Cheaper than therapy: self-help books for 2021
Being stuck inside for a year hasn’t done us a ton of good, but help is at hand. Try one of these tomes designed to get our work, home and head space in order.
No Such Thing as Normal – Bryony Gordon
Author and journalist Bryony Gordon is a fabulous writer and a great mental health advocate and this is a timely entry on the virtual bookshelves. Lockdown has, no doubt, exacerbated many a mental illness and instigated many more but using her experience in the field, she covers a myriad of subjects from sleep to self-image, and offers tools and advice to build readers’ resilience and tackle their issues head-on.
How to Work Without Losing Your Mind – Cate Sevilla
Cate Sevilla has worked as a journalist and editor (not the most relaxing of jobs at the best of times) but most recently was editor-in-chief at The Pool when it publicly and quickly went into financial meltdown. So, safe to say, she knows a thing or two about dealing with toxic fallouts. It’s her work experiences and those of women she’s interviewed that form the basis of this book, aiming to address the messy side of work few people openly talk about while reframing your relationship with your career.
Chatter: The Voice in our Head, Why it Matters and How to Harness it – Ethan Cross
I don’t know about you but I internally chastise myself a lot. Often this results in a vocal outburst, which if overheard by my husband, then requires me to make up a lie on the spot as to why I just shouted “Such a bitch!” while peeling carrots. Well, it turns out we all do it to some degree and Ethan Cross – award-winning professor at the University of Michigan – is here to tell us why we do it and more importantly, how we can make that inner voice work in our favour.
The Sober Girl Society Hand Book – Millie Gooch
Drinking – back in the 1990s – was the thing to do. Now, more than 20 years on, people have caught on to the fact that necking double shots of Absolut Toffee might not be all that bright. But alcohol is an addictive substance and it’s socially accepted so it is hard to cut out. Saying that, if you’ve started Dry January (or Try-Again February – no judgment here) and found that not drinking has multiple benefits, this is a good one to help you explore the world of the sober curious. All the right advice for the start of a non-drinking journey.
Beyond Order – Jordan B. Peterson
You may remember clinical psychologist Mr Peterson from his first publishing effort, the worldwide mega-bestseller 12 Rules for Life that applied eternal truths to modern anxieties. Well, this is the sequel, and he uses both ancient wisdom and lessons he’s learned from his clinic to solidify 12 new rules we should try to live by to help us adapt to the chaotic and ever-changing world we all now inhabit. Pandemic catnip.
Change Your Life in an Hour – Laura Archer
This book focuses on the idea that we can all choose how we spend our time (me: cleaning up after kids, making meals for the kids, hiding from the kids) and if we were to make slightly different decisions (ie. not scrolling through Instagram), life will inevitably end up going in a different direction. It’s split into three categories: ‘Head’ – how we can redirect our thoughts and how we feed our minds, ‘Heart’ – how we should be making time for avenues that make us happy and ‘Hands’ – the need for human beings to create things, rather than just swiping away at screens.
Do this for you – Krissy Cela
YouTube fitness sensation and co-founder of the Tone & Sculpt programme, Krissy Cela is certainly inspirational (and outrageously toned). Having started her fitness journey as a way to escape the stress of a law degree and a 30-hours-a-week waitressing job, she’s now an advocate for women across the world to build their strength physically and mentally. This book gives you tasks to help change your mindset so you can live your best, healthiest life. And there’s no mad dieting in sight. Win.