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Self-Help Books For When You Can’t Eat, Pray, Love

Courtney Carr

Self-help books are a great way to seek information and strategies to find appropriate resolutions for what might be going on in your life.

However, sometimes inner peace can’t be found in the classic self-help books like Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and not everyone can Eat, Pray, Love their way through Italy, India and Bali like Elizabeth Gilbert did.

If you’re searching for some advice on a unique situation, perhaps these books will light the way.

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Guide To Living A Good Life by Mark Manson

Mark Manson is a notoriously blunt yet insightful writer who publishes articles on his blog such as ‘Fuck Your Feelings’, ‘How To Grow From Your Pain’, ‘Everything is Fucked And I’m Pretty Sure It’s The Internet’s Fault’ and ‘The Paradox of Success’.

His second self-help book The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck takes one of his infamous articles and expands on the idea that everyone tends to sweat the small stuff too much. Mark suggests that by choosing what fucks are important and worth addressing, the better off in life we will be.

“In life, our fucks must be spent on something. There really is no such thing as not giving a fuck. The question is simply how we each choose to allot our fucks. You only get a limited number of fucks to give over your lifetime, so you must spend them with care.” – The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

While crudely put, Manson’s words end up being incredibly insightful and actually assists in assessing your priorities and deciding which ones you actually want to give your fucks to. Definitely worth a read if you don’t mind a lot of cursing.

First We Make The Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson has a stellar career – she was the driving force behind I Quit Sugar and is a well-known Australian journalist, television presenter, blogger and media guru. But what you may not know is that behind her well-polished, sugar-free veneer Sarah struggles with crippling anxiety to the point where she has been known to simply run away at the most inconvenient and trying times.

As someone else who also suffers from severe anxiety, First We Make The Beast Beautiful is NOT a how-to guide or a conventional self-help book of advice to assist in reducing anxiety. Sure it has some tried and tested tips that work for Sarah and yes not everyone with anxiety will relate to every facet of what Sarah encounters in her day to day life, but First We Make The Beast Beautiful acts instead as a necessary nudge to let fellow sufferers (or friends and family members of sufferers) know that they are not alone in their feelings of anxiety.

This is a great comfort, and by way of “oh, I never thought of it that way” moments, it can open up anxious people into discovering and putting a finger on what their actual triggers are.

It really does turn the “beast” on its head and gives fellow anxiety-sufferers validation in their problems and roots to stabilise it.

Recovery by Russell Brand

Russell Brand is a notorious bad boy of British fame with a grimy history of addiction, but the Get Him To The Greek actor has turned over a new leaf and has dedicated himself to living a more holistic life free from his addiction to sex, drugs and fame. Recovery: Freedom from our addictions is Russell’s own unique take on the tried and tested 12 step program, opening people up to approach their own recovery from a human perspective and peppering it with his own anecdotes and experiences. The book really gets to the bare bones of what the 12 step recovery program is all about and provides helpful questions and activities to help you along the way.

This book isn’t just aimed at alcoholics and drug users – the same approach can be used in confronting addictions such as sex, love, work and even an addiction to social media. Suitable for anyone looking to rid themselves of their addictions but needing a little push in the right direction, Recovery will help pave the way.

Of course, if you are in the need of some immediate help, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, BeyondBlue on 1300 22 4636 and Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277.

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Courtney Carr

Courtney Carr is the author of the science fiction horror novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, and the eBook Secrets of a Party Planner. As HerCanberra's "resident horror expert" she is the creator behind the horror pop culture blog This Side of Sanguine (www.thissideofsanguine.com), as well as the party planning blog The Party Connection (www.thepartyconnectionaustralia.com). She loves rock music, red wine, coffee, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, living plant-based, and is obsessed with Instagram. See more at courtneyrachellecarr.com. More about the Author