Whilst travel is, according to the news, apocalyptic at the moment, it is at least happening. The summer months beckon the longest holidays most of us take in a year, and for many that means more time to unwind and get stuck into a good book. If, like Kathryn and myself, you’re an avid holiday reader, this post is for you. 

If you want to mix it up a bit with your reading this year, here are some of our favourite non-fiction picks which will expand your mind and boost your wellbeing:

  1. Just Breathe, Dan Brulé

    I was lucky enough to be assigned this book as part of my breathwork teacher training and I can’t recommend it highly enough for anyone wanting to learn more about the power of breathing. Dan Brulé makes breathwork, a practice which is often seen as ‘only for spiritual people’, accessible to and intriguing for everyone. It’s also very readable and definitely light enough for your holiday reading.

  2. Woman Code, Alicia Vitti

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say everyone, not only people who have the capacity to become pregnant, should read this book to understand the intricacies of female hormonal health. Alicia Vitti, founder of the Flo app and courses, is a leading expert in hormonal health and manages to break down a scientifically complex subject into understandable and, most importantly, actionable pieces. This is especially helpful for anyone who is struggling with symptoms from hormonal birth control (or wanting to come off it safely), PCOS, endometriosis, adrenal fatigue, fertility or menopause. 

  3. When the body says no, Dr Gabor Maté 

    This book exists at the intersection of emotional wellbeing and physical health.  It looks at the importance of setting and maintaining boundaries in our relationships and healthy expression of emotions as part of keeping ourselves physically healthy, and reveals some shocking correlations between unhealthy personal relationships, personality types and chronic illness. It’s fairly heavy, but absolutely fascinating and a brilliant reminder of the power of the mind-body connection from a purely medical perspective.  

  4. Any book by Brené Brown

    The approach Brené Brown’s research and writing encourages us to take in life and business aligns with everything we stand for at Well & Truly. If you haven’t read any of her books yet, I highly recommend picking one up before heading to the airport. As a talented storyteller as well as a researcher, Brown is able to communicate her wisdom effortlessly and profoundly. 

  5. Intuitive Eating, Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole

    As you know, we are not fans of diet culture here at Well & Truly. We believe that health is a feeling and not a look and that sustainable healthy habits beat quick fixes any day. If you struggle with yo-yo dieting and the perpetual desire to shrink or change your body, this book will change your life. Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole’s book is the seminal work on how to have a healthy relationship with food and with your body and includes a step-by-step plan to free yourself and your family from diet mentality. 

We love swapping book recommendations, so please let us know your favourites! We hope you enjoy some time off, and when you’re back, feel free to get in touch with us at sarah@wellandtrulyworkshops.co.uk if you’d like more information about how we might help your team and business thrive.