There are three books on my shelf at the moment. Two examine raising self-awareness and changing habits to improve wellbeing and build resilience. The other looks to the past to develop our future.
Book one is called Sane by Emma Jones. The book charts the author’s investigation into developing her own self-help programme to strengthen her mind. Emma Jones is a science journalist and links to quite a lot of useful research in the bibliography. The chatty style of the book makes it a great summer read and the short list of ways in which you can support your own wellbeing is manageable. I enjoyed the book as it reminded me that the changes that I am making to develop my mind is integral to building my own resilience.
The second book has a very different title – Hell Week by Erik Betrand Larssen. What intrigued me once I got past the title was the dust jacket that described being the best possible version of yourself over the period of one week.
I read the book in a single night and found it a very enjoyable read. I’m not sure I yet have the willpower to undertake all of Hell Week and there is no way that I’m going to stay up for 41 hours straight as the book suggests (this girl needs 8 hours sleep a night)! But the overall message is sound and as a way of reflecting on what you do best in your life, it is a quick and interesting read. If you choose to do ‘Hell Week’ and survive the Thursday all-nighter, make sure you spend a few hours on the weekend catching those precious lost hours!
The third book, which I am keeping for the holidays, is Aristotle’s Way by Edith Hall. This is a recommendation from a fellow coach, a book about how ancient wisdom can change your life.
The first two books are from my very well-stocked local public library which.
I spent most of my youth in the library. In recent years library visits dropped off as the internet seemed to take over, but I have recently re-discovered the joys of browsing paper instead of websites. Now as a regular visitor I realise why my teenage self spent so long inside; the library is much more fun than Google. I can move around the shelves, practice squats as I pull the books of the top and bottom shelf and aim for perfect pecs as I carry them half a mile home. Joking apart, I also know my presence supports lifelong learning and keep me part of a community that we all should support. If you loved libraries as a child and then fell out of love with it, take some time and revisit one this summer.