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Bookworms Recommend: Your Millennial Psychologist and Love, Julienne’s Reading List on Wellness and Mental Health

Bookworms Recommend: Your Millennial Psychologist and Love, Julienne’s Reading List on Wellness and Mental Health

As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month last May, we put an emphasis on what it means to look after our overall well-being and reduce the stigma around mental illness. While there are many ways to care for yourself and express self-love, there is also one proven activity that reduces stress, builds self-esteem, and develops skills: reading.

During the Bond Over Books, an Instagram Live where bibliophiles talk about all things books (and more), our guests Riyan Portuguez also known as Your Millennial Psychologist, and Julienne Alcos who goes by the username Love, Julienne shared reading has been a huge part of their self-care routine.

“Reading is a coping mechanism and is a form of escape since I was in college,” said Julienne.

“It helps you to be grounded in reality and how we can respond to situations. Moderate amount, part of self-care. Increases your imagination and boosts your empathy through the narratives you read. It also improves your sleep,” added Rian.

We are indeed fortunate to have books that guide and help us improve our mental health; titles that inspire conversation and shed light on important topics like mental health. And if you are wondering where to start or what exactly to read? Rian and Julienne have the perfect reading list for you.

Did you miss out on the recent episode of Bond Over Books? We have rounded up all books recommended by Rian and Julienne so you can start reading titles on mental health and wellness.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, following our dreams.

A Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

This memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. In this book, psychiatrist Victor Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. 

When by Daniel Pink 

Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing shows that timing is really a science. While our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions, Daniel Pink reveals when to start a business, schedule a class, or get serious about a person in this book to refrain from making decisions based on intuition and guesswork.

READ MORE: 8 Enlightening Books to Help Increase Your Well-Being

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

This remarkable novel tells the epic story of Frankie Presto—the greatest guitar player who ever lived—and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings. In The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, Mitch Albom creates a magical world through his love of music about the power of talent to change our lives.

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments. An Unquiet Mind is an honest and profoundly dramatic book–a read that will change the way we think about moods and madness.

Love is Never Enough by Aaron Beck

With eloquence and accessibility, world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Aaron T. Beck—widely hailed as the "father of cognitive behavioral therapy"—analyzes the actual dialogue of troubled couples to illuminate the most common problems in marriage: the power of negative thinking, disillusionment, rigid rules and expectations, and miscommunication.

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Brené Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives. Over the past seven years, she found that leaders in organizations are asking the same questions: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building program.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

A poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers: a story of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious of times. 

I Used to Have a Plan by Alessandra Olanow

This book beautifully encapsulates the experience of encountering difficulty, processing it and healing from it, and becoming stronger. Full of advice, commiseration, empathy, and wit that is comforting, I Used to Have a Plan helps everyone through the painful yet ultimately uplifting process of healing.

READ MORE: 3 Benefits of Purposeful, Immersive Reading

You Are Here, For Now by Adam J. Kurtz

Adam J. Kurtz’s You Are Here, For Now explores mental health, identity, handling setbacks, and finding humor in the unknown—and will be a touchstone for seekers, graduates, creatives, and anyone who's trying to figure out what's next (and maybe even feel a little hopeful about it).

Atomic Habits by James Clear

In Atomic Habits, James Clear draws on the most proven ideas to create a guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from real people who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Keep Going by Austin Kleon

This timeless and practical book celebrates getting outdoors and taking a walk. Worry less about getting things done, and more about the worth of what you’re doing. Instead of focusing on making your mark, work to leave things better than you found them. Keep Going is perfect for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

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