We've all been there before. We excitedly crack open a new self-book, only for the first sentence to claim we can cure all of our issues through deep breaths and self-care (which stereotypically includes bath-taking and skincare).
Don't get us wrong, both can actually be quite helpful when dealing with anxiety and stress, but they are not the end-all-be-all answers when you are trying to reach your fullest potential. That's why we've collected a list of our all-time favorite self-help books, which go a lot further than breathing exercises and face masks.
Eckhart Tolle has been creating waves in the mental health space for years, and for a good reason. He's taken the teachings of different spiritual and religious figures and his years of knowledge to answer all of your most pressing and challenging questions. This book focuses on how, if we become aware of the "now" or present moment, we can develop an inner peace that will follow us in all aspects of our daily life. The book is also available in journal form!
If you are interested in meditation or have ever had a curiosity but don't know how to start, this is your 101 guide— dispelling any and all of the skepticism behind your meditation cold feet. Still teaching to this day, Henepola Gunaratana (also known as Bhante G) uses his wealth of knowledge and decades of wisdom to teach people how to meditate, stay mindful and much, much more.
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(Start Here, Start Now via Heinemann)
With over 10 million copies sold, James Clear is your ultimate habit-forming guru. Clear concisely provides instructions on forming healthy habits and breaking the ones that do not serve you in a practical way, perfect for daily practice. "Get 1% better every day" with this incredible book you won't want to miss out on.
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We have never walked into a cafe without seeing a copy of this book in someone's hand. This self-help book has to be one of the most recommended on the market. Author Don Miguel Ruiz breaks down everything you need to know in four profound yet straightforward rules to live by. Once we can achieve these four agreements and incorporate them into our day-to-day, we can become better people and improve our lives. Sign us up!
This beautiful self-discovery book allows its reader to tap into their fullest potential by initiating the healing of their past life challenges and traumas. Brianna Wiest helps you envision your endless possibilities and make room for a bright future. This one is a must.
(The Mountain Is You via Thought Catalog Books)
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This insightful book is labeled a "one-hour book of wisdom"— no more excuses! Deepak Chopra claims that if you stick to these seven laws, you can make any dream come to fruition. We guarantee you will start seeing positive change after reading this book.
Jay Shetty, the host of the On Purpose podcast, is bringing all his knowledge of years as a monk to provide digestible and actionable steps for us to live a more meaningful life. Also check out his newly released book, 8 Rules of Love: How to Find It, Keep It, and Let It Go. Shetty truly is a wealth of knowledge.
(Think Like a Mink via Simon & Schuster)
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