While I was in recovery, I came across a lot of different books and things that helped me figure out my life and get things back on track. These are a few that I love in particular. Here are the best books for overcoming depression, or 7 books for people with depression.
The Best Books for Overcoming Depression
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Spirited and the Spirited Companion are two books about fear, dreams, self-sabotage, comparison, and more. Spirited is part storytelling and part workbook, while the companion gives you a monthly guide on how to deal with your demons head-on. Beautifully designed and full of wisdom. Click here to learn more. From reading Spirited I got the idea to ask yourself, “How am I sabotaging myself?” and I finally realized why I kept slipping back into old patterns and getting depressed even if I had been doing well for a while. Now I don’t self sabotage anymore because I’m aware of it before it happens. 🙂 There are also a lot of other good things in these two ebooks.
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield is an amazing personal development book about how to succeed in every area of your life – and these principles definitely apply to making you happy and overcoming depression, too. This book is really, really long (600 pages!) but there are dozens of different principles broken up into little chapters so if you wanted, you could just read about one principle that sounds interesting because each one of them is a game-changer. And when you combine them all, you could seriously change your life. I know it helped me a lot, and a lot of what he talks about is what I talk about too. Click here to check out The Success Principles.
Wild and Precious is a great book about learning how to love and care for yourself. Lots of self love talk, and good if you want to build up your self esteem.
How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me is written by someone who struggled with severe depression and suicidal thoughts. This girl has the street cred to back up what she’s saying, and she only recommends what she has personally done herself and seen huge results from. If you want someone who has been where you are, check out this book.
5. Spirit Junkie and May Cause Miracles
Spirit Junkie and May Cause Miracles are two books by Gabrielle Bernstein and they are a great introduction to concepts like spirituality, self love, and forgiveness. They’re based on the metaphysical text A Course about Miracles, and will help guide you to a place of loving yourself and letting go of past hurts. Gabrielle has the experience of being a previous junkie (hence the title of her book) and feeling really low and depressed.
6. The Big Leap
Last but not least, The Big Leap is a major game changer and life changer. I actually teach principles from this book in some of our classes, such as the idea of having upper limits to the amount of happiness or success we’ll allow in our lives before we start to self-sabotage. It’s like this quote, “We accept the love we think we deserve.” If you want to allow more happiness in your life and not keep relapsing and sabotaging your results, get this book.
7. Recovery Diary by Resilient
Bonus! Just for fun, I thought I’d include my book – the Recovery Diary! It’s not a book per se but a journal. At the beginning it has a collection of some of our best articles (from our blog and the Negativity Detox) and then 365 daily entries with journal prompts and checklists to keep you on track in your recovery journey.
Those are just a few of my favorite books. I’ll update this list from time to time with new recommendations and as I read new things that I think will help you. 🙂