With mental health at the forefront of conversation, we thought now’s the perfect time to talk about all things well-being.
Following our recent collaboration with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), mental health is one of our most-loved talking points. However, we’re not going to sit here and preach about well-being. Instead, we’ll let the experts do the talking.
As reading is one of our favourite past-times (naturally), we’ve called for some much-needed well-being tips from people who really know. Handing over to the authors…
Map your habits, set your own goals, and treat yourself with the kindness you truly deserve. Whether it’s weight loss, cutting down on drinking, improving relationships or ditching a dull job for one that you love, The Kindness Method will help you change any unwanted habit. When you’re able to shift your focus to your individual strengths and skills (rather than what you can’t do), you too will find you have the power to change – for good.
TOPMAN SAYS: ‘What if you were your own best friend‘ the blurb asks. And, when you think about it, it’s a good point. This book is all about treating yourself with the same respect and principles you would others – mastering that ‘self-love’ thing everyone’s talking about. With each chapter focusing on different areas (addiction, change, happiness, love, life tests etc.) there’s no way you’ll put this book down without taking something from it.
What does it mean to feel truly alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in; he could see no way to go on. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.
TOPMAN SAYS: Having known Haig’s work, we were excited to get our hands on Reasons To Stay Alive. An exceptionally honest recollection of his past, this book explores the capacity in which humans are able to overcome, conquer and survive. We think this is an absolute MUST for every person who has something – no matter how big or small – to battle. The simple comfort in knowing you’re not alone (and knowing there are means of coping) might mean more than you’d think…
The world is messing with our minds. What if there was something we could do about it? Looking at sleep, news, social media, addiction, work and play, Matt Haig invites us to feel calmer, happier and to question the habits of the digital age. This book might even change the way you spend your precious time on earth.
TOPMAN SAYS: Another one from Haig, this books sheds an interesting light on the world of today; the digital dependency and how, if we were to strip it all back, should we really be spending our precious time. Speaking about things that may make you feel better in the short term, but fail to in the long term is the underlying message of the must-read book.
An illustrated introduction to the Japanese method of Kaizen – meaning ‘change’ ‘good’ – showing you how to make small, step-by-step changes to transform your life. This book offers a way to build good habits and remove bad ones, without being too hard on yourself along the way. Well-known in the business and sports worlds as a method for mapping incremental goals, Kaizen is also a wonderful tool for slowly improving aspects of your life, without feeling daunted or overwhelmed by the challenge.
TOPMAN SAYS: If you’re interested in change, culture and challenge, add this book to your list immediately. With an introduction on what Kaizen is and how to kick start it, Harvey lets us in on how to insert it, accurately, into our lives. Chapter by chapter, worn on health, work, money, relationships. These are the methods you never knew you needed.
Part memoir, part manifesto, and including chapters on work, sport, babies, families, anger and friendship, How to Fail is based on the simple premise that understanding why we fail ultimately makes us stronger. Uplifting, inspiring and rich in stories from Elizabeth’s own life, How to Fail reveals that failure is not what defines us; rather it is how we respond to it that shapes us as individuals. Because learning how to fail is actually learning how to succeed better. And everyone needs a bit of that.
TOPMAN SAYS: Despite what you may think, How To Fail is a lighthearted read that you make you laugh just as much as it’ll make you realise. This book is all about the understanding of self-compassion and the ability to overcome, pick ourselves up and go at it again. Applicable to many areas of all our lives, to not pick up this book would be your first mistake!
Depression and anxiety are now at epidemic levels. Why? Across the world, scientists have uncovered evidence for nine different causes. Some are in our biology, but most are in the way we are living today. Lost Connections offers a radical new way of thinking about this crisis. It shows that once we understand the real causes, we can begin to turn to pioneering new solutions – ones that offer real hope.
TOPMAN SAYS: Please don’t think that you have to be depressed to understand – or want to understand – depression. Lost Connections is an all-round gripping read of society’s constraints that aids in finding a solution of hope. Exploring disconnection from different areas in life (people, values, childhood trauma, status and respect etc.), this is the lesson we wish we’d everyone had been told in school.