best books of 2021

8 must-read books of 2021 for your mind and body

Written by health and wellbeing experts, these books are a must-read if you are looking to strengthen your mind and body.
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The year 2021 introduced us to a great many books that impacted our lives in more ways than one. While some offered tips to help safeguard our health, others provided us with the motivation to keep moving forward. Reading them improved our quality of living as they showed us efficient ways to prioritise our wellbeing and find happiness in life. We found a much-needed escape from the outside world and preserve our mental peace in chaos.

Moreover, the knowledge we gained after reading them helped us make choices that made our lives productive and meaningful. Here, we have compiled a list of the best wellbeing books published in 2021 that helped us get through the tough times. Written by health and wellbeing experts, these best books of 2021 are a must-read if you are looking to enhance your physical and mental health.

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking, by Caroline Leaf

If you are anxious about your future, feeling lost and uncertain, and lacking the focus to do what you want, then this book is for you. Written by Dr Caroline Leaf—a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist—this book provides a scientifically proven, five-step plan to identify and remove the root cause of anxiety, depression and other negative thoughts. Leaf writes, “mind-management is key to the kind of mental peace that sustains us through tough times and happy times.”

The Energy Paradox: What to do When Your Get-Up-and-Go Has Got Up and Gone, by Steven Gundry

Following the success of the bestselling books, The Plant Paradox and The Longevity Paradox, Steven Gundry, M.D., latest work, The Energy Paradox, sheds light on how to regain your lost energy and keep your body nourished. It is one of the best books of 2021 where Gundry writes, “energy is what keeps you alive. When you have less of it, your cells, organs, and tissues—including your brain—are at risk because they are being starved of the resources they require to function correctly.” He shares healthy recipes and a list of energy-boosting foods that can help readers stay energised so they can be at their best all the time.

I’m So Effing Tired: A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy, and Reclaim Your Life, by Amy Shah

Amy Shah, M.D., had created a programme based on her own wellness journey to regain energy and take control of her life. In this book, Shah details all that and more. The nutrition expert talks about the complex relationship between your gut, immune system and hormones. She explains how one can transform their lives by changing what they eat, when they eat and how they manage their stress. This guide to overcoming burnout and fatigue can help you regain your lost energy and live the life you deserve.

Be: A No-Bullsh*t Guide to Increasing Your Self Worth and Net Worth by Simply Being Yourself, by Jessica Zweig

In this book, author Jessica Zweig talks about authenticity and how important it is for someone to accept themselves for who they are. She explains how one can achieve that genuineness and offers guidance on how to feel confident as you build a connection with others. Reading this book will help you overcome the fear of what people think of you and increase your self-worth. You will learn how to live life on your own terms.

The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer, by Steven Kotler

In this book, New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler reveals the secret of top performers including athletes, CEOs, artists, who have beaten the odds to achieve difficult feats in life. This book encourages you to believe in your abilities and reveals the true potential of a person. He offers science-based techniques for improving the skills you need to turn your dreams into realities. Kotler says, “each of us, right here, right now, contains the possibility of extraordinary.” Read this book if you want to be better at what you do.

Speak your Truth, by Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton is an English television and radio presenter. In 2020, Cotton found that she was at risk of needing a throat operation. On her doctor’s advice, she spent weeks recovering in silence. During this period of contemplation, she wondered how often people try to please others and compromise their own happiness and wellbeing. Cotton points out that people stay quiet for wrong reasons and suggests ways for them to find their voices and speak with authority. This book will help readers overcome the inner demons that are holding them back, and find their own unique, authentic voice.

Happy, Not Perfect: Upgrade Your Mind, Challenge Your Thoughts, and Free Yourself from Anxiety, by Poppy Jamie

This book tells the story of author Poppy Jamie and her struggles with perfectionism and life purpose. And how after talking to several mental health experts, Jamie found tools to silence her inner critic and overcome her insecurities. In Happy, Not Perfect, she shares effective ways to manage your response to emotional triggers while improving your mental and physical health. This book is perfect for those looking to gain confidence and accept themselves for who they are.

Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself, by Nedra Glover Tawwab

In this book, licensed counsellor Nedra Glover Tawwab sheds light on the need of establishing healthy boundaries. Glover suggests ways we can successfully express ourselves and say ‘no’ without offending others. She shares the best practices used in cognitive behavioural therapy and how they can help us set healthy boundaries in all aspects of our lives.

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