Changing yourself isn’t as easy as changing your hair or your clothes or the color of the paint on your walls. If it were that simple, there wouldn’t be volumes of great self-improvement books lining the shelves just waiting for you to crack open their spines and flip through their pages. Working on yourself is often a difficult task that lacks clear instructions, and when you’ve made the decision that you want to improve, you might not always know where to turn.
That’s when you realize that it’s okay not to have all the answers, and that it’s okay to seek help and clarity. If you’re on the road to personal development but fear you might need to take a detour, have a look at some of the best self-improvement books for women listed below to get the guidance to stay on track.
This book by Brene Brown discusses how to live wholeheartedly by providing 10 helpful guideposts that encourage compassion and authenticity. Brown is a behavioral researcher who knows a lot about human identity, and she uses this background to show you how to cultivate positive qualities without losing sight of who you are as a person. It’s a fun read full of personal stories and practical tips that teach you how to eliminate fear and shame from your life.
If you enjoy planning and making lists, this book by Jennifer Louden will be right up your alley. The basic premise of the book is that women these days have so many distractions in their lives that they often forget to make personal time to recharge and enjoy creativity. As the book’s subtitle indicates, these pages are full of tips, stories, and prompts to help you realize what your true needs and dreams are and formulate a way to achieve them. In addition, it helps you figure out the best way to organize your life; it doesn’t present a one-size-fits-all system that might not actually work for everyone.
Older women aren’t the only ones who face transitions and difficult times. This book by Christine Hassler discusses the quarter-life crisis: the feelings of hopelessness and helplessness you experience after finishing college or entering into the working world. This is a time of huge life changes for most women, and it often seems overwhelming, but Hassler aims to relieve that pressure with this guide about finding your true passion and realizing that you don’t have to have all the answers or follow a set life script. It features true-life stories that you might identify with, and it also includes a number of exercises to follow that’ll teach you how to figure out what you really want out of life.
The End of Self-Help: Discovering Peace and Happiness Right at the Heart of Your Messy, Scary, Brilliant Life
Clinical psychologist Dr. Gail Brenner believes that, all too often, self-help books get it all wrong by convincing women that they’re somehow damaged or limited and that these are common issues that need to be fixed. She also realizes how stressful these thought patterns can be and teaches you that it’s okay to accept your current condition—and that doing so is actually the key to creating a more peaceful, freer life. In addition, this book guides you through a number of relaxation techniques so that, during those times when you start to feel inadequate, you can center yourself and realign your focus to feel happiness.
If you’re looking towards spiritual help for a little guidance in life, you’ll enjoy this book from noted self-help author Iyanla Vanzant. Even if you’re looking for pure inspiration, there’s a great chance you’ll find it here as well. Throughout the book, Vanzant guides you along in your journey to self-improvement by teaching that your soul is the key to changing your life. Learning who you are and connecting with your heritage and background can help you feel as though you can accomplish anything. It’s not necessary to look for spiritual guidance outside yourself, because your spirit alone is powerful enough to change what you want.
There are plenty of useful self-improvement books available in bookstores everywhere, but these represent some of the most helpful titles you can find. Take a closer look into any that might sound interesting to you, and start making your reading list today.