3 Books to change your life: 3 books that can have a major impact on your life, improving your physical and mental health, and overall quality of life

Self help and self improvement are very broad topics because there are so many ways we can work on ourselves- learning new interpersonal or work skills, strengthening our mental health, managing stress, building resiliency, improving our outlook on life, building physical health and many more topics. While self help books can get a bad rap, I find them incredibly useful to help me learn new skills from teachers that resonate with me, and at my own pace.

The prompt for today’s 30-day book photography challenge is to share 3 all-time favorite self help and improvement books. Many of my recent posts (1, 2) are on books from the spirituality and self -help/self-improvement genre and this post shares 3 books that can change your life. These books have been exceedingly important in in my physical and mental health self-improvement journey.

How to change your life/Bookended

1. Change Your Schedule, Change Your Health by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

Our state of wellness includes both our physical and mental well-being. In Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar’s Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life, the author shows us how our habits and daily schedule influence our physical and mental health, energy levels, and overall feeling of well-being. Drawing on the principles of Ayurveda, and with research from the emergent field of chronobiology, the book guides us on how to work with the body’s circadian rhythm to optimize health. Put simply, given our individual body type, how can we use the body’s daily, light-driven circadian rhythm to help plan the best times to eat, exercise, meditate and sleep? How can we optimize our habits and schedule to work for us rather than trapping us like a hamster on a wheel? Every page of this book is chockfull of helpful information to help us enjoy holistic health. This book has had a big impact on my life.

The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle/ Bookended

2. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: You can read more about this book in this post.

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3. The Gifts of Imperfection by Dr. Bren√©  Brown

I struggle with perfectionism (more on that here) and this book has repeatedly helped me trade my quest for perfection with authenticity. It was the first book that I read that talked about how our perfectionism sets us up to fail and how everyday we face the choice of embracing our imperfect, authentic, vulnerable selves.

Perhaps the most important lesson that I have learned from all these books is that self-improvement is not a one, two, or some multiple-time event but a lifelong series of choices we make and which, over time, add up to fantastic changes.