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Best Books on Workplace Wellbeing and Mental Health in 2021

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are widespread and business leaders and their employees are all feeling the pressure. Read these books to understand mental health better and to improve workplace wellbeing.

8 Must-Read Books on Workplace Wellbeing and Mental Health

If you are a business leader and/or work in the field of Human Resources and are worried about employee morale and mental health post COVID, these hand-picked recommendations of books should definitely be part of your reading list.

Life is a Four-Letter Work: A Mental Health Survival Guide For Professionals

Life is a Four-Letter Work: A Mental Health Survival Guide For Professionals

- Andy Salkeld

Life is a Four-Letter Word shares the powerful story of highly successful financial director Andy Salkeld’s battle with mental health challenges the workplaces throws at us. From calling out office bullies, to highlighting toxic work cultures and poor leadership, Salkeld aims to help employees and employers alike create inclusive, healthy workplaces, where employees thrive.

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Physical Intelligence: Harness Your Body's Untapped Intelligence to Achieve More, Stress Less and Live More Happily

Physical Intelligence: Harness Your Body's Untapped Intelligence to Achieve More, Stress Less and Live More Happily

- Claire Dale, Patricia Peyton

The way your body reacts in any given situation determines your ability to think clearly and your capacity for managing your emotions. When you understand the way your body reacts and how to manage it, you can handle that make-or-break meeting or the important business presentation. Each step-by-step strategy can be easily integrated into a busy day and is combined with useful tips and inspiring stories of people who have turned their lives around through physical intelligence.

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Feel the Fear... And Do It Anyway

Feel the Fear... And Do It Anyway

- Dr. Susan Jeffers

Are you afraid of making decisions? Asking your boss for a raise? Facing the future? Whatever your fear, here is your chance to push through it once and for all. Feel the Fear... And Do It Anyway is an enduring guide to self-empowerment. Dr. Susan Jeffers inspires us with dynamic techniques and profound concepts that have helped countless people grab hold of their fears and move forward with their lives.

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The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook

The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook

- Elaine N. Aron

If you are a Highly Sensitive Person, i.e, if you catch energy from others too quickly, or if noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you or you have a rich inner life and intense dreams, this book is a must-read for you. The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook is designed to honor your sensitivity and is a collection of exercises and activities for both individuals and groups, which will help nurture the new, positive self-image you deserve, and create a fuller, richer life.

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The Happiness Track: How To Apply The Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success

The Happiness Track: How To Apply The Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success

- Emma Seppala

In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppälä draws upon the latest scientific research on resilience, willpower, compassion, positive stress, creativity, and mindfulness to reveal the connection between happiness and success, and how to achieve both. Featuring practical strategies we can use in our daily lives, this book will show you the fulfilling, rewarding, and anxiety-free life that is within your reach.

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Why We Sleep: Unlocking The Power of Sleep and Dreams

Why We Sleep: Unlocking The Power of Sleep and Dreams

- Matthew Walker

From disease to concentration to depression, sleep impacts everything we do. But it’s not all bad news. Matthew Walker is on hand to dive into ‘The New Science of Sleep and Dreams’ and offers insightful life hacks to remedy what ails you and harness the power of sleep to your advantage. Expect a healthier work-life balance and greater productivity as a result.

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The Compassionate Mind

The Compassionate Mind

- Paul A. Gilbert

In The Compassionate Mind, Paul Gilbert describes how studies have shown that developing kindness and compassion for self and others can hep in calming down. He also underlines that not only does compassion help to soothe distressing emotions, it actually increases feelings of contentment and well-being. This book is a must-read to understand the value of compassion, and also learn basic mind training exercises to enhance the capacity for, and use of, compassion.

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It's Not Ok To Feel Blue (And Other Lies)

It's Not Ok To Feel Blue (And Other Lies)

- Scarlett Curtis

It's Not Ok To Feel Blue brings together celebrities, workplace mental health activists, psychologists and a range of other voices to explore why mental health matters in all aspects of our life. It is filled with chapters focusing on different pressures our lives – from society, family and relationships, to work – and that opening up and talking about our challenges will help us to flourish.

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