5 Books That Are Good For Your Mental Health
I've probably mentioned this before but I don't get along with Fiction books. I love me a Non Fiction self help style book. When I say self help, I don't mean like The Secret or Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus. I mean either an autobiography of such or basically anything that makes me walk away from it feeling like I can relate or like I'm a sassy new woman.
Lately I've very much been embracing things that are good for my mental health, particularly reading as I mentioned in this post. I always look for ways to pass the time that are healthy for body and mind rather than spending all day on my phone or social media and I like before bed reading as a way to send me to sleep.
Here are a couple of books I've been reading lately;
An old favourite of mine. In this book Derren explores what is 'happy' and talks a lot about different philosophical theories of what happiness is. I found this really comforting understanding more about the human mind and understanding that happiness isn't a constant state and that it is an emotion. One of the best things I took away from this book is something Derren talks about at the beginning "We are each a product of the stories we tell ourselves".
I'm a big fan of Grace and the positive message she sends across social media and her blog. So when she released a book I was eager to read it. At a time when I really needed it, her book was really inspiring to me seeing someone go through so much and come out strong the other side and be a great role model for girls like me. Her book and her talking about the benefits of therapy is one of the main reasons I sought out a therapist and its been really helpful to my recovery. She taught me hugely about self love and embracing my spiritual side. She is also a great role model for body positivity and just being a general bad ass female.
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I'd seen a lot of hype about Matt's book on social media but only recently got round to reading it and I really related to a lot of the things he wrote about and I loved his style of writing. I think its always comforting to feel like you're not alone and you're not the only one who has or is going through something. Really beautifully written and a beautiful explanation to how empty and desperate depression and anxiety can feel.
Sane New World by Ruby Wax
I didn't even know Ruby Wax was an author, I knew of her as a comedian from years ago but I haven't seen much lately. I saw one her books recommended in Matt Haig's book and was pleasantly surprised that not only is she an author of a few books about mental health she's also graduated with a Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive therapy. She clearly uses this throughout the book as well as her humour and talks a lot about how our self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress and gives tips and ways to re-wire our brain much like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy would.
A good light read and perfect for anyone wanting to understand mental health and learn about mindfulness.
What Would Beyonce Do? By Luise Omielan
This book was recommended to me by a friend on Twitter after asking for some recommendations on new books to read. I had never heard of Luisa or her stand up tour of the same name prior to this recommendation but I'm bloody glad I have now.
'What Would Beyonce Do?' is an autobiographical telling of Luisa's life and her hustle to get to where she is now. She talks honestly about her own mental health, bad relationships and feeling stuck after moving home living with her mum and approaching 30. She's someone who is completely relatable and brutally honest but also very intelligent and someone you could see yourself being best friends with. I'd highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a book about a bad ass funny female who talks openly about her struggles.
I've since watched both her stand up tours which you can find on her Youtube here and here. And I definitely want to go see her next tour that she's selling tickets for now.
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