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Reasonable Resolutions

Self-help books for little improvements you can make

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • January 04, 2023

It's 2023 and many of us are thinking about the changes we want to make moving forward. Of course, change is hard and New Year's resolutions are famously impermanent. So before you go trying to revamp your whole life, consider four key areas where we can all use a little help, plus some practical guides that can help you take small incremental steps to improve your life.

Take a chill pill

Our lives often seem frantic, our every waking moment filled with nonstop stimulation. These days, it seems that everyone is suffering from anxiety and stress of one type or another. Meditation and mindfulness can be extremely helpful in calming our frenetic thoughts and bringing an ease to our emotions. Here are some of our favorite guides for calming down our brains.

Eat cleaner-ish

It's been well documented that on-and-off fad dieting doesn't generally improve our long-term health. These days, experts encourage finding a way to incorporate new habits into your diet without sacrificing the joy of food. Here are some of the best books we found around improving your overall diet without giving up pleasure.

Move your body

If the thought of going to the gym makes you break out in hives, you're not alone. Many of us struggle to imagine how we can make more time/energy/stamina to adopt an exercise routine. These books offer gentle, gradual approaches to breaking through the mental, physical, and emotional barriers that are keeping us from fitness.

Read more!

As we all know, reading is good for us in a variety of ways. It decreases anxiety and stress. It helps us broaden our horizons and grow empathy for others. It gives us an opportunity to learn, well, everything! You probably wouldn't be here if you didn't already know that, but maybe you're in a bit of a reading rut or just looking for ways to freshen up your reading list. Here are some ideas from some of our past blog posts:

As always, we love hearing from you. So let us know if you have any recommendations for books or ideas that have helped you improve your life. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for daily book recommendations, literary tidbits, and more.

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