What is it about the school holidays that have us questioning our sanity, life choices and entire personality, all in one day – and sometimes, all at once?!

By this point, we’re usually feeling fried and frazzled. The kids have officially won. But not this time. See, we’ve actually been taking those ‘Oh my god, you HAVE to read this!’ book recommendations on board, making time to sit down with a cup of tea and one of those Life Changing™ books our mum/sister/BFF has been raving about.

What do you know? It’s actually helped.

From books that help us reframe how we see success to books that simply teach us how to say no, we’ve spent these school holidays learning how to do the things we’ve always wanted to do (and the things we never knew we needed to do) from the experts. 

Safe to say, these books have helped us survive the school holidays. And while we can’t guarantee they’ll help us survive the school year, we’re pretty confident that we’ll be taking at least a few of the tips we’ve gleaned forward into next term (and hopefully beyond).

‘I’m So Effing Tired’ by Dr Amy Shah
Are you feeling overwhelmed, overstressed, and overtired? If so, you’re not alone – and you don’t have to settle for feeling this way. Inspired by her personal wellness journey, Dr. Amy Shah has created this program so that you can regain your energy and reclaim your life. The key is tapping into the powerful energy trifecta: the complex, interconnected relationship between your gut, your immune system, and your hormones.
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‘365 Days of Wellness’ by The Messenger Group
This isn’t your ordinary journal. 365 Days of Wellness is the Collective Hub’s first print and digital mashup, offering a challenge every single day and support so good, it feels like they’re right there next to you. Knowing that wellness isn’t all green juices and yoga classes, this journal aims to help you find your wellness lifestyle with challenges that stimulate your mind, body and soul. You can get started at any time of the year, too!
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‘F**k No!’ by Sarah Knight
It’s something that almost all of us do, every single day – we could be up to our eyeballs in work/childcare/social commitments, but when someone asks us to do that little something that promises to be the proverbial last straw that broke the camel’s back, instead of the ‘No!’ that we’re thinking, out comes, ‘Yes, that’s great, I’d love to do that.’ Why? How?! Do not fret. Help is at hand in the latest no f**cks given guide to taking charge of your own time and life.
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‘Thrive’ by Arianna Huffington
Forget about the glass ceiling – co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, is on a mission to change the system altogether by redefining the very meaning of success at work and in your personal life. In Thrive, Arianna writes a passionate call to arms, looking to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world. She’ll help you identify a new metric for defining success, in order to live a healthy, productive, and meaningful life.
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‘Daring Greatly’ by Dr Brene Brown
We couldn’t write a list of Life Changing™ books without including Brene Brown. A researcher and true thought leader, Dr Brown’s ‘Daring Greatly’ challenges what we think we know about vulnerability. It’s backed by 12 years of research, and argues that vulnerability isn’t weakness – rather, it’s our clearest path to courage, engagement and connection. Whether you have been consciously looking for a way to better embrace your vulnerability or not, ‘Daring Greatly’ is proof that one book can truly change your whole life.
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