe.” And yet, as we learn in James Nestor’s smart examination, many of us don’t know how to breathe effectively. Or at least, many of us don’t breathe in an optimal way. “No matter what we eat,” writes Nestor, “how much we exercise, how resilient our genes are, how skinny or young or wise we are—none of it will matter unless we’re breathing properly. The missing pillar of health is breath.” The book’s strength is in its helpfulness. Nestor provides practical applications of breathing exercises, addressing both how and why they help. Breath is a fantastic tool that provides huge insight into ourselves and our most inalienable right.

Harmony Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness, by Rick Hanson

In our current climate, resilience is needed more than ever. But how do you build it? Is it just a matter of sheer grit? In this engrossing and accessible guide, Hanson writes, “Mental resources like determination, self-worth, and kindness are what makes us resilient: able to cope with adversity and push through challenges in the pursuit of opportunities. The key is knowing how to turn passing experiences into lasting inner resources built into your brain.” Hanson breaks down the components of resilience and offers a process on how to develop resilience beyond the notion of grit. As a writer, Hanson goes down smoothly. The chapters—on topics such as courage, confidence, intimacy, and calm—are all easy to follow, making this a necessary and valuable tool.

Move The Body, Heal The Mind: Overcome Anxiety, Depression, and Dementia and Improve Focus, Creativity, and Sleep, by Jennifer Heisz

It comes as no surprise that there's a connection between exercise and good mental health. “Regular exercises tones the stress response,” writes Heisz, “making us less reactive to psychological stressors, and this promotes optimism, even amidst the most seemingly uncontrollable situations.” What’s refreshing about Heisz’s approach to exercise is her understanding that everyone’s threshold is different. The goal is to find the sweet spot between doing too little and too much. Heisz champions the low-and-slow approach and provides custom regimens for different afflictions, like addiction, poor sleep, and anxiety. This is especially appealing for those of us that have a hard time getting started—and Heisz addresses that, too. By turns, empathetic, personal, and practical, this is a smart, terrific resource.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, by Eckhart Tolle

Harperone unfu*k yourself: get out of your head and into your life, by gary john bishop.

At first blush, you can’t be blamed if you’re resistant to take Gary John Bishop’s less-than-delicately titled Unfu*k Yourself seriously (never mind Love Unfu*ked and Stop Doing That Sh*t ). But this neat, trim volume is just the kick in the ass you need. Bishop is blunt without being a jerk. He’s a realist who encourages us to skip our excuses and face our true resistance. What are we willing and unwilling to do? This is where our truth lives, he argues. This brisk, unapologetic book challenges us to take more agency over our lives, circumstances, and desires. It was exactly what I needed to hear.

CreateSpace Classics Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks, by Barry McDonagh

If you have anxiety, this book is ideal. McDonagh, who had quite a wrestle with anxiety himself, has developed specific and doable steps on how to approach anxiety: Diffuse, Allow, Run Toward It, Engage. He’s quick to argue that anxiety is not our fault. “In the United States alone,” McDonagh writes, “approximately 40 million American adults aged 18 and older are estimated to have an anxiety disorder. So if you suffer from anxiety, you’re actually quite normal. ” This is an informative instruction on a complicated, overwhelming topic. Having experienced anxiety at different points of my life, this is hands-down my favorite book for how to move through and release anxiety, knowing it won’t hold me hostage.

Viking Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, by Qing Li

You don’t have to be Henry David Thoreau or Rachel Carson to appreciate that being in nature is good for the mind, body, and spirit. But too often our concept of being outdoors is to be active—hiking, climbing, biking, etc. The beauty of Forest Bathing (a fast-growing healing modality), as Dr. Quing Li explains, is that we can simply be still in the forest amongst the trees and feel better. This elegantly designed book will show you how and why being in the forest is replenishing, restorative, and healing. Good and good for ya.

The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward, by Daniel H. Pink

When someone says they have no regrets, you know immediately they’re full of it. Everyone can find an example of when they wish they’d handled something differently. You don’t have to be a regretful person; it can just be that one nagging regret that’s been stinging you for decades. But what if regret teaches us how to make better decisions in the future? That’s the animating idea of Daniel Pink’s heavily-researched and entertainingly written work. Regret, he argues, can be transformative. You know—manure into marigolds! “Self-compassion reframes the regret as a human imperfection rather than an incapacitating flaw,” writes Pink. I never imagined something as heavy and painful as regret could be a well to draw from. Intelligent, approachable, and liberating.

Sounds True Walking Through Anger: A New Design for Confronting Conflict in an Emotionally Charged World, by Christian Conte

Ah, another favorite universal theme—anger. This isn’t a fun one. Especially when you’re dealing with other people’s anger, which can be invasive, threatening, and completely overwhelming. Christian Conte, PhD, an Anger Management Specialist who has logged over 20,000 hours working with violent criminals, introduces us to his Yield Theory. Conte’s approach isn’t just instructing how to diffuse someone’s anger, but how to yield to it. To meet people where they are, which seems about the last thing you want to do when someone is furious and you’d rather take cover.

We do this by listening on a deeper level, says Conte. Not through our mind’s eye, but from the other person’s perspective. Instead of insisting people see things our way—what Conte describes as our “cartoon world”—instead, through humility and open curiosity, we ask the person: show me what you’re seeing that I’m not seeing. This book is a gem, and it serves us well as we navigate rough terrain with the people in our lives.

The Anatomy of Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming the Body's Fear Response, by Ellen Vora

Vora makes an illuminating distinction between “false anxiety” and “true anxiety." “False anxiety” is an anxiety response brought on by a physical imbalance; but most importantly, it’s avoidable. And wouldn’t you know, many of the things we reach for to feel better actually make anxiety worse. Thankfully, though it's not easy, if we stop boozing, jacking ourselves up with caffeine and sugar, and prioritize sleep, amongst other things, we can quell some, if not all, of the discomfort. If you've addressed all physical components to anxiety but are still suffering, this is what Vora calls “true anxiety.” We think anxiety is so awful that it should be avoided at all costs, but Vora introduces an enlightening concept—anxiety is an opportunity to take stock of your life and see where things aren’t working for you.

“Instead of asking, How can I stop feeling so anxious? ,” she writes, “we should be asking, What is my anxiety telling me? ” Might you be saying yes when you mean no? Are you in a job you hate? Do you have community? Vora, board certified in psychiatry and integrative holistic medicine, an acupuncturist and yoga teacher, considers the whole system, mind and body. Change is daunting, but Vora’s approach is brilliant, encouraging, and compassionate. This essential book reminds us that anxiety can be a messenger for positive change.

Hay House Inc. The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith, by Gabrielle Bernstein

This 2016 bestseller from Gabrielle Bernstein will transform your life. We try to control our lives, insisting things go as we desire, but this insistence is often based in fear. Turning fear into love is Bernstein’s central message. Instead of demanding things go our way, she argues that “when we surrender to the power of the Universe we will always be guided to exactly what we need.” Bernstein shares intimate stories about how she’s taken her hands off the steering wheel, knowing the universe has her back.

Hay House Inc. The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living, by Nick Ortner

Wait—you’re telling me that if I have physical or emotional pain, all I need to do is tap on specific acupressure points and that will help me feel better? According to Nick Ortner, the answer is yes. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as tapping, combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology; when practiced, a message is sent to the amygdala—the emotional center of the brain—which activates a calming response. EFT is my go-to when emotions get too big and difficult. The most appealing thing about this modality is that it can be learned in minutes, as you’ll discover in Ortner’s indispensable guide. He shares how he personally benefited from EFT, includes the history and science behind tapping in sharp detail, and provides user-friendly descriptions of the practice. Ortner is amusing, articulate, and very real. While you’re at it, consider Peta Stapleton’s excellent book, The Science of Tapping .

Tarcherperigee Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself, by Nedra Glover Tawwab

It’s no revelation that having healthy boundaries is crucial to our overall well-being. That said, some of us would rather put darts in our eyes than set them. We all seem to have someone in our life with whom it feels impossible to set boundaries. Help arrives in Tawwab’s enlightening book, full of relatable examples from her therapeutic practice. She encourages the reader to set boundaries even when it's uncomfortable, as it’s ultimately a path to protect ourselves and feel better.

Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing, by Anita Moorjani

Anita Moorjani was about to die. She slipped into a coma after a four-year battle with cancer, and during her near death experience, she learned a radical truth: self-love is the answer. Upon her return from the near death experience, she shifted to living from a place of love, not fear. Moorjani is an evocative writer, which makes her personal story even more dramatic and compelling. The bright side is that you don’t need a near-death experience to embrace her life-changing principles. I can’t count how many times I’ve read this book. I’m endlessly inspired.

Wonder Drug: 7 Scientifically Proven Ways That Serving Others Is the Best Medicine for Yourself, by Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli

Take a look at any selection of self-help books and you'll find many arguing that in order to achieve health and happiness, you need to look inward. Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli’s captivating new book, Wonder Drug , claims the exact opposite. In fact, it’s by looking outside ourselves—by serving others—that health and happiness are found. “When you connect with other people,” they write, “you get hits of reward-center hormones—endorphins, dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin—that make you feel good.” They have a prescription for how to get started, and remind us that doing just a little bit is enough to make a big difference.

Hay House Inc. The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles, by Bruce H. Lipton

Why even bother trying to feel well if we have no control over our genes, good or bad? In case you missed Bruce Lipton’s 2005 masterpiece, The Biology of Belief , here’s the good news: we are not powerless to affect the expression of our genes. He writes, “When we change our beliefs, we change the blood’s neurochemical composition, which then initiates a complementary change in the body’s cells.” This is just the tip of the iceberg in understanding how our beliefs shape our biology. Though Lipton’s concepts are rooted in empirical research, you don’t need to be a scientist to understand what he’s saying. He seamlessly weaves data together with fascinating examples, and brings a great sense of humor to the table, too. This is an intriguing and extraordinary work.

New World Library The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle

Tolle’s sterling debut, 1997’s The Power of Now, posits a daringly simple truth: when we are in the now, the present moment, there are no problems. WTF? Our quest to avoid the now is what leads to suffering. Tolle teaches us how to step back from our thoughts and observe them instead of being ruled by them. His approach is gentle yet unapologetically direct. Having a tough moment? Turn to any page and Tolle will bring you back to the present. This book is now considered a classic, and a copy has been on my night table for decades. The companion volume, Practicing the Power of Now , sits right beside it.

Bliss Brain: The Neuroscience of Remodeling Your Brain for Resilience, Creativity, and Joy, by Dawson Church

In this fascinating exploration of meditation, Church, a natural storyteller, takes us through a harrowing personal experience with the page-turning dramatic touch of an expert novelist. His story demonstrates that even when unimaginable shit goes down and you think there's no way to overcome it, there is an answer. Meditation can be discouraging because it’s so damn difficult, but Church takes us off the hook, or at least reframes our resistance. “The difficulty has nothing to do with willpower or intention,” he writes. “It’s simply due to the design of the human brain.” Church maps out how, through meditation, the brain can be remodeled. Be sure not to miss the companion meditations that come with the book.

Trumpeter The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT, by Russ Harris

Why does the pursuit of happiness often result in anything but feeling happy? Maybe because we confuse happiness with gratification. In this neatly-organized examination, Harris outlines how we fall into the happiness trap—and how to pull ourselves out. He employs Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a program based on six principles that concentrate on mindfulness, values, and action. The ACT program is not spiritual or religious, Harris points out. It’s not meditation or a path to enlightenment. “ACT is a scientifically based program for creating a meaningful life through accepting our internal experience, staying present, and acting on our values,” he writes. Sensible and hands-on, it works.

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, by Byron Katie

The genius of Katie’s most celebrated book is its daring simplicity. Her methodology for mental and emotional wellness is based on asking ourselves four questions, no matter the situation: 1) Is it True?; 2) Can you absolutely know that it is true?; 3) How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?; 4) Who or what would you be without the thought? “These questions,” writes Katie, “will burn up anything that isn’t true for you.” These questions help disarm and dismantle the stream of non-truths that play over in our minds. By asking ourselves these questions, it’s possible to transform our thinking. Katie’s vital guide brims with wisdom and provides the reader with hope and relief. You’ll walk away with a different perspective and feel a whole lot lighter.

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The Body Keeps the Score

Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

By Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

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#1 New York Times bestseller “Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this  New York Times  bestseller   Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In  The Body Keeps the Score , he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists,  The Body Keeps the Score  exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing   Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children.   Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score , he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.

#1 New York Times bestseller “Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this  New York Times  bestseller   Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In  The Body Keeps the Score , he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists,  The Body Keeps the Score  exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives. Cover image: © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Courtesty of the Archives Henri Matisse, All rights reserved.

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Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and director of the National Complex Trauma Treatment Network…. More about Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

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“The trauma caused by childhood neglect, sexual or domestic abuse and war wreaks havoc in our bodies, says Bessel van der Kolk in The Body Keeps the Score . . . . Van der Kolk draws on thirty years of experience to argue powerfully that trauma is one of the West’s most urgent public health issues. . . . Packed with science and human stories, the book is an intense read. . . . [T]he struggle and resilience of his patients is very moving.” —Shaoni Bhattacharya, New Scientist   “War zones may be nearer than you think, as the 25 percent of US citizens raised with alcoholic relatives might attest. Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk argues, moreover, that severe trauma is ‘encoded in the viscera’ and demands tailored approaches that enable people to experience deep relief from rage and helplessness. In a narrative packed with decades of findings and case studies, he traces the evolution of treatments from the ‘chemical coshes’ of the 1970s to neurofeedback, mindfulness and other nuanced techniques.” — Nature   “An astonishing amount of information on almost every aspect of trauma experience, research, interventions, and theories is brought together in this book, which . . . has a distinctly holistic feel to it. The title suggests that what will be explored is how the body retains the imprints of trauma. However, it delivers much more than this, delving into how the brain is impacted by overwhelming traumatic events, and is studded with sections on neuroscience which draw on the author’s own numerous studies as well as that of his peers. In addition, it investigates the effects of adverse childhood attachment patterns, child abuse, and chronic and long-term abuse. . . . [T]his book is a veritable goldmine of information.” —European Journal of Psychotraumatology   “Dr. van der Kolk . . . has written a fascinating and empowering book about trauma and its effects. He uses modern neuroscience to demonstrate that trauma physically affects the brain and the body, causing anxiety, rage, and the inability to concentrate. Victims have problems remembering, trusting, and forming relationships. They have lost control. Although news reports and discussions tend to focus on war veterans, abused children, domestic violence victims, and victims of violent crime suffer as well. Using a combination of traditional therapy techniques and alternative treatments such as EMDR, yoga, neurofeedback, and theater, patients can regain control of their bodies and rewire their brains so that they can rebuild their lives. The author uses case histories to demonstrate the process. He includes a resource list, bibliography, and extensive notes. This accessible book offers hope and inspiration to those who suffer from trauma and those who care for them. It is an outstanding addition to all library collections. —Medical Library Association, Consumer Connections   “[A] wonderful new book that everyone involved with trauma ought to read and have available. . . . [B]eautifully, compellingly and sweepingly written in its grand vision of integrating medical, psychological and mixed or alternative approaches, based on a careful reading of the client and a holistic mind-body view. . . . There are very few practitioners who could not learn from this book and become more effective, as well as inspired, by reading and studying it.” — Henry Strick van Linschoten, European Society For Trauma And Dissociation Newsletter   “Psychological trauma can befall anyone, not just soldiers, refugees, or victims of rape. . . . This important and helpful book makes sense of suffering and offers opportunity for healing.” — Booklist   “[C]omprehensive in scope. This valuable work . . . offers hope for the millions of sufferers and their families seeking meaningful treatment and relief from the ongoing pain of trauma.” — Library Journal (Starred Review)   “Dr. van der Kolk’s masterpiece combines the boundless curiosity of the scientist, the erudition of the scholar, and the passion of the truth teller.”  —Judith Herman, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author of Trauma and Recovery   “This is an absolutely fascinating and clearly written book by one of the nation’s most experienced physicians in the field of emotional trauma. The Body Keeps the Score helps us understand how life experiences play out in the function and the malfunction of our bodies, years later.” —Vincent J. Felitti, M.D., chief of preventative medicine, emeritus, Kaiser Permanente San Diego; co-principal investigator, ACE study   “In this inspirational work which seamlessly weaves keen clinical observation, neuroscience, historical analysis, the arts, and personal narrative, Dr. van der Kolk has created an authoritative guide to the effects of trauma, and pathways to recovery. The book is full of wisdom, humanity, compassion and scientific insight, gleaned from a lifetime of clinical service, research and scholarship in the field of traumatic stress. A must read for mental health and other health care professionals, trauma survivors, their loved ones, and those who seek clinical, social, or political solutions to the cycle of trauma and violence in our society.” —Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and neuroscience; director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY   “Breathtaking in its scope and breadth, The Body Keeps the Score is a seminal work by one of the preeminent pioneers in trauma research and treatment. This essential book unites the evolving neuroscience of trauma research with an emergent wave of body-oriented therapies and traditional mind/body practices that go beyond symptom relief and connect us with our vital energy and here-and-now presence.”  —Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., author of In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness   “In The Body Keeps the Score we share the author’s courageous journey into the parallel dissociative worlds of trauma victims and the medical and psychological disciplines that are meant to provide relief. In this compelling book we learn that as our minds desperately try to leave trauma behind, our bodies keep us trapped in the past with wordless emotions and feelings. These inner disconnections cascade into ruptures in social relationships with disastrous effects on marriages, families, and friendships. Van der Kolk offers hope by describing treatments and strategies that have successfully helped his patients reconnect their thoughts with their bodies. We leave this shared journey understanding that only through fostering self-awareness and gaining an inner sense of safety will we, as a species, fully experience the richness of life. —Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation   “This exceptional book will be a classic of modern psychiatric thought. The impact of overwhelming experience can only be truly understood when many disparate domains of knowledge, such as neuroscience, developmental psychopathology, and interpersonal neurobiology are integrated, as this work uniquely does. There is no other volume in the field of traumatic stress that has distilled these domains of science with such rich historical and clinical perspectives, and arrived at such innovative treatment approaches. The clarity of vision and breadth of wisdom of this unique but highly accessible work is remarkable. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane AO, MB BS (Hons) MD FRANZCP, director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, The University of Adelaide, South Australia. “This book is a tour de force. Its deeply empathic, insightful, and compassionate perspective promises to further humanize the treatment of trauma victims, dramatically expand their repertoire of self-regulatory healing practices and therapeutic options, and also stimulate greater creative thinking and research on trauma and its effective treatment. The body does keep the score, and van der Kolk’s ability to demonstrate this through compelling descriptions of the work of others, his own pioneering trajectory and experience as the field evolved and him along with it, and above all, his discovery of ways to work skillfully with people by bringing mindfulness to the body (as well as to their thoughts and emotions) through yoga, movement, and theater are a wonderful and welcome breath of fresh air and possibility in the therapy world.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor of medicine emeritus, UMass Medical School; author of Full Catastrophe Living.   “This is an amazing accomplishment from the neuroscientist most responsible for the contemporary revolution in mental health toward the recognition that so many mental problems are the product of trauma. With the compelling writing of a good novelist, van der Kolk revisits his fascinating journey of discovery that has challenged established wisdom in psychiatry. Interspersed with that narrative are clear and understandable: descriptions of the neurobiology of trauma; explanations of the ineffectiveness of traditional approaches to treating trauma; and introductions to the approaches that take patients beneath their cognitive minds to heal the parts of them that remained frozen in the past. All this is illustrated vividly with dramatic case histories and substantiated with convincing research. This is a watershed book that will be remembered as tipping the scales within psychiatry and the culture at large toward the recognition of the toll traumatic events and our attempts to deny their impact take on us all.” —Richard Schwartz, originator, Internal Family Systems Therapy “ The Body Keeps the Score is clear, fascinating, hard to put down, and filled with powerful case histories. Van der Kolk, the eminent impresario of trauma treatment, who has spent a career bringing together diverse trauma scientists and clinicians and their ideas, while making his own pivotal contributions, describes what is arguably the most important series of breakthroughs in mental health in the last thirty years. We’ve known that psychological trauma fragments the mind. Here we see not only how psychological trauma also breaks connections within the brain, but also between mind and body, and learn about the exciting new approaches that allow people with the severest forms of trauma to put all the parts back together again.” —Norman Doidge, author of The Brain That Changes Itself   “Every once in a while, a book comes along that fundamentally changes the way we look at the world. Bessel van der Kolk has written such a book. The arc of van der Kolk’s story is vast and comprehensive, but he is such a skillful storyteller that he keeps us riveted to the page. I could not put this book down. It is, simply put, a great work.”  —Stephen Cope, founder and director, Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living; author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self “Bessel van der Kolk is unequaled in his ability to synthesize the stunning developments in the field of psychological trauma over the past few decades. Thanks in part to his work, psychological trauma—ranging from chronic child abuse and neglect, to war trauma and natural disasters—is now generally recognized as a major cause of individual, social and cultural breakdown. In this masterfully lucid and engaging tour de force, van der Kolk takes us —both specialists and the general public— on his personal journey and shows what he has learned from his research, from his colleagues and students, and, most importantly, from his patients. The Body Keeps the Score is, simply put, brilliant.” —Onno van der Hart, Ph.D., Utrecht University, The Netherlands; senior author, The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization “The Body Keeps the Score articulates new and better therapies for toxic stress based on a deep understanding of the effects of trauma on brain development and attachment systems. This volume provides a moving summary of what is currently known about the effects of trauma on individuals and societies, and introduces the healing potential of both age old and novel approaches to help traumatized children and adults to fully engage in the present.” —Jessica Stern, policy consultant on terrorism; author of Denial: A Memoir of Terror “A book about understanding the impact of trauma by one of the true pioneers in the field. It is a rare book that integrates cutting edge neuroscience with wisdom and understanding about the experience and meaning of trauma, for people who have suffered from it. Like its author, this book is wise and compassionate, occasionally quite provocative, and always interesting.” —Glenn N. Saxe, M.D., Arnold Simon Professor and chairman, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; director, NYU Child Study Center, New York University School of Medicine “A fascinating exploration of a wide range of therapeutic treatments shows readers how to take charge of the healing process, gain a sense of safety, and find their way out of the morass of suffering.” —Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., originator of EMDR therapy, senior research fellow, Emeritus Mental Research Institute, author of Getting Past Your Past “As an attachment researcher I know that infants are psychobiological beings. They are as much the body as they are of the brain. Without language or symbols infants use every one of their biological systems to make meaning of their self in relation to the world of things and people. Van der Kolk shows that those very same systems continue to operate at every age, and that traumatic experiences, especially chronic toxic experience during early development, produce psychic devastation. With this understanding he provides insight and guidance for survivors, researchers and clinicians alike. Bessel van der Kolk may focus on the body and trauma, but what a mind he must have to have written this book.” —Ed Tronick, distinguished professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston, author of Neurobehavior and Social Emotional Development of Infants and Young Children “ The Body Keeps the Score eloquently articulates how overwhelming experiences affect the development of brain, mind, and body awareness, all of which are closely intertwined. The resulting derailments have a profound impact on the capacity for love and work. This rich integration of clinical case examples with ground breaking scientific studies provides us with a new understanding of trauma, which inevitably leads to the exploration of novel therapeutic approaches that ‘rewire’ the brain, and help traumatized people to (re)-engage in the present. This book will provide traumatized individuals with a guide to healing and permanently change how psychologists and psychiatrists think about trauma and recovery.” —Ruth A. Lanius, M.D., Ph.D., Harris-Woodman chair in Psyche and Soma, professor of psychiatry, and director PTSD research at the University of Western Ontario; author of The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease “When it comes to understanding the impact of trauma and being able to continue to grow despite overwhelming life experiences, Bessel van der Kolk leads the way in his comprehensive knowledge, clinical courage, and creative strategies to help us heal. The Body Keeps the Score is a cutting-edge offering for the general reader to comprehend the complex effects of trauma, and a guide to a wide array of scientifically informed approaches to not only reduce suffering, but to move beyond mere survival—and to thrive.” —Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor, UCLA School of Medicine, author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain ; Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation; and The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are “In this magnificent book, Bessel van der Kolk takes the reader on a captivating journey that is chock full of riveting stories of patients and their struggles interpreted through history, research, and neuroscience made accessible in the words of a gifted storyteller. We are privy to the author’s own courageous efforts to understand and treat trauma over the past 40 years, the results of which have broken new ground and challenged the status quo of psychiatry and psychotherapy. The Body Keeps the Score leaves us with both a profound appreciation for and a felt sense of, the debilitating effects of trauma, along with hope for the future through fascinating descriptions of novel approaches to treatment. This outstanding volume is absolutely essential reading not only for therapists but for all who seek to understand, prevent, or treat the immense suffering caused by trauma.” —Pat Ogden Ph.D., Founder/Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute; author of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment   “This is masterpiece of powerful understanding and brave heartedness, one of the most intelligent and helpful works on trauma I have ever read. Dr. van der Kolk offers a brilliant synthesis of clinical cases, neuroscience, powerful tools and caring humanity, offering a whole new level of healing for the traumas carried by so many.” —Jack Kornfied, author of A Path with Heart “ The Body Keeps the Score is masterful in bringing together science and humanism to clearly explain how trauma affects the whole person. Bessel van der Kolk brings deep understanding to the pain and chaos of the trauma experience. The treatment approaches he recommends heal the body and the mind, restoring hope and the possibility of joy. One reads this book with profound gratitude for its wisdom.” —Alicia Lieberman, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Psychology UCSF, Director of the Child Trauma Research Project, San Francisco General Hospital; author of The Emotional Life of the Toddler

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Professionals seeking to enhance their productivity and focus at work.

Individuals interested in incorporating mindfulness practices into their daily lives.

Managers and leaders looking to create a more mindful and productive work environment.

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21 health & well-being books for your 2023 reading list.

Kristine Thomason

After a year as tumultuous as 2020, to say we're ready for a fresh start would be putting it lightly. At mbg, we're excited to apply all the important lessons we learned in the last 12 months and work toward a healthier, more joyful 2021. 

For a little extra guidance and inspiration that lasts all year long, we're turning to top health and well-being experts and the titles they're releasing throughout the year. Here, we've rounded up the books we're most excited to dive into in 2021.

As a kid, you were likely told to "be yourself." But in an age of social media and personal branding, that's certainly easier said than done. This book, by authenticity expert Jessica Zweig , offers guidance for how to feel confident as you build connections with others and sculpt a future that's authentic to you. 

Be: A No-Bullsh*t Guide to Increasing Your Self Worth and Net Worth by Simply Being Yourself by Jessica Zweig

(Read an excerpt about how Zweig made meditation a daily habit, here .)

Be: A No-Bullsh*t Guide to Increasing Your Self Worth and Net Worth by Simply Being Yourself

Biohack Your Brain

With the rise of health-focused wearables, we're predicting biohacking will be bigger than ever in 2021 . This book further fuels that theory, as leading neuroscientist Kristen Willeumier, Ph.D. , shares ways to supercharge your brain (think boosting cognitive performance and prevent memory loss) via simple lifestyle changes.

Biohack Your Brain: How To Boost Cognitive Health, Performance & Power by Kristen Willeumier, Ph.D.

(Read an excerpt about what to drink for better brain health, here and how to change your brain in 10 minutes, here .)

Biohack Your Brain

Body Love: A Journal

If you've read and loved nutritionist Kelly Leveque 's bestselling books Body Love and Body Love Every Day, you'll definitely want to pick up a copy of this companion. The 90-day journal includes tools from Leveque to help apply her nutrition lessons to your own life and personalize them based on your own specific needs. What better way to kick off the new year?

Body Love: A Journal: 12 Weeks To Practice Positivity, Create Momentum, and Build Your Healthy Lifestyle by Kelly Leveque

(Read an excerpt about how to set healthy goals, here .)

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Clean Mind, Clean Body

We could all probably use a bit more self-care heading into the new year. In this new book by Strala Yoga founder and mbg Collective member Tara Stiles , she outlines actionable ways to be more present and transform daily habits , all with the goal of improving mental and physical well-being. 

Clean Mind, Clean Body by Tara Stiles

(Read an excerpt on how to make cooking at home more accessible, here. )

Clean Mind, Clean Body

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess

Communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist Caroline Leaf, Ph.D., BSc , has previously shared advice with mbg about mitigating worry and mental overload . In her latest book, Leaf offers a research-backed, five-step plan to detect and eliminate the root of anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts.

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps To Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking by Caroline Leaf, Ph.D., BSc

(Read an excerpt on how your negative thoughts affect others, here .)

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess

Eat To Beat Depression and Anxiety

The power of nutritious food once again makes its way into the spotlight in the latest book by Drew Ramsey, M.D . In Eat To Beat Depression and Anxiety , Ramsey shares recent research on the connection between nutrition and brain health and includes a six-week food plan that features the best ingredients to simultaneously support your body and mind. 

Eat To Beat Depression and Anxiety: Nourish Your Way to Better Mental Health in Six Weeks by Drew Ramsey, M.D.

Read an excerpt on Ramsey's favorite cooking fats for brain health, here .)

Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety

Fast This Way

Bulletproof founder Dave Asprey was a fan of fasting long before it was popularized. In this book, he reveals insight gleaned from the latest research and his own personal experiences to help both novice and seasoned intermittent fasters optimize their eating routine, based on their personal biology.

Fast This Way (How To Lose Weight, Get Smarter, and Live Your Longest, Healthiest Life With the Bulletproof Guide to Fasting) by David Asprey

Read an excerpt about reverse intermittent fasting, here .)

Fast This Way

Happy Not Perfect

After perhaps one of the most anxiety-ridden years in our recent history, this book by wellness founder Poppy Jamie is a welcome read. In the pages, she details her work with mental health experts and researchers to uncover effective brain-rewiring strategies. Through her experience, you'll glean advice on how to be more adaptable and accepting of our very uncertain world.

Happy, Not Perfect: Upgrade Your Mind, Challenge Your Thoughts, and Free Yourself From Anxiety by Poppy Jamie

(Read an excerpt on flexible thinking, here .)

Happy Not Perfect

The Energy Paradox

Following his bestselling books The Plant Paradox and The Longevity Paradox , Steven Gundry, M.D. , is sharing even more valuable information on health and well-being in his latest work: The Energy Paradox . In the book, he homes in on how to increase mitochondrial energy production and nourish the microbiome; shares energy-boosting foods and recipes; and offers tools for readers to live overall healthier, more energetic lives. 

The Energy Paradox: What To Do When Your Get-Up-and-Go Has Got Up and Gone by Steven Gundry, M.D.

(Read an excerpt on the three Ls of chronic inflammation, here and why being gassy can be a good thing, here .)

The Energy Paradox

How To Sleep

There's a reason mbg has been writing a lot about sleep —after a tumultuous year, rest is more essential than ever. In his new book How To Sleep , expert sleep clinician Rafael Pelayo, M.D., tackles the many issues that can affect shuteye (such as snoring and insomnia) with holistic solutions. 

How To Sleep: The New Science-Based Solutions for Sleeping Through the Night by Rafael Pelayo, M.D.

How to Sleep

I'm So Effing Tired

Based on her own wellness journey, double board-certified doctor and mbg Collective member Amy Shah, M.D., created a program to help regain energy and take control of life—which she details in I'm So Effing Tired . In her book, Shah homes in on three critical systems in your body—gut, immunity, and hormones—and outlines how to nourish each one through what you eat, when you eat, and the ways you manage stress.

I'm So Effing Tired: A Proven Plan To Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy, and Reclaim Your Life by Amy Shah, M.D.

(Read an excerpt on questions to asks if you think you have a hormonal imbalance, here .)

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Intuitive Fasting

Intermittent fasting and intuitive eating have become major buzz-phrases in the well-being world. Now, similar to the way he took the best of plant-based and ketogenic eating styles to form the "ketotarian diet," functional medicine expert William Cole, IFMCP, DNM, D.C. , has created a guide for fasting more mindfully (aka "intuitive fasting"). In his four-week flexible fasting plan, Cole guides you through various IF windows, with each week targeting a different element of your health.

Intuitive Fasting: The Flexible Four-Week Intermittent Fasting Plan To Recharge Your Metabolism and Renew Your Health by William Cole, IFMCP, DNM, D.C.

(Get the recipe for Cole's veggie frittata and taco cauliflower bowl and read an excerpt on how to stay hydrated during a fast, here .)

Intuitive Fasting

The concept of karma is far more complex than a tally of your good and bad actions. In this guide, Sadhguru helps restore your understanding of karma and provides insight for living life more joyfully and with intention.

Karma: A Yogi's Guide To Crafting Your Destiny by Sadhguru

Karma

Love Your Gut

Megan Rossi, Ph.D., R.D. , shares her top gut health insights in this new book—including everything from how your gut works to why things might be awry. The book includes a gut health quiz to help you better understand your own body; tools to support your microbiome; and 50 plant-based, gut-healthy recipes to try.

Love Your Gut: Supercharge Your Digestive Health and Transform Your Well-Being From the Inside Out by Megan Rossi Ph.D., R.D.

(Read an excerpt on the nutrients you may be missing on a plant-based diet, here .)

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Metabolical

At mbg, metabolic health is top-of-mind as we head into 2021. That's why we're excited about this new book from neuroendocrinologist Robert Lustig, M.D., which highlights how food is the best tool we have to create biochemical change in our bodies and prevent chronic disease.

Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine by Robert Lustig, M.D.

Metabolical

The 30-Day Alzheimer's Solution

The daily food and lifestyle choices we make have a major impact on our overall well-being—and that applies to our brain health, too. In fact, as neurologists Dean Sherzai, M.D., and Ayesha Sherzai, M.D. , point out in this book, food is the first line of defense against Alzheimer's. Based on decades of research and their own clinical experience, the husband-and-wife team created this comprehensive guide to help protect and maintain brain health.

The 30-Day Alzheimer's Solution: The Definitive Food and Lifestyle Guide to Preventing Cognitive Decline by Dean Sherzai, M.D., and Ayesha Sherzai, M.D.

(Read an excerpt on their 5-step method to support cognitive functioning, here .)

The 30-Day Alzheimer's Solution

The Art of Impossible

Every new year, we strive to grow and shape even better versions of ourselves. To jump-start that goal, consider picking up a copy of bestselling author and speaker Steven Kotler's new book. It lays out how to optimize personal performance, based on the latest neuroscience research—condensed into a digestible guide.

The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer by Steven Kotler

The Art of Impossible

The Case For Keto

There are some mixed reviews when it comes to the ketogenic diet , but in this book, journalist and bestselling author Gary Taubes shares his admiration for the low-carb eating plan. Based on years of interviews with physicians who support the keto lifestyle, Taubes advocates for the diet, asserting how it may help in the fight against diabetes and obesity. 

The Case for Keto: Rethinking Weight Control and the Science and Practice of Low-Carb/High-Fat Eating by Gary Taubes

The Case For Keto

You may have heard about the harmful effects of negative “self-talk.” In this book, psychologist Ethan Kross, Ph.D. , takes that one step further, and unpacks how those nasty thoughts (which he calls “chatter”) can have a profound impact on our physical and mental health. What’s more, he shares simple strategies to make that internal voice a positive one.

Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It by Ethan Kross, Ph.D.

(Read an excerpt about how one woman lost her inner chatter and became liberated, here. )

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The Scaffold Effect

Drawing on decades of clinical and personal experience, world-renowned child psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz, M.D. , shares a smart, comprehensive guide for raising resilient children . His advice focuses on ways parents can build a solid foundation for kids to grow and develop independence—without overparenting.

The Scaffold Effect: Raising Resilient, Self-Reliant, and Secure Kids in an Age of Anxiety by Harold Koplewicz, M.D.

The Scaffold Effect

The Pegan Diet

In The Pegan Diet , functional medicine doctor and mbg Collective member Mark Hyman, M.D. , outlines a food-is-medicine approach to nutrition. He takes the best of both Paleo and plant-based eating styles to create a diet that's thoughtfully designed to benefit your body, mind, and the planet.

The Pegan Diet: 21 Practical Principles for Reclaiming Your Health in a Nutritionally Confusing World by Mark Hyman, M.D.

(Read an excerpt about the leafy green Hyman wants you to add to your diet, here. )

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The Illuminated Breath

Breathing is one of the most powerful stress management tools we have at our disposal—not to mention, it's free! In his book The Illuminated Breath , certified yoga instructor Dylan Werner shares the histories behind different breathing practices , and explains how to use them in everyday life to help achieve specific health and wellbeing goals.

The Illuminated Breath by Dylan Werner

(Read an excerpt on how to do the humming bee breath, here .)

Book cover titled The Illuminated Breath with a silhouette of a man with white lungs

Grounded: A Fierce, Feminine Guide to Connecting With the Soil and Healing From the Ground Up

If you've read our articles about the value of soil health here at mbg, but want a deeper dive on the role it plays in our own health and the health of the planet , pick up a copy of Grounded, written by Erin Yu-Juin McMorrow, Ph.D. . In her book, McMorrow explains how to create regenerative systems so that we can become more connected to and help heal the world around us.

Grounded: A Fierce, Feminine Guide to Connecting With the Soil and Healing From the Ground Up by Erin Yu-Juin McMorrow, Ph.D.

(Read an excerpt about how to live more regeneratively, here .)

Book titled Grounded with a white background and gold triangle, with gold roots coming in every direction.

After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond

What happens after we die is a question that will be answered many different ways, depending on who you ask and what they believe. If the concept interests you, read Bruce Greyson, M.D.'s book After, which shares personal accounts of near-death experiences, plus what he's learned in his 50 years of researching the topic.

After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond by Bruce Greyson, M.D.

(Read an excerpt about why death might not be so scary after all, here .)

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Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How To Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear To Heal Your Mind

As an addiction psychiatrist and neuroscientist, Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D. , understands that anxiety is often the source of unhealthy coping mechanisms. Based on 20 years of research, his book Unwinding Anxiety, details a science-backed approach to break the cycle of worry and fear—which many of us got looped into this past year.

Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How To Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear To Heal Your Mind by Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D.

(Read an excerpt to find out your behavioral tendencies, here .)

Blue book cover with the silhouette of a face and a knot representing the brain. Titled Unwinding Anxiety by Jud Brewer

Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself

Not being able to leave home throughout the pandemic made setting boundaries with roommates, family, or partners a challenge. And now, as restrictions begin to lift, saying no to social gatherings may present its own challenge. Set Boundaries, Find Peace by licensed therapist Nedra Glover Tawwab, MSW, LCSW is a masterclass in learning to set and maintain healthy boundaries, without feeling selfish.

Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab, MSW, LCSW

(Read an excerpt about the hardest boundary to set, here. )

White book cover with a square in each corner, one yellow, orange, green, and blue. Book titled Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Sharing The Covers: Every Couple's Guide to Better Sleep

Gone are the days where unhappy marriages are defined by whether or not you're sleeping in the same bed (enter: sleep divorce ). Clinical psychologist and behavioral sleep specialist, Wendy Troxel, Ph.D ., understands how valuable good sleep is to overall health and sexual wellness. In her book Sharing the Covers, she helps couples improve their sleep quality, whether or not they're in bed together.

Sharing The Covers: Every Couple's Guide to Better Sleep by Wendy Troxel, Ph.D.

(Read an excerpt on why most people skip out on sex, here .)

White book cover titled Sharing The Covers with a picture of a bed with blue pillows and blanket.

Comparisonitis: How to Stop Comparing Yourself To Others and Be Genuinely Happy

In the age of social media, comparison runs rampant. Even when you think you're perfectly content, that photo of a stranger's beach vacation will have you wishing for more time off, a bigger salary, and a cuter bikini. In Melissa Ambrosini's book Comparisonitis , she provides practical tips for breaking out of the cycle of comparison so that you can become more confident, creative, and grateful for the life you're living.

Comparisonitis: How to Stop Comparing Yourself To Others and Be Genuinely Happy by Melissa Ambrosini

(Read an excerpt on how to shift your energy when you're struggling with comparison, here .)

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Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life

If you've always believed the brain is divided between a logical left and an emotional right, prepare to have that very same mind blown. In Whole Brain Living , neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., explains that the two hemispheres have equal parts emotion and logic. Plus, she shares science-backed strategies for optimizing and uniting our brain's four "characters."

Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

(Read an excerpt about the 4 ways your brain operates, here .)

Whole Brain Living book cover with blue neurons in the background

Brain Inflamed: Uncovering the Hidden Causes of Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mood Disorders in Adolescents and Teens

The isolation, loss, and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic caused many people's mental health to suffer—kids and teens, not excluded. In Brain Inflamed, integrative medicine doctor Kenneth Bock, M.D.  highlights the rise in mental health disorders among younger populations, along with his theory that inflammation may be the underlying cause, and how to manage the symptoms from a holistic standpoint.

Brain Inflamed: Uncovering the Hidden Causes of Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mood Disorders in Adolescents and Teens by Kenneth A. Bock, M.D.

(Read an excerpt about why childhood allergies may be on the rise, here. )

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Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance

The autobiographical account of Jessamyn Stanley's life in Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance , explores yoga, not only as a practice, but as a reflection of her celebrations and challenges throughout life.

Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance by Jessamyn Stanley

(Listen to an excerpt about simplifying your breathwork routine, here .)

Book cover titled Yoke with an illustration of a Black woman in a bra and underwear sitting in front of a sun

Nervous Energy: Harness The Power Of Your Anxiety

When anxiety is channeled into self-criticism, perfectionism, or OCD tendencies, well, it can certainly impact your well-being. If this sounds like your inclination, we suggest reading psychologist Chloe Carmichael, Ph.D.'s book Nervous Energy , where she shares tips for harnessing that anxious energy in more productive ways.

Nervous Energy: Harness The Power Of Your Anxiety by Chloe Carmichael, Ph.D.

(Read an excerpt on what to look for in a therapist, here .)

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Every Memory Deserves Respect: EMDR, the Proven Trauma Therapy with the Power to Heal

While Prince Harry's docuseries with Oprah may have placed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in the cultural zeitgeist, the therapy has been around far longer than 2020. To learn more about the history of EMDR, and how it works to help heal trauma, grab Every Memory Deserves Respect , co-written by Michael Baldwin and psychotherapist Deborah Korn, PsyD .

Every Memory Deserves Respect: EMDR, the Proven Trauma Therapy with the Power to Heal by Michael Baldwin and Deborah Korn, PsyD.

(Read an excerpt about what EMDR is, here .)

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Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen: The Emotional Lives of Black Women

The underlying racism that leads to chronic stress , as well as the generational trauma affecting Black communities, leads to chronic illness and poor mental health. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen by Inger Burnett-Zeigler, Ph.D ., details the unacknowledged suffering of Black women and urges them to prioritize their own needs and self care in order to cultivate vulnerability, joy, and better health.

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen: The Emotional Lives of Black Women By Inger Burnett-Zeigler, Ph.D.

(Read an excerpt about what to consider before getting into a relationship, here .)

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Who Do You Want To Be When You Grow Old?: The Path of Purposeful Aging

If you're no stranger to mbg, you know that longevity is a hot topic, but it's not just about living longer: it's about living a longer, healthier, and more fulfilling life. In their book, Who Do You Want To Be When You Grow Old?, Richard Leider and David Shapiro interview hundreds of elders to find out the key to purposeful aging.

Who Do You Want To Be When You Grow Old?: The Path of Purposeful Aging by Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro.

(Read an excerpt about the key to purposeful aging, here .)

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FORGETTING: The Benefits of Not Remembering

With the rates of Alzheimer's disease and dementia on the rise , maintaining cognitive functioning is of high priority in every decade of life . As a neurologist and Alzheimer's researcher, Scott Small, M.D ., understands this all too well—and still, in his book Forgetting , he reassures people that memory isn't always what it's cracked up to be and in some cases, forgetting can actually serve us.

FORGETTING: The Benefits of Not Remembering by Scott A. Small, M.D.

(Read an excerpt about how forgetting can support creativity, here .)

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9 Books to Help with Old, Painful Traumas

From one of the most actionable—and tested—treatment models to a series of conversations with Oprah and Dr. Bruce Perry, these nine books offer a path to healing.

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Trauma is a big, cultural buzzword, which suggests that we’re rapidly becoming a more trauma-informed society—that said, even as it’s casually thrown around as a term, it’s a highly nuanced concept. Its etymology is “wound,” and there are many iterations: deep, collective ones, as well as both glancing and insidious individual harms. Below, books for every variation and application.

If You Want to Understand How Trauma Shows Up in the Body: The Myth of Normal , by Gabor Maté, MD

There are few doctors who have done more for collective healing than Gabor Maté—or who offer a more nuanced expression of trauma in its manifold forms. While he’s written masterpieces about addiction, autoimmune disease, attachment, and attention disorders, his latest— The Myth of Normal —caught fire, speaking to malaise that many of us can feel but haven’t been able to articulate or contextualize. Much of the book addresses the way trauma manifests in the individual, but the larger thesis is about our toxic culture and how this shows up in our bodies and minds. He also flips trauma on its head, arguing that it’s not necessarily about big events that we might typically recognize as traumatic, like physical abuse. As he writes, “Children, especially highly sensitive children, can be wounded in multiple ways: by bad things happening, yes, but also by good things not happening, such as their emotional needs for attunement not being met, or the experience of not being seen and accepted, even by loving parents. Trauma of this kind does not require overt distress or misfortune of the sort mentioned above and can also lead to the pain of disconnection from the self, occurring as a result of core needs not being satisfied.” Ultimately, this book is a deeply loving masterclass of what it is to be alive, offering hope for those who need to heal but don’t know precisely from what.

If You’re Looking for a DIY Trauma Toolkit: The Transformation\ , by James Gordon, MD

If you want a contextualized understanding of trauma: what happened to you , by bruce perry, md, phd, and oprah winfrey.

As the title of Oprah and Dr. Perry’s book suggests, when we’re curious about someone else’s problematic behavior (or, if we’re honest, our own), the best question is not Why would you do that?, it’s What happened to you? Trauma—typically the most insidious version, the wounds from early childhood—emerges throughout our lives in actions and reactions that are far from ideal. And often, we can’t control these actions or reactions, taking them as the truth of who we really are. This beautiful treatise is different from other books on trauma because it’s rendered as conversations between Oprah and Dr. Perry, offering insight to readers on how they, too, can begin to probe their pasts for hints about how they’ve been conditioned by trauma. It also offers a healing path for peeling back those layers of problematic programming in order to reveal a truer version of yourself to the world.

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For a Powerful Understanding of Race-Based Trauma: My Grandmother’s Hands , by Resmaa Menakem

Long before the United States was ready to engage in a conversation about racial trauma, therapist Resmaa Menakem made it the center of his practice, working with Black Americans, white Americans, and law enforcement to plumb its depths. Menakem focuses on how the legacy of racism—and its current iterations—shows up in our bodies, and how it then concretizes as both personality and culture. As he writes in My Grandmother’s Hands , “However, the attempt to reenact the event often simply repeats, re-inflicts, and deepens the trauma. When this happens repeatedly over time, the trauma response can look like part of the person’s personality. As years and decades pass, reflexive traumatic responses can lose context. A person may forget that something happened to him or her—and then internalize the trauma responses. These responses are typically viewed by others, and often by the person, as a personality defect. When this same strategy gets internalized and passed down over generations within a particular group, it can start to look like culture. Therapists call this a traumatic retention. ” Menakem’s book is an urgent guide for beginning to identify and unwind these patterns, and it also offers essential language, like the difference between clean and dirty pain (the former provides growth, while the latter is typically projected onto our people), along with somatic tools, like steps for identifying what you’re feeling, soothing without repressing, and then discharging your emotions without harming yourself or others.

If You Want to Understand How Trauma Shows Up in the Body: The Body Keeps the Score , by Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Bessel van der Kolk’s essential trauma guide, The Body Keeps the Score , has been perched on The New York Times bestseller list for more than 200 weeks—in fact, it’s largely responsible for introducing the world to trauma, along with its impacts on health. And van der Kolk, a Boston-based psychiatrist, would know, as he’s spent his career studying how trauma, early and otherwise, wires itself into our bodies and brains. While we’re newly conscious of the impact of PTSD on war veterans, we’re starting to grok how nearly everyone is affected by traumas large and slow: One in five Americans has been molested, about 25 percent of the population has an addicted parent, and a staggering one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. And these are only the most visible forms of trauma. The Body Keeps the Score offers a comprehensive overview of trauma’s impact on our lives, as well as many of the most promising mechanisms for healing from its effects. While the book was originally published in 2014—and there’s been significant research headway since (including in the realm of psychedelics)—the text still holds.

If You Want to Access the Parts of You You’ve Locked Away: No Bad Parts , by Richard Schwartz, PhD

Richard Schwartz, PhD, established an entire school of therapy—Internal Family Systems, or IFS for short—after determining that the “mono-mind paradigm” is a myth, that we’re all made up of many different “parts” that interact with each other in different ways. In other words, these are the voices we hear in our heads, the loudest ones being those who criticize how we’re showing up in the world. In No Bad Parts , Schwartz fully articulates this profound system, explaining, “The mono-mind paradigm has caused us to fear our parts and view them as pathological. In our attempts to control what we consider to be disturbing thoughts and emotions, we just end up fighting, ignoring, disciplining, hiding, or feeling ashamed of those impulses that keep us from doing what we want to do in our lives. And then we shame ourselves for not being able to control them. In other words, we hate what gets in our way.” In Schwartz’s model, as a result of traumatic events, we turn parts of ourselves into “Exiles,” and then guard them with parts functioning as “Firefighters” and “Managers.” As we look to heal, it’s our job to reintegrate our Exiles, and thank the “Firefighters” and “Managers” for their service and then reassign them to more productive roles. As the title of his book suggests, Schwartz doesn’t believe in bad parts, arguing that, “1. Even the most destructive parts have protective intentions. 2. Parts often froze in past traumas when their extreme roles were needed. And 3. When they trust it’s safe to step out of their roles, they are highly valuable to the system.” While it sounds heady, IFS is both fascinating and one of the most effective therapy modalities for addressing trauma—there are IFS-certified therapists across the country. Schwartz also made an Audible original, Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts , where he leads many powerful meditation-based exercises for accessing and reintegrating exiled parts, if this is work you want to undertake on your own.

When You Want to Break Free from Inherited Family Trauma: It Didn’t Start with You , by Mark Wolynn

Therapist Mark Wolynn builds on the work of many psychological greats in this fascinating read about inherited family trauma: He cites Sigmund Freud’s “repetition compulsion,” or the “attempt of the unconscious to replay what’s unresolved, so we can ‘get it right,’” as one theory. He also invokes Carl Jung and his theory “that what remains unconscious does not dissolve but, rather, resurfaces in our lives as fate or fortune,” and finally, he leans on Bert Hellinger, who believed “that the mechanism behind these repetitions is unconscious loyalty, and views unconscious loyalty as the cause of much suffering in families. Unable to identify the source of their symptoms as belonging to an earlier generation, people often assume that the source of their problem is their own life experience, and are left helpless to find a solution.” In Wolynn’s experience working with patients who are struggling to break a pattern in life, this “unconscious loyalty,” or over-identification with someone in the family tree, often explains why someone insists on certain behaviors, whether it’s staying single, cheating, or breaking up multiple marriages. In Wolynn’s view, “We appear to share an unconscious obligation to resolve the tragedies of our families’ past,” even when we have no idea that that’s what’s at play. It Didn’t Start with You is a propulsive read as Wolynn explores many case studies from his own practice, articulating how he worked with the patient in question to identify what in their lineage they were re-enacting.

If You Want to Understand the Spiritual Dimension of Collective Pain: Healing Collective Trauma , by Thomas Hübl

Thomas Hübl went to medical school—and then abandoned course to take a spiritual path to healing, wanting to address the scars on our souls. Particularly when those scars are deep and collective and difficult to source—even though he would argue that they’re felt by all of us. And this type of trauma can also be processed and moved by all of us, too, even if we have no relationship with the initial assault. Hübl has spent a lot of time working with groups in his native Austria, though he travels the globe, putting large groups of people into a field of resonance, where trauma buried in the land and collective psyche can emerge and be metabolized. As he writes in Healing Collective Trauma , “I began to witness a profoundly recursive pattern, emerging again and again in groups of all types and sizes. The central locus of the pattern was an often-powerful eruption of energetic material related to the Holocaust and the Second World War. After three or four days facilitating a group, this material surfaced as waves of emotion, physical sensation, and memory, including the phenomenon of mass memory, often experienced by large portions of the group during any given session. As this happened, scores of participants would begin to cry all at once, collectively experiencing images of the war as though they were personal memories.” His book, which is a gorgeous treatise on where the psyche, or spirit, and the physical meet, offers that until we begin the work of moving all this stuck and stagnant energy, we are destined to continue to repeat it. Repressing it, or pretending like it didn’t happen in the past, doesn’t work. “ What we think of as destiny is in fact the unintegrated past. And the fragmented, unintegrated past appears always as a false future of repetition, a preprogrammed path along which every individual and every culture sets out until the contents of the past have been brought into the light of consciousness, reconciled and healed.” Hübl believes that this material, as dark as it might be, is essential fuel for our growth, particularly as we push for a more equitable and sustainable future for all.

If You Feel Like You’re Trapped in a Looping Story (That’s Not Yours): Emotional Inheritance , by Galit Atlas, PhD

“The secrets we keep from ourselves are meant to protect us by distorting reality and to help us hold unpleasant information far from our consciousness. To do that, we use our defense mechanisms: we idealize those we don’t want to feel ambivalent about, identify with the parent who abused us, split the world into good and bad in order to organize the world as safe and predictable. We project into the other what we don’t want to feel or what makes us too anxious to know about ourselves.” So writes psychotherapist Galit Atlas in Emotional Inheritance . Syrian-Israeli, Atlas has spent her career understanding how that which has been “unsaid and unspeakable” in families—memories of war, genocide, holocaust, abuse—continue to show up in the lives of future generations, insisting that after all this repression, they finally be processed and metabolized. Often, these family members don’t understand and can’t place the pattern that they seem to be stuck in. And that’s because it’s not their own, even though it has come to feel like their destiny. Atlas’s heady and beautiful book offers much insight, as well as tools for beginning to unpack the stories we’re living, stories that aren’t actually ours to live.

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6 Must-Read Trauma Treatment Books for Clinicians

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Posted February 13, 2022 | Reviewed by Jessica Schrader

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Trauma is not an event or a cluster of experiences; it’s a client’s unique injuries as a result of their experience(s). Every therapy client experiences some degree of trauma. Therefore, an understanding of trauma and an ability to engage in healing are imperative for every clinician. As a trauma psychotherapist, I’ve chosen my top six trauma treatment book recommendations for clinicians.

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The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories From a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook, by Bruce D. Perry, MD, Ph.D., and Maia Szalavitz. You can’t heal trauma without understanding how trauma impacts the brain. Perry and Szalavitz provide vivid case studies of traumatized children in order to describe how trauma impacts the developing brain and how the brain can ultimately heal. With humility, compassion, and strong science, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog transforms horrifying childhood traumatic experiences into opportunities for profound change and resilience .

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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma , by Bessel van der Kolk, MD. Many clients have read The Body Keeps the Score and it’s considered required reading in the trauma treatment community. Kolk exceptionally describes how trauma impacts the brain and body. He also explores effective methods used to treat trauma such as safe trusting relationships, eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), yoga, and neurofeedback. If you read just one book from this list, it should be The Body Keeps the Score.

Healing Trauma: Attachment , Mindy, Body and Brain, by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Marion Solomon, Ph.D. Complex trauma can be difficult to assess, comprehend, and treat. Siegel’s collection of articles written by heavyweights in trauma treatment such as Bessel A van der Kolk, Marion Solomon, and Francine Shapiro provides attachment research, neurobiology, explanations of developmental trauma, and successful treatment methods. If you find yourself struggling with clients who experience complex/developmental trauma, Healing Trauma is for you.

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Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. Many clinicians do not know how to incorporate somatic experiencing into trauma treatment. Waking the Tiger explores the impact of trauma on the body and explains how bodies can heal and self-regulate . Levine, the founder of Somatic Experiencing, provides specific and simple body-oriented healing methods for traumatized clients. If you struggle to understand or utilize somatic experiencing, Waking the Tiger is the perfect place to start.

What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., and Oprah Winfrey. Published in 2021, this book is the new kid on the block. Winfrey interviews neuroscientist and child trauma expert Perry. They embark on a journey together to reframe the stigmatizing concept of trauma from “What’s wrong with you?” to the more accurate question of “What happened to you?” Winfrey shares her trauma narrative and experiences, which help to ground the reader. Also, the conversational nature makes this book an easier read if one wishes to take a break from dry research studies and intense interventions.

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Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) can be difficult to understand. Shapiro, the founder of EMDR, provides an easy-to-understand exploration of trauma as unprocessed memories, negative cognitions, and body sensations. Getting Past Your Past explains how clinicians use EMDR to treat trauma and how clients can take aspects of EMDR to practice on their own. This book isn’t just for EMDR-trained therapists; Getting Past Your Past serves as an EMDR ambassador to anyone who has experienced trauma or works with traumatized clients.

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6 Self-Help Books That Therapists Read Themselves

Experts recommend these contemplative texts and workbooks to help shift your perspective.

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By Carolyn Todd

Of the thousands of self-help books on the market, which ones are truly helpful? “It’s uncommon to find a self-help book that feels different,” said Vienna Pharaon, a marriage and family therapist in New York City.

But genuinely useful titles abound. The best of the genre invite reflection or offer practical tools to promote emotional, psychological or spiritual well-being. And there are some that therapists personally turn to or suggest to their patients.

“Almost every therapist I know has a whole list of self-help books to recommend,” said Daniel Tomasulo, a counseling psychologist and the academic director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University.

When sorting through the self-help stacks, who better to help than mental health professionals? We asked seven to share their picks.

1. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World , by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams

How do we experience joy in the face of personal and collective suffering? The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu spent five days reflecting on their own lives to answer that question, and they compiled their stories and guidance in this 2016 book.

“The Book of Joy” is an opportunity to learn from two spiritual leaders in an intimate, accessible way, said Sona Dimidjian, director of the Renée Crown Wellness Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Through their dialogue, which is punctuated with laughter and tears, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu teach readers how to cultivate joy and work through difficulties like illness and despair. Dr. Dimidjian recommends the book to “anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by the realities of our world and daily life today,” she said.

2. The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living , by Russ Harris

This book, first published in 2007, teaches you to accept your negative thoughts and feelings as they arise, instead of resisting or being consumed by them — a refreshing approach known as acceptance and commitment therapy.

Diana Garcia, a South Florida-based therapist, says this easy-to-read primer made her “first fall in love” with ACT. She has clients use the book as a supplement to their sessions and recommends it to friends who are feeling stuck. It teaches you how to keep taking actions that move you in a positive direction regardless of how you’re feeling, she explained.

3. Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion , by Gregory Boyle

Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries, a rehabilitation and re-entry program for former gang members. His 2011 book is a collection of real, raw stories about people he worked with and the lessons we can all draw from their experiences.

“Each chapter reads like a Sunday sermon to be savored and meditated upon,” said Jacob Ham, director of the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. While faith is woven throughout the book, Dr. Ham recommends the title to anyone who feels “that their traumas and all the ways they’ve coped with them have left them broken and unredeemable.”

4. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity , by Julia Cameron

This 1992 workbook from Julia Cameron, a teacher and author, is a 12-week guide to recovering your sense of childlike creativity. And it’s not just for artists and writers, said Britt Frank, a trauma specialist in Kansas.

“Of all of the books I have ever used with clients, this one has the most staying power,” she said. “Because everyone is creative, and creativity is medicine.”

For years, Ms. Frank has returned to the book’s tools — like the “morning pages,” a stream-of-consciousness journaling practice. And she uses “The Artist’s Way” when treating clients with issues like depression and addiction. But skimmers beware, Ms. Frank cautioned: “It’s not a book you read. It’s a book you work.”

5. Homecoming: Healing Trauma to Reclaim Your Authentic Self , by Thema Bryant

Thema Bryant is a trauma therapist, ordained minister and professor who offers a “distinctive lens on health, hope and healing trauma,” said Ayanna Abrams, a psychologist in Atlanta.

Drawing on her clinical work, spirituality and personal recovery from trauma, Dr. Bryant shares stories, reflections and exercises in this 2022 title. She helps people believe in their capacity to heal, Dr. Abrams explained. Dr. Bryant also avoids the “gimmicky, bypassing or vague” language that so many self-help books lean on, she added.

6. The Power of Character Strengths: Appreciate and Ignite Your Positive Personality , by Ryan M. Niemiec and Robert E. McGrath

This 2019 guide helps people recognize, honor and nurture their brightest qualities, Dr. Tomasulo said. The idea of cultivating your “character strengths” comes from positive psychology, which centers on promoting well-being, he explained. “It’s about moving from focusing on ‘what’s wrong’ to ‘what’s strong.’”

People who lean into their character strengths tend to be happier , Dr. Tomasulo said. This book, he explained, is a good pick for “people who are doing OK, but want to have more joy and well-being in their life.”

Carolyn Todd is a freelance health journalist who covers wellness, mental well-being and diabetes.

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Best Body Image Books: Acceptance and Liberation

by Christine Byrne, MPH, LD, RDN

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Almost everyone struggles with body image at least a little bit. That’s a problem, because body image influences so many things: our confidence, relationships, eating habits, movement patterns, self-talk, and more. Body image books can help!

If you scroll through social media, you’ll see plenty of influencers talking about loving their body and how you should, too. But is it realistic to just magically flip a switch on how we see ourselves? Probably not. Healing negative body image takes consistent work. 

This post is written by Abby Caudle-Patton , MS, RD, one of our dietitians.

What is body image.

The American Psychological Association (APA) dictionary defines body image as. “the mental picture one forms of one’s body as a whole, including its physical characteristics (body percept) and one’s attitudes toward these characteristics (body concept).”

Body image is often rooted in the shame derived from our culture’s obsession with thinness as a measure of worth, happiness, success, and fulfillment. Body image work is a tough, continuous process — especially in our image-obsessed culture. 

If you’re working on body image while also moving through recovery from eating disorders or  chronic dieting, it can be even more of a challenge. A supportive professional can help you do this work, but body image isn’t just something that you work on in the safety of a therapy session or appointment with a dietitian. How you view and assign worth to your body follows you everywhere. It might even fluctuate  from negative to neutral to positive over the course of a single day!

What’s the difference between body positivity and body neutrality?

Body positivity is all about loving your body. But while it sounds great, body positivity is a huge jump from having consistent, negative thoughts around your body. 

Many people find body neutrality more attainable. Body neutrality detaches how you treat your body from how you view your body. It focuses on appreciation for what your body does for you and this appreciation doesn’t fluctuate in response to how you believe it to look. It means viewing your body as neither morally good or bad, but instead as something that just is. Ultimately, body neutrality allows you to move through life without hyperfocusing on your appearance as a measure of worth. 

Before we go on, let’s take a pause and recognize that improving body image will not solve the weight stigma you may face or heal body image-related trauma(s). Systematic weight stigma causes real harm to those who are discriminated against based on body size. This oppression cannot be solved by reading helpful material or embracing body acceptance , neutrality, or positivity.

However, some find that as they improve their body image, they feel more empowered to not only appreciate their own body, but also to work towards a more inclusive culture, free from weight bias and anti-fatness. 

How can body image books help?

Body image work is a continuous process. Reading books on the topic, written by authors with a diverse range of perspectives, can be really helpful. It gives you the opportunity to explore various ideas safely and independently. The right books will push back against diet culture’s messages and bolster your confidence and sense of self-worth. Books are also a great entry point into body acceptance, because you can put them down when you’re feeling overwhelmed, and pick them right back up again when you’re ready.

We get asked all the time to recommend body image books to nutrition counseling clients. The truth is that there’s no best book on body acceptance out there. Different books resonate with different people. And heck, a book that might have helped you years ago may not feel helpful for where you’re at right now. 

So instead of just offering a few suggestions for everyone, we’re sharing 12 of our favorite body image books, what they’re about, who they’re written by, and who they might be great for.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of body image books as there are more on the shelves that we may have missed. We (Christine and Abby) are two multi-privileged white women. We’ve tried to include diverse voices, but of course the list still comes from our limited perspectives. We recognize that there may be identities who don’t feel represented, and we absolutely welcome suggestions in the comments!

1. More Than A Body: Your Body Is an Instrument, Not an Ornament

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About the book: In today’s beauty-centric culture, we are constantly told that our worth, success, and satisfaction are derived from our appearance. Often, this results in feelings of inadequacy, distraction, and disconnection with who we really are. This book draws on research by Dr. Lindsay Kite and Dr. Lexi Kite to equip readers with actionable skills that build body image resilience, help to reconnect with core values, and ultimately break free from both internal and external objectification. 

Who might like it: This book is for those who desire body image resiliency and discernment when exposed to messages that suggest self worth is ultimately dependent on the body’s outward appearance. 

About the authors: Lindsay Kite, PhD. and Lexi Kite, PhD . Twin sisters Dr. Lindsay Kite and Dr. Lexie Kite earned their doctoral degrees from the University of Utah. Their research focused on harmful media messaging and female body image, including representation of women in media, resiliency, and health education and literacy. Additionally, the Kite sisters co-founded Beauty Redefined, a nonprofit organization that works to promote positive body image both in person and online through public speaking engagements, research, and advocacy.

You don’t need more diets and food rules. You need a better framework for health and self-care. For more about body acceptance, intuitive eating, and the anti-diet approach, subscribe to the weekly Quit Your Diet Newsletter. 

2. The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love

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About the book: Each individual body and the soul it carries is wholly unique, despite what we have been told to believe. This read isn’t a typical self-help book that skirts around deeper, more difficult topics. Readers will take a deep dive into the oppressive roles of racism, transphobia, and capitalism on body shame. This book directly challenges the harmful notion that we owe more to the world with our appearance – even apologies for not achieving, or having been born mirroring, what is an unrealistic “ideal” for many.  Instead, author Sonya Renee Taylor offers permission to reject this systematic oppression through radical self-love and tap into collective, internal strength to create a kinder world for all.

Who might like it: This book is a good read for those who are interested in learning more about body image from a social justice lens and leverage that knowledge towards radical self-love and healing.

About the author:   Sonya Renee Taylor is a renowned and award winning poet, author, and activist working towards positive social change. Taylor is the founder of The Body is Not an Apology, a worldwide movement and digital media organization. The organization cultivates body empowerment and radical self-love through community, information, and social change. As the Radical Executive Officer, Taylor promotes and incites body image healing for all humans of all genders, ages, races, sizes, abilities, ethnicities, and sizes.

Taylor has been featured on multiple, large-scale media outlets including HBO, Oxygen Network, New York Magazine, BET, and The New York Times. 

3. Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are

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About the book: In Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image , Dr. Hillary McBride shares about her own eating disorder recovery and how this has impacted her journey into womanhood. Dr. McBride discusses how body image is highly influenced by our environment and outlines steps towards self-love, freedom, and acceptance. Pulling insight from her extensive research, Dr. McBride includes true stories of women, their mothers, and the impact of this often challenging dynamic to self-image

Who might like it: This book may be a good read for those who desire motherhood, those who are already mothers, and those who may have received negative body-related messaging from a maternal figure during childhood or adolescence. Note that some readers report the messaging in this book is primarily centered around white, cisgendered women and therefore this book may not be pertinent or helpful to those living in marginalized bodies. 

Author: Hillary L. McBride , PhD received her PhD from the University of British Columbia in Counseling Psychology. Hillary specializes in therapy for individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, body image and self-esteem, mother-daughter dynamics, eating disorders, and life transitions. Hillary has written three books, including The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living and Embodiment and Eating Disorders: Theory, Research, Prevention, and Treatment.

4. Queer Body Power: Finding Your Body Positivity

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About the book: Essie Dennis’s pulls from lived experience as a plus-sized, queer individual to discuss the challenges those in the LGBTQIA+ community face as they relate to self-image. “Queer Body Power” includes many aspects of body image including the role of food, fatphobia, sexuality, gender, politics, and mental health as they relate to the queer community. Readers will find advice, recounts, and humor while being challenged to step away from unrealistic beauty standards that are meant to confine who you are truly meant to be.

Who might like it: This is a good read for queer-identifying folks, or for anyone who feels like their identity gets left out of discussions surrounding body image, weight, eating disorders, gender, and mental health. 

Author: Essie Dennis is a UK-based artist, author, model, and fat-positive social media influencer. Essie is the owner of Queer in Colour, a platform to showcase body positive artwork. Essie owns an Etsy shop of the same name where folks can purchase body positive art prints. They speak often of embracing themself as they are across multiple platforms including their own social media, guest appearances on podcasts , and featured work in magazines like Cosmopolitan.

5. Body of Truth

Best body image books, Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight - And What We Can Do About It

About the book: Body of Truth challenges what our culture accepts as truth – that “fat” is the worst thing an individual can be and that it is worth sacrificing your physical and mental well being in pursuit of thinness. Drawing from her background as a science journalist, Brown takes readers on a deep-dive of diet culture’s history to provide context on how we became so obsessed with weight and the thin ideal.

Topics include fatphobia and related size stigma and the flawed science that backs up our current weight-centric medical model, as well as strategies to move forward without diet culture’s oppression. Check out the reading guide here for thought-provoking questions to consider as you work through this book.

Who might like it: History or sociology nerds will love the depth of this book. If you want to better understand how we got to where we are, this presents plenty of history and data on body image shifts.

About the author: Harriet Brown is a professor of Magazine, News and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University. With 30 years of experience in journalism and magazine editing, Harriet has written on this topid for The New York Times, Vogue, NPR, and Psychology Today.

6. Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance

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About the book: This daily workbook offers 365 actionable steps towards self-acceptance as you move through your body image journey. Each day includes a short passage and either a journal prompts for reflection or tasks to engage with to foster a more positive self image. For example, one task involves externalizing our inner critic by naming it, calling it by its name, and speaking back to it with firmness that it is not a welcomed presence. Some prompts may feel helpful while others do not, so it is important to remember to take what resonates with you and leave what doesn’t. 

Who might like it: If you’re on board with body acceptance but struggling to implement body neutrality or self acceptance in your daily life, this could give you the structure and action steps that you need. This book may be a good companion to one of the others on this list. 

About the author: Rosie Molinary , MFA, is an instructor at UNC-Charlotte and is the Dove Self-Esteem Project Educator. Rosie is a cofounder of two nonprofits, HAMMERS, which works to provide home repair services for low-income households, and Circle de Luz, which works to empower and mentor young Latina women. Rosie’s work primarily focuses on topics such as body image, intentional living, self-acceptance, and the “Latina experience.” Molinary also authored “Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina,” which discusses interviews with over 500 Latina women from diverse ethnic backgrounds on their experiences with sexuality, identity, body image, and beauty ideals. 

7. Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life

Best body image books: Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life

About the book: In this memoir, author Kelsey Miller discusses her experience in ditching diet culture and disordered eating. After a life-long war with her body, Miller shares the wisdom she has gained while working with an intuitive eating coach. Miller uses humor to tackle these challenging topics and encourage readers to embark on their own journey away from self-hatred to body acceptance.

Who might like it: Miller used to be a writer for Refinery29, a feminist website that caters to millenials and Gen Z. If you love their content, you’ll also love this book. It’s a good introduction to what body image healing can look like in real life, particularly for women in larger bodies.

About the author: Kelsey Miller is an editor, journalist, and author whose work has been featured in a variety of platforms such as the New York Magazine, Self Magazine, Bustle, and Health.

Miller has been a guest on Christy Harrison’s podcast, Food Psych (listen to her episode titled Navigating Pregnancy and Postpartum in a Larger Body here ) and often writes on difficult topics as they relate to body image, fatphobia, and the body positive movement.

8. Love Your Body

Best body image books: Love Your Body

About the book: The children’s book we wish we had as kiddos! Author Jessica Sanders gently introduces topics like self-worth, body appreciation, diversity, developing a sense of style without external influence, self-care, and the importance of reaching out for help. Each page features illustrations of diverse bodies of all colors, sizes, and abilities.

This book is the perfect gift for the littles in your life, those planning on having children, and even for yourself.  Many express that their body image distress is rooted in childhood, making it extremely difficult to challenge negative self-talk when these thinking patterns have been the norm for so long. Sometimes, it can be helpful to nurture that inner child and speak to him/her/them with compassion. It may seem a little silly to read a children’s book aloud as an adult, but the messages in “Love Your Body” may be just what “little you” needs to hear. 

Who might like it: Children, teens, and adults – especially those who were fed harmful messages that shaped body image and self-worth.

About the author: Jessica Sanders ’s work is focused on body acceptance, gender equality, and self-care. Her podcast, The Unlearning Project , features discussions on harmful societal messages related to body image and gender roles. Jessica has been featured on multiple media platforms including the Huffington Post, Forbes, and a handful of Australian-based outlets. 

9. You are Enough: Your Guide to Body Image and Eating Disorder Recovery

You are Enough: Your Guide to Body Image and Eating Disorder Recovery

About the book: You are Enough: Your Guide to Body Image and Eating Disorder Recovery , is a comprehensive self-help book for teens and young adults. This book focuses on answering key questions during eating disorder recovery, such as why the BMI is flawed, how we are impacted by role models, treatment options, imposter syndrome, and dealing with natural body changes. Author Jen Petro-Roy brings forth knowledge from her own recovery from OCD, anorexia, and exercise abuse as well as insight from other eating disorder survivors, research, and medical professionals to help readers develop their own toolkit to navigate the recovery journey. 

Who might like it: This is a good read for preteens and teenagers struggling with identity, eating disorders, and body image distress. 

About the author: Jen Petro-Roy , a Massachussets native, received her Master’s in Library Science in 2010 from Simmons University. She is an avid eating disorder recovery advocate and has authored two books ( Good Enough and You Are Enough ) for teens and adolescents struggling with body image, eating disorders, and mental health.

10. Breaking Free From Body Shame

 Breaking Free From Body Shame

About the book: Breaking Free From Body Shame discusses body image from a faith-based lens, a topic that the church often avoids. Author Jess Connolly discusses that body image work isn’t just skin-deep, but instead is wholly important when one believes they were created with purpose and intention. This book discusses Connolly’s personal journey in healing her body image after years of harmful messaging from both inside and apart from the church. She discusses how readers can too let go of body shame and believe their body is good, just as it is today. 

Who might like it: This book is perfect for those interested in how body image work relates to their faith, or for those who have received harmful messages about their bodies from within their church or faith.

About the author : Jess Connolly is an author, mother, and pastor’s wife from Charleston, SC. She is also the founder of Go + Tell Gals, an organization that seeks to equip women of faith with tools they need to best utilize their abilities to enact change. Additionally, Jess founded Good Body Gals, an online community that offers live workouts from a non-diet, faith-based perspective. 

11. Fattily Ever After: A Black Fat Girl’s Guide to Living Life Unapologetically 

Fattily Ever After: A Black Fat Girl’s Guide to Living Life Unapologetically 

About the book: This book doesn’t skirt around the fact that fatphobia is deeply rooted in racism and the marginalization of black women in the media. Author Stephanie Yeboah discusses her own experiences with racism and fatphobia and brings readers along as she recounts true stories of the discrimination that she has faced. Yeboah speaks about how she has stepped into radical self-acceptance as a plus-sized black woman and offers insight to inspire readers to live their own lives with the same, unapologetic courage to be themselves. 

Who might like it: Honestly, this book should be required reading for everyone, as we’re all part of the racist, fatphobic system that Yeboah outlines. It might be especially helpful for those who identify with Stephanie Yeboah’s experiences living as a plus-sized black woman, but it’s an equally good read for those who are interested in the perspective of a marginalized individual on topics like confidence, self-acceptance, and the treatment of black, plus-sized folks throughout history. 

About the author: Stephanie Yeboah is a South London-based freelance writer, fat acceptance and body image advocate, content creator, public speaker, and award-winning blogger.

In 2017, Stephanie’s story titled “Why Are Women of Colour Left Out of Body Positivity?” was featured on Elle Magazine’s platform. Here, Stephanie’s insight on body positivity and race shines through as she wrote, “The truth is, body positivity is for white women. White female bodies being safe is paramount to maintaining white supremacy.”

Stephanie’s blog features content on plus-sized fashion, mental health, fatphobia, confidence, travel, and lifestyle.

12. Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives

Fat and Queer

About the book: A collection of poetry and prose by several fat, queer, and trans writers and activists, this book is a must-read for anyone whose view of body acceptance doesn’t extend beyond thin, white, cisgender Instagram influencers.

It’s not a book about body image healing, per se. Rather, it’s a celebration of body liberation, activism, and radical acceptance. You could read the entire thing in one sitting, or you could keep it on the nightstand or coffee table and go through the pieces one at a time.

Who might like it: This is an anthology, not a workbook or a self-help book. If you’re looking to dig deeper into the radical acceptance movement, the perspectives here can give you a much richer understanding of what body liberation really means.

About the authors: Thirty writers contributed pieces to this book, which means you’ll get a little of everything. There are well-known names on the list, like artist and activist Caleb Luna , and Maintenance Phase co-host Aubrey Gordon, plus dozens of other fantastic voices.

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Strength and power are key elements of soccer performance. A stronger player can sprint faster, jump higher, change direction more quickly and kick the ball harder. Strength Training for Soccer introduces the science of strength training for soccer. Working from a sound evidence-base, it explains how to develop a training routine that integrates the different components of soccer performance, including strength, speed, coordination and flexibility, and outlines modern periodization strategies that keep players closer to their peak over an extended period.

Dealing with themes of injury prevention, rehabilitation and interventions, as well as performance, the book offers a uniquely focused guide to the principles of strength and conditioning in a footballing context. Fully referenced, and full of practical drills, detailed exercise descriptions, training schedules and year plans, Strength Training for Soccer is essential reading for all strength and conditioning students and any coach or trainer working in football.

"I've experienced Bram's work in the field of strength and conditioning first hand whilst working with him at Anzhi Makhachkala. His methods are innovative, football-related and based on expertise and experience. Anyone who reads this book will gain a lot of new insights into this important aspect of football training." - Rene Meulensteen, former Manchester United First Team Coach

"Swinnen, a high-performance specialist at the Move to Cure rehabilitation center in Antwerp, Belgium, provides scientific research specifically targeting the strength and conditioning of soccer players from both an individual and a team perspective. He does an excellent job providing an overall background for coaches and rehab specialists dealing with these athletes … This work is an excellent resource for soccer coaches and a good starting point for those working with other team sport athletes. Summing Up: Recommended. Professionals and practitioners; general readers." - R. L. Jensen, CHOICE

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Bram Swinnen earned a master degree in kinesiology, a master degree in physical therapy and highly values continuing education. His wealth of knowledge and fifteen years of experience training professional athletes and teams make him a leading expert in sports performance training and rehabilitation.

Bram trained eight Olympic medalists and various World champions. He traveled the world to work with athletes and teams in the United States, Russia, Spain, Greece, Belgium and Poland. He was the head strength & conditioning coach and athletic trainer for the Euroleague basketball teams Estudiantes Madrid, Khimki Moscow and Asseco Prokom Gdynia.

Bram also worked in the football team FC Anzhi, which is known for its numerous high-profile signings. In his period with Anzhi Bram trained elite players such as Samuel Eto’o, Willian Borges, Lassana Diarra, Yuri Zhirkov and formed part of a staff that was led by Guus Hiddink and René Meulensteen.

Bram is currently a high performance specialist at the Move to Cure rehabilitation center, Antwerp, Belgium, where he is responsible for the rehabilitation programs and conditioning of several elite soccer players from across European football's top teams. He has more than 15 years’ experience as a physical trainer and physical therapist in professional sport.

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