Self-help books have been around for well over a century and have helped millions of people around the world tackle a whole range of needs; from crafting your own dress through to some really quite complex mental health challenges. Self-help books are valuable tools to help you cope, develop and grow and although they do not replace counselling or education, they are insightful and helpful guides.
We share our favourite books to help you in life and pursue your passions.
Self-care for the real world by Nadia Narain & Katia Narain Phillips
This was our book of the month for January and we found this handy bible quite the lifesaver. Life is busy and complex and often our own needs come second when we’ve got a family to care for and support, a home to take care of and a bustling career to attend to as well. But self-care, in an ever increasingly complex world, is more important now than ever. But where to start? This book offers plenty of small changes (as well as big ones) to help you focus on yourself. It’s not necessarily something you’ll read or even tackle from start to finish, Nadia & Katia are finely tuned to the difficulties of life, and so it’s a great book to pull on as and when you need it. Not just in everyday life either, if you’re dealing with quite complex emotions and circumstances e.g. mourning, it’s enlightening for that too.
The overcoming series is a range of self-help books that tackle a large number of psychological issues through the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. What we like about these books is they explain cohesively about the mental health issue, provide real-life examples of the condition which helps you to relate and in some ways provide comfort that what you’re experiencing is systematic of the condition, they provide plenty of resources and suggestions to help you overcome the mental health issue and also help sign post you to additional resources and services to help you get further help.
Although they say it in no way replaces the professional services offered with counsellors, workshops or additional support for such problems but I’ve found, having tackled two of these, that actually they’re pretty effective at managing and taking steps to dealing with and ultimately overcoming the problem. Additionally, it’s a great tool as a starting point to use alongside your sessions with therapists and help you to illustrate what you’re dealing with and the dedication to tackling it.
The Feel Good Plan by Dalton Wong & Kate Faithfull-Williams
For those of you looking to improve your fitness and diet, The Feel Good Plan is a really fantastic resource. Dalton Wong, personal trainer to the A-listers, and Kate Faithfull-Williams, health and lifestyle journalist, have created a book that takes a holistic look at wellbeing; there’s recipes and food switches, plenty of exercise suggestions and even covers an aspect on relaxation- a really important aspect to health . Additionally, they help you to be able to understand and tune more into your bodies senses so that you can take the appropriate action, i.e. are you really hungry?
Importantly, it isn’t about fad dieting or limiting your life. We found The Feels Bad, Feels OK and Feels Good charts particularly beneficial so that you didn’t feel you had to restrict yourself in eating out for example, these charts provide alternatives you can easily find to be able to eat what you want and feel good about it.
They’ve also got a fantastic website for additional resources!
The Herball’s Guide to Botanical Drinks by Michael Isted
If you’re health conscious, into juicing, partial to a herbal tea or just curious about the power of nature- this is a book for you. Not only does this book help you curate tonics and drinks with the power to cleanse, restore, energise, boost brain power, help you sleep and/or aid digestion but there are suggestions for planting and harvesting your own plants, and an extensive guide into plants, spices, barks and flowers and their medicinal qualities. If inspired, you could quite literally fill your garden with bountiful plants and flowers that will help give you tremendous health power as well.
The book contains lots of recipes for you to try and they’re really quite simple to do. Some would sure to impress your friends and family on a summer’s afternoon!
If you’re into the detail and intrigued at taking your interest further, Michael also discusses the differences between hot and cold brewing, the fermentation processes and the need-to-know of juicing. It’s an insightful, educational and interesting.
Are there any self-help books you’ve found particularly beneficial? We’d love to hear from you! Please share your favourites in the comments below or email into us: firstname.lastname@example.org