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At love beauty thrive, advocating for mental health and wellness is one of the most important things to us. Mental health books are powerful resources that educate and help to build resilience.
From stress and burnout, anxiety and depression, addiction and recovery, mindfulness and meditation, to healing trauma, improving sleep, interactive workbooks and general resources, mental health books can help you to learn about, manage, and handle how you feel.
We’ve put together a list for you of 10 new mental health books for women, bestsellers that we’ll definitely be getting on our shelves. Will any of these titles be on your to-be-read list this month?
If you need more reading inspiration, also join us each month for our monthly book feature series, Books & Coffee. It’s an opportunity for a shared experience of impactful storying, personal development and meaningful conversation, one book (and perfect cup of coffee) at a time.
Books & Coffee is a chance to see what we’re reading each month and to read along with us! We’ve recently featured Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Space In A Too-Busy World by Eve Rodsky and The Paper Palace: A Novel by Miranda Cowley Heller.
And if you’re struggling with your reading goals, remember – one of the best paths to personal growth and development is to read. But that doesn’t mean staying on track is always easy! We shared all about how to set reading goals (and our 2022 inspirational book list) in this blog post.
Are you ready to discover the best new mental health books? It is our sincere hope that you will find them helpful in improving your overall mental health and wellness.
10 New Mental Health Books For Women
Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind – An instant New York Times bestseller by Judson Brewer. Includes “a step-by-step plan clinically proven to break the cycle of worry and fear that drives anxiety and addictive habits.”
Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol – A New York Times bestseller by Holly Whitaker. A part memoir, part self-help examination of the impact of drinking culture on women and a female-centered path to sobriety.
What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing – A #1 New York Times bestseller by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry (and #1 Amazon Best Seller in Popular Developmental Psychology). “This book is going to change the way you see your life.”
The Anxiety Sisters’ Survival Guide: How You Can Become More Hopeful, Connected and Happy – A guide to coping with anxiety by Abbe Greenberg and Maggie Sarachek. Ready to join the Anxiety Sisterhood? Here’s a handbook with real techniques and exercises (plus reminders that you’re not alone and that yes, you can feel happy even with anxiety).
Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience – A #1 New York Times bestseller by Brene Brown (#2 on Amazon Charts). Soon to be an HBO Max docuseries, Brown explores the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human (mapping the framework for meaningful connection).
Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person – “A memoir-meets-investigative report” by Anna Mehler Paperny on how depression is currently viewed and treated (and, how it is failed to be treated). Includes interviews with medical experts and conversations with fellow sufferers.
Everyday Vitality: Turning Stress into Strength – A guide to live a more fulfilled life by psychiatrist Samantha Boardman. A book of strategies that is part memoir, part wisdom, and part scientific evidence to find strength in stress and boost productivity, build coping skills and manage emotions.
Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself – An instant New York Times bestseller by Nedra Glover Tawwab (licensed counselor and one of the most influential therapists on Instagram). Easy but powerful ways to create healthy boundaries in your life and regain freedom to be yourself (a key problem underlying many mental health struggles).
Also by Nedra Glover Tawwab is The Set Boundaries Workbook: Practical Exercises for Understanding Your Needs and Setting Healthy Limits.
What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma – An Amazon Editor’s Pick in Best Biographies and Memoirs by acclaimed journalist Stephanie Foo. An investigation into the little-understood science behind PTSD (includes interviews with scientists and psychologists). A hopeful narrative on healing from trauma.
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed – An instant New York Times bestseller and O, The Oprah Magazine’s Best Nonfiction Book of the Year by Lori Gottlieb. A transformative read that takes us into a therapist’s world (as both clinician and patient) and reveals what it means to be human.
Also by Lori Gottlieb is Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: The Workbook (A Toolkit for Editing Your Story and Changing Your Life).
The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma – A #1 New York Times bestseller (and #4 on Amazon Charts) by Bessel van der Kolk, M. D. (a world expert on trauma). Change your understanding of trauma and healing. An examination of new treatments that activate the brain’s recovery.
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle – A New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Choice Award nominee by Emily Nagoski, PhD and Amelia Nagoski, DMA. An exploration of the different ways women experience burnout differently than men. Includes a science-based plan, worksheets and exercises to minimize stress, manage emotions and live with more joy.
Mind Over Mood, Second Edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think – A life-changing book with over 1.2 million copies sold by Dennis Greenberger, PhD and Christine Padesky, PhD. Discover cognitive-behavioral therapy and the “simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress – and feel happier, calmer and more confident”.
Move The Body, Heal The Mind: Overcome Anxiety, Depression, and Dementia and Improve Focus, Creativity and Sleep – An Amazon #1 New Release in Dementia by noted neuroscientist Jennifer Heisz, PhD. A discussion on how health and fitness can combat common mental health conditions (including ADHD) and a plan to improve resilience. Did you know that physical inactivity is the greatest risk factor for anxiety? Includes workout plans to strengthen body and brain.
The Feeling Good Handbook: The Groundbreaking Program with Powerful New Techniques and Step-by-Step Exercises to Overcome Depression, Conquer Anxiety, and Enjoy Greater Intimacy – A mental health and wellness companion guide to the national bestseller Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (a clinically proven drug-free treatment for depression) by Dr. David D. Burns.
A Mind Spread Out on the Ground – An expanded American edition of the national Canadian bestseller (and Amazon Editor’s Pick in Best Biographies and Memoirs) by Alicia Elliot. A story of the traumas, oppression, racism and mental health crises in the families and communities of Indigenous peoples in North America. A Mohawk perspective on depression.
Need More Books?
Join us at the beginning of each month for Books & Coffee (our monthly book feature series) to read along with us! For more reading inspiration, we shared all about how to set reading goals in this blog post, including our 2022 inspirational book list for personal growth and development.
Talk To Your Doctor
A loving reminder that if you have questions or concerns about your mental health and wellness, to always talk to your doctor. Books can be powerfully helpful resources, but the most important thing is to check in with a health or mental health professional.
If you find yourself in a mental health crisis or emergency situation, contact a crisis line, other urgent care or 911 immediately (and know that you are loved and not alone).
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