It's no secret that reading is a great way to escape and relax, but books also offer more than just a good story. In this post, we explore five books that you can read to boost your mental health. Each book addresses different aspects of mental health, from anxiety and depression to self-confidence and mindfulness. So if you're looking for a way to improve your mental state, look no further than these page-turners!
Hope and Help for Your Nerves by Dr. Claire Weekes
If you struggle with anxiety, overthinking and intrusive thoughts, grab a copy of this beauty. Dr Weekes - born in 1903 - was a trailblazing Australian doctor who revolutionised how doctors treated anxiety. Her timeless book provides overthinkers with an easy-to-implement guide to understanding and overcoming the sometimes-debilitating symptoms of anxiety.
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
Brené Brown has long established herself as a guru of self-love and acceptance, and this book is arguably her best, selling over 2 million copies worldwide. Considered the ultimate transformational self-help book, The Gifts of Imperfection teaches readers how to overcome their negative inner critic and embrace an ‘imperfect’ life.
What’s Right With Me by Carlene DeRoo and Carolyn DeRoo
If you tend to focus on every little thing you’ve done wrong, this book is for you. What’s Right With Me breaks down the science behind positive thinking and teaches readers how to embrace positive self-thoughts and cultivate a healthy sense of self.
Emotional First Aid by Guy Winch
If feelings of loss, heartache, failure or low self-esteem are affecting your mental health, pick up a copy of Guy Winch’s incredible novel. Emotional First Aid provides readers with the mental tools and strategies needed to overcome the various and unavoidable emotional pains of life.
Five Minute Therapy by Sarah Crosby
If you lack the time to dive into a lengthy novel, turn to Five Minute Therapy. Boasting a combination of charming illustrations and bite-sized portions of mental health advice, Crosby’s novel provides guidance on dealing with attachment issues, boundaries, self-talk, emotional triggers and more.
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