3 Books That Promote Mental Health

I am a self-proclaimed self-help junkie. I mean, I even called my graduate portfolio #selfhelp. No shame. There was a time in my life when I only read self-help books. It wasn’t until Twilight came out (yes, really) that I realized the value in fiction. It takes you to another world, out of your own head.

But, right now, we’re talking about non-fiction. If someone told you they had it all figured out, they’d been in your shoes, and you could skip over the struggles you’re going through--would you listen to them?

 
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Of course you would! Well, these books might not give you all of the answers. But, I bet you’ll see yourself in some of the experiences of the authors.

Read on to find out 3 books I’m obsessed with. Healthy obsessions are okay, right?

 

Light is the New Black: A Guide to Answering Your Soul’s Calling and Working Your Light

by Rebecca Campbell

This book is so good, I read it in only a few days and highlighted almost the entire thing. No, seriously. Light is the New Black is half a memoir about Rebecca’s Dark Night of the Soul and rebirth and half a straight up inspiration and guide on how to live an authentic life where you follow your intuition and inner knowing.

When you’re depressed, it’s natural to start question things.

“Why am I here?” “What is the meaning of all this?”

This book doesn’t pinpoint the answer for you. It teaches you how to find it inside of yourself. If you’re feeling depressed or just in a funk, this book will light you up fast (pun intended).

 

Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles

by Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabby is the OG of my spiritual awakening. She and I go way back. Okay, no, we don’t know each other in person. But, our souls know each other. You know what I mean?

"Spirit Junkie" is Gabby’s second book and her only real memoir. She talked about her life transformation from being an alcohol and a junkie at a young age to becoming a spiritual leader as she overcame fears and woke up to her true calling.

Gabby is no stranger to the darkness of depression. Her story is inspiring and let’s you see that you can break free from a life of numbness. When you step into the light, you have no idea just how brightly you can shine. Let Gabby lead by example and show you what’s possible if you get out of your own way.

Bonus: If you’ve heard of “A Course in Miracles” but were too afraid to tackle it, this book is so for you!

 

The 4 Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

by Don Miguel Ruiz

I’m sure I’m not the first person to tell you about this book, but that’s okay. This one is short, sweet, and to the point. But, it really gets to the heart of the four mindset shifts that can contribute to a life of more happiness and less suffering.

Have you ever heard that phrase?

Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

Don Miguel takes that quote to the next level in this book. I’ll give you a sneak peak and tell you my favorite agreement: Don’t take anything personally.

This one really hit home for me. My anxiety tells me stories about what other people are thinking constantly. The truth is, everything isn’t about me. And, it’s silly to think it is. This is easier said than done. But, using this as an affirmation when I’m fixated how someone is judging me reminds me that I’m only judging myself and brings me back to reality.

 

I hope you find that these books speak to you as much as they did to me. Let me know if you read them and which one is your fave!

If you’re stoked to read one of these gems, please share this post with a friend who could use a little self-help magic, too.