The 4 Best Books for Wellbeing

One of the biggest perks of working for BetterSpace is having access to our platform and all of the books we have available specially selected to help level-up our wellbeing. 

I would like to share with you my top 4 books which have helped me with my wellbeing, from helping my anxiety and overthinking to combatting procrastination and improving my listening skills.

A huge shoutout to our book supplier Blackwell’s for making it possible to have all these great books on the platform.


1. You’re not listening by Kate Murphy


To get ahead in life, we are told to take control, lead, make sure we are heard. Our politicians talk over one another, our social media is carefully curated to shape our personal narratives. But we are not listening…and people are not listening to us. 

I cannot tell you how often I have been in important conversations telling my self “Holly you really need to listen, you really need to take this in” and in the space of that thought, I have missed the entire point of the conversation. I am notoriously bad for saying “yeah, sounds good” when I actually have no idea what someone has just said. 

As a quiet, introverted person, I liked to think I was a good listener. But as an anxious, over worrier, I am not. When I am not listening to someone, it is because I am nervous about what I am going to say next, thinking “what I am going to come across like?” I am not giving my full attention to the person in front of me. Kate Murphy well and truly put me in my place. 

Murphy demonstrates how actively listening, with curiosity and patience, can transform our relationships, work-lives, and self-knowledge, boost our creativity and happiness, and give us the tools to be better listeners.


2. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


Flow is a classic! Csikszentmihalyi, through tireless research, answers the age-old question of what is the key to a happy life? The answer, well, effectively…live in the moment, or flow. ‘Flow’ is a state of joy, creativity and total involvement. Where problems seem to disappear, and there is an exhilarating feeling of transcendence. Csikszentmihalyi answers the important questions of how we can achieve the state of flow in the modern world of quick and easy overconsumption.

Going into this book, I just wanted to improve my concentration. As a 24-year-old who has always had access to media on demand, my focus levels are embarrassingly low. I wanted tips and tricks to improve my focus levels and productivity. But coming out of this book, not only did I gain some tools to get into a flow state, but I also understood just how pivotal it is to leading a fulfilling life.


3. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


The Midnight Library is actually a fiction. But it is one of the most poignant books I have ever read. The synopsis reads:

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

“Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

Wow, if that doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will.

I read this book when I was in a time of tremendous change and turmoil. I was struggling with harrowing intrusive thoughts and rumination. I had finished my degree, gone through a breakup, had no job, and I felt like I had no sense of purpose. My mum was my rock, and Matt Haig is one of her favourite authors. She suggested I read his books. 

I cannot describe how validating and life-affirming this book was for me. I would go as far as to say that this is the best fiction I have ever read. The Midnight Library was comforting, relatable and feel good. It helped me through a tough time, and I cannot recommend it enough for wellbeing.


4. The Anxiety Journal by Corinne Sweet


The Anxiety Journal is packed full of exercises to soothe stress and eliminate anxiety. This journal helps you identify anxiety symptoms and provides tools and techniques to help you deal with them effectively.

We all experience anxiety at some point in our lives, stress that goes far beyond useful levels. Where we start to become fixated and begin to make ourselves feel sick and miserable. This book is packed full of tools to help you through those times, helping you understand why you feel the way you do and how to cope through mindfulness and awareness.

This book sits on my office desk every day. When I start to feel overwhelmed or anxious, I reach out for this book and try and find a calming exercise to slow my heart rate and gain some mindfulness. I think these days, we often reach for our phones, our mindfulness apps, or YouTube videos, but when a screen and what is causing our stress, reaching for a book and not having to deal with interrupting ads and notifications is calming in itself.

ABOUT BETTERSPACE

BetterSpace is the employee wellbeing platform putting control where it belongs: in the hands of the individual employee. Our groundbreaking solution has been developed with medical and domain expertise and is aligned to our Six Pillars of Wellbeing. BetterSpace empowers your workforce to understand and fulfill their mental health needs. 

This approach has achieved engagement rates of 94%, compared to the average usage rate of 2-18% for Employee Assistance Programmes and 10-40% for points solutions.

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