Biohacking, self-reflection, eco-friendly minimalism in new books on beauty and health

12 books for those who care for themselves and the world around them

Text: Marina Syutaeva



Lynn Henderson

Shyness is not a bad character trait, and there is nothing to be ashamed of. However, it can be difficult for shy people in life: social anxiety interferes with building a career and relationships, causes fear of public speaking, new acquaintances and communication. Dealing with shyness will help the methods described in the book by Lynn Henderson, a professor in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, the world’s leading researcher on shyness and social anxiety.

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Marina Khidekel

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A very timely and useful book is devoted to the problem of emotional burnout and ways to get yourself out of this state. Chronic stress, hard work, multitasking life – it’s no wonder that many adults experience burnout and its consequences (fatigue, irritability, emotional exhaustion). To combat burnout, the author of the book has developed a special technique.

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Sumner Brooks and Amy Severson

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A healthy relationship with food is formed from early childhood, according to the nutritionists who wrote this book. If parents strive to feed the child at all costs and resort to all measures for this, the result can be eating disorders, rejection of themselves and their bodies. To avoid this, it is worth teaching children to listen to themselves, consciously determine the feeling of satiety and hunger.

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Maria Ershova and Polina Shurygina

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The ketogenic diet, which focuses mainly on fat and low carbohydrate intake, is gaining popularity. However, this is a rather complicated way of eating, and it can be difficult for beginners to understand the nuances. To help anyone interested in the keto diet – a book in which, in addition to the theoretical part, there are 132 recipes for keto dishes, a food diary (it can be cut out), and most importantly, a plan for a smooth three-week transition to keto for those who find it difficult to change eating habits.

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Barbara Petruschak

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A beautifully illustrated guidebook that aims to teach teenage girls gently, but at the same time as informatively as possible, about how they grow up and how their bodies change. All advice and recommendations are checked by doctors of various specialties. The author of the book is a Polish journalist, the creator of the Moonka project, dedicated to the education of teenagers and the promotion of a positive perception of the body.

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Stephanie Marie Seferian

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The consumer society is slowly but surely ceasing to be like this and moving towards minimalism. To make the difficult transition to a minimalist (and therefore sustainable and frugal) lifestyle easier, the author of The Sustainable Minimalists blog and podcast has put together a guide. Her step-by-step plan is based on the application of methods and practices related to all spheres of life and life, from the formation of a wardrobe to the consumption of electricity.

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Nancy Gerstein

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A yoga teacher with a certificate from the Himalayan Institute has released a practical guide that will be useful for both beginners and those who have practiced yoga for a long time or even plan to hold classes themselves. The pages contain 100 ready-made lessons with asanas, scripts and tips on what to do in daily life to consolidate each lesson.

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“Renew your brain, create the body of your dreams, stop aging and become happy in one month,” says the inscription on the cover of the bestseller published by the famous biohacker Ben Greenfield. The author promises that with the help of his unique system readers can pump the brain, body and spirit. To improve (life) activity and prolong youth, training programs, healing techniques and various nutritional supplements are offered.

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For those who are used to sacrificing their wishes, time and comfort for others, this is a book by psychotherapist Terry Cole. The author learns not only to set personal boundaries, but also to accurately recognize people who will violate them.

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Tanya Stepanenko

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Reflection means paying attention to yourself, or rather, in yourself to realize and rethink what is happening, to evaluate your emotions and behavior. In order for the “session” to be productive, it is worth asking questions. What exactly, Tanya Stepanenko, the author of the popular blog about self-reflection @selfreflexia, will tell you in the pages of her book. Relevant illustrations by the author are attached.

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Nicole LePera

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American psychologist and psychotherapist Nicole LePera emphasizes: no one will help a person to understand himself better than himself. And for that you need to completely immerse yourself in the work on yourself, and this book will provide support with answers to many important questions: how to deceive a “bad” heredity, how to get in touch with your inner child, what are the problems of procrastination and resistance to change.

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Chelsea Monroe-Kassel and Sarien Lehrer

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A collection of recipes for a variety of dishes that could be cooked in the kingdoms of Westeros, approved by the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin. The book is styled like an old tome with pages gilded by time, containing recipes for cereals, soups and desserts, some in ancient and modern versions at the same time. All this cooking is easy, even for those who have never been fond of cooking, say the authors.

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