Fall is when the earth slows down and eases back into itself. It’s a perfect time to focus on your own self-care. We thought we’d help you out with a list of our favorite wellness books for fall, specially organized so you can grab what you need, no matter if you’re looking to care for your mind, your body, your spirit, or your relationships.
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FOR YOUR SPIRIT
1. PRACTICE YOU
This journal is sumptuous. Elena Brower—yoga luminary, meditation teacher, artist—has filled 150 pages with inspiring prompts and gorgeous watercolors, all inviting you to write, draw, and dream your way to your higher self. It is the kind of book you’ll want to gift all your girlfriends.
FOR YOUR MIND
2. WAKE UP
We all know that life is short and that each moment is precious, but somehow we still end up sleepwalking through our days. Wake up with playful strategies: pig out, take breaks, pretend to be someone else, schedule a meeting that doesn’t exist … Learn to snap yourself out of autopilot!
3. MINDFULNESS ON THE GO CARDS
Relax your hands. Take a breath whenever your phone pings. Observe sensations while eating. Be on time to everything for a week. Give a compliment every day. Listen like a sponge. Zen teacher Jan Chozen Bays has created 52 cards to foster mindful awareness on the go.
FOR YOUR BODY
4. THE NEW HEALING HERBS
Everyday herbs can help you feel better without the side effects caused by pharmaceuticals. This guide makes it easy to find the perfect herbal remedy for nausea, back pain, allergies, the common cold, and more. You might be inspired to grow an herb garden, customized just for you.
5. THE LONGEVITY BOOK
This is not a beauty book. Cameron Diaz doesn’t pitch anti-aging red-carpet-ready elixirs. She does share scientific facts about the aging process, specific to women, that will sometimes surprise you. It’s filled with tips and tricks on how to care for your aging body, inside and out.
6. STRESS PROOF
Another science-heavy but readable look at how we can help our bodies thrive. Bursts of stress are unavoidable, but constant, debilitating stress levels are not. Identify your emotional triggers and use simple life hacks (music, eye movement, body temperature, and more) to de-stress.
FOR YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
7. THE FOUR TENDENCIES
Gretchen Rubin has distilled personality typing into a super-simple new framework: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. She helps you identify your tendency and then use that self-knowledge to get happier, healthier, more productive, and more compassionate.
8. THE LOST ART OF GOOD CONVERSATION
We’re all inundated with one-way noise all day long: on our phones, tablets, computers, and on TV. It’s no wonder we’re not great listeners. Here’s a practical guide from a Buddhist leader to help you connect authentically and mindfully every day with family, coworkers, and even strangers.
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