One of my favourite things to do when I’m feeling down, unmotivated or insecure is to read an empowering book or listen to an audio tape. It’s such an effective way to turn your mood around and instantly get a new lease on life. Sometimes feeling better is as simple as reading something with a positive message. I have lots of favourite books and authors who write about healing, spirituality and health, but below are five of my absolute favourites.
1. Treasure Yourself and Empower Yourself by Miranda Kerr.
I love these books because they’re filled with positive affirmations about loving yourself and taking care of your mind and body. Miranda really shines a light on what it means to treat yourself with respect, which is something all young women should always keep in mind. These books are also great because you can flip to any page and read a short power thought everyday before you leave in the morning to give yourself a confidence boost.
2. The Body Book by Cameron Diaz.
The Body Book is great if you feel like you’ve fallen into unhealthy habits that you can’t escape. It’s a great resource because Cameron motivates you to adopt healthier habits and learn about how the body works without being instructive or bossy. She uses scientific evidence and informative facts about the body to educate and inspire the reader to be healthier in their own way and on their own terms, without give a step-by-step breakdown of a fad diet or workout plan. Also, Cameron’s wit and sassy personality come through in her writing and make you feel like you’re talking to a wise older sister or a best friend.
3. Healing with the Fairies by Doreen Virtue.
Doreen Virtue is one of my favourite authors of books about spirituality and healing. Her books are so comforting and helpful when it comes to learning about the divine. Ever since I was little I’ve loved everything and anything to do with fairies, so this book is one of my favourites of Doreen’s. Even if you don’t believe in fairies, Doreen offers valuable advice on healing strategies and relaxation techniques like spending time in nature. The book is also filled with an interesting narrative about her life journey, which I found super compelling and beautiful.
4. Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein.
I listened to this audio tape on a drive to Prince Edward Island this past summer and found it to be very helpful and relaxing. Gabrielle provides the listener with 108 effective strategies to overcome daily stresses and anxieties, which can become overwhelming at times. I would recommend this audio tape to anyone looking to combat anxiety and stress in a fresh, new way.
5. Toward Stillness with Tony Murdock.
I love this CD for anyone who is looking to take up meditation but is intimidated or overwhelmed by it. Tony offers guided meditations for beginners that anyone can do to relax and calm down without having to master the practice right away. The meditations aren’t complicated or difficult and anyone can follow the easy, step-by-step instructions. This is a great resource for people looking for alternative ways to relax and centre themselves.
What are some of your favourite feel-better resources? What inspires you to be healthier and more positive?