There are a few books that I wanted to share with you that I think can help you to get off to a good start in this new year. Books that can motivate you to set goals in achieving personal growth, better health or quality time for yourself.
A journal for purpose and personal effectiveness
Affirm Your Life is a guided journal that uses the wisdom of Dr. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to motivate and empower its users to find purpose or to re-center their life's goals, relationships, priorities, etc. The author writes in the first person and you feel like she's right these inspiring you to affirm your life. It's a fun workbook filled with quotes, journal pages, experiences, exercises and activities. It's small enough to fit in your purse, lightweight and easy to carry. My only complaint is that the font is small.
If you're looking to make time for personal growth in your life and to set new goals for the year ahead, this would be a great start.
An educational primer on mental health and healthy aging
Dr. Murali Rao has written an easy-to-understand resource on healthy aging, mental health and mental illnesses. In his own words, he describes his book as "an educational primer for a general public of leaners possessing no particular knowledge in the area of mental health or mental illness". It's a basic book that debunks myths on mental health and educates the lay person on understanding some of the causes, risk factors and treatments of those disorders.
From my experience working in psychogeriatric, I think a book like this should be essential reading for seniors who know little about mental health and for anyone who is caring for a senior with a mental disorder. I spend a lot of time in my work explaining facts about mental disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease to family members, and a resource like this would be handy. It's only 132 pages with large font and lots of bullet-point paragraphs making the info quick to read and grasp.
A beautiful book for creativity and journaling
Need some "me" time to do some creative activity and introspection? The Happy Place Coloring Book is beautiful and perfect for rediscovering the joy of coloring, creating art, and journaling. With a few pencil crayons or markers, you can bring color to pages that draw the eye to create visually stunning images that are flowery, magical and bursting with nature scenes.
There are also 14 pages for journaling (see below) and 6 pages that are actually mazes. I love the images in this book. They are universally appealing and have a feel-good vibe about them.
A journal to get your pen moving
This book is actually a journaling book with quotes on each page to motivate and inspire. This journal is divided into 9 chapters with quotes based on a different themes such as writing tips, the art of storytelling, the craft of writing and writing as medicine. I enjoyed the quotes that are at the top of each page as you can see below. There is not much writing from the authors. They give a brief introduction to the chapter and then leave you to write.
My only complaint is that it's not easy to write in because the book does not lay flat. A spiral bound version would have been more practical. I think this book is good for anyone wanting to be a writer and those lacking confidence to actually get writing and following their dream to do it. It's also good if you want to get some of those feelings out on paper. You know, those feelings that tend to surface during a lockdown, a worldwide pandemic...and situations where you cannot hug your friends.
Do you know of similar books you want to share?
I read the 7 Habits book back in high school and it was a super helpful guide to setting and achieving goals. I should re-read it. The journal looks gorgeous and fun! I might just have to get myself one :)ReplyDelete
The journal simplifies the book from Covey, and yes, it's fun. :-)Delete
Aren't these lovely?! Buying a beautiful book to help you grow as a person is a great way to start the year.ReplyDelete
I totally agree!Delete
Exactly the kind of reads I need right now :) My mother had Alzheimers and yes, a book like 50+ and healthy would have been handy...ReplyDelete
I'm sorry to hear about your mother. Such a difficult illness.Delete