So, I’ve had a break over Christmas from counting macros, measuring my wobbly bits and exercising – I simply do not have the willpower to refuse fizz, Stilton or an extra helping of roast potatoes.
Instead I’ve been trying to focus my mind and attempting to relax more – to actually enjoy the festive period with my family instead of stressing about whose house we need to be at next or how long the apple pie has been in the oven.
I find a great way to relax is… (No, not that, keep it clean please people!)…by reading, and although I appreciate it is not for everyone it is something I like to do.
Not only does regular reading help to make you smarter, but it can actually increase your brain power. Just like jogging exercises your cardiovascular system, reading regularly improves memory function by giving your brain a good work out.
Over the past 3 weeks I’ve enjoyed some amazing reads:
Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough
It’s about Louise, who on a rare night out meets a man in a bar and sparks fly…And then she befriends Adele, who’s new to town, but she also just happens to be married to David. David is Louise’s new boss, the man from the bar!
When you think you’ve worked out the plot, the final chapters come along, knock you off your feet, spin you around and leave you thinking “Wow, I didn’t see that coming!”
Why Mummy Drinks; The diary of an exhausted mum – Gill Sims
This book is Ellen’s diary; she is wife to Simon, mother to Jane and Peter and a full-time working mum. I could not put this book down – probably as many parts of Ellen’s chaotic battle with adulthood and parenthood remind me of my own mini-dramas.
I highly recommend this book to any of you who may sometimes feel less than perfect, and that everyone else has their shit together and not you!
You Do You – Sarah Knight
The book to tell you how to be who you are, and use what you’ve got to get what you want.Although I have not yet read this book it is next on my list.
You Do You in the next instalment from the best-selling author who wrote The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k and Get Your Sh*t Together, both of which I can also highly recommend.
Reading allows you to switch off, go on, think of something you like, or even someone you like and find a book about it, or that they’ve written. Think of the books you may have read at school, or didn’t get to read at school but always wanted to (I did this with The Great Gatsby – which as I’d not read it or heard of it, assumed was about a steam train!).
Let me know how you get on…