January can sometimes feel like a month where the ‘New Year, New Me’ narrative is shouted from the rooftops with a deafening cry. Along with this unhelpful narrative, there comes an immense amount of pressure to emerge into the New Year like a beautiful phoenix from the ashes of the mistakes of the previous years – especially for 2021. But more and more, this culture of becoming ‘a better version of yourself’ is tackled by leading wellness writers whose focus is not on reinventing yourself and your body, but instead on learning to live better as the authentic you.

Ulimate Library have chosen a range of exciting, challenging and inspiring wellness titles to bring you into 2021 with not only a better feeling for the future, but also better peace of mind. These are the books to look out for that will help with mental health, sleep, balanced diet and lifestyle. Rather than banging the old drum of punishing ourselves in the face of losing those Christmas pounds, these books offer a holistic approach to living better and cultivating the much elusive, mantel of happiness.

1. No Such Thing As Normal by Bryony Gordon

From leading mental health ambassador, Bryony Gordon comes this intelligent, practical book that equips people with the tools to manage their mental health better. Cutting through the Instagram-wellness culture, Gordon give tips on how to live and feel better.

2. The Age of Fitness by Jurgen Martschukat (translated by Alex Skinner)

This wide-ranging book examines our modern preoccupation with fitness. Tracing the trend back to the birth of modern societies at the beginning of the 18th century, Martschukat shows how fitness correlates with modernity’s emphasis on perpetual growth and renewal.

3. Social Chemistry by Professor Marissa King

Professor Marissa King embarks on a journey to transform the way we think about networking. Countering the idea that a bigger network is a better one, King investigates how the structure and quality of our networks can help improve relationships, both at work and at home to create a better and more connected world.

4. The Scaffold Effect by Harold S. Koplewicz

World renowned child psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz introduces a new way of raising children that attempts to counteract the anxiety and fragility of young people today. Just as a good scaffold helps to afford a sense of structure in the early stages of development, and can then be removed once a foundation is laid, so too do children thrive when provided with building blocks in their early years that can gradually be removed to ignite independence.

5. How To Do The Work by Dr Nicole LePera

Starting out as a clinical psychologist, Dr LePera was often frustrated by the limitations of traditional psychotherapy. Searching for more, both for herself and her patients, she began a journey to find a more holistic approach to psychotherapy. Uniting mental, spiritual and physical health, her holistic model helps those to heal themselves from the inside out.

6. Laziness Does Not Exist by Dr Devon Price

From renowned social psychologist Dr Devon Price comes this fascinating examination of what they call the ‘laziness lie.’ Working to dispel the pressure of a world where we feel like we should always be doing more, they offer science-based reassurances that productivity does not determine self-worth.

7. Why We Eat (Too Much) by Dr Andrew Jenkinson

For over two decades, weight loss surgeon Dr Jenkinson has treated thousands of people trapped in the endless cycle of diet culture. This book examines every aspect of nutrition, explaining why dieting is actually counter-productive to weight loss. Putting an end to the confusion over diet culture, he helps to understand our bodies better.

8. How To Sleep by Rafael Pelayo

All insomniacs are familiar with the usual sleep hygeine rules: no caffeine after 2pm, use the bedroom only for sleeping, don’t use your phone in bed – the list goes on…Dr Pelayo offers a new perspective on sleep, taking us through the biology of sleeping to help understand the importance and tricks behind a better night’s rest.

9. Fast This Way by Dave Asprey

World renowned bio-hacking expert and bestselling author Dave Asprey investigates the benefits on fasting on the mind and body. Taking readers through the cutting-edge science that supports the ancient practice of fasting, Asprey gives readers a toolkit for making the most of nutrition using personal biology.

10. Chatter by Ethan Kross

As we all know, we have a voice in our head, we tune into it for guidance, reassurance, certainty. But more often than not, this voice can lead us down a rabbit hole of spiralling negativity. These silent conversations and intensely powerful and can majorly alter our mood. Award winning psychologist Ethan Cross looks at the way we speak to ourselves and how we can learn to take control of this narrative in our minds in order to lead happier lives.

If you would like to purchase or pre-oder any of the titles from our list, please visit the website of our sister bookshop, South Kensington Books to enquire. Alternatively, you can find this list and buy the titles on their bookshop.org page here…