I love reading because it allows me to explore new worlds, ideas, and perspectives without leaving the comfort of my surroundings. It fuels my imagination and creativity, transporting me to different places and time periods. In some cases, I find books to be really helpful.

Here are a few books that may be of interest…

The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When The World Overwhelms Them by Elaine N. Aron PH.D.

This is a great read for parents who have a ‘highly sensitive’ child. My daughter has High functioning Autism, ADHD and Severe Anxiety. This book has enlightened me. It has shown me how to understand and support her. I want my daughter to be happy and feel safe.

Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders (The Disconnected Kids Series) by Dr. Robert Melillo

This book demonstrates to parents that a drug free approach at home can help improve the quality of life for their children and family.

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What-to-Do Guides for Kids Series) by Dawn Huebner (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator)

My daughter thoroughly enjoyed working her way through this guide. She found it easy to understand and loved the drawing/writing activities. Its been four years since we bought this book and she still uses some of the skills she acquired from this book to reduce her anxiety.

What to Do When You Dread Your Bed: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems With Sleep (What-to-Do Guides for Kids Series) by Dawn Huebmer (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator)

Imagine a world where bedtime isn’t a battle, where slipping under your covers means drifting off peacefully, without any worries or restlessness. No more listening for strange noises or fearing imaginary monsters. No more endless trips to the bathroom or pleading for one more hug.

I ordered “What to Do When You Dread Your Bed” off Amazon for my youngest daughter (and my own sanity) as every night used to be fuss. It is a guide to overcoming bedtime struggles using proven cognitive-behavioral techniques. This interactive self-help book equips children and parents alike with the tools needed for peaceful nights.


Dogs Say the Darndest Things, Are You Listening by Maia Kincaid

A beautiful introduction to some of the profound, beautiful and loving things that dogs have to say to humans.

Conversations with Companions by Joanne Yeoh

This book gives a lovely simple introduction to questions you can put to your animal companion

Animal Lessons by Danielle McKinnon

If you’re ready for a deep dive on how your animal companion is helping you, this book is for you. Be warned, it’s deep and wastes no time in getting straight to some core issues!


Living with Intention by Elizabeth Blake- Thomas

This book by author Elizabeth Blake-Thomas is designed for EVERYBODY! It’s meant for YOU! Now is the right time for your journey to start, and it begins with this book. Inside, you will find a methodology that utilizes mindful tools that help you rediscover life and live intentionally. Each exercise is designed to give you clarity, purpose, joy, peace, and/or time out by analysing your intention, behavior, habits, practices, and/or second natures. The “More than a Book” concept is a book that is designed to make you more interactive and play. It is not just a guidebook or workbook. It is for you to take time out from your normal day to engage in exercises that allow you to dig deep into your mental space.


Connected: The 12 Ways of Wellbeing for a Holistically Healthy Life by Gemma Louise Margerison

In this manual Gemma Margerison offers insight into 12 key areas that can help you foster connection and achieve a balanced state of health. By delving into the Four Spheres of Connection (self, others, world, and purpose) you’ll gain a deeper understanding of each and how they contribute to your overall wellbeing.


Braving the wilderness – Brené Brown

Brené Brown is a key figure of public speaking predominantly about vulnerability, courage etc. She has other books, TED talks etc. I personally found this one a tough read in terms of language and flow but persisted with it and she is an inspirational speaker. It was worth persisting.

Brené Brown has 2 podcasts currently on Spotify: Unlocking Us and dare to lead

She also has a plethora of Free Downloads that might help you too.

Here is one example of a Ted Talk by Brené Brown.

Happy – Fearne Cotton

A much lighter book about finding the joy in every day but a very popular personality / presenter. I love Fearne and I loved reading about her journey and insights. A good starting point for someone who doesn’t want to go too ‘deep’ but could do with some light-hearted tips and inspiration. She also gives little activities to complete etc throughout but you can take them or leave them. Fearne has published other books too e.g. Speak Your Truth, Quiet, Calm, Calm: The Journal, Happy:The Journal and several cookbooks.

Fearne Cotton has a podcast that can be found on YouTube called Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place.

The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People – Mel Collins 

A total transformational eye-opener for me. If you find yourself being called ‘too sensitive’ and picking up on energies, are empathetic, over-analyse and find life overwhelming, are interested in spiritual ‘stuff’ too then this is for you! This book helped me identify some of my own personal traits whilst opening my eyes and discovering more about the deeper meaning of life.  I could say more… 

Mel Collins is on YouTube talking about what it means to be a highly sensitive person.

How to Talk So Little Kids will Listen – Joanna Faber and Julie King

Another BRILLIANT and useful read for anyone with children.  Opened my eyes to different techniques to try and to understand how my daughter’s mind works too.  A pick-up and put down for many years as needed with different tips for different ages etc and some real life examples of people trying different methods of communication with their kids and the outcomes they derived! Very useful to have on the shelf.  A great support for improving bonds, general happiness and wellbeing within the family home.

Here is a podcast by Mindful Mama talking with Joanna Faber & Julie King. The authors have done several podcasts/interviews so there are plenty more to listen to on YouTube.

Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life – Karen Rauch Carter

I have owned this for many years! Anyone interested in or learning about the magic of Feng Shui will appreciate this. This goes from explaining, to tips and techniques, from minor to major planning. I love picking this up when I feel energies need shifting!

Karen Rauch Carter has a YouTube channel and I’ve selected one of her videos below.

‘F**k It’ the ultimate Spiritual Way – John C. Parkin 

Bought for me a few years ago now, I found this fun, interesting and inspiring to learn to let go when I needed to. I’d need a bit more time to recall its contents, but it is a pretty popular one. It’s all about perspective, alleviating stress and anxiety etc.

On YouTube I found the author’s promotional video explaining his background and ethos.

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