With some approaching their twelfth weeks in quarantine, self-care is becoming increasingly more important. Studies also show that economic downturn negatively affects both mental and physical wellbeing, even without the added stress of a global pandemic. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Instead of viewing quarantine as a time of standing by, lingering by your television set, watching the numbers grow higher and the heat maps grow darker, think of this as a time as a rare and cherished opportunity to work on yourself. There’s no better time to pick up a book for personal growth that will benefit you immediately, and in the long run.
Luckily, in a digital age, getting a head start on professional development or relationship wellness is possible anytime, anywhere. These seven self-development eBooks can help guide you to foster your mind to wholeness by the time quarantine ends.
1. Design Your Life
Building a life is very similar to building a house: without a good foundation, everything you build upward will only tumble downward. And much like a house, the more you invest into it, the nicer it will be to stay there, for you and others. In a science-backed guide on mental health management, productivity improvement, and relationship building, “Design Your Life” is a spiritual rehabilitator. The guided journal helps you put pen to paper on you values, goals, relationships, and more.
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
A New York Times Bestseller by one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, this book is the foundation for the popular Konmari Method. Changing your mindset around things, stuff, and clutter, Kondo addresses that mess might actually stem from unhappiness. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” will not only encourage you to clean your house but by doing so, tidy your mind as well. A great read anytime, but especially now that we are all working from home.
3. Soft Skills Shouldn’t Be So Hard
Soft skills account for 89% of hiring failures, yet they aren’t something that is often taught in school, despite how simple they can be to learn. If you’ve been laid off, are looking for a new job, or just figuring out how to supercharge your career, this is a must-read. The book walks through how, before management of others is even possible, self-management must first be achieved. Then, it gives you a nine-step process in how to do just that.
4. You Are a Badass
In blunt and to-the-point wording with the occasional, casual swear word, Sincero guides you through simple exercises and uplifting stories to get past your strongest barrier: you. “You Are a Badass” shows you how to love the unchangeable, and change the unloveable, all to create a life without self-sabotage.
5. Master Your Mind
A lot of stress can come from uncertainty, especially during quarantine. If you’re going through any kind of anxiety right now, this is a great book to take back control. The best part is how practical this handbook is. Dubbed “hedge fund psychology for everyday life,” it features 50 psychology-backed problem-solving strategies you can apply right away, from managing time to making better decisions.
6. Reasons to Stay Alive
Let’s just say this book is too good not to read in a single weekend. One-part autobiography highlighting Haig’s life struggle to find mental wellness, one-part self-help guide with helpful quotes from other books, step-by-step tutorials on what to do during a panic attack and other educational-yet-fun-to-read passages, this book is sure to have something for everyone. An international bestseller, “Reasons to Stay Alive” will have you refreshed and rethinking at the fundamental level.
7. Start With You
In a world where we seemingly have to focus on others’ success in order to be motivated to our own, individualism is hard to come by. We all want a successful career and relationship, but how do we get there? “Start With You” turns your focus inward, taking you on a self-awareness journey to understand and learn the science behind why some couples get divorced while others last, or why some regrets loom larger than others.