Week 3 of Nonfiction November is: You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
Mental health care has been an important issue for me personally. For years I’ve struggled with anxiety. I’ve also seen family, friends, and children I’ve worked with suffer from the debilitating effects of mental illness. Let me first express strongly that focusing on “self care” is not a whiny privilege. Taking time out to work on mental and emotional stability is vital to productivity. In all areas. Because without YOU, the domino effect is great. Mental health affects all genders, races, ages and social statuses. It does not discriminate.
But before I go down that preachy wormhole of rambling, books have been a salve for me in this area. There are thousands of books on the topic of mental health, so where to begin? Just as mental health is personal and different for everyone, so is selecting helpful books.
I have a designated shelf at home (many stay on my nightstand) and these have been staples in my life. I’ve read some over and over, cover to cover and some I’ve chosen bits and pieces to revisit throughout.
To be honest, some self-help books about mental health give me more anxiety. I’ve started quite a few and have had to put them down. What I’ve found over the years is that I need books that inspire, are simple in scope and at times make me laugh. Reading memoirs or stories about people who have had similar experiences can also be beneficial. Getting lost in fiction is also a must for me, but this post is about nonfiction.
If I take time to breathe, meditate, laugh, find inspiration and joy, pause and reflect, I’m much more productive as a person. And that person can tackle all the bigger issues that need fighting for.