Three Books That Helped Me Feel Better

By Carie ShermanCarie Sherman

The last few weeks have been stressful. Good stress, which included much needed social time and fun new work projects, but I fear my body is on the brink of a shutdown.

Thank goodness for the weekend. My plan is to hang close to bed and exercise my DVR. And finally give some attention to the stack of magazines and books piled on my nightstand. Which got me thinking about three books that I enjoyed recently. And thought you might like too.

(Bonus–each is available on Kindle!)

1) Despite Lupus: How to Live Well with a Chronic Illness by Sara Gorman. This book has it all–from dealing with the emotional impact to talking with your doc to building your new “normal” life–all in practical terms. This was the first book I read after my DX, and it helped open my eyes to the impact my lifestyle had on my body. It was a good lesson in balance taught by someone who also struggles to keep her feet on the beam.

2)  Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga in Stressful Times by Judith Hanson Lasater. Stress is my default setting. Even over something as trivial as which book to read next, I’ll clench my jaw, furrow my brow, and hold my breath. Which is why I need to do everything I can to stay mindful. This book helps you to recognize your body’s responses to stress and provides a mechanism for releasing said stress. No familiarity with yoga required.

3) Gutbliss by Robynne Chutkan, MD. How many of you have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, GERD, and other such digestive woes? I’ve long been convinced that the root of all my health problems come from my overly-sensitive gut. This is the first MD that I’ve read who seems sensitive to how our bodies respond systemically to poor nutrition, stress, over-prescribing, etc. I’m so tired to feeling awful. So I’m going to follow her 10-day plan. I’ll keep you posted.

Have you read these? Or are there other books you would recommend?