Women's Health Books to act as a companion this Women's Health Month and every month

Women don’t always have an easy ride when it comes to health and wellbeing. Not only do they experience health issues that affect men too, but they can also have gynaecological conditions throughout life, from the moment their periods begin to beyond the menopause. Women’s hormones don’t just play havoc with physical health but can impact on sleep, mood and energy levels. Pregnancy causes specific changes in the body, carrying with it a whole host of everyday ailments, and some medical conditions tend to affect women primarily or more severely than men.

This May, a month heralded as Women's Health Month, we have selected a variety for books that we believe can help and support women’s physical and emotional health. Some are relevant to everyone, but others are specific to women’s needs. Hopefully reading these books will empower women to understand their body inside and out, make positive changes to feel stronger, healthier and more energised, and send them on a journey of self-discovery.

If you have any reads that you'd like to share and believe should be included in this collection, please add them in the comments.

If you are looking for more advice on health issues, take a look at some of our other specialist collections of books.

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The Self-Care Revolution

The Self-Care Revolution

Author: Suzy Reading Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/12/2017

What if it were possible to help ourselves thrive, rather than simply survive? The Self-Care Revolution is designed to help and restore your day-to-day energy reserves so that, rather than running on empty, you will have the strength and spirit to excel with whatever life brings. Discover the Vitality Wheel - a complete body and mind Self-Care Toolkit that will boost your health, happiness and resourcefulness. 

Women Don't Owe You Pretty

Women Don't Owe You Pretty

Author: Florence Given Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/09/2021

Women Don't Owe You Pretty is the ultimate book for anyone who wants to challenge the out-dated narratives supplied to us by the patriarchy. Through Florence's story you will learn how to protect your energy, discover that you are the love of your own life, and realise that today is a wonderful day to dump them. Florence Given is here to remind you that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty. WARNING: CONTAINS EXPLICIT CONTENT (AND A LOAD OF UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS). THE FEMINIST MEMOIR EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT.

Happy Mind, Happy Life

Happy Mind, Happy Life

Author: Dr. Rangan Chatterjee Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2022

Happiness is good for your health. Learn how to nurture yours. During his 20 years as a GP, Dr Rangan Chatterjee has seen first-hand how motivation isn't always enough for us to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It's only when we learn how to support our own mental wellbeing and cultivate core happiness that these choices become easy. In his latest book, Dr Chatterjee shares cutting-edge insights into the science of happiness and reveals 10 simple ways to put you back in control of your health. It features real-life case studies and over 20 practical exercises, including lessons on how to: Treat yourself with respect Improve your relationship with your phone Deal with criticism Whether you are at a crisis point or simply want to experience more joy, this book will help you feel calmer, more confident, and able to live your life to the full. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF THE LATEST BOOK FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FEEL BETTER IN 5

Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul

Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul

Author: Annie Burdick Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/02/2022

This is a joyful and handy book which focuses on guidance for finding happiness and living in tune with your own personal piece of the great outdoors. Over the past few years we’ve found ourselves at home more than we might normally wish to be, and for those of us lucky enough to have them, we have grown to love our gardens even more. Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul cuts to the chase, zooming in on anything and everything in the garden that can bring you fulfilment, calm and well-being. Turning the traditional gardening book on its head this comes from the point of view of why gardens are good for us and includes sections on everything from mood-boosting and fitness to sensory experience and spiritual wellness. I particularly liked the pages dedicated to creativity and the ideas around music, art and writing in the garden - a far cry from facing up to the chores of weeding or mowing the lawn! This book has given me all sorts of inspiration for turning my garden into a stress-busting source of energy and has opened me up to the possibilities of its healing gifts. If you ever find yourself wanting to run away and escape the stresses of modern living, you may discover through this book that the answer is closer to home than you thought.

The Insomnia Diaries

The Insomnia Diaries

Author: Miranda Levy Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/06/2021

If you have ever read any of Miranda Levy’s journalism you can’t fail to have been impressed by her straightforward, no-nonsense approach to any subject she turns her pen to and The Insomnia Diaries is no exception. Following a catastrophic single event, Levy had one sleepless night followed by another that became severe, crippling insomnia that affected every aspect of her life for eight years and which she recounts every stage of in this, often painfully honest, part memoir, part reportage. With over 16 million in the UK suffering from insomnia and a third of adults affected at least once a week according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - and this before the COVID-19 pandemic struck - Levy charts her own struggle, through medical treatment that led to dependency, via a Reiki practitioner, a hypnotist and multiple therapists and personal trainers as she leaves no stone unturned in her quest for the relief of a good night’s sleep. The links between sleep, mental health and wellbeing are well documented and with a foreword by scientist and sleep expert Dr. Sophie Bostock and contributions from a host of experts on the medical aspects, Levy makes it clear that there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution to this quiet, desperate condition.  What she does is to offers insights and guidance to anyone who wants to appreciate the issues and understand the complexities of finding the best way to get the rest they need.

Calm

Calm

Author: Fearne Cotton Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/12/2017

What a lovely, warm, kind and friendly book this is, Fearne Cotton writes about the state of calm, and how to find it in our modern, hectic lives. This isn’t just to read, it’s an interactive book too, encouraging you to make notes, to revisit thoughts and feelings. Fearne looks at everyday life, she also visits anxiety, trauma, and PTSD, she highlights breathing, living in the moment, and also introduces us to various friends and experts who have the ability to reach or teach a sense of calm. The book itself feels calm, the colours, font, and layout all help to soothe, to give you a hug as you read. While this could be read in order from beginning to end, I also feel you can dip in and out, take your time, visit when you have a moment. Calm is reassuring and revitalising, it’s the perfect helping hand for you to make some time for yourself, to reflect, and look for peace.  ~ Liz Robinson

eBooks of the Month
Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Author: Dr Julie Smth Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2022

Discover exactly how to navigate life's many ups and downs with the essential and empowering guidance of TikTok sensation, Dr. Julie Drawing on years of experience as a clinical psychologist, online sensation Dr Julie Smith shares all the skills you need to get through life's ups and downs. Filled with secrets from a therapist's toolkit, this is a must-have handbook for optimising your mental health. Dr Julie's simple but expert advice and powerful coping techniques will help you stay resilient no matter what life throws your way. Written in short, bite-sized entries, you can turn straight to the section you need depending on the challenge you're facing - and immediately find the appropriate tools to help with . . . - Managing anxiety - Dealing with criticism - Battling low mood - Building self-confidence - Finding motivation - Learning to forgive yourself This book tackles the everyday issues that affect us all and offers easy, practical solutions that might just change your life.

Bigger Than Us

Bigger Than Us

Author: Fearne Cotton Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/01/2022

For anyone seeking a path through our confusing lives, this read offers inspiration for tapping into the strength and support of those around us and releasing the blockers that hold us back. Including interviews with authors, thought-leaders, spiritual guides as Cotton calls them "amazing brains", she works with these wise minds to gain a better understanding of their specialities and how we can use this insight and advice to implement into our own lives. As Cotton peels back the layers of her own anxiety and self-limiting beliefs the reader joins her in this explorative, expansive, eye-opening and humbling journey to wisdom and to the destination of a happier and more hopeful life.

Audiobooks of the Month
You Can Have a Better Period

You Can Have a Better Period

Author: Le'Nise Brothers Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2022

A practical guide to understanding your cycle and balancing your hormones with nutrition, lifestyle changes and yoga for calmer, less painful periods. Written by Le’Nise Brothers, a nutritional therapist, yoga teacher and popular women’s health coach, You Can Have A Better Period is a straight-talking resource to help women understand their menstrual cycles and finally get answers to questions such as: “why am I so moody right before my period?”, “are periods supposed to be so painful?”, “why is my period so heavy?”, “is it normal to get headaches right before my period?” and more. Le'Nise takes us through each phase of our cycle, including clear and practical nutrition and lifestyle changes. The book explains which supplements work and the key stress management habits we can implement to bring long-lasting and sustainable changes to our hormones and menstrual health. In Western society, we have accepted a cultural narrative that periods are supposed to be painful, emotional and messy. This book is a practical guide that helps women change the way they look at their period and menstrual cycle to finally harness the power of the fifth vital sign.

Awaken Your Power Within

Awaken Your Power Within

Author: Gerry Hussey Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/12/2021

With years of helping clients strip back learned behaviours and remove blockers to success, Hussey has a brilliant track record in building high performance teams and supporting individuals – and he brings this to the masses in Awaken Your Power. With meditations, exercises and prompts for journaling, this is a usable guide to keep you on track and you’ll find yourself scribbling away as you read to make sure you capture the wise words within and manifest the. This book documents Hussey’s journey from a shy boy with little self-confidence to the man he is today full of belief with a wealth of experience. He shares this journey so that we too can learn from his experiences and to empower us to grow and embark upon our own development journey. It will challenge you. You will resist some of it. Change is not always easy. But immerse yourself in these and be open to possibilities. You won’t regret it, we promise!  The LoveReading LitFest invited Greg Hussey to the festival to talk about Awaken Your Power Within.  The digitally native, all year round, online literature and books festival, with new content released every week is a free-for-all-users festival. What are you waiting for? Check out a preview of the event and sign up to become a member. 

The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us - A Diary

The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us - A Diary

Author: Emma Mitchell Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/12/2021

Compellingly personal, and resplendent with hand-drawn illustrations, Emma Mitchell's The Wild Remedy is a treat for confirmed nature-lovers, and a trove of inspiration for those of us who are looking for fresh ways to enrich and mend our mental and physical wellbeing.  Charting the author’s observations of nature through the year, this diaristic delight frames its purpose in the context of “the countryside being a means of easing melancholy, inspiring creative thought and hastening recovery”. A context made all the more profound in view of the fact that the author has suffered with depression for 25 years, and finds much solace in nature. Reading this honest, generous-spirited book feels a little like you’re exploring trails and lesser-trodden paths alongside the author, encountering all manner of birds, blooms, butterflies and shoreline finds along the winding way. Packed with personal insights and wonderfully sensory descriptions of the natural world, this will surely inspire many of us to turn to the awe-inspiring outdoors to find joy and peace in the coming year.

eBooks of the Month
The Gynae Geek

The Gynae Geek

Author: Dr Anita Mitra Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Information is everywhere and yet many women still don't truly understand how our bodies work and specifically, how our lower genital tract works. Dr Anita Mitra, AKA The Gynae Geek, believes that we can only be empowered about our health when we have accurate information. This book will be that source. This book takes you from your first period to the onset of menopause and explains everything along the way. From straightforward information about whether the pill is safe, which diet is best for PCOS, what an abnormal smear actually means, if heavy periods are a sign of cancer, right through to extraordinary tales from the Clinic. This straight to the heart, sharp shooting guide will become the go-to reference book for all young women seeking answers about reproductive health as well as a way to dispel the swathe of misinformation that's out there. Dr Anita Mitra shares her personal experiences with stress and anxiety and her learnings about how the gynaecological health of women can be influenced by lifestyle choices.

The Power of Your Senses

The Power of Your Senses

Author: Russell Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/07/2021

AS HEARD ON THE CHRIS EVANS SHOW Which scents can lower stress? What music can make you more productive? And why does coffee taste better from a red cup? Our senses have a powerful effect on how we think, feel and behave; yet we don't use them to anywhere near their full potential. Using his extensive knowledge of sensory science, multisensory expert Russell Jones shows you how to make small changes to your day and experience life like you never have before. So, whether you want to feel energised in the morning, get the most from your exercise, be efficient at work, really enjoy your food or have the most restful night's sleep possible, read this book and discover the real power of your senses. Previously published as Sense.

This Book Could Fix Your Life

This Book Could Fix Your Life

Author: New Scientist, Helen Thomson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2022

We all want to be happier, more successful and less stressed, but what really works? From building confidence and boosting creativity to forming better relationships and getting smarter (and healthier), This Book Could Fix Your Life explores the real science behind self-help. HOW TO BOOST YOUR IQ THE SCIENCE OF SUCCESSFUL DATING HOW TO BREAK BAD HABITS HOW TO ACE EXAMS WHAT TO EAT TO FEEL HAPPIER HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE HOW TO LIVE HEALTHIER LONGER Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson has zero desire to become a lifestyle guru, she just wants to help us understand the often surprising truths behind meditation, resilience, addiction, willpower, love, good sleep, CBT, success, dieting, antidepressants, intelligence and much, much more. Full of fascinating evidence-based advice pulled from the very latest research and packed with experiments you can try on yourself (including one guaranteed to lift your mood), this book really could help you fix your life.

The Complete Guide to the Menopause

The Complete Guide to the Menopause

Author: Annice Mukherjee Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/01/2021

Take control of your menopause Dr Annice Mukherjee went through the menopause at just 41 following a breast cancer diagnosis, and she is also a top UK hormone specialist with nearly 30 years of experience. In this book she combines her medical expertise and personal experience to develop an essential menopause toolkit offering balanced, practical and comprehensive advice designed for our modern world. The author has used her unique holistic system to help thousands of women look better, feel younger and enjoy an improved quality of life in the long term. This book includes her lifestyle toolkit - which every woman can start implementing straight away to improve symptoms - as well as science based advice on the treatment options when self-management is not enough. It demystifies the big questions, including: Managing the menopause at work How things change in the decades after the menopause What happens if you have a medically induced menopause When to consider hormone therapies and alternatives to HRT The ultimate guide to taking control, rebalancing your body for the better and successfully maintaining optimum health through and beyond menopause.

Jog On

Jog On

Author: Bella Mackie Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/12/2019

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Bella's brilliant love letter to running turns into an extraordinarily brave and frank account of her battle with anxiety. A compassionate and important book' Joe Lycett 'Perfect for resetting a glum January mindset' Alexandra Heminsley 'My kind of role model' Ben Fogle Divorced and struggling with deep-rooted mental health problems, Bella Mackie ended her twenties in tears. She could barely find the strength to get off the sofa, let alone piece her life back together. Until one day she did something she had never done of her own free will - she pulled on a pair of trainers and went for a run. That first attempt didn't last very long. But to her surprise, she was back out there the next day. And the day after that. She began to set herself achievable goals - to run 5k in under 30 minutes, to walk to work every day for a week, to attempt 10 push-ups in a row. Before she knew it, her mood was lifting for the first time in years. In Jog On, Bella explains with hilarious and unfiltered honesty how she used running to battle crippling anxiety and depression, without having to sacrifice her main loves: booze, cigarettes and ice cream. With the help of a supporting cast of doctors, psychologists, sportspeople and friends, she shares a wealth of inspirational stories, research and tips that show how exercise often can be the best medicine. This funny, moving and motivational book will encourage you to say 'jog on' to your problems and get your life back on track - no matter how small those first steps may be.

Period Power

Period Power

Author: Maisie Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2019

A profound and practical blueprint for aligning daily life with your menstrual cycle. Period Power is the handbook to periods and hormones that will leave you wondering why the hell nobody told you this sooner. The hormones of the menstrual cycle profoundly influence our energy, mood and behaviour, but all too often we're taught that our hormones make us unreliable, moody bitches, or that it's our lot in life to put up with 'women's problems'. Maisie Hill, a women's health practitioner, knows the power of working with the menstrual cycle and refuses to accept this theory. Instead, Maisie believes that our hormones are there to serve us and, if utilized correctly, can be used to help you get what you want out of life. Yes, we are hormonal, and that's a very good thing. This revolutionary book reveals everything you need to know about taking control of your menstrual cycle and outlines The Cycle Strategy to help us perform at our best, throughout our cycle. In Period Power you will discover how to: - maximise your natural superpowers each month while making adjustments for the darker days, and use Maisie's favourite tips to improve them - identify your personal patterns, powers and pitfalls for each phase of the menstrual cycle - plan your month to perform at your best in all aspects of your life - figure out if you have a hormonal imbalance and what to do about it. Period Power is a no-nonsense guide with all the tools you need to improve your menstrual health.

Outside, the Sky is Blue

Outside, the Sky is Blue

Author: Christina Patterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/02/2022

OUTSIDE, THE SKY IS BLUE is a beautifully drawn, heart-breaking yet also joyful memoir of growing up, of living with mental ill health and cancer, and of working out what it means to be in a family, what it means to lose a family - and what's left when you're the last one left. When Christina Patterson's brother Tom died very suddenly, she faced the harrowing task of clearing out his house. Tom had always been the one who held on to the family treasures and memories, but now Christina had to sift through box after box of letters, papers, photos and belongings, not just of Tom's, but of their parents and their older sister, Caroline. Those boxes, albums and papers tell the story of a young couple who decide, when their children are small, to swap a glamorous diplomatic life in Rome for a housing estate in Surrey. But their new suburban life, of trips to National Trust houses, fizzy drinks over TV costume drama and walks at Wisley Gardens, is increasingly disrupted by Caroline's, erratic behaviour. As she is diagnosed with schizophrenia, Tom seeks solace in sport and Christina in a youth club where she hopes to meet boys, but finds God.

Saltwater in the Blood Surfing, Natural Cycles and the Sea's Power to Heal

Saltwater in the Blood Surfing, Natural Cycles and the Sea's Power to Heal

Author: Easkey Britton Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/09/2021

In Saltwater in the Blood, lifelong surfer, marine social scientist, writer, artist and menstruality mentor Dr Easkey Britton has created a book that’s as all-encompassing as the ocean she so loves. At once intimate and sweeping, it’s a rousing exploration of the vital role the sea plays in personal and planetary well-being. Underpinned by a sense of mindfulness, Britton frames her book through sharing how she was personally shaped by the sea as a result of being from a family of surfing sea-lovers, and within the context of humankind’s longstanding connection to the ocean:  “Western science is just beginning to realize what indigenous cultures have always known, what our ancestors knew – water has the power to heal. Engagement with healthy ocean environments can support, enhance and restore our health and wellbeing, especially mental health”. Of particular note is Britton’s female approach to surfing - rather than viewing it as a means of having mastery over the waves, she surfs to connect with it more closely, as physical cycles are attuned to the phases of the moon and sea. Within this, the author also addresses the climate crisis to create a compelling holistic account of the beauty and power of the sea.

Calm the F**k Down Journal

Calm the F**k Down Journal

Author: Sarah Knight Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2019

This journal helps you gather your thoughts so you worry less about the little things in life and learn to stop dwelling on the things you can’t change. A great way to reduce your anxiety levels, now and in the future. You can read it as a standalone, but it works particularly well with the other books in the series.

Perimenopause Power

Perimenopause Power

Author: Maisie Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Perimenopause Power is a straight-talking handbook covering everything you may want to know about getting through the perimenopause (and beyond). There’s a lot of medical information packed into its pages, covering perimenopausal symptoms, HRT, lifestyle changes, bone health, and so much more. Maisie Hill admits that she hasn’t yet reached this stage of life, so is unable to provide personal insights about the menopause. Instead, in her book, she explains how your body changes, physically and emotionally, and the different ways to manage troublesome symptoms. Perimenopause Power is based on science and written in a supportive non-patronising tone. There’s a strong emphasis on diet and lifestyle changes, but medication, alternative therapies and psychological treatments are also covered. She discusses the pros and cons of taking HRT, so that you can make an informed choice (with the help of a healthcare professional). You may find it easiest to dip into the chapters you need when you need them, rather than read the book from beginning to end – otherwise it could feel a little overwhelming. This is a useful reference book to help you find the right management approach for you – and may even help to make the menopause a more-positive experience.

A Cure for Darkness

A Cure for Darkness

Author: Alex Riley Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2022

After years of experiencing depression himself – during which was prescribed anti-depressants and underwent therapy – award-winning science writer Alex Riley began to question the effectiveness of the available treatments for what has become “one of the world’s most prevalent disorders”. In A Cure for Darkness, Riley tells his own story before delving into centuries of science and treatments, illuminating past and present methods, as well as new hopes, for the future of mental health. It's a fascinating look at the treatment of depression that blends popular science, narrative history, and memoir.

The Glow Plan

The Glow Plan

Author: Abigail James Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/2022

Abigail James wants you to use The Glow Plan to feel beautiful, inside and out. Beauty is not about perfection, but about feeling happy in your skin and the inner glow that comes from cultivating self-care. This book shows you how, presenting a 4-week programme to uncover your inner and outer radiance. Week by week, it offers simple but incredibly effective facial massage exercises as well as wellbeing tips that will ensure your inner calm shines through your skin. You will learn how to: Optimize mental health through restorative mindfulness and self-care practices Improve your skin through movement using yoga and breathing techniques Get your skin glowing by following the 4-week facial massage programme which also targets specific problem areas such as neck and jawline, droopy eyelids, tired and lacklustre skin Integrating practical facial massage with inspirational lifestyle tips, including nutrition advice and yoga techniques, The Glow Plan is a revolutionary programme for achieving healthier, firmer and radiant skin

Your Work Wellness Toolkit

Your Work Wellness Toolkit

Author: Ellen M. Bard Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2022

A gentle and positive interactive book, written by a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, presenting a toolkit for people struggling with burnout, fatigue, lack of motivation at work. An interactive journal showing the reader how to feel better at work, be more productive, more positive, more resilient. The book is illustrated throughout with interactive activities, journal prompts and a structured programme of self-care for the workplace. Burnout is described by the WHO as: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from your job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to your job; reduced professional efficacy. All of these things can be prevented with conscious attention to creating better workplace habits, rituals and routines. Your Work Wellness Toolkit will present guidance to curate your own wellness plan to thrive at work. Too many of us are struggling with managing the mental health load of working remotely, and boundaries between work and life are more blurred than ever before. This book not only offers thorough and clinically backed-up guidance, but also space to make plans and accountability within that guidance, to put it into action.

Menopausing

Menopausing

Author: Davina McCall Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2022

'Menopausing is more than just a book, it's a movement. An uprising. Menopause affects every woman, and yet so many approach it with shame, fear, misinformation or silence. Why is no one talking about this? Who has the correct information? And how can we get it? That's how this book has come about. We are going to tell you the truth, so you can make an informed decision about your life and your body ... mic drop.' For too long, women have had to keep quiet about the menopause - its onset, its symptoms, its treatments - and what it means for us. Menopausing will build an empowered, supportive community to break this terrible silence once and for all. By exploring and explaining the science, debunking damaging myths, and smashing the taboos around the perimenopause and menopause, this book will equip women to make the most informed decisions about their health... and their lives. Menopausing will also celebrate the sharing of stories, enabling women to feel less alone and more understood, and talk openly and positively about menopause. No more scaremongering: just evidence-based info No shame: real women, real menopause stories, real empathy, real community Honest, no-holds-barred advice: Dry vagina? Zero sex drive? Hair loss? We've got it covered The start of a movement: to get everyone talking about the menopause in every home, GP surgery and workspace

Your Pelvic Floor

Your Pelvic Floor

Author: Kim Vopni Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/03/2021

This is the first pelvic floor health book aimed at ALL women, including trans women, outlining the importance of understanding your pelvic floor and how it impacts on overall health, fitness and wellbeing for life - not just around pregnancy and childbirth. This book outlines symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, and shows you how to fix them. What is pelvic organ prolapse which 50% of women will experience and can it be prevented? Urinary incontinence is treatable with physio. Women on average suffer symptoms for 7 years before going to a healthcare professional which has a huge effect on mental health. Pelvic floor issues are often only talked about in relation to pregnancy and childbirth. This is not just a ''mum issue'': high impact exercise (running, HIIT, CrossFit) affect the pelvic floor. Young athletes/gymnasts who have never had children are highly likely to suffer from incontinence. Women should not accept dysfunction as a ''normal part of being a woman'', but instead need to prioritize their pelvic floor health - this book shows that it is never too early and, crucially, never too late to do so.

The Mind Manual

The Mind Manual

Author: Alex George Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2022

Dr Alex is on a mission to empower us to make our own health choices, take positive control and feel equipped and inspired to make those small changes today that energise and future-proof for life. 'Health and happiness come from the cumulative effects of many small and positive daily changes to our lifestyle. It's about building sustainable and healthy habits - taking small and purposeful steps to a healthy future. By the end of the book I hope my readers have developed their own "bespoke health toolkit" to be used across every aspect of their lives, and to make long-lasting and meaningful change.' What you do consistently has a direct impact on your day-to-day health, your immune system, your mental health, your metabolism, your bone density, your heart health, your blood pressure, your energy levels and how you fight disease genreally. Your lifestyle is often your body's biggest support system and the more robust you can make that, the more you can rely on it to get you through. Think of it like your life insurance policy.

The Little Book of Calm for New Mums

The Little Book of Calm for New Mums

Author: Anna Mathur Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2022

The Little Book of Calm for New Mums will share advice and support on issues that new mothers face, from A for Anger, to I for Insomnia, providing an empowering pep talk for those days when new mothers need it most. Psychotherapist and mother of three, Anna Mathur, will support readers through the rollercoaster of feelings that come with being a new mum and provide expert advice based on her own professional and personal experiences. Whether you need some quick grounding, a note of compassion, or you want to untangle a feeling, flick to a page for a quick, uplifting moment of much-needed support. There are quick takeaway mantras and action tips for those tight on time, and further reading should you want to explore topics more deeply. This comprehensive A-Z covers everything from baby blues and anxiety to guilt, insomnia, stress, your inner critic and maintaining friendships.

The Crazy Busy Cure

The Crazy Busy Cure

Author: Zena Everett Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2021

How we spend our time is one of the greatest indicators of how successful we will be. We achieve our goals when we ruthlessly prioritise tasks and people that are important to us. This book is for you if: You feel unrelentingly busy and overwhelmed. 3pm arrives and you've not done any of the tasks you intended. When you're not working, you're still 'on' - checking emails and always thinking about what you haven't done. You over-commit and find it hard to say no. You sacrifice your own priorities for disorganised people's urgent demands. Meetings, emails, and constant interruptions suck the life out of you. Your HR department's emails about wellness week are the final straw: meditation won't help your wellbeing, less meetings would. If we focus our time, energy and attention on the wrong things we will never achieve the success or happiness that we aspire to. The problem is that the low value, low impact tasks that distract us from our priorities, are hard to ignore. They scream out at us all day: digital distractions, other people's urgent demand for 'five minutes' that's never five minutes, the meetings that you shouldn't be in, the pointless email chains, the reports you write that don't get read. We get a hit from ticking these tasks off a list. It's got us hooked on crazy busyness. But all we are doing is scratching off a layer of fake work on top of the real, valuable work. The Crazy Busy Cure is full of intensely practical tips to save you from this addiction and get productive again. It will show you how to have a laser focus on your priorities, manage others so they can get on with the work and find more head space. With tips for remote working and office working alike as well as productivity hacks for people with learning and thinking differences, this lively read is jam packed with solutions. Zena Everett is executive coach and organisational psychologist and draws from her many thousands of hours and coaching and speaking to people about productivity blockers and how to shift them. Stay energised, find your freedom from distractions and regain your productivity.

Good Vibes, Good Life

Good Vibes, Good Life

Author: Vex King Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2018

Be the best version of you that YOU can be.   How can you learn to truly love yourself? How can you transform negative emotions into positive ones? Is it possible to find lasting happiness? In this book, Instagram guru Vex King answers all of these questions and more. Vex overcame adversity to become a source of hope for thousands of young people, and now draws from his personal experience and his intuitive wisdom to inspire you to: practise self-care, overcome toxic energy and prioritize your wellbeing cultivate positive lifestyle habits, including mindfulness and meditation change your beliefs to invite great opportunities into your life manifest your goals using tried-and-tested techniques overcome fear and flow with the Universe find your higher purpose and become a shining light for others In this book, Vex will show you that when you change the way you think, feel, speak and act, you begin to change the world.

Audiobooks of the Month
The Comfort Book

The Comfort Book

Author: Matt Haig Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/07/2021

The Comfort Book is just that. A beautifully packaged, beautifully comforting hug in a book. Haig’s lists, aphorisms, quotes, case studies and recipes are an antidote to today’s busy lifestyles, medicine for our crazy lives. It is suggested that you should read it how you want; “it’s as messy as life”. And there is something incredibly liberating about being told there are no rules on opening a book. So then I flicked. Because I could. Because I was given permission to.  I came to a chapter: Short. Life is short. Be kind. And it make me stop and think about when I last displayed kindness. Am I too busy in my life juggling. existing. coping. to show kindness as much as I should.  We need to give ourselves space. To breathe. And I spent 15 minutes on that page. Six words. Another page with 10 words I laughed out loud at. Pasta, is all I have to say. This book really made me stop. And think. And breathe. The pace of my life stopped each time I picked it up. And that space was so needed. The book is filled with Haig’s reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being alive. He shares his collection of consolations learned in hard times and suggestions for making the bad day’s better. For now, I’m still enjoying it but know I’ll keep it by my bed or maybe next to the toilet for people to share. It’s a book to be savoured. To be enjoyed. To come back to. It’s a marathon. Not a sprint. He includes quotes from Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker, Nietzsche, existential philosopher Rollo May, Bruce Lee. Haig’s witty. He’s wise. I love the way he writes, the way he imparts wisdom, shares his nuggets on life and I recognise that I haven’t got a routine baggy enough to live in. Thank you Matt for the comfort. I’m off to make Matt’s hummus. And eat crisps. And get some “baggy” in my life.  

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Feel Good Food

Feel Good Food

Author: Joe Wicks Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/03/2022

Make the food that makes your day What we eat has a huge impact on how we feel. From energy-boosting breakfasts to satisfying family feasts, the food you eat can transform your day. So I've created over 100 quick and tasty recipes that will put a spring in your step and have you feeling your best. With easy weeknight dinners and home-cooking hacks, energy-packed snacks and delicious food to feed a crowd, these nutritious meals are designed for energy and balance, and take the stress out of healthy home cooking. Packed with feel good food that everyone will love, it's never been easier to eat well. Joe Wicks was a number 1 Sunday Times Manuals bestseller in the w/e June 13th 2021

This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

Author: Julia Samuel Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Acclaimed psychotherapist Julia Samuel provides a valuable and insightful guide to surviving modern life and the perspectives on the self.  If change is the natural order of things, why do we struggle with the inevitable nature of change particularly at significant milestones in our lives? In this Sunday Times bestseller, Julia draws on hours of conversations with her patients by presenting case studies to show how we can learn to adapt and even thrive during our most difficult and transformative experiences. A remarkable book that looks at the hard times unflinchingly. Illuminated by the latest social and psychological research, these powerful, unforgettable and deeply intimate stories about everyday people help us to accept change and tackle it in a different way ensuring that we take control of our own response to change and improve the way we approach challenges at every stage of life.

Move More At Your Desk

Move More At Your Desk

Author: Kerrie-Anne Bradley Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2022

A practical guide to show you small, simple, varied and doable ways to move more so that your body is less stiff, stronger, more energized and feels good. It focuses on movements you can easily do throughout the day – whether in the office or at home. Most of us sit still for the majority of the day at our desks, not to mention hours binge watching Netflix. No self-respecting cat gets up without stretching, but humans have forgotten this need for regular movement. Back ache, migraines, RSI and even digestion issues can be aggravated by sitting still for too long. Move More At Your Desk shows you how to improve your sitting posture, strengthen, stretch and improve flexibility, to counter the issues caused by too little movement. Illustrated throughout, the book is divided into 5 sections presenting movement snacks you can choose throughout your day: -Neck and shoulders - Moving your spine - Legs and hips - Hands and wrists - Breathing. Each section provides exercises, tips and tricks targeting areas that are badly affected by stiffness and pain. Build new habits, learn how to move just a bit more each day, and within four weeks aches and pains will be gone, you will feel more energized, positive and alive at work. Move More At Your Desk will give you everything you need to improve your overall health, posture and core strength.

The Foot Fix

The Foot Fix

Author: Yamuna Zake Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/01/2021

This is a uniquely helpful and accessible guide to taking control of your own foot health by holistic heath innovator Yamuna Zake. We don't need doctors, orthotics or even surgery to relieve common foot problems, such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, neuromas, arthritis, hammertoes, and flat feet. By learning a correct gait that uses the entire foot to distribute weight, we can relieve and prevent common foot problems without any medical intervention. The book offers an easy-to-follow 4-week program of routines that take just 15 minutes a day during the program and allows readers to fix their feet and take ownership of their body. Each of the four weeks focuses on a different part of the foot: the heel, the arch, the ball and the toes. There are 3-4 exercises in each section and readers try them all and can choose to focus on those exercises in each section that they enjoy most. This programme is then supported with mindful foot practices to ensure bad habits don't return. Six common foot problems are also explored, including their causes (specific incorrect walking patterns) and ways of preventing and relieving them (exercises plus mindful practices). You won't find any medical concepts or terminology in this book, nor do you need to learn complicated foot anatomy. The whole program is based on what you already know: walking. You'll learn how to walk and stand correctly and to use every part of your feet as nature intended. That's all you need to do!

The Organic Pharmacy Complete Guide to Natural Health and Beauty

The Organic Pharmacy Complete Guide to Natural Health and Beauty

Author: Margo Marrone Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2022

The Organic Pharmacy Complete Guide to Natural Health and Beauty is packed full of information on herbal remedies, homeopathy and nutrition, and shows how these approaches to healing can work with our own body's systems to enhance our health and beauty. Featuring organic treatment plans for over 30 ailments including sore throats, arthritis, infertility and acne, you will discover why so many celebrities, including Kylie Minogue, swear by Margo's remedies. Drawing on her years of experience, Margo will show you how to create your own personal health and skincare regime that will keep you looking and feeling younger and more vibrant, and offers health tips for the whole family. Written with Margo's trademark inspirational style and approach, this is the definitive guide to natural health and beauty for everyone looking to optimize their vitality and wellbeing.

The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer

The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer

Author: Trisha Greenhalgh, Liz O’Riordan Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2018

The book you can trust to support you at every stage of your treatment - and beyond Winner of best 'Popular Medicine' book, BMA Medical Book Awards 2019 Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, an academic GP, and Dr Liz O'Riordan, a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon, are not only outstanding doctors, but they have also experienced breast cancer first-hand. The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer brings together all the knowledge they have gathered as patients and as doctors to give you and your family a trusted, thorough and up-to-date source of information. Designed to empower you during your breast cancer treatment, it covers: Simple explanations of every breast cancer treatment Coping with the emotional burden of breast cancer Frank advice about sex and relationships Staying healthy during and after treatment Dealing with the fear of recurrence Living with secondary breast cancer Packed full of all the things the authors wished they'd known when they were diagnosed, and tips on how to cope with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and beyond, this is the only book you need to read to guide you through your breast cancer diagnosis.

The Cancer Ladies' Running Club

The Cancer Ladies' Running Club

Author: Josie Lloyd Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/05/2021

Sometimes we need our friends to help us find our feet... When Keira first receives her breast cancer diagnosis, she doesn't want to have to tell her family, or step back from work. She doesn't want to sit in a hospital, or be part of a group of fellow cancer patients. Cancer is not her club. But as she accepts that her health is no longer something she can rely on, Keira finds herself embracing running. And running in the company of a group of brilliant, funny women each going through treatment unexpectedly gives Keira the hope she needs. Because the C-word is not going to define Keira's identity. And with the Cancer Ladies' Running Club cheering her on, she's going to reclaim her life. One step at a time. Life isn't always the race we expected to run but this moving and uplifting novel is full of hope and about love, family, friendship and the power of finding your tribe.

The Royal Marsden Cancer Cookbook Nutritious Recipes During and After Treatment, to Share with Friends and Family

The Royal Marsden Cancer Cookbook Nutritious Recipes During and After Treatment, to Share with Friends and Family

Author: Clare Shaw PhD, RD Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2015

What I particularly like about Clare Shaw’s book are firstly the detailed pages on nutrition and the consideration of diet and what to eat at different stages of cancer, the eating problems that can occur and how to enjoy food as much as possible while eating a healthy and nourishing diet. Secondly there is the emphasis on sharing food, the patient not having to eat a separate diet, there are recipes here that all can enjoy so the pleasures of the table and eating with family and friends can continue through treatment. Lots of ideas too, on preparing food ahead for days when the effort is too much, all in all it’s a wise book for any cancer sufferer – and just as important, 50% of the royalties from the sale of the book go to supporting the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.   Like for Like Reading Eating for Better Health, Jane Plant and Gillian Tidey Nourish: The Cancer Care cookbook, Penny Brohn and Christine Bailey

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