Sometimes getting organized isn’t just about the space around you, but the space inside of you. Your mind being cluttered can influence the space around you and we are here to help. We all love reading fiction, but sometimes we all need a little self-help to get things moving in the right direction.
Self care is the best care. Sometimes self care looks like a face mask and a cup of tea, but sometimes it’s reading a book with mindful strategies and healthy habits that can help you get back on track. More and more people are turning to self-help books to help with anxiety, overthinking, motivation, meditation, getting organized, and so many other things.
Here are 7 self-help book recommendations to help you create healthy mental habits, get motivated, and get organized!
1. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
“Decide the type of person you want to be. Prove it to yourself with small wins.“James Clear, Atomic Habits
I’ve seen this book all over Instagram and TikTok! With 84,000 reviews and counting, I think we could add this to our self-help book list with confidence. James Clear’s Atomic Habits helps you create good and healthy habits to improve your everyday life.
Clear’s book will reshape how you think about progress and success. Do you blame yourself for being unable to break bad habits or create good ones? This book helps you realize the problem isn’t you. It will also help you learn how to:
- Make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy)
- Overcome a lack of motivation and willpower
- Design your environment to make success easier
- Get back on track when you fall off course
Do you need help with any of these? Definitely order this book and see if it can help!
2. Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present by Nick Trenton
Stop Overthinking is the first in a self-help series by Nick Trenton that highlights how to live in the “now” and gives helpful tips on coping with anxiety and overthinking. The book opens with a scenario about how one small anxious thought can lead to a spiral of overthinking. It had me hooked from the very beginning! Trenton focuses on a few things in this book including:
- Powerful ways to stop ruminating and dwelling on negative thoughts
- Stop agonizing over the past and trying to predict the future
- Overcome negative thought patterns, reduce stress, and live a worry-free life
Taking care of yourself is major self care! Add Trenton’s book to your TBR list.
3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
“The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.”Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
You’ve probably heard of this one before. I wouldn’t be surprised since it has over 80,000 reviews! In this real and raw book, Mark Manson tells us like it is. He’s published a series of self-help books and this is definitely one to read. The Subtle Art explores what things we should really give our energy to. You may have heard that being positive is key, but Manson has a different approach.
Sometimes we just can’t be positive and that is okay! Give Mark Manson’s book a try if this sounds like you!
4. You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
“If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done.”Jen Sincero, You are a Badass
Instead of focusing on who we aren’t, let’s focus on who we are! We’ve all asked ourselves, “Who am I?” Jen Sincero is helping us find exactly who! In this how-to guide with over 35,000 reviews, Sincero shares inspiring stories, advice, and excercises that will help you:
- Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want
- Create a life you totally love and create it NOW
- Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before
Another three book series coming your way! I’m starting to see a trend here. Apart from the first book, the series includes You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth and You Are a Badass Every Day: How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable.
5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose.“Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Remember when I said that cleaning up your space can help you declutter your mind? This is definitely a book that can help with that!
Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is part of a three book series that dives into how to effectively tidy up your home so you never have to do it again. Kondo teaches you how to decide which items in your home “spark joy” and what items don’t. I’m guessing the items that don’t spark joy aren’t needed, but we will have to find out! The books in Kondo’s tidying up series are,
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
- Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up)
- Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life
The book is sure to “help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire” according to Amazon.
6. Burn After Writing by Sharon Jones
“Write. Burn. Repeat.”Sharon Jones, Burn After Writing
Burn After Writing isn’t just any self-help book. Sharon Jones included a journal and prompts to really get you thinking. With almost 80,000 reviews, you should definitely give this self-help journal a try. The book outlines three rules you must try your best to follow that are:
- Answer with relentless, painfully searching honesty all questions within
- Use the power of the magic random “havaflickthru” to select the most relevant question for my present state
- Take a walk through the corridors of my mind and open all locked doors
Sometimes reflecting on the past can help build a strong future! Interested in trying this self-help journal out? Buy yours here!
7. Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind edited by Jocelyn K. Glei
“What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.”Manage Your Day-to-Day
I don’t know about you, but having a routine always keeps me motivated and on track. It keeps my house organized, my mind organized, and it keeps me grounded. Time management can be key to reducing stress and anxiety throughout your day. Finding the time and space to accomplish your tasks and larger goals is definitely a form of self care.
Manage Your Day-to-Day gives practical advice and insight from over 15 creative minds on how to minimize overload in your everyday life. This book is also part of a three book series if you want more! The series includes:
- Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
- Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career
- Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact
If you need help creating a routine, this book is your next read!
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