The night of pumpkin lanterns is around the corner, and many folks are preoccupied with giving their front porches the perfect touch. Large dishes are being filled with cheap chocolates and cookies – in anticipation of the tricks and treats. But the abstract question that often comes calling in the back alleys of the mind is: “have you been this meticulous about your mental health in recent times?”
Dust off your armchair or hammock and engage with the following list of top five self-help books to demystify the path to reclaiming your mental health and emotional well-being.
Unf**k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop
Introversion has made docile thinkers out of many adults, but a little assertion and putting yourself out there will do more good than not. Speaking up is not the same as speaking out, although it might help to do both in certain circumstances. Albert Ellis says:
“Being assertive does not mean attacking or ignoring other’s feelings. It means that you are willing to hold up for yourself fairly – without attacking others.”
Being a book containing chapters with assertive titles like “I am willing,” “I am wired to win,” “I got this,” Unf**k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life, might initially seem to be a little book of powerful mantras. Do not be deceived. Within those pages, the seeming cheesy lines contain nuggets that can totally turn your life around.
Everyone knows that you will be setting yourself for a rude shock if you go overanalyzing every object you see on Halloween night. You might even discover that some monsters are actually real. Kidding. But what is true is that going through the journeys of life, overthinking hurts more than it helps you. Rest assured, at the end of this book, you’ll gladly bid overthinking goodbye.
Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent & Feeling Guilty by Aziz Gazipura
Yes-men live terrible lives. Pleasing other people at the peril of your fulfillment can negatively affect your persona and productivity. Even Halloween candies get exhausted at some point, so why do you think you can please everybody?
In this book, Aziz Gazipura takes you on a journey that will subsequently make you live a fulfilling life. It teaches you how to be firm about saying no when necessary and still being on the same page as the party refused.
“The opposite of nice is being real.” –
You want to get out of the rut of pretense and spiteful obedience.
Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts by Jennie Allen
“The greatest battle of our generation is being fought between our ears,” posits Jennie Allen. She uses a backdrop of God’s word to help readers have a grasp of their thoughts and reclaim the territory of the mind in her soul-lifting book: Get Out of Your Head – Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts.
Are you having damning thoughts that are surprising to yourself? Do you feel the grim reaper is out to get you? Lay hands on Jennie’s book. It would demystify the terrors, showing you that underneath the costumes, your fears are unfounded. You will find this doubly inspiring if you are a Christian. The knowledge to be gleaned from this book will definitely vitalize your Christian experience.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: Dynamic Techniques for Turning Fear, Indecision, and Anger into Power, Action and Love by Susan Jeffers
“Just do it!” is much more than Nike’s catch-phrase. It is a call to action recognized all over the world. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers is, however, not a mere motivational mash to be forced down the throat of discouraged or life-defeated folks.
The book is full of practicable techniques that will embolden readers to stand up to their fears by acknowledging them and subsequently taking them head-on. Even though some children know that Halloween costumes are fake, they sometimes need a lot of convincing. This book does the convincing for you. It encourages you to confront your monsters, one page at a time.
Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety by Robert Duff
Monsters are scary, but you know what is scarier? Crippling anxiety. An ‘active’ self-help module, Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety will kick you in the butt and get you running down the track of self-fulfillment. Whether you just need a little bit of encouragement, or you are down on your luck, this book will definitely be of immense use. It’s an exciting book that aims to help readers live more in the present while actualizing the projected goals of the future.
More often than not, the best helper a man can get is himself. A post-Halloween visit to the shrink would most likely be unnecessary if you’ll pay some attention to your mental health during this Halloween. Read, and declutter your mind.