Books are magical things that can transport us out of the very depths of hopelessness and back into the bright places of the world. The whole self-help book thing can feel a bit icky but to me, self-help books are anything that makes you feel better about the world, whether that be Harry Potter, a book on creating a cosy space, a thriller, or indeed a book made to soothe anxiety.
The following books are titles that make me feel good, help me through my worst days, or are books that I think could be wonderful to read on a lazy Sunday before a big Monday. Please let me know your favourite books of any sort in the comments as I’m always on the lookout for new reading material.
The Anxiety Solution by Chloe Brotheridge – This is a book based on anxiety written by a hypnotist and nutritionist, with chapters on decision making, eating to increase your good vibes and the importance of exercise for mental health. It also has a beautiful pastel coloured cover which instantly drew me in. An informative and gentle read for someone needing extra TLC.
The Art of the Natural Home by Rebbecca Sullivan – This book’s details all about how to make natural home and body products, and how to live more sustainably. I think it would be the perfect gift to give to someone after a breakup or major life change. It has ideas like making your own face oils, dog treats, body scrubs and beard balms.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – This 2014 book has quickly become a classic, and for good reason. This is a book of poetry written to empower and educate young girls, and I love it. I believe I have mentioned it before, but it really is that good. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose such as heartache, grief, and empowerment. Her other book Sun and Flowers is also wonderful.
Oh She Glows Every day by Angela Liddon – This Vegan Cookbook is full of delicious recipes, with comfort foods perfect for a bad day ( or just after a long week) and sweet treats for when you need chocolate like now. I also the Oh She Glows app on my iPhone a lot.
Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding – There is nothing quite as soothing as Bridget Jones on a crappy day; I mean if the main character is crying into her tub of ice cream then surely its okay for you to do that sometimes too? The movie is also hilarious.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – This is the next book I need to read sitting on my nightstand. It’s a book about loneliness and being a woman, it sounds kind of depressing the way I’m describing it, but its meant to be super funny and touching. It’s also being made into a movie too by Reese Witherspoon’s company so it must be pretty darn good.
Get your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight – I love the title of this book! Aside from the cracker of a title, its a book for anyone who has ever found themselves sitting on the couch when they are meant to be on the treadmill, crying in the office toilet or generally struggling a little to make it through the week. It’s written in a way that makes you feel as if you are getting advice from a witty cousin.
All books can be found online from Wodery, Amazon, eBay, or Dymocks.
I also wanted to include one of my favourite cookie recipes to go with your cup of tea and book 🤔💕http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/glazed-cinnamon-bun-cookies.