Whether it’s to inspire your wellness journey, participate in a reading challenge, indulge in deep soul searching or to try a new recipe, wellness books can not only transport our thoughts and free our imaginations, but can educate and provide guidance on any lifestyle changes we are seeking to enhance our overall well being.
It’s become abundantly clear that a holistic approach to wellness is here to stay along with a desire to learn as much information on the topic as we can. The great news is there are a plethora of wellness book titles by a wide variety of experts to continue to fuel our curiosity, thirst for knowledge and inspire us to live our best lives.
If you’re seeking recommendations for solo indulgence or to enjoy with your favorite book club squad, this list of wellness books has you covered.
It includes a broad range of topics aimed at providing the insights, methods and tools to help you live a healthy, fully expressed and limitless life, either by building and creating better habits, recognizing and healing old patterns, enhancing brain function or by making desired healthy food shifts to heal your gut and reclaim your health.
Here Are 10 Must-Read Wellness Books:
Whether you enjoy listening to audio, reading on your tablet device or prefer to experience the feel and smell of an actual book, here are ten must-have wellness book additions to your library.
1. Vibrate Higher Daily: Live Your Power by Lalah Delia
Vibrate Higher Daily invites us to move beyond acceptance of our given circumstances and step fully into personal sovereignty and greatness by shifting our energy facilitated by connecting to our intuition, living more intentionally and setting healthy boundaries to protect that energy.
It encourages us to dive into vibrational based living and to tap in and assess what people, situations and activities fuel our soul, essentially raising our vibration so we can focus more of our time and resources on those things.
Delivered with a warm, supportive and lyrical tone, when used alongside a journaling practice, which the author recommends, this book becomes an amazing tool for guided and reflective exercises that supports our inner work.
If you’re seeking a powerful, yet very digestible add to your nightstand stack that you will return to again and again, this is it!
2. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
If you’ve got your goals set, Atomic Habits is the wellness book you need to help you create and implement the habits and practical strategies needed to achieve your desired results!
The author’s unique style takes the complex topics of behavioral change and habit and system formation and creates a methodology that inspires and is easy to understand and apply.
Clear presents a concept that it’s not our habits alone, but the combination of good habits and solid systems that help us achieve our goals at the highest levels, that is an absolute game changing perspective.
He also challenges us to align our habits with the identity we wish to embody, turn those habits into routines and continue to build on them for a compounding effect.
This is a great read if you’re interested in a science-backed approach that reshapes the way you think about making progress and achieving your goals, whatever they might be.
3. How To Do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, and Create Your Self by Dr. Nicole LePera
As we work on changing our habits to achieve our goals, we often find ourselves bumping up against limiting beliefs based on past trauma or adverse experiences.
In How to Do The Work, Dr. LePera sheds light on how the impacts of past emotional trauma and harmful effect of prolonged and ongoing stress response result in whole body dysregulation which can often lead to engaging in self-sabotaging behaviors leaving them unhappy, unfulfilled and unwell.
Dr. LePera provides activities that readers can easily engage in that soothe the nervous system and activate a sense of calm and wellness. She leans on research in neuroscience and somatics to create a holistic healing methodology and approach that supports anyone who is ready to do the work and heal mind, body and spirit!
4. Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by Adrienne Maree Brown
If you’re looking for a read that teaches us how to draw correlations between pleasure, access and activism to create a better environment for all, then Pleasure Activism is the book for you!
Delivered in essays, poems and reflections from luminaries like Audre Lorde, Joan Morgan, Sonya Renee Taylor and others, Brown challenges our perceptions and definitions of pleasure and how tapping into our individual joy can serve as a source of collective healing.
Of specific interest is how this work delves into how pleasure has been denied from certain groups based on ability, ethnicity and socioeconomic background and the resulting negative impacts to society.
While pleasure can take on different forms and meanings depending on unique needs and backgrounds, the inarguable reality is that pleasure and joy are a human right.
Throughout this wellness book, there are homework assignments and exercises that help readers tap into their emotional needs and build a connection to the freedom of feeling good and the understanding that self love and healing lays the groundwork for collective sovereignty.
Brown gives us a glimpse into what it would take and what it might look like on a collective level if everyone had access to living fulfilling and satisfying lives.
5. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD
Based on the title, you might presume this is a great book to read before bed, it actually is not given that some of the information about the effects of suboptimal shut-eye might actually keep you awake. But if you were looking for a sign that it’s time to up your sleep game, this book might be it.
Why We Sleep backs up everything we were taught as children about the benefits and importance of consistently getting seven to nine hours of solid sleep per night, but also provides some interesting and somewhat startling data around the negative health impacts of what happens when we don’t.
A great wellness book can not only transport our thoughts and free our imaginations, but can educate and provide guidance on any lifestyle changes we are seeking.
In a society that thrives on hustle currency, the author, a neuroscientist and sleep expert, provides insights into how both the quality and quantity of our sleep impacts every aspect of our holistic wellbeing.
Leaning into cutting-edge research and data, the author provides readers with actionable steps on how to improve sleep hygiene and consistently get a better nights sleep thus garnering a wide array of benefits like improved mood, energy and immune system, balanced hormones, anti-aging and increased longevity.
6. Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome by Will Bulsiewicz, MD, MSCI
While promoting the benefits of eating more plants is definitely highlighted in the book, Fiber Fueled is more of a bold methodology from this award winning gastroenterologist, known as “Dr. B.”, that challenges the proposed benefits of the restrictive diets that have gained popularity over the last decade.
Leveraging research and experience with his clients, Dr. B provides insights into the major benefits of a healthy gut microbiome – boosted metabolism, balanced hormones and reduced inflammation, which we now know is the root cause of many chronic illnesses.
Dr. B presents readers with a transformative, but easily adaptable plan to increase our intake of dietary fiber from a wide variety of plants and optimize health in this incredible wellness book.
This read also contains a 28-day program with menus and delicious recipes geared toward helping to supercharge your gut healing and reclaim your health.
7. Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life by Jim Kwik
For over two decades, the author, Jim Kwik, has worked with countless people to adopt a Limitless life by teaching them actionable tools and techniques to level up their brain performance.
In this wellness book, the author shares with readers these revolutionary strategies that help unleash their brain potential through enhancing brain function, sharpening focus and improving memory capacity.
After experiencing a childhood accident that left him with a brain injury, Kwik dedicated his adult life to learning more about the power of the brain and how it can heal, grow and expand, depending on how it’s used.
No surprise that Kwik also links supercharged brain function back to the health of what he refers to as the second brain (the gut) and how what we eat is just as important as the information we consume.
Kwik’s easy and supportive style helps readers understand that regardless of age, background or education, by implementing the simple, actionable tips and techniques shared in the book, anyone can help unlock their brain’s full potential.
8. The Power Source: The Hidden Key to Ignite Your Core, Empower Your Body, Release Stress, and Realign Your Life by Lauren Roxburgh
If the regular diet and exercise grind has left you feeling bored, uninspired or disconnected, then Lauren’s unique and effective approach might be everything your mind, body and spirit and pelvic floor need right now!
In The Power Source, body alignment expert, also known as “The Body Whisperer”, Lauren Roxburgh, shares with readers her signature holistic approach that focuses on addressing the health of our pelvic floor as a major factor in our physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
By providing a complete lifestyle plan, this wellness book outlines feel good movement medicine, diet, breathwork and other mindfulness practice recommendations, and Roxburgh gives readers a complete methodology that supports healing from the impacts of daily physical and emotional stress.
9. This Is Your Brain on Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods that Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More by Uma Naidoo, MD
In This Is Your Brain on Food, Dr. Maidoo, a board certified psychiatrist, nutrition specialist and professionally trained chef, blows our minds with the cutting edge research.
This wellness books explains the role food plays in our mental and emotional health and how our diet can be used to treat and prevent a variety of health issues ranging from depression and anxiety to sleep disorders, dementia and the like.
While it’s common to focus on shifting our diets for the physical health benefits, Dr. Maidoo provides readers science backed insights into actionable steps, nutritional recommendations and scrumptious recipes that improve cognitive function and optimize mental health through diet as well.
In this inspiring wellness book, Dr. Maidoo provides us with a clear guide on how to boost mood, energy and concentration through our diet and who doesn’t love that?
10. The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain by Steven R. Gundry
In The Plant Paradox, Dr. Steven Gundry, challenges the idea that eating all plants is good for everyone with the belief that some plants are actually designed with protective mechanisms rendering them less healthy for us to consume than we think.
Gundry outlines the potential dangers posed by foods that contain lectin, a protein abundant in raw legumes and grains, which are common within even the healthiest diets and how lectins can derail our wellness goals. While this book is not for everyone, many have experienced great results following this approach.
This wellness book comes equipped with an eating plan that contains a full list of lectin-containing foods to avoid, easy substitutes and recipes to increase energy, improve digestion, reduce inflammation and achieve optimal weight.
Expand Your Self-Care Library With Our List of Must-Read Wellness Books!
As we continue to explore and expand our knowledge of all the various elements of holistic wellness, hopefully, this list of extraordinary wellness books helps to uplift, restore and educate on a broad spectrum of topics like healthy eating, healing, self-care and performance.
And while these wellness books are designed for your personal library, any of these wellness books make a great gift for someone special in your squad that might need a gentle nudge to start prioritizing their wellness and leveling up their self-care.
Now that’s #squadgoals!