Wellness + Money — Our Recommended Books
Updated: Oct 7
We’ve been talking quite a bit about wellness in recent blogs, especially as it intersects with personal finance!
Reading is a phenomenal way to practice self care, as it's good for both your mind and body. A recent article from Healthline discusses the many benefits that reading has on our body from reducing stress to increasing our ability to empathize.
Stress is a normal part of everyday life; did you know that there’s a type of stress that is good for us and a type that is detrimental to our health? Eustress is positive stress that encourages us to get going, and improves productivity. Distress is negative stress, which can cause anxiety, and decrease productivity. Reading helps to relieve distress, relaxing you as it lowers blood pressure and heart rate.
Prevention of Age Related Cognitive Decline
Cognitive decline generally occurs as we age, but studies have shown that reading regularly can prevent memory loss as we age, as well as reduce the onset of things such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Alleviation of Depression Symptoms
Many people discuss reading as a way to enter new spaces or realities as it can act as an escape from the current problems you're facing. Some symptoms of depression include lack of concentration, poor energy levels, and intrusive thoughts — all of which reading can help with!
Because reading is so good for relaxing the mind, many experts suggest working it into your night time routine. It can also act as replacement for screen time as blue light (from screens) has been shown to suppress the release of melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep. Reading before bed will not only relax your mind, but help you improve your sleep too!
Increase in Ability to Empathize
This is typically a less well-known benefit, but reading can actually help you better empathize with others. This is especially true for fiction books, where you have the ability to explore characters' lives and beliefs.
Overall, reading is a great way to exercise your brain and encourage overall wellness both mentally and physically.
That being said, we wanted to come to you this week with some book recommendations that revolve around self care and money. We talked to some avid readers in the Twin Cities area about their favorites!
Meet Rachel Lawrence, co-founder of the People’s Protection Coalition, and local activist from Minneapolis. She’s got you covered on the best self care books!
Own Your Glow by Latham Thomas
Love In My Language by Alexandra Elle
Also check out Alexandra Elle’s podcast called “Hey Girl” for all things self help, wellness, and healing!
Meet Sophie Weber, brand strategist and photographer from Minneapolis! Her recommendations cover some different ways to think about money and capitalism.
Arts and Numbers by Elaine Grogan Luttrull
Oneness vs. The 1% by Vandana Shiva and Kartikey Shiva
Meet Anna Chirhart, an Art and English student from Saint Paul. Her favorite reads range from physical wellness to minimalism, as it relates to finance.
Fiber Fueled by Will Bulsiewicz
The Minimalist Budget by Mary O’Connor
A Life Less Throw Away by Tara Button