four top self-help books

Self-help/life lesson books are something I love to read in my spare time. Although I do enjoy fictional pieces of work, I find it meaningful to also read books that further my personality, that help me learn how to move through personal challenges and understand my true self. Even if you're not a big fictional reader, I do think self-help books have a positive impact and tend not to be too difficult to read, so I always recommend at least trying to read one or two a year. As we move forward in time, and the world becomes more competitive, people judge themselves more and personal challenges get more difficult, the market for self-help books has expanded and more people are publishing life books than ever before. Here are a few self-help books I have personally read/I have heard incredible things about, in order to try and help you on your journey.

by Kate Mackay

Certified Performance Coach, Kate Mackay shares her journeys on the piste from snowboarding newbie to BASI instructor training. Working through doubt, setbacks, injury and grief, in TAKE IT ALL ON BOARD Kate applies some hard-knock lessons from the slopes to daily life and delivers a unique confidence program for any woman seeking greater self-esteem.

This book contains eight chapters which take you on a journey through the experience of Kate, and how she achieved her life goals. She gives advice and tips, as well as exercises to complete which allow you to gain knowledge of how to master life with confidence. This book is perfect for those that require some guidance regarding reaching their goals and has an incredible way of showing how women especially can achieve their goals if they put their mind to it. Described as an incredible and fun account of Kate's life achievements, this book is great at teaching coping mechanisms regarding how to overcome self-doubt and fear, yet is also a brilliant read for those simply interested in her life work! I really enjoyed this book and will be taking a few of the life lessons I learnt from it on board.

by Maria Hocking

Strip Naked & Re-Dress With Happiness is a handbook not only for surviving adversity but for discovering how to thrive as a result. Maria Hocking’s own inspiring personal story is woven throughout the book, accompanied by ‘changing room tips’ - tools and techniques to help you understand your emotions and behaviours, and move through personal challenge. You’ll discover that ‘getting naked’ – losing what you used to take for granted - is an opportunity to let go of who you thought you were, and find out who you really are.
Enter the changing room to change your mind and your life. Maria is walking, talking, pen-pushing proof that these tips work because she used them to change her own life. Within every challenge lies a gift, just waiting to be discovered: this book will open your eyes to help you find it, and discover a higher level of happiness as a result.

Maria is a life coach, writer, inspirational speaker and motivational trainer who uses her life experiences throughout the book to take the reader on an emotive journey, intertwined with understandable and helpful ideas and exercises regarding how you can turn your life around, even in the darkest of times. Written with the utmost compassion, brutal honesty and reality, this book will not only make you laugh out loud but also cry deep into its perfect pages. An inspirational book which makes you truly consider your perspective on life and the true meaning of your actions, it will help you to accept, embrace and grow. This takes the spot of the best self-help book I have read so far, a book I will remember and reconsider for years in the future. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and encourage everyone to purchase it, whether to aid you through your own personal struggles or for someone you know. Maria is a brilliant, courageous woman, and this is a five-star, excellent book.

by Fearne Cotton

''This book is a way to release what's going on inside your head and to keep heading towards the good stuff. The simple stuff. The stuff that's going to really hit up that happiness on a deep and nourishing level. Whether you dip into these pages every now and then when you feel you need it, or use it daily as a positive exercise, I hope it brings you much relief, joy and calm. Amen to the pen'' - Fearne Cotton

Although I have not yet read this book, it has a number of excellent reviews. It is said to explain why perfect does not exist and teach a range of tools which can help individuals find joy in every day. Fearne draws on her own experiences to develop a practical guide with advice, exercises and tips an tricks to help people find happiness. This book is said to be a very easy and uplifting read, which is written beautifully, and when I have money I will but it!

by Prof Steve Peters

The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Prof Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can:

- Recognise how your mind is working
- Understand and manage your emotions and thoughts
- Manage yourself and become the person you would like to be

The Chimp Mind Management Model is based on scientific facts and principles, which have been simplified into a workable model for easy use. It will help you to develop yourself and give you the skills, for example, to remove anxiety, have confidence and choose your emotions. The book will do this by giving you an understanding of the way in which your mind works and how you can manage it. It will also help you to identify what is holding you back or preventing you from having a happier and more successful life. 

Sadly I have not yet read this, however, it is also on my purchase list. Each chapter explains different aspects of how individuals function and gives you different ways of dealing with problematic situations. It is said to use down to Earth language to explain highly complex neuroscience in an informative and interesting way. This seems to be a very useful book that relies on the individual taking on board and decoding the information, something perhaps not for everyone, however seeing as this is a number one bestseller, it must be doing something right!

I hope this post has given you a few ideas about which self-help book to choose, I definitely think it is important to read them especially if you are struggling. Have you read any self-help books? What are your favourites? I would love to know!

{Maria kindly sent me her book to read, however, all opinions are my own! Plus, the Amazon links are affiliates, I make a little commission each time there is a purchase at no extra expense to you}


  1. I'm definitely going to check out these books!😊 Lovely blog post, Elise!😊✨

    Shirley |

  2. I've never read a self help book, but recently I have been toying with the idea. Going to look into a few of the books you mentioned.

    Sophie x

  3. I love self help books! There's one called 'you are a badass' which I love. Great post xx

  4. Fab post! I have Happy on my ever growing TBR list but haven’t heard of the others so will def be checking them out.

    Melanie |

  5. Fearne Cotton's Happy is one of my favourite self help books. I now have her Happy Journal which is great. I haven't read any of the others but I will be checking them out now as I want another to add to my reading list. Thank you for sharing..xo

    Pinar |

    1. I should have a look at her Happy Journal as well! Thanks for reading xo


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