13 Helpful Mental Health Books To Get Through 2020

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13 Helpful Mental Health Books:

Best Mental Health Books

A positive mental health is the accumulation of many areas in our lives. From COVID-19 to the Black Lives Matter movement, here are 13 helpful mental health books that will empower your body, mind and soul.

•Mind Body Connection Books

•Personal Growth Books

•Fitness Health Books

•Black Lives Matter Books

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" You need to be content with small steps. That's all life is. Small steps that take you every day, so when you look back down the road, it all adds up, and you know you covered some distance."

We are in a time of unknown and unrest, and as far as we can see, the end date is unsure. COVID-19 is here to stay; what was familiar is no more. However, we humans are a resilient breed and can overcome anything if we put our minds to it. Change is best initiated by informing ourselves as much as possible on areas that may be less known to you.

Taking one small step a day and not overwhelming yourself is not easy. In today’s age of virality, we want something, and we want it NOW. However, our mental health isn’t like a trending topic on social media. Yet it is like the slow growth of working on putting out content every day. After months and months of dedication, you will see a positive change.

I have put together this list of books to do just that. This list of mental health books focuses on four areas that will help your mental health and personal growth. So add them to your mental health bookstore on your bedside table and every night put some time in and work on yourself.

Here Are 13  Helpful Mental Health Books To Get You Through 2020

Table of Contents

Mind Body Connection Books

It is easy to think that everything we need to change to better our mental health has to happen from our neck and up. In fact, most people do just this and disregard anything that happens negatively with the rest of their body. We, as a society, need to make books about mental health mind-body connection popular.

1. The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health – Emeran Mayer

Books about mental health don’t always start in your mind. The connection between the food we eat and how it directly impacts our mental health is vital. This book will give you a solid base for change in your physical and psychological health.

From The Author: The Mind-Gut Connection teaches us how, with a few simple changes to our diet and lifestyle, we can enjoy a happier mindset, enhanced immunity, a decreased risk of developing neurological illnesses such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and lose weight. With a simple, practical regimen drawn from the latest research, Dr. Mayer shows us that paying attention to the mind-gut balance is the key to unlocking mental happiness.

2. How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body – David R. Hamilton

Popular mental health books: Our body and mind are vastly intertwined, being able to think outside the box and analyze if physical conditions are triggered by underlying mental health causes.

From the author: This bestselling acclaimed book was first published ten years ago. In it, Dr. Hamilton explores the effect of visualization, belief and positive thinking on the body and shows how using our imagination and mental processes can stimulate our defences and healing systems to combat disease, pain and illness.”

3. Unf--k Your Brain - Faith G. Harper

Any book that talks to us as we talk to ourselves is a positive way to keep ourselves in check.

The brutal honesty of the conversation and wording in this book, is a pleasant change to the sugar coating society has gotten used to in the mental health help realm.

From the author: Our brains do their best to help us out, but every so often they can be real assholes – having meltdowns, getting addicted to things, or shutting down completely at the worst possible moments. Your brain knows it’s not good to do these things, but it can’t help it sometimes – especially if it’s obsessing about trauma it can’t overcome. That’s where this life-changing book comes in.

Personal Growth Books

You don’t just do one thing in our life and wake up the next day with your best mental health yet. To create change for the better, you need to accept our flaws and better ourselves on a personal growth level. Add these novels to your mental health bookstore and let them help guide you to be a better person.

4. Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World - Tim Ferris

Tribe of Mentors was the very first book I put into my mental health bookstore. During the four weeks off work as I worked on finding my footing in life, I would read one section ( 2-3 pages ) while crafting my perfect morning routine.

From the author: This book contains answers-practical and tactical advice from mentors who have found solutions. Whether you want to 10x your results, get unstuck, or reinvent yourself, someone else has traveled a similar path and taken notes.”

5. The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys - James Fadiman

It’s 2020 and the views we have had on certain things in life are getting a fresh set of eyes.  I stepped outside the box and took part in a MDMA Therapy treatment plan that changed my life for the better. Expanding your horizons on ways to help ourselves wont hurt.

From the author: Fadiman reviews the newest as well as the neglected research into the psychotherapeutic value of visionary drug use for increased personal awareness and a host of serious medical conditions, including his recent study of the reasons for and results of psychedelic use among hundreds of students and professionals. He reveals new uses for LSD and other psychedelics, including microdosing, extremely low doses for improved cognitive functioning and emotional balance. Cautioning that psychedelics are not for everyone, he dispels the myths and misperceptions about psychedelics circulating in textbooks and clinics as well as on the internet.”

6. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn - Betty Smith

This book was not written as a book for personal growth, but after you get tucked into it you will see how it will be a positive book about mental health. Aiding in your personal growth.

From the author: The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years.

Fitness Health Books

Exercising is the most potent medicine with no negative side effects when looking to counter any mental health struggles. The act of exercising can mean anything from walking to your local store instead of driving, to competing in an ultra-marathon. After you order one of the best mental health books, read our latest blog to get you motivated until it arrives!

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7. Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds - David Goggins

David Goggins is a motivational mastermind. If you choose not to read this book, do yourself a favour and follow him on twitter.

From the author: For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare – poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes.

8. Open: An Autobiography - Andre Agassi

To be able to hear from an athlete what their work ethic was like before and after they became famous is extremely valuable. To be reminded they were at the exact same spot as you one day.

From the author: Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight grand slams and achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game’s highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent.

9. Unplugged: Evolve from Technology to Upgrade Your Fitness, Performance, & Consciousness - Brian MacKenzie, Dr. Andy Galpin, Phil White

Do you need your fitbit? your smart phone? your newest piece of tracking to make sure you get one workout in?

From the author: As a result of our fitness tech addiction, we’ve lost awareness of what we’re doing, how we’re feeling, and what’s going on around us. This is bad enough in the gym, but when we get outside, the constant checking of a tiny screen truly wreaks havoc, downgrading what should be a rich experience into yet another task we need to complete to meet our daily goals.

10. Mind Games: The Ups and Downs of Life and Football - Neville Southall

The beautiful game as you know it, can pull on your heart strings in a negative way .

From the author: In this unique book, one of football’s greatest cult players reflects on the travails of the modern game, how some of society’s problems are reflected within it and draws upon his own experience to tackle one of its final remaining taboos: mental health. On fear of failure, confidence, sexuality and homophobia, suicide, social media and many other talking points – Neville doesn’t hold back on the biggest subjects and gets stuck in to some of the most important topics surrounding the beautiful game.

Black Lives Matter Books

2020 has brought to light the injustices that the black community has been feeling for years and years. We can not sweep this under the rug once more; action must be taken. Read, learn, act and be a part of the change.

11. Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting - Terrie M. Williams

A book about mental illness and the insight from the Black Lives Matter Movement. We all deal with mental health struggles.

From the author: Terrie had made it: she had launched her own public relations company with such clients as Eddie Murphy and Johnnie Cochran. Yet she was in constant pain, waking up in terror, overeating in search of relief. For thirty years she kept on her game face of success, exhausting herself daily to satisfy her clients’ needs while neglecting her own.

Terrie finally collapsed, staying in bed for days. She had no clue what was wrong or if there was a way out. She had hit rock bottom and she needed and got help.

She learned her problem had a name — depression — and that many suffered from it, limping through their days, hiding their hurt. As she healed, her mission became clear: break the silence of this crippling taboo and help those who suffer.

12. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin Diangelo

We need to face what makes us uncomfortable.

From the author: Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

13. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

To better your mental health, it will be a positive step in understand the plights and mental struggles others deal with just because of the skin they were born into.

From the author: Championing human rights in the face of violent racism, Patrisse is a survivor. She transformed her personal pain into political power, giving voice to a people suffering inequality and a movement fueled by her strength and love to tell the country―and the world―that Black Lives Matter.

When They Call You a Terrorist is Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele’s reflection on humanity. It is an empowering account of survival, strength and resilience and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent Black life expendable.

These are some of the best mental health books to address the mentally tough times of 2020. What doesn’t break us, only makes us stronger.

Did I miss any books, I would love to hear about them! Leave the book in the comments, this list can always be longer.

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