As we start the new year and attempt to drag ourselves through the cold, winter months we are inundated with self-help, mindfulness and healthy-eating books. For many, the new year does signal a fitting starting point for change, and so naturally, the publishing houses and retailers attempt to make the most of these resolution-ridden months.
Diet books are heavily reduced, mindfulness podcasts are topping the charts, gym memberships and deals clog up our inboxes and fitness gurus take over the air with their needlessly simple tips and tricks for leading a healthier life in 2018. If you are this way inclined, and you’ve promised yourself this is the year that you want to get fit, practise yoga or turn vegan, you may well benefit from this advice.
Whilst it’s interesting to listen and take heed of certain tips to make keeping those resolutions that little bit easier, it’s also important to forge and tread your own path. Carve a road that you know will help to elevate you, not alienate. It needs to become a comfortable routine, one you will stick to, one you will follow – one that, in time, will become a significant part of your daily life.
Of course, it goes without saying, that you must want to make a change. Many of us will have high hopes of switching, changing, or evolving, but without the passion, motivation or know-how to do so. These are integral, and without them, you will undoubtedly find yourself floundering and failing come March.
I don’t pretend to hold the answers to succeeding, or protest to knowing how to stick to certain resolutions – I am still patiently waiting for myself to book into a weekly yoga class.
The truth is, we all believe we are simply too busy. Which may well be the case in some instances, but this is why establishing a routine is so vitally important if we want to make a change. For booking in that weekly yoga class, for preparing delicious home-cooked meals, reading one book every week or taking time out of your daily schedule to concentrate on being mindful.
Sometimes setting a pace is the best way. Stagger making a change or take smaller steps to establish a path that will suit you. Read, indulge and soak up as much advice, tips and tricks as you need before stepping off and hoping for the best.
With that in mind, I’ll included a few books that might be worth a read this month. With glowing recommendations between them, and for whatever you’re hoping to achieve in 2018, they might just help to steer you in your best direction for the year ahead.
Self-care for the Real World by Nadia Narain & Katia Narain Phillips
How to apply self-care to your life, wherever you are.
You Do You by Sarah Knight
A No-F**ks-Given Guide) how to be who you are and use what you’ve got to get what you want.
Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba
A modern career guide for the everyday working woman.
The Working Woman’s Handbook by Phoebe Lovatt
A guide to achieving job satisfaction, filled with practical advice on building a working life you love.
Ice Cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams
How rediscovering your inner child can make you calmer, happier, and solve your bullsh*t adult problems.
Happy by Fearne Cotton
How to find joy in every day and letting go of perfect.