For the bookworms out there. Here is a list of books we like and are happy to recommend.
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do
“Kick bad mental habits and toughen yourself up.”—Inc.
Master your mental strength—revolutionary new strategies that work for everyone from homemakers to soldiers and teachers to CEOs.
- Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself
- Don’t give away your power
- Don’t shy away from change
- Don’t focus on things you can’t control
- Don’t worry about pleasing everyone
- Don’t fear taking calculated risks
- Don’t dwell on the past
- Don’t make the same mistakes over and over
- Don’t resent other people’s success
- Don’t give up after the first failure
- Don’t fear alone time
- Don’t feel the world owes you anything
- Don’t expect immediate results
Happier Every Day: Simple ways to bring more peace, contentment and joy into your life
In Happier Every Day, Paula Munier details a simple yet comprehensive approach to cultivating happiness, including the most recent data and discoveries, all distilled into layman’s terms. You’ll find 100 practical exercises and activities to improve mental health such as hygge, feng shui, yoga and decluttering. Mental health is all about everyday choices, and Happier Every Day provides a blueprint to turn these choices into happiness.
Mind Easing: The Three-Layered Healing Plan for Anxiety and Depression
Mind Easing offers the first comprehensive healing method for anxiety and depression by harmonizing wellness approaches, therapy, and, when needed, psychiatric medicine into a safe and effective plan tailored to the needs and wants of the individual.
Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Personalized Recovery Program for Living with Uncertainty
Nearly six million Americans suffer from the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, which can manifest itself in many ways: paralyzing fear of contamination; unmanageable “checking” rituals; excessive concern with order, symmetry, and counting; and others.
Freedom from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder provides Dr. Jonathan Grayson’s revolutionary and compassionate program for finally breaking the cycle of overwhelming fear and endless rituals.
Making Sense of Mindfulness: Five Principals to Integrate Mindfulness Practice into Your Daily Life
Making Sense of Mindfulness offers five concrete principles for people to integrate mindfulness practices into everyday life. The book uses personal stories, concrete examples, and practical exercises to demonstrate how one can use mindfulness practice to improve their mental health and well being. This book is recommended for people who are looking for a better work/life balance and trying to get mentally unstuck.
You Are Not Crazy: Letters from Your Therapist
This book ends this psychological isolation that most of us face. It helps people realize that they are not the only ones who have strange thoughts or behave inconsistently. This book helps readers find new understanding about themselves. Through a series of heartfelt letters from a therapist to his patients, timeless and impactful information is shared that normalizes life’s struggles.
Stop Anxiety from Stopping You: The Breakthrough Program For Conquering Panic and Social Anxiety
In Stop Anxiety from Stopping You, Dr. Helen Odessky helps us understand the process of anxiety–and how to arm ourselves with strategies that work. Dr. Odessky draws on her fifteen years of clinical experience to guide us through the process of not only learning how to overcome anxiety, but also how to enrich our lives.
This book will show you how to stop anxiety and how to stop panic attacks in an easy-to-implement six-step framework. You will learn about the signs of anxiety and how to overcome them, methods to stopping panic attacks, and ways to treat anxiety. Dr. Odessky’s compelling and optimistic guide will help you move from a position of difficulty to one of hope.
Keep Pain in the Past: Getting Over Trauma, Grief and the Worst That’s Ever Happened to You
Contrary to what many people believe, we can recover from emotional trauma relatively quickly and completely on our own. Whether it’s extreme trauma such as sexual abuse or the horrors of war or less dramatic, but psychologically speaking just as serious wounds involving shame and guilt, we don’t need to spend years in intensive therapy to recover.
While most people know what they can do on their own to treat physical ills―like using ice on a muscle sprain―they don’t realize that they can apply certain psychological principles to treat anxiety, depression and many other conditions from the comfort of their own homes. Keep Pain in the Past will teach you the critical 21st century skill of treating psychological wounds on your own.
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Brown’s “ten guideposts” are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty—a perfectly imperfect life.
The Choice: Embrace the Possible
An inspiring book like this should be given to all who struggle with themselves. The choices the author made as a young girl are nothing short of amazing, and the way in which she managed to spread her message is miraculous. We know that this sort of miracle only happens when someone is determined and grateful for the insight they have been given by the circumstances which challenged them. This book has a very strong message for us all.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other ′black holes′ of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist David D. Burns, M.D. outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.
The Four Agreements: a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
The four agreements outlines how certain beliefs we have as people limit our enjoyment of life. We tend to talk ourselves into beliefs that lead to suffering. Every person has an agreement with themselves, with others or even god that cause them to behave a certain way. often times, some agreements that we make can be self-limiting. This book introduces four ancient agreements that include:
- Being impeccable with your word
- Not taking anything personally
- Not making assumptions
- Always doing your best
Following the ancient four agreements can shift our lives into lives that are rich in happiness, love and freedom as they improve our overall state and wellbeing.
The Power of Now
In order for both your body and mind to enjoy the present moment, you need to leave behind the ego. Reaching a guided state of inner peace allows you to better appreciate the present moment, keeping the pain in the past. Surrendering to the now allows you to escape your mind and the psychological torture it brings. In order to experience the power of the now and the ease and joy it bring into our lives we have to accept and be fully involved in the present. This book provides guidance on how to become more involved in the present where your pain and stresses no longer exist.
Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life
This book by Wayne W. Dyer stems from Taoist teachings that revolve around living a peaceful harmonious life. It allows you to look at life differently and live in a world close to nature and the natural world. It teaches us to let life unfold without attempting to figure it all out, allowing us to enjoy the power of mystery. By letting go of our ego and putting others first, our worries and anxieties decrease. The book also offers guidance on spiritual practices including letting go of hurried thoughts and sending peaceful energy to others whist keeping our hearts open.
The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary
The unexpected joy of the ordinary encourages you to enjoy the ordinary pleasures that life has to offer that are often overlooked. By appriciating the little things, you will find higher levels of happiness. After a big event that brings us joy, and our happiness levels return to baseline, it is difficult to rediscover joy. However, this hilarious and insightful book teaches you how to gain pleasure from something as simple as a croissant, a yoga class or a hot shower.
Reasons to stay alive
Is a memoir based on life experiences of living with depression and anxiety. Matt Haig, overcame an illness that nearly killed him and learned how to live once again. The book teaches you how to live, love and feel better. It also helps you appreciate the time left you have in the world by giving you reasons to stay alive.
He quotes: “I wrote this book because the oldest clichés remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven’t been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.”