My Top Five Health and Wellbeing Books

Having seen many clients over the years, I have found that it’s rare for anyone to maintain long term improvement without addressing their health in a holistic manner. Of course, much can be gained from looking at the physical – the underlying bodily causes of a health issue, nutrient deficiencies etc – but I firmly believe that we also need to look at emotional wellbeing, lifestyle, environment, relationships and a feeling of life purpose, if we’re to enjoy an optimal quality of life.

There are so many books I could recommend and it’s hard to narrow it down to five but, for now, here are my favourites that incorporate a holistic approach to health i.e. taking into account mind, body and spirit. Obviously, this is a very personal list and some titles will not be for everyone.

The Universe Has Your Back: How to Feel Safe and Trust Your Life No Matter What by Gabrielle Bernstein

I’ve seen Gabrielle Bernstein speak a couple of times and she is truly inspirational. I love her book The Judgement Detox too but this one is my favourite.

‘Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live. Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power. When readers practice the tools in this book, they’ll begin find strength when they are down, synchronicity and support when they’re lost, safety in the face of uncertainty, and joy when they are otherwise in pain.’

The Mind Body Prescription by John Sarno

This is a revelatory book for explaining how the mind and body are connected and for illustrating that, if emotions are suppressed, they can sometimes get stored in the body to be expressed as pain later on.

‘The New York Times bestselling guide to a healthy and pain-free life. Musculoskeletal pain disorders have reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with most doctors failing to recognize their underlying cause. In this acclaimed volume, Dr. Sarno reveals how many painful conditions-including most neck and back pain, migraine, repetitive stress injuries, whiplash, and tendonitises -are rooted in repressed emotions, and shows how they can be successfully treated without drugs, physical measures, or surgery.’

The Artist’s Way  by Julia Cameron

You don’t have to be an artist to benefit from this book. Creativity can take many forms and the morning pages that Julia Cameron suggests can help with many aspects of self awareness.

‘The Artist’s Way provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It aims to dispel the ‘I’m not talented enough’ conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist. Its step-by-step approach enables you to transform your life, overcome any artistic blocks you may suffer from, including limiting beliefs, fear, sabotage, jealousy and guilt, and replace them with self-confidence and productivity.

From Alicia Keys to Elizabeth Gilbert, Patricia Cornwell to Pete Townshend and Russell Brand, The Artist’s Way has helped thousands of people around the world to discover their inner artist. Whatever your artistic leanings, this book will give you the tools you need to enable you to fulfil your dreams.’

‘I love it. A practical, spiritual, nurturing book’ Russell Brand

Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can by Caroline Myss

Another book that discusses why addressing physical causes alone may not be enough to get someone well.

‘Why do some people heal, while others do not. Caroline Myss has studied this question for many years, working with hundreds of people and motivating them to examine their souls and change their lives. Now, in Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, Dr Myss builds on her earlier teaching to reveal the cultural and individual contexts in which people become physically and spiritually ill. With her practical approach to healing, readers will learn to overcome the mental and emotional blocks to becoming well. Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can…

Through her characteristic no-nonsense style and high-voltage storytelling, Caroline Myss provides non-stop insights and practical advice that will enable you to disconnect from a culture of wounds and reconnect with an inner and outer spiritual energy and purpose.’

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

This is a classic. I read it when I was quite young and it had a huge impact on me. Once I became a nutritional therapist and wellbeing coach, I found myself referring to it to see what Louise Hay’s interpretation of a particular health issue was. Her observations on the emotional cause behind a physical symptom are often uncannily insightful. Whilst we need to be guided by sound scientific evidence, we can balance that, I believe, with looking at it from an alternative point of view in addition. I don’t personally believe that in every instance we can influence our future by our thinking but nevertheless I think this book generally stands the test of time and has much to offer.

‘Louise L. Hay, bestselling author, is an internationally known leader in the self-help field. Her key message is: “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed” An excerpt from You Can Heal Your Life: Life is really very simple. What we give out, we get back, what we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us. I believe that everyone, myself included, is responsible for everything in our lives, the best and the worst. Every thought we think is creating our future’

In my next blog, I will recommend my top 5 recipe books 😊

If you’d like to approach your health in a more holistic way then please contact me about nutritional therapy or wellbeing coaching: vanessa@wellbeingandnutrition.co.uk

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Vanessa May is a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist and ILM Accredited Wellbeing Coach and has helped hundreds of clients with her holistic approach to health and wellbeing. She specialises in stress, fatigue, low mood, anxiety, hormonal imbalance and grief, giving women the confidence and tools to change their lives in a positive way.