Hello and welcome back to another episode of THH Podcast. In today’s episode, we talk about 5 of my favorite self improvement books.
As you know by now, I am a huge advocate of mental health, self love, and mindful parenting. I truly believe that self improvement books are a really powerful way to improve these areas of your life.
These 5 books have helped me tremendously over the last year. Most of them are strictly self improvement, but a few are a little more “woo-woo”. I tried to order the list so that everyone can take something away before we get into the real esoteric-y kine books.
So without further adieu, let’s dive right into my favorite self improvement books. Click the player below to listen to the episode or read on.
It should be no surprise Mind Hacking is topping my favorites chart because y’all have heard me talk about this book on more than one occasion. This is the first self improvement book that really, truly changed my life.
Mind Hacking makes playful comparisons of the human brain to computer programming. No need to stress if you are a fellow programming noob, you will still take away valuable lessons.
The thing I love most about Mind Hacking is the activity section in the back. Sometimes the messages of self improvement books are easily lost because you read it then forget it.
With this book, each chapter has it’s own accompanying activity so you can solidify your understanding of the material by ACTUALLY PRACTICING IT. You literally reprogram your mind the same way you would a computer through meditation and journaling techniques (clever, right?).
My friend lent me this book a few weeks ago and after reading the first 25 pages, I went out and bought my own copy. I knew right from the start I would come back to this book time and time again.
The thing I love the most about Daring Greatly is Brene is a legitimate doctor. She’s not just writing a book from experiences she’s had, she’s writing about years of data she has collected.
In Daring Greatly, Brene analyzes how vulnerability and shame affect every aspect of our lives. If you tuned in a few weeks ago to my Comparison Trap podcast, you know these are two things I struggle with immensely.
Just like the first book, Daring Greatly has an activity section in the back. However, instead of physical activities, these are more like journal prompts to help you dive deep into your brain and unlock suppressed feelings and emotions.
I picked this book up from the library right before I decided to start up this podcast. I knew I wanted to create a space where I could truly be myself, but I was REALLY FUCKING SCARED to let it all out.
If you resonate with that or tend to hide behind the fear of speaking your truth, this book is a really powerful tool to help you break through that barrier.
Mike does a really great job outlining how fear of speaking your truth negatively manifests in different areas of your life. He gives a ton of great exercises to practice (both alone and with a group) to help you break past this fear and step into an authentic version of yourself.
My favorite exercise was one called “If you really knew me…” where you basically share your darkest thoughts and fears with other people. I can honestly say for the first time in my life, you all REALLY know me. I don’t feel the need to hide anything anymore and it’s a liberating freaking feeling.
This is oldest book on the list, but packs one of the most powerful messages. If you often live life on the edge of a panic attack like I do, I promise you will find some useful information in this book.
So often our brain tends to wander towards events that have already happened or events that might occur in the future (cue 483758430953 anxiety attacks).
While we’re lingering in the past and the future, we’re letting the only thing we truly have slip right past us. The Power Of Now is all about how to fully live in the moment (not the moments your anxiety brain develops, literally RIGHT NOW).
Last, but certainly not least, we have the most “woo-woo” book on the list. As the name implies, this book is about connecting to your spirit guides. I realize not everyone vibes with this sort of thing, but if you do this book is worth the read.
From big life decisions to small mundane tasks, your spirit guides are ALWAYS available to help you out. In this book, Debra gives you tons of practical tips for creating a clear and lasting relationship with your spirit team.
After practicing the techniques mentioned in Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, I can truly say I feel a way deeper connection with my guidance than I ever have before. I’ve been able to surrender during times that would normally have caused me a GREAT deal of panic and fear.
Again, this isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are interested in learning more about spirit guides and how to connect with them, this is THE book.
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And there you have it, my top 5 favorite self improvement books so far. As I said in the podcast, I realize these books aren’t going to resonate with everyone so you should definitely rent them from the library before you decide to buy.
You already know I love connecting with you guys so if you have any book recommendations that didn’t make the list, let me know in the comments below. You can also reach out to me on Instagram @the.hippie.homeschooler to chat about books.
Thank you so much for spending your time with me today. If you feel like this content could benefit a friend, be sure to share the link to this post. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day wherever you may be on this planet.
Until next time. Peace out, homies!