Self care seems to be the buzz word of 2018, but what does it mean? The dictionary definition reveals it is all things well being, health and personal development. So you’ve got exercise and healthy eating under control but what about the last part? Personal development or “self help” has had a bad rap in the past and can draw up images of crystal wearing hippies, which can be alienating for many. However, these days there are a new generation of “gurus” focused on millennials and the troubles we face, from anxiety and confidence, to money and relationships.
Here’s a list of no nonsense books to start you on your self help journey and help you take your life to the next level.
Books to get you started on your self care journey today
The Inner Fix by Persia Lawson and Joey Bradford
“If you take care of the insides the outsides will take care of themselves”
Written by best friends and life coaches Joey and Persia, they share personal anecdotes alongside actionable tips on how to change your life for the better. Two very different personalities, they share their struggles being 20 something’s in London from men, to career woes and being jealous of friend’s success. Their website even has free mediations and a mood boosting Spotify playlist.
The Anxiety Solution by Chloe Brotheridge
“A quieter mind, a calmer you”
We are the anxious generation. Chloe brotheridge is an anxiety expert, life coach and hypnotherapist. This is jammed packed with information as well as exercises for you to work through. She covers social anxiety, her own journey from shy girl to public speaker, how to sleep better, meditation and more.
The Goddess Revolution by Mel Wells
“I want you to start thinking of your body as a separate, female entity that deserves your respect.”
Mel is an actress turned intuitive eating coach and the antithesis to diet culture . She has experience with eating disorders and promotes the idea of throwing out the scales and stopping food ruling your life. Spoiler: it all comes down to self love.
Get Your Sh*** Together by Sarah Knight
“You can’t give yourself to others if there’s nothing left of yourself to give”
Sarah blends obscenities with tips to get your relationship, career and finances in order. Advice includes: why it is okay to be selfish and how to say no to being perfect.
Money, A Love Story by Kate Northrup
“If you can’t see your value the world doesn’t give value back”
No one wants to talk about money but it really does affects your whole life, from where you live, what you eat to whether you can realise your dreams. Kate says taking care of your finances is showing yourself love and gives tips on how to clamber back from a mountain of debt. She knows it’s possible because she’s done it.
The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck
“Problems call forth our courage and wisdom ; indeed they create our courage and wisdom”
This is not specifically for millennials but if you find you want a deeper dive into the human psyche, this is a classic. Peck was an experienced psychiatrist but the way he writes is simple and easy to digest. Recognise patterns in your relationships, where they originate from and how to develop into the best version of you.