As we surface from a year like no other, where do YOU (you personally) go from here?

Post-pandemic recovery won’t be quick or easy on a global or personal level, but hope punctuates daily life again. Schools are open at last in the UK, and there’s the promise of meeting friends and businesses re-opening on the horizon.

While we can’t heal the world overnight we can (wouldn’t you know it), start at home, with ourselves.

What you want and what you need

Bearing in mind no one has lived your pandemic, before jumping BACK into anything, I want you to think about moving FORWARD into what’s best for you right now.

Consider that what you want and what you need may be two different outcomes.  

What you may want is to press full steam ahead into work or business now that you don’t have the kids at home, but what you may need is a slower pace as you work through physical and emotional fallout. Think of it as a grace period; a time where you don’t set the bar so high and you allow yourself to acclimatise.

Where needs and wants can clash is FOMO.

We fear getting behind, missing the boat, not catching THAT wave that we assume everyone else is gonna be riding.

If you can get on board with the belief that life happens for you, and whatever you’re meant to experience won’t pass you by, you’re going to find it easier to allow yourself to pause.

You have to do what is right for the number one human you’re responsible for looking out for – yourself. What would you advise yourself right now on the tailwind of your last year?

You might not have even considered or given much thought to it, but what do you need right now?

Do you need time to heal?

Do you need to get back in the saddle?

Are there tough issues that finally you need to give your attention to, even if you don’t want to?

Do you need to get around more inspiration?

Do you need to be alone?

To completely change direction or start over?

To reinvent…?

As a jump-off, I’m going to give you 25 books I have found invaluable over the years.

So much of our personal growth is done quietly in private. To that end, there’s something about the written word in a physical form that we don’t get when listening to audio or even reading on a screen.

Books encourage us to take time for ourselves and that’s only ever a good thing. Hope you find at least one helpful as you give yourself permission.

25 Books for post-lockdown orientation

Easy-read, light, relatable

  • Belong – Radha Agrawal
  • Notes On A Nervous Planet – Matt Haig
  • Everything is Figureoutable – Marie Forleo
  • I am Enough – Marissa Peer
  • Help Me – Marianne Power
  • Untamed – Glennon Doyle

  • Attached – Amir Levine & Rachel Heller
  • Love Warrior – Glennon Doyle
  • The Path Between Us – Suzanne Stabile
  • Conscious Uncoupling – Katherine Woodward Thomas
  • If You’re In My Office It’s Already Too Late – James J. Sexton

Deep Issues
  • The Body Keeps The Score – Bessell Van Der Kolk (trauma)
  • First We Make The Beast Beautiful – Sarah Wilson (anxiety)
  • Freedom From Our Addictions – Russell Brand
  • Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
  • Judgement Detox – Gabrielle Bernstein

Spiritual & soulful
  • The Surrender Experiment – Michael Singer
  • The Power Of Now – Eckhart Tolle
  • Seat Of The Soul – Gary Zukav
  • The Untethered Soul – Michael Singer
  • A Return To Love – Marianne Williamson

Your body: what’s going on inside?
  • The XX Brain – Dr Lisa Mosconi
  • The End Of Mental Illness – Dr Daniel Amen
  • Breaking the Habit Of Being Yourself – Dr Joe Dispenza
  • Tiny Habits – B.J.Fogg

📌Any you’d recommend?

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