Here are some good books to help your mental health. Also see how to help someone with depression. Another reason for poor mental health is feeling isolated and lonely. Make sure you find good media, to make you feel better. Be Kind to Your Mind has bite-sized tips to make self-care simple when you are feeling low.
Also check out The Blissful Mind, a beautiful blog with lots of posts on how to avoid overwhelm, including how to declutter your mind.
The Secret to Happiness is a cheerful little book bursting with simple, actionable tips to help unlock your inner happiness, and inspire lasting joy. Happiness begins within. The book includes:
- Tips to form happy habits
- Mood-boosting exercises
- A sprinkling of uplifting quotes
This is your guide to making life shine a little brighter. Sophie Golding is a writer and artist, living in West Sussex. She enjoys meditation, sea swimming and the great outdoors.
Things to Do When You’re Feeling Blue shows that you are allowed to feel sad, and reach out for support. A break in the clouds can help reclaim your relish for life. Filled with dozens of moments for mood dips, to be read when you’re shutting down. Identify burnout and combat negative self-talk and find soothing self-care rituals. It’s okay to dive into a duvet burrito for the day!
In My Head is a young person’s guide to understanding mental health. This accessible guide for 11 to 15 year olds is ideal for everyone who finds it hard to explain what they are thinking and feeling. Have you often pretended to be ok, when in reality you are anxious or sad? However you’re feeling – you’re not alone. Because many people find it difficult to talk about their mental health. Whether you want to understand your thoughts and emotions a little better, or learn some handy tips to help relax, this book is filled with information on how to look after your wellbeing, and stay feeling good. The book covers an A to Z of mental health conditions with simple self-care methods.
Let’s Talk: A Boy’s Guide to Mental Well-being helps you figure out the help you may need, gives advice on where to get help and offers case studies to show how others have voiced their feelings, and found help. Learn how to articulate how you’re feeling, build a support network, create your own wellbeing toolkit, bounce back from low mood and help others who may be struggling. If you’re not feeling okay, you have the power to do something about it. This book will show you how.
A Beautiful Book to Help Mental Health
Be Wild, Be Free is a wonderful book; a beautifully illustrated guide to life, through a mash-up of poetry, fables, comedy and whimsical watercolours. Using the characters of sloth, bear, manatee, blob fish and more, the author (a former NHS doctor) shows that we no longer need to surrender to negative thoughts nor those who drag us down, and instead ponder the beauty all around us, and remind us how to simply love again.
Do you ever hear the beasts scratching at the door? They want to be let out, to be wild & free! They were sleeping too long, and now they’re getting feisty. Don’t be afraid, they’re pretty lovely inside, and never did I see a more lovely beast than you…
So come inside. You might be surprised, to remember how to feel alive! With a heart to feel, a mind to learn & hands to build extraordinary things. Go forth, fiercely, bravely.
Amber is also a forensic psychiatrist, whose work with very ill patients in hospitals, prisons and the community have inspired her to write message of hope. She encourages us to have compassion for those that society rejects, mistreats and ignores and for those suffering mental anguish. We are prompted to ponder the beauty all around, reminding us how to simply love one another, and ourselves, again.
Self-Care Gifts for Mental Health
Brand New Day Notepad is a beautifully illustrated daily notepad with tear-off sheets, to remind you to check in and be kinder to yourself. Great to monitor daily feelings and mental health, the A5 pad has around 100 tear-off sheets.
Self-Love Rainbow is a beautiful site with lots of self-care goodies to help anxiety and depression. Most are digital download with black-white print options, to save cartridge, or juse use them online.