When I was sick I spent a crazy amount of time alone, in bed, unable to venture into the outside world. Much like many people who suffer with mental health problems, I found solace in books and on the internet. Luckily in this digital age we have a huge amount of resources available to us and seeing as I had a whole lot of time to find some of the best ones, I thought I’d compile a list to make your search a little easier.
I should note that you absolutely do not need to be suffering from a diagnosed disorder or condition to utilise these resources and look after your mental health. In fact, it’s even better if you can look after yourself before things get as bad as they got for me. It’ll save you a whole lot of time and pain, trust me.
And for those of you who have already got it bad, hang in there. None of these resources are going to fix things right away, but they certainly make the ride a little less horrendous. Take your time, breathe and take each day as it comes. I know it’s generic and probably not all that helpful to read, but I promise it gets better. I’m living proof. You got this.
Self Care, by Em (that’s me, from this blog)
Tell The People You Love That You Love Them, by Rachel C. Lewis
8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery by Babette Rothschild
Brave Enough by Cherly Strayed
Cheer Up Love by Susan Calman
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
How to Master Anxiety by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrell
I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Sane by Emma Young
The Art of Happiness by HH Dalai Lama
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop by David Adam
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Meditation app: Headspace
Positive and inspirational twitter/snapchat user: @JesseCale