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6 Wellness Books to Gift to Those Looking to Live a More Balanced and Healthy Life


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While this year, in many respects, has been an improvement over the last, it has still been a challenge for many to set healthy boundaries, avoid burnout, and prioritize their overall wellbeing. This holiday season, consider sharing the wisdom found in a host of wellness-related books that strive to tackle some of today’s biggest challenges. You may even want to gift yourself one of these titles or add one or two to your own list to Santa.

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I’m So Effing Tired: A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy, and Reclaim Your Life

For many, exhaustion feels like the new normal. Women especially are experiencing an epidemic of fatigue. In this aptly named guide, integrative medical doctor Amy Shah shares her program to help you regain energy and overcome burnout. Based on the latest science and her work helping clients, Shah focuses on tapping into the powerful energy trifecta: the complex relationship involving your gut, your immune system, and your hormones. She explains how you can transform your life by changing what you eat, when you eat, and how you manage stress.

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Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself

If ever a year has inspired the need for boundaries, this is it. As the pandemic has blurred the lines between work and home, it’s more important than ever to set healthy boundaries and minimize the time we spend with toxic people. In this New York Times bestseller, therapist Nedra Glover Tawwab, a popular Instagram personality, offers simple yet powerful ways to establish healthy boundaries. Relying on the latest research and best practices used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), she shares techniques that help you identify and express your needs clearly and without apology. It’s the perfect guide to help deal with the underlying causes of codependency, power struggles, anxiety, depression, and burnout.

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The Healthy Skin Kitchen: For Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Acne, Allergies, Hives, Rosacea, Red Skin Syndrome, Cellulite, Leaky Gut, MCAS, Salicylate Sensitivity, Histamine Intolerance & More

It should come as no surprise that what you eat has an impact on how your skin looks. Featuring beautiful photography, The Healthy Skin Kitchen is a resource for those wanting to create radiant skin from the inside out. Karen Fischer, a ‘90s model, television presenter, author, and nutritionist, was inspired by her own struggle with embarrassing skin ailments to find a nutrition-based answer to combat eczema, acne, dandruff, hives, rosacea, and more. This go-to guide features delicious allergy-friendly recipes, including gluten-free, dairy-free, low salicylate, low histamine, vegan, and auto-immune paleo options, to fit your lifestyle.

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Destination Wellness: Global Secrets for Better Living Wherever You Are

As we discovered with the Blue Zones, there are some places in the world where people typically live longer and better. In Destination Wellness, travel journalist Annie Daly embarked on a journey through some of the happiest and healthiest destinations to discover what could be learned from them. Providing a full-color tour of Jamaica, Norway, Hawaii, Japan, India, and Brazil, the book provides revealing insights as to why Norwegians are so dedicated to spending time outdoors, why Brazilians are so dedicated to community, and more. Daly shares the global lessons, philosophies, and customs that can be incorporated into our own lives to be both healthier and happier.

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Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-Being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps

One of the best ways to enact change in our lives is by incorporating microsteps, tiny, science-backed changes. Wanting to help people create healthy new habits to improve their lives, Arianna Huntington launched Thrive Global. Its mission is to end stress and burnout and help individuals and companies unlock their greatest potential. Written by Marina Khidekel and the editors of Thrive Global, Your Time to Thrive reveals how making small changes is key to achieving big results. With chapters devoted to sleep, nutrition, movement, focus and prioritization, communication and relationships, unplugging and recharging, creativity and inspiration, and purpose and meaning, the book provides practical habits that can help you thrive in all areas of your life.

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Speak Your Truth: Connecting with Your Inner Truth and Learning to Find Your Voice

In Speak Your Truth, author and host of the Happy Place podcast Fearne Cotton delves into all the ways we stay silent for the wrong reasons. She asks the hard questions about why we swallow our words to please other people at the expense of our own happiness and wellbeing. Ideal for anyone who needs help in speaking up, this book provides advice on finding your voice, asserting yourself, and speaking out with confidence. 

Be sure to stay tuned for news of the W/D Wellness Book Club launching in 2022!

Looking for even more fabulous gift ideas? Don’t miss our 10 gift guides designed to help you find the perfect present.

About The Author

Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent,,,, and, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.