It’s not too late.
Okay, 2017 is in effect, and maybe you’ve been a bit…distracted by current events to take care of yourself. Time to back away from the gluten/alcohol/sugar/sofa and treat yourself right. These upbeat inspiring guides to wellness start from a happy place and take you to an even happier one. They’re guaranteed to take you away from the “argh” and into the “aaaaaaaaaaaaah.” And they’re a great way to say, “I love you, please stop eating fried pork rinds!” on Valentine’s Day.
The New Health Rules, by Frank Lipman, M.D., & Danielle Claro
This visual guide to wellness cuts through the complexity of sometimes contradictory health-speak to deliver modern concepts with a spoonful of sugar (okay, maybe not sugar—let’s say apple slices). Driven by beautiful photographs, each spread teaches one smart lesson to address a single habit. In this streamlined, compact guide, Frank Lipman, M.D. (who counts Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal among patients) and Real Simple's deputy editor Danielle Claro deliver cutting-edge advice that is easily digestible and simple to put into action.
To buy: $9, amazon.com.
See Your Way to Mindfulness, by David Schiller
Small but deep, this treasure begs to be dropped in your bag to accompany you on your commute or a weekend walk. A mix of crisp insights, delicate botanical drawings, and intimate photos of the natural world—plus poetic quotes from great thinkers and artists— it invites the reader to slow down, experience beauty, and tap into his or her own creativity.
To buy: $11, amazon.com.
The Living Clearly Method, by Hilaria Baldwin
Don’t hate Hilaria Baldwin because she’s beautiful. Or because her yoga form is impeccable. Or because she’s married to Alec Baldwin. She wants the best for you! The co-founder of NYC studio Yoga Vida, she’s written a gorgeous and inspiring life guide that not only covers all the bases from clean eating to rest, but also straight-up addresses the negative self-talk that keep us from taking care of ourselves. (Bonus: Alec Baldwin in adorable couple’s yoga poses.)
To buy: $16, amazon.com.
Yoga Bodies: Real People, Real Stories, & the Power of Transformation, by Lauren Lipton
Unpretentious and delightful, this generously sized hardcover is a collection of first-person portraits of more than 80 people who practice and enjoy yoga. It’s not a book only for yogis—it’s a book for people. (Picture Humans of New York, but with a theme.) There’s nothing pushy or preachy here, but reading this book you can’t help but appreciate the fact that yoga means a lot of different things to a lot of different folks. And that yoga is, as they say, for every (space) body: doesn’t matter what your dimensions are, what your age is, or what physical limitations you may be dealing with. Yoga is here for you.
To pre-order: $25, amazon.com.
One Year Wiser: A Gratitude Journal, by Mike Medaglia
If you’ve read plenty about wellness and are focusing on your own attitude adjustment this year, this compact but luxe-feeling journal—which invites writing, doodling, and coloring—is ideal. Each spread offers a thought that can tweak your perspective toward the light. But most of the space is clear for your musings. A great prompt for quieting complaints in your head and focusing on the good stuff instead.
To buy: $15, amazon.com.