With a new year comes resolutions for self-care, better health, and mindfulness, but only a month in, many resolutions are thrown to the side as life gets busy. We can’t think of a better way to stop, refocus, and de-stress than to dive into a new book.

Booklovers in Calgary know that Shelf Life Books right here on 4th Street is the place to go for thoughtfully chosen works and staff that know their stuff. Being an Indie Bookstore, they have complete control over what hits their shelves, so you can expect books that are well written and of interest to their customers. They receive huge support from the literary community, and you’ll see that reflected in their great selection of books by local authors.

It’s the perfect place to be if you’re looking to reboot your health and wellness goals. Situated in what they describe as a “yoga vortex,” where about 50 people walk by every day with a yoga mat under their arm, they cater to the health-conscious Calgarian with a great selection of health and wellness books. Topics range from mental health and spiritual practice, to family life and keeping things tidy, and their hope is that the reading experience leads people to feel better about themselves.

If healthy eating is your goal, browse through their selection of cookbooks to learn new techniques for food preparation or find recipes from your favourite chefs. They stock magazines and books that cover healthy eating as well.

Staff Picks from the Health and Wellness Section

Whitewater Cooks: More Beautiful Food
by Shelley Adams

“This is the latest in a series that has been a long time favourite at the store.”

Clearing Emotional Clutter: Mindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What’s Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformation
by Donald Altman

“Mindfulness is an important topic for us. Another example would be the short but marvelous meditations of Thich Nhat Hahn.”

Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life’s Adventures
by Shelly Westerhausen

“There are so many of these out there it’s hard to choose. This one is a ‘Customer Pick.’”

Refocus your resolutions this year, and head over to Shelf Life Books. You’ll also want to follow their Instagram for great book recommendations and literary humour!