I find that the best thing I can do for myself is read. I mean really read a book, cover to cover. Nourishing your mind with literature helps you learn new things and use your imagination like nothing else. As a result, your body of knowledge grows and that can translate well for your social, mental, and physical health.
I came up with a list of books that helped me out a lot! From fiction to nonfiction and the topics vary.
- Hello Glow by Stephanie Gerber
Although not a novel I got this book as a birthday gift from my really good friend. This helped me kick off a beauty blob in a legitimate way. It’s amazing that Stephanie Gerber created what she did out of d.i.y. beauty recipes. I highly recommend it for someone who wants to start on an easily approachable and natural skincare regime. It’s also put together so well! The photos are beautiful and the information she provides is invaluable which makes it so easy to learn about skincare.
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
I’m a sucker for books and movies having to do with food. I love this book because it has romance, food, culture, and a good story all in one. The main character is put into a shitty situation and only has her food to express herself with but there is a magical twist; I don’t want to spoil it. This book made me fall in love with cooking all over again. I need to reread it since it’s been a while. For me, I like the idea of using food as an expression and being creative. Having a positive association with food I think helps with overall mental and physical health. It also broadens your food horizons and this book definitely taught me that.
3.Wild by Cheryl Strayed
I’ve only read this book this past year and I can’t shut up about it! It gained a lot of attention for the film which was really good as well. But nothing beats reading the book. I don’t know why exactly I relate to this book so much since I consider myself a bit high-maintenance with a low tolerance for the outdoors. I love nature but in small doses. There is something relatable about the main character’s flaws and willingness to go out there and challenge herself physically and mentally. I think doing anything on your own is a risk worth taking that no one could ever steal from you. I believe we should all do something just as wild once in our lives.
- Kiss My Tiara by Susan Gilman
Ok so I haven’t read this book since high school but it sure made a huge impact on me. In fact, I would say it was the feminist turning point in my life. I’m not sure I would agree with everything in the book today but it was the boost I needed in high school where the word had a negative association.
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
I first heard of Brene Brown through her TED talks and it was life-changing. She hit the nail on the head with what I’ve been struggling with for so long. Seriously! Reading and listening to her made me understand so much about myself. It helped me open up as a person and as a result, it changed who I am. The lessons she taught me I still hold on to. Essentially being able to connect with people is the most crucial part of living a happy existence, or at least that’s what I got from it.
Honestly, this list could be never-ending and I’m not even sure if I did it justice. I believe everything we feed our minds today affects us later on in more ways than we realize. I’ve read so many books that had lasting effects on me and not always good ones but I think that’s important as well. I think trying to understand the world around you through reading helps in so many ways and makes you a more empathic person which the world needs more of. Even books that make you feel a little bit uncomfortable. Although this list doesn’t talk about beauty in a direct way I think that beauty is where your mind is at.
Some quotes to leave you with:
“ Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”- Dorothy Parker
“ If you want to be interesting, be interested.”- David Ogilvy