A lot more helpful than on scrolling your phone, and a whole lot cheaper than therapy, taking just a few moments with some good self-help books each day can radically change your life.
Sound a little dramatic? Not so much! There’s a reason why basically every successful person ever tears through books on the regular.
Luckily, all the tools that the uber-successful use are out there and yours for the reading too. They’re all just a visit to the library or a few clicks on Amazon away.
Before you get lost in the scroll and end up overwhelmed, we’ve pared down the seemingly endless options out there to five key self-help books for healing any mindset issues you may be dealing with.
Here Are 5 Self-Help Books You Should Read, Like Yesterday:
Our life is a direct reflection of the stories and inner dialogues we repeat, so there’s no better type of book to read than ones that help heal our mindsets.
One book alone, of course, won’t heal mental roadblocks and hang-ups. But, combined with your other self-care and mental health practices, these five will definitely make the difference.
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1. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hays
An oldie goldie and total classic, You Can Heal Your Life is a gem of a book. Many consider it to be the bible of mindset and self-help books. Louise Hays is an internationally-known leader in the self-help field and a total pioneer of how our mindset and external lives are linked.
She shares the basic premise in her bestselling book that we can heal any external issues in our lives with what’s going on internally in our mindset. Louise tackles everything from relationship issues, money struggles, and an extensive list of health woes. She leaves you with homework assignments, journaling tasks, and daily affirmations to start implementing into your own life.
2. You Are a Badass by Jenn Sincero
If you normally roll your eyes at your typical woo-woo, feel-good self-help books, this book is made for you. Refreshingly non-hokey and real, with an occasional swear world, laugh-at-loud phrasing, and plenty of sarcasm, You Are a Badass reminds you you’re worthy of living the life you want.
It gives you tangible exercises and steps on how to get over your doubts. Plus, there’s a whole boatload of kick-in-the-pants motivation so you can have the confidence you need to live your most awesome life.
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3. Expectation Hangover: Free Yourself from Your Past, Change Your Present, and Get What You Really Want by Christine Hassler
This is a lesser-known gem than some of the others. But make no mistake . . . it needs to be on your bookshelf. Christine Hassler is a whiz at helping us navigate unexpected turns and “let downs” in life, by turning obstacles into opportunities to learn from.
Expectation Hangover is something you need in your life if you’re someone who’s ever been disappointed or had things not go on your anticipated timeline . . . AKA, every human ever.
4. Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein
This will very likely be one of those classics you revisit time and time again until it’s falling apart. Gabrielle Bernstein is a master coach, speaker, and thought leader who shares a heavy-handed dose of her own troubled past and roadblocks in this part-memoir but mostly guidebook.
Spirit Junkie gives 40 days of exercises, journaling assignments, and mantras. Each week is devoted to a different topic: body image, self-perception, relationships, and finances are all fair game. If you’re the type who’s sworn off meditation or affirmations in the past, this is the book for you.
5. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard. Rachel Hollis is kind of a big deal right now. From a small-time event planner owner to the huge media mogul, blogger, author, keynote speaker extraordinaire, she’s big for a reason. The girl knows her stuff.
In this phenom of a book, Rachel tackles it all. Each chapter in Girl, Wash Your Face covers a common lie that so many of us hold. Things like “I’m not good enough,” “I need to make myself smaller,” all the way down to “I need a drink.” Rachel then breaks down how she overcame and rewrote each story in her own life and how you can too.
BONUS! Learn. Grow. Shift. 30 Days of Personal Growth by YogiApproved founder Ashton August
Learn. Grow. Shift. is designed as a daily workbook companion to help you move past limiting beliefs and step into your power with simple, approachable and fun daily exercises and assignments to help you learn new things, grow in areas of your life, and positively shift your mindset.
You’ll practice empowering mudras, basic yoga poses, guided meditations, mirror affirmations and even a burning ceremony to help you let go of limiting beliefs and emerge with confidence, self-love, and awareness of what you want and how you’re going to get there.
Go Grab These Self-Help Books and See How They Positively Impact You!
Ready to hit your library or bookstore yet?
Pick one of these titles that speaks to you most, curl up with your favorite cup of tea or latte, and get to reading. It could literally change your life!
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