4 of my favourite self help and development books
I read a lot. I always have. I love reading a whole host of different books too, from Harry Potter to Shakespeare to self help and development books.
I have been a fan of the self help book category for a number of years. The feel good books that build you up with positivity and give you reasons for living when days might become dark or you might just be feeling a little lost.
I have collected quite a few of these type of books but I do definitely have my favourites and ones I will go back to and read over and over again. I have chosen to mention 5 of my absolute favourites and my reasons why I love them so much.
My 4 favourite self help and self development books;
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne – This book is simply AMAZING! It truly changed my life. I was first introduced to this book about 10 years ago and I read it from cover to cover in just a few hours. The more I read, the more it was like someone had flicked a switch in my brain; “I am in charge of my life – no one else!” “I am responsible for my own happiness.” I have easily read this book 100’s of times, dipping in and out to any relevant parts that I need particular help with in my life at that time. My copy is completely battered, some of the pages are a little torn and it’s lost it’s cover but I’d never replace it, I love it this way. I have also purchased the audio copy of the book and listen to it in the car mostly but it certainly helps me if i’m having a bad day. It picks me up and puts me back on the right track again. It’s short chapters and paragraphs make it a very easy read and allows you to focus on the parts that are important to you. I would 100% recommend this book to everyone. Whether it’s to help you reevaluate your life, get you through a tough time or you want to focus on making a certain area of your life abundant. This book really is for everyone.
- Beautiful & Things get better by Katie Piper – Now I’m not sure if these really are self help/development books as such, but they helped me so much that I cannot write a post on books that have helped me the most without mentioning these. They really gave me the kick up the bum I needed to start doing things for myself despite my illnesses. Reading from the very beginning how Katie endured such an awful attack. She endured immense pain both physically and mentally and the effects it had on her and her families life. She describes how she managed to get through all of that pain and turned this horrendous attack into a positive for her and so many others through her foundation. I know that I suffer quite differently to how Katie did/does but the incredible way she fought back and was determined to help others really inspired me to create my own blog and charity ideas. She truly is an amazing, inspirational woman. I challenge anyone to read her books and not be moved and motivated.
- Coping with BPD by Blaise Aguirre, MD & Gillian Galan, PsyD – I have to mention a book about BPD. I have bought a few but this one stands out as one that really helps me. I only bought this book about 6 months ago and did so because I was looking for something to work alongside my therapy as I was not feeling like one group session a week was enough. I found this gem of a book and it really does help. I must say here that it’s no substitute to a real therapy session but it certainly helps work alongside it. It is laid out in very easy to read chunks. working through each issue, feeling or emotion that people with BPD feel. For example; Fear of abandonment. It will talk through what this means means to you and how it might manifest itself, mentally and physically. It then goes on to help you work through the feelings or actions in an easy to understand way. At the end of each issue they have a handy checklist so you can ensure you are taking in all of the information and practising the solutions correctly. That is a very brief overview but as a sufferer of BPD I can honestly say that this has and continues to help me feel understood and less alone. It also makes me feel like I can cope and take on BPD. Very important things.
- The Anxiety Solution by Chloe Brotheridge – This book is fab! I love how it is laid out and how it is written. Chloe writes in a such a way that you feel you going on a journey with her not being preached at. I felt as if this book was written for me as soon as I started the first chapter which is all about worrying too much – 100% me. If worrying were an Olympic sport i’d be gold every time. Chloe breaks down all the different parts to anxiety and explains them simply, how it’s ok to feel like this sometimes and solutions and exercises to help calm the mind and reduce anxiety itself and it’s unpleasant symptoms. Chloe really does help me to feel more capable and makes me feel more in control of my life. I keep referring back to this book as I do need regular help with my anxiety and I find this book an absolute godsend at those tough times.
So there we have have it 4 of my favourite self help and self development books. As I mentioned I have tons and tons of others that I do love and read but these stand out as my favourites right now.
I would love to hear what your favourites are or any recommendations you might have.
Lots of love Amy xx