Reading List: Keeping On Top of Your Mental Wellbeing

14th May 201915 MinutesBy PerlegoIn Reading, Reading Lists

Staying on top your mental health and wellbeing can sometimes feel like a chore in itself. Especially as our lives get busier, and our responsibilities grow.

Plus, now that there’s a bigger focus on self care and mental health, it’s easy to get a little lost in information.

So, whether you’re stressed out with studying, drowning at work or just struggling with general day to day tasks, we’ve narrowed down a list of books with varied topics, all of which will help you focus on keeping your mind clear, calm and collected.


How To Stress Less

by Bejamin Bonetti

Say goodbye to stress for good! Its a fact – stress kills! Yet, so many of us find ourselves stressed out, day to day. However, if you are feeling anxious, find it hard to relax or perhaps struggle to get rid of that constant mental ache, let celebrated life-coach and mentor Benjamin Bonetti show you how to chill. In his latest title, How To Stress Less, Benjamin shows you how to combat stress by taking action and intentionally rejecting it when it rears its ugly head. How To Stress Less provides you with an easy to follow guide to help you effectively release and manage everyday stress that can seriously affect your health. Benjamin does not promise to wave a magic wand to make your troubles disappear. Rather, he addresses the impact of stress and helps you deal with deep-seated issues surrounding common reasons we find ourselves stressed out in the first place.


Mindfulness

by Gill Hasson

Be calm, collected and in the moment Too often, life just races by. You dont fully experience whats happening now, because youre too busy thinking about what needs doing tomorrow, or distracted by what happened yesterday. And all the time your mind is chattering with commentary or judgement. Mindfulness allows you to experience the moment instead of just rushing through it. Being mindful opens you up to new ideas and new ways of doing things, reducing stress and increasing your enjoyment of life.


by Scott Green

Today anxiety disorders have become very much part of some people’s lives so that even the most normal reactions relating to anxiety can result in them creating doubts in that person’s mind relating to their mental health. What one needs to remember is that feeling anxious is normal and helps you to cope more effectively with the stress that many of us are faced with today. However it only becomes a disorder when the anxious feelings you are having are completely out of proportion to the levels of stress you are faced with.


by Elaine Iljon Foreman, Clair Pollard

Change can often seem like an impossible task, but this practical book will help you put it into perspective. With guidance from two experts, you’ll recognise the behaviours and thoughts that hold you back, and will develop skills to think more positively, act more calmly and feel better about yourself. Using the same tools employed by CBT practitioners, this book is full of activities and experiments to explore and challenge, stories and exercises to provide perspective, and a clear framework to encourage and guide you. The authors’ friendly and supportive approach will help you learn to manage recurrences of negative thinking and behaviours, and to develop strong coping strategies.


by Robert Ashton

Changing your life does not have to be a daunting process. All you need to remember, is that the key to successful life change is lots of small, but positive steps, that together create huge impact. The Life Plan contains 700 of these small steps, leading you step by step through each area of your life. The Life Plan is your key to a new you. A step-by-step checklist process that allows you to review and improve every aspect of your life. It will become an invaluable source of reference as it delivers a set of simple, practical, often amusing – but most importantly – achievable tips on success, wealth, health, stress, relationships and your career.


by Manel Baucells, Rakesh Sarin

Manel Baucells and Rakesh Sarin have been conducting ground-breaking research on happiness for more than a decade, and in this book they distill their provocative findings into a lively, accessible guide for a wide audience of readers. Integrating their own research with the latest thinking in the behavioural and social sciences including management science, psychology, and economics, they offer a new approach to the puzzle of happiness. Woven throughout with wisdom from the world’s religions and literatures, Engineering Happiness has something to offer everyone, regardless of background, profession, or aspiration, who wants to better understand, control, and attain a more joyful life.


by Becca Anderson

The affirmations, quotes and ideas in this book are a set of tools for you to use in your self-development. They are for “inner work. ” And, you know what they say about happiness, that it’s an “inside job, ” which is 100% true. These suggestions vary widely from spiritual aspirations to very simple, straightforward and practical ideas. Much has to do with adjusting your attitude. Depending on the day, it might be a slight adjustment or a major overhaul but the more you practice daily affirmations, the fewer adjustments you’ll need. One day, you will realize you have mastered the art of “thinking happy” and are looking at the bright side of life, every day. Incorporating this as a daily practice will build “mental muscle” and help you achieve the all-important optimistic way of thinking.