Read These Books If You’re Struggling With Your Mental Health

Matt Lillywhite
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I’m incredibly grateful.

Over the past few years, I’ve read hundreds of books that have inspired me to become a better person. In one way or another, they helped me to overcome anxiety and become a lot more confident. So as you can imagine, my quality of life has exponentially improved since I fell in love with reading.

Chances are, you want to live a happier life and improve your mental health. So to make things easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of several interesting books. Each of them helped to improve my emotional well-being. Hopefully, they will do the same for you, too.

1) Real Help by Ayodeji Awosika

I remember reading this book for the first time. Back then, it felt like

Ayodeji Awosika was slapping me in the face because every chapter contained several hard pills that were difficult for me to swallow.

“You are where you are. I can’t change that. Neither can the government or your employer, at least not in a way that’s going to have a profound impact. Nope. It’s just you and your potential future, all of which will be shaped by what you decide to do next. And not just this one time, but every single moment for the rest of your life.” Ayodeji Awosika

Take responsibility for your life and everything that happens to you. Focus on the aspects of life that you can control instead of worrying about what you can’t. Because unfortunately, the world is unfair, utopia doesn’t exist, and nobody is coming to save you.

2) Living With The Monks by Jesse Itzler

Every single one of us wants to live a happy life. But for one reason or another, we often look to external objects for fulfillment instead of looking within ourselves. “If I can have just this one thing, I’ll finally be happy,” is something we say to ourselves all the time.

It’s why we buy fancy cars, go on exotic vacations, and purchase the latest iPhone. We seek happiness and will do pretty much anything to obtain it. But after a while, the excitement fades, and we eventually find ourselves back at square one.

“When you come to a point when you have to make a key decision, remember how that choice will make you feel tomorrow, and the tomorrow after that, and the one after that.” — Jesse Itzler

In this book, Jesse writes about living with Monks and what they taught him about happiness, gratitude, and focus. He also writes about learning to control his emotions and how to remain calm in a chaotic world.

Honestly, Living With The Monks is one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read. So if you’re looking to find inner peace, it’s certainly a book that’s worth checking out.

3) Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

If you spend way too much time on social media, consider reading Cal Newport’s work. Over the years, he’s written several interesting books. However, Digital Minimalism is my favorite.

In it, Cal writes about creating a healthier relationship with technology so you can focus more intently on the things that matter to you. For example, it might be a good idea to spend less time scrolling through social media each day if you want to spend more time with loved ones.

“Digital minimalists see new technologies as tools to be used to support things they deeply value — not as sources of value themselves. They don’t accept the idea that offering some small benefit is justification for allowing an attention-gobbling service into their lives and are instead interested in applying new technology in highly selective and intentional ways that yield big wins. Just as important: they’re comfortable missing out on everything else.” — Cal Newport

He also writes about digital decluttering and several other practices that have helped many people take back control of their lives and daily routines. So if you want to spend a lot more time on the things that genuinely matter, this book is for you.

4) Beyond Order by Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson has frequently been in the news for statements that were taken out of context. However, it’s important to separate the negative controversy from his books that have positively impacted several million people around the world.

In Beyond Order, Jordan writes about the importance of acknowledging your current situation and circumstances. Then, he says to “imagine who you could be, and aim single-mindedly at that.” In essence, do whatever you can to make a little bit of progress each day towards the life you desire.

“With careful searching, with careful attention, you might tip the balance toward opportunity and against obstacle sufficiently so that life is clearly worth living, despite its fragility and suffering. If you truly wanted, perhaps you would receive, if you asked. If you truly sought, perhaps you would find what you seek. If you knocked, truly wanting to enter, perhaps the door would open.
There will be times in your life when it will take everything you have to face what is in front of you, instead of hiding away from a truth so terrible that the only thing worse is the falsehood you long to replace it with. Do not hide unwanted things in the fog.”―Jordan B. Peterson

He also writes about the importance of accepting the things you cannot change and focusing solely on what you can. In other words, be grateful in spite of your suffering and make the most of whatever circumstances you’ve been given. After all, you probably don’t have another option.

All of these books will hopefully improve your mental health in one way or another. Perhaps you learn from Cal Newport and decide to spend more of your time doing things that you find meaningful. Or maybe, you learn from Jordan Peterson and use psychological principles to make continual progress towards a better life.

Whatever you do, please know that you’re on the right track. And once you start reading the above books, it’ll only be a matter of time before you see massive improvements in your mental health. So what are you waiting for?


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