Forget “an apple a day- keeps the doctor away” and start living by “reading a book a day- keeps the stress away”. Books are a form of entertainment that makes you escape from reality and like exercise and eating right, reading strengthens muscles in your brain to help with your wellbeing.
So, if you are feeling down or just want to escape from your own reality pick up one of these books that will definitely boost your mood:
1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. - by Gail Honeyman
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Eleanor Oliphant lives in her own bubble. Wearing the same outfit daily, indulging in the same lunch and purchasing the same two bottles of alcohol every weekend. She is ecstatic with her current lifestyle until a simple act of kindness turns her world upside down and destroys the timetable for her carefully timetabled lifestyle when she needs how to how to navigate around the world that everyone seems to take for granted.
2. Hyperbole and a Half. – by Allie Brosh
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Brosh mixes simplistic drawings with humorous stories, mishaps and personal anecdotes about tackling anxiety and dealing with depression. The novel discusses the issue of mental health by creating comic strips using humorous experiences that will make you LOL.
The Little Book of Mindfulness. - by Dr Patrizia Collard
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Not quite pocket size but still relatively small. Jam-packed with exercises and illustrations to bring peace, stress relief and mindfulness into your everyday life. Chapters include health, meditation, food and positive thinking as well as a wide range of other subjects to add mindfulness if you wish to.