With attempts to renew hope and motivation for the New Year, I thought I’d share a few life-changing reads and self-help books to reignite your spark. These are reads to inspire, encourage, empower and enlighten, with a particular focus on chronic illness and mental health. Happy reading!
You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L. Hay
This is an international bestseller by a lady who’s top of the field when it comes to self-help. She covers practical ways to enrich your life and heal with illness, exploring the mind-body link to harness its power.
The Art of Happiness : A Handbook For Living – The Dalai Lama
I own this book myself and found it to be a humbling, eye-opening and heartwarming read that’s as grounding as is it inspiring.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck : A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – Mark Manson
I bought this one after reading F*ck It (also on this list). It’s an approach that has a lot of potential, especially for those who perhaps care too much about the things that, in the grand scheme of life, aren’t that important.
You Are A Badass : How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero
This is on my to-read list. It’s received a lot of positive feedback and should prove to be a motivating, engaging and entertaining read if you need a breath of fresh air to your life.
Living Well With Pain And Illness: Using mindfulness to free yourself from suffering – Vidyamala Burch
Mindfulness can be a powerful tool for mental health, and it is increasingly being used in the management of physical health, chronic illness and chronic pain, too.
Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate – Rachel Hill
Following on from my interview with Rachel, I wanted to include her amazing book in this list. It’s a thorough resource and vital tool when it comes to the challenges faced with diagnosis, treatment, management and living with thyroid problems.
The Power of Now : A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle
I read this a couple of years ago but I’d like to give myself a refresh and pick up a copy again soon. This also had a positive reception by readers, and it offers a new perspective on life that can be applied by anyone, unlocking, as the title suggests, the power found within the here and now.
F**k It : The Ultimate Spiritual Way – John C. Parkin
This was the first book I read that opened my eyes to the power of saying “f*ck it”. I care too much about too many things and about too many things that are not worth caring so much about. If you’re anything like me – a chronic over-thinker with high anxiety – you may also find that implementing the approach of saying “f*ck it” (which is very different to being apathetic) to certain things can be immensely freeing.
You Don’t Look Sick! : Living Well With Chronic Invisible Illness – Joy H. Selak
This is a bit of a classic within the chronic illness niche but I must admit I’ve not read it myself yet. It’s on my to-read list. It’s a handbook for life with chronic, invisible illness and it gets a lot of positive reviews from those who have found it comforting, inspiring and insightful.
How to Be Human: The Manual – Ruby Wax
This is one I’ve just started the first few pages of & I can’t wait to read more. I wanted to include something a little different, so here it is. Ruby Wax, bringing you a comical yet clever book on what it means to be human and how to be human. Most of it is set as a conversation between Ruby, a neuroscientist, and a monk, so it’s certainly an original one! A guide with intellect and giggles.
Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life – Héctor García
You may have heard of hygge, but here comes Ikigai. This Japanese term, relating to “a reason for being”, looks at the overlapping aspects of life and wellbeing and how the vibrant elements of your life add up and combine to bring value and meaning to who you are and your overall happiness.
Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect – Fearne Cotton
A surprise entry to the list here comes from Fearne Cotton. It’s a bestseller and it’s a comforting, enjoyable, fresh read for taking a new perspective on life and finding simple pleasures, adjusting your need for perfection and seeking out happiness in everyday life.
Do any of these pique your interest? Have you read any already? Or maybe there’s a book you’d like to add to the list that you think is a life-changing read for this year?