You all know how much I love to read.
When it comes to reading I tend to go for business, smart thinking, self – help and health / fitness books. I try and read a motivational / business focused book in a morning when I first wake up and I read a more informative fitness / health book before I go to sleep.
This routine is one that I have developed over the past year, and I’ve found that has helped me with starting the day off RIGHT. Previously, I have been the typical 20 something who woke up to snoozing my alarm twice, and then proceeded to lay in bed and scroll social media for half an hour (which could then run away to an hour!) before even jumping up out of bed.
The problem with this was that 8 times out of 10, whatever it was that I watched or saw on social media would make me stressed or feel sh*tty and as a result influence the productivity and mood of my morning, and subsequently the rest of my day. That is when I decided to make a change. I see reading is such a productive way to spend my time. I learn, I develop and I can change my mindset all through sitting with my thoughts and a good, structured book.
1. GUT by Giulia Enders
Now this book is one I like to read before bed, as it doesn’t spark my brain up to get motivated, driven and ready to get sh*t done. However, it does help me learn more about my body, how the gut works and functions and helps me understand changes I can make to improve my health.
Since I have suffered with gastrointestinal issues, I’ve always tried (and failed!) to get into any health informative reading about our gut. They are always so boring, and text book like – which I mean, COME ON! who wants to read a book that reminds you of GCSE biology, with weird diagrams and long winded names and phrases that non of us really understand?!
This book has such a light hearted humour throughout, and makes some hilarious connotations and examples. This for me makes the book – it is different, and maybe a little less serious than those text books I tried above – BUT, it makes me want to read more. It is digestible and for that, I LOVE IT.
2. Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
If you’ve read my previous ‘books I love’ post you will recognise this author from the amaaaaazing book ‘The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**k’. She again has an awesome humour when she writes, and keeps this self help book light hearted, digestible and pretty damn funny throughout.
This book focuses more on getting your life organised, removing unnecessary clutter and learning ways to manage the hectic schedule of being an adult. I’m a A* worrier, and spend a lot of time worrying about the ridiculous list of things that I need to do, rather than strategising a plan to get the stuff done. This book somehow manages to breakdown that worry, and show you simple strategies to get your sh*t together, so you can start doing what you WANT to do.
3. OVERSUBSCRIBED by Daniel Priestley
Now this book is one I bought a while back, but never got round to reading. It seemed very business minded, which whilst writing a dissertation and being the least entrepreneurial I’ve been in two odd years I thought it was best to wait to read it. This was the best decision I could have made, because now it is on my list of my FAVOURITE BOOKS EVER.
It has so much incredible information detailed within a pretty small book, and is an amazing motivational read. It works over a lot of business topics, with the main thing in mind – becoming oversubscribed. For any entrepreneur reading this blog post, please go and buy this book NOW. It is a complete mindset changer, and will help you identify simple changes you can make to your business model / plan to see greater results and rewards.
4. YOU: Daily micro-actions for a happier, healthier you
This book is a little different to my usual books, but important nevertheless. It focuses more around small micro-actions to be completed daily, to make small changes every day to becoming a better version of yourself. I’ve had this book for quite a while now, and definitely don’t use it as much as I should – BUT I love the concept behind it and try and use it when I can (working on it!).
Now this book particularly resonates with me, as I think it is so incredibly important to prioritise the little things that a) make you happy and b) keep you healthy. In the fast paced world that we live in, that seems to be very hard and so many of us neglect ourself whilst we focus on looking after those around us. Mental health and our inner happiness is often overlooked, and stigma surrounding it means a lot of people don’t talk about that stress, feeling of sadness or anger within them. This book helps keep it simple, but small goals and actions are in place to reach that end goal and create a healthier, happier you – which I love.
I really hope you enjoyed reading about my latest book LOVES, and I hope you find a new treasure to read within my recommendations.