5 Books That Will Help To Improve Your Mental Health

5 Books That Will Help To Improve Your Mental Health

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This week I am excited to recommend a few books that are absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in improving their own mental health!

I decided to pick out some books that are complimentary, yet different enough that the ambitious reader would find it worth their while to check out some, or all of them.

Let’s get into it!

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, By David D. Burns M.D.

What It’s About:

This book has not only helped me in times of need, but has also been a valuable resource for a few of my close friends.

At 736 pages (softcover), it certainly isn’t a short read. BUT, the style of this book allows the reader to start and stop reading fairly easily, and it does not require you to read from cover to cover.

Feeling Good is especially helpful for anyone who wants a thorough and easily understandable book that touches ALL of the bases. Best of all, it is filled with examples and exercises to aid the reader in understanding basic concepts and implementing them in their daily lives.

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I’m OK–You’re OK, By Thomas A. Harris

What It’s About:

I’m OK, You’re OK was one of the first psychology-related books I read before formally studying psychology and counseling. It had a huge impact on the way I view relationships and internal/external dialogues and continues to influence my work with clients.

This book is all about the way we talk to each other and how this relates back to our own mental health. Harris uses a model known as “Transactional Analysis” to highlight the various ways in which people disagree, argue, become friends, and engage in meaningful dialogue with one another.

I especially recommend this book to couples and family members who are seeking to improve their communication skills and foster a warmer relationship.

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Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety, By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D

What It’s About:

Julie and I recently purchased this book and we were happy with how straightforward and helpful it is.

While this book may not provide enough help for those suffering with severe anxiety and depression, it does provide a simple and straighforward guide to reducing symptoms. If you are looking for a brief introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, packed with daily exercises, then this book is for you!

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, By Eckhart Tolle

What It’s About:

Julie and I have both recently read/listened to The Power Of Now. READ IT.

Although this book is not necessarily aimed at aiding any particular disorder or set of symptoms, it does provide a great deal of clarity regarding quality of life, mindfulness, meditation, and spirituality.

If you are interested in reducing stress, becoming more present, and practicing mindfulness, then I cannot recommend this book enough!

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The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT, By Russ Harris

What It’s About:

Perhaps one of my all-time favorite books about ‘Happiness’ and mental health is The Happiness Trap. The author uses many metaphors and examples (which I love) in order to bring home the idea that we often think about happiness in the wrong way.

This book is also a fantastic introduction to anyone interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

As with some of the other books listed above, this one is also packed with exercises and worksheets.

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5 Books That Will Help To Improve Your Mental Health

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Over To You

Have you read any of these books? Which one’s interest you?

James Voss, MA, LMHCA

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James is a mental health counselor, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and substance use related issues. James emphasizes the therapeutic relationship with his clients and uses a wide range of techniques to help reduce distress and foster psychological flexibility.

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