Effective Self-Help – Best Resources to Improve Your Mental Health Today.

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Is Self-Help Effective?

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Healing Journey

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

Life is busy, stressful, chaotic and completely unpredictable. It constantly alters our plans, tests our courage and makes us choose between two horrifying options. Why? Well, probably because personal growth requires discomfort and painful experiences.

So if you think that life is testing you for absolutely no reason you’re wrong. There is a specific reason why certain things happen to you. To find it you need to face life challenges, learn your lesson, discover and won who you are. You need to fight your own battle to become stronger and more independent. But to be strong you don’t have to fight every battle alone.

Because, regardless of our personal experience, level of functioning or resilience we all feel hopeless, depressed, discourage and anxious when times get tough. When life challenges us we all need some support, words of encouragement or even a pat on the back. And that’s ok. We are all only human (no, it’s not an excuse) and as such, we need each other. A core of being human is a tremendous need for connection. This illusion of independence leads to loneliness, hopelessness, and self-pity.

No one can do everything by themselves no matter how strong, brave or optimistic they are. That kind of thinking reveals hyper-competitiveness, arrogance, and detachment from reality. It’s an ego trap you need to avoid at any cost.

We all struggle. We are all recovering from something traumatic and painful. We all experience this horrible feeling of standing on the edge of life crying for help and waiting for someone to save us at least once in our lifetime. It’s normal. It happens to everyone. But when it happens it’s important to find the courage and ask for help. Because no one should suffer in silence.

Yet, not everyone wants, needs or can afford therapy. And in such cases, self-help is a kind of help most people will choose. I choose this option to recover from complicated grief after the loss of my dad, and I don’t regret it. 

Of course, in some cases a professional treatment may be necessary and we should never exclude this option. However, in my personal opinion a professional treatment is effective only if combined with self-help. Because healing process requires self-reflection, self-awareness, self-compassion and honesty. In other words, overcoming life challanges requires working hard on improving yourself.

Besides, no one, even the best mental health professional knows you better than yourself. That’s why therapist and client relationship works only if it is based on cooperation, honesty and mutual respect. We should never forget about that. 

Countless Options

There are countless self-help options you can find online and start your healing journey right now regardless of what you’re struggling with. You’ve never looked for them, an infinite number of possibilities, an infinite number of choices and infinite number of resources will blow your mind. And if you need some help, I made a list of Best Self-Help Resources (in my opinion) to find online and start your self-healing journey today. Here it is! 

Effective Self-Help Resources

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1. Mental Health-Related Websites

  1. Psychology Today here
  2. MENTAL HEALTH @ HOME BY ASHLEY L. PETERSON here
  3. Positive Psychology here
  4. verywellmind here 
  5. PsychCentral here
  6. HelpGuide here
  7. simplepractice here
  8. betterhelp here
  9. mindful here
  10. Kris Godinez – “Licensed Professional Counselor. Author. Speaker.” here
  11. Kati Morton “holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is a licensed marriage and family therapist.” here
  12. Mark Manson here
  13. Headspace here
  14. HealthyPlace here
  15. ZenHabits here
  16. InvisiblyMe by Caz here

2. Mental Health-Related Youtube Channels

  1. Kati Morton here
  2. We Need to Talk with Kris Godinez here
  3. Psych2Go here
  4. Depression to Expression here
  5. LikeKristen here
  6. Douglas Bloch here
  7. Recovery Mum here
  8. Michele Lee Nieves Coaching here
youtube channels on mental health
best podcasts about mental health

3. Best Mental Health Podcasts

  1. The Hilarious World of Depression here
  2. Happy Place here
  3. Happier with Gretchen Rubin here
  4. Terrible, Thanks For Asking here
  5. The dark place here
  6. Not Another Anxiety Show here
  7. Mentally Yours here
  8. Tiny Leaps, Big Changes here
  9. Therapy Lab here
  10. Anxiety Slayer™ with Shann and Ananga here 
  11. The OCD Stories here
  12. Mental Illness Happy Hour here
  13. Recovery Unscripted here
  14. The Struggle Bus here
  15. The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych here
  16. Meditation Minis Podcast here

4. Best Ted Talks About Mental Health

  1. The Magic of Not Giving a F*** from Sarah Knight HERE
  2. Don’t suffer from your depression in silence from Nikki Webber Allen HERE
  3. How to cope with anxiety from Olivia Remes HERE
  4. There’s no shame in taking care of your mental health from Sangu Delle HERE
  5. The brain-changing benefits of exercise from Wendy Suzuki HERE
  6. How to start a conversation about suicide from Jeremy Forbes HERE
  7. Depression, the secret we share from Andrew Solomon HERE
  8. Why we all need to practice emotional first aid from Guy Winch HERE
  9. Debunking the myths of OCD from Dr. Natascha M. Santos HERE
  10. My stroke of insight from Jill Bolte Taylor HERE
  11. The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health from Julia Rucklidge HERE
  12. Depression is a disease of civilization from Stephen Ilardi HERE
  13. Healing illness with the subconscious mind form Danna Pycher HERE
  14. Depression, the secret we share from Andrew Solomon HERE
  15. On Being Just Crazy Enough from Joshua Walters HERE
  16. You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions — your brain creates them from Lisa Feldman Barrett  HERE
     
Best Ted Talks about mental health

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5. Best Self-Help Books

  1. The Self-Esteem Workbook (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) by Schiraldi PhD, Glenn R. here
  2. Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma by Pete Walker here
  3. The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life by Jeffrey S. Bland here
  4. The Disease To Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome by Harriet B. Braiker here
  5. Self-Help That Works: Resources To Improve Emotional Health And Strengthen Relationships 4th Edition by John C. Norcross here
  6. The Inner Child Workbook: What to do with your past when it just won’t go away by Cathryn L. Taylor here
  7. Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by Michael R. Edelstein here
  8. Mad Like Me: Travels in Bipolar Country by Merryl Hammond here
  9. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher here
  10. Elena Vanishing: A Memoir by Elena Dunkle here
  11. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison here
  12. The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Third Edition: What You and Your Family Need to Know 3rd Edition by David J. Miklowitz here
  13. The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder: New Tools and Techniques to Stop Walking on Eggshells by Randi Kreger here
  14. Who’s Pulling Your Strings?: How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life by Harriet Braiker here
  15. The Object of My Affection is My Reflection: Coping with Narcissists by Rokelle Lerner here
  16. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie here
  17. Radical Forgiveness for Healing by Colin Tipping here
  18. Radical Self-Acceptance by Tara Brach here
  19. A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar here
  20. L’ultima cena: anoressia e bulimia by Massimo Recalcati (in Italian)
  21. Anoressia Bulimia Obesità by Massimo Recalcati (in Italian)

6. Mental Health Comics & Graphic memoir

  1. Graphic Medicine: The interaction of comics & healthcare here
  2. Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness by Darryl Cunningham here
  3. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me 
    by Ellen Forney here
  4. Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir (Or, How I Kicked Anorexia’s Ass and Embraced Body Positivity) by Lacy J. Davis here
  5. Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life by Ellen Forney here
  6. Lighter Than My Shadow 
    by Katie Green
  7. Swallow Me Whole by Nate Powell here
  8. Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love
    by Marissa Moss here
  9. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir 
    by Thi Bui here
  10. My Degeneration: A Journey Through Parkinson’s (Graphic Medicine Book 3) 
    by Peter Dunlap-Shohl here
  11. Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson here
  12. Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir by Tom Hart here
  13. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel here
comics about mental health
best apps for mental health

7. Mental Health Apps

  1. Calm Meditation and Sleep Stories (Android; iOS)
  2. Happify: for Stress & Worry (iOS and Android)
  3. Headspace (Android; iOS)
  4. Breathe2Relax (Android; iOS)
  5. Anxiety Reliever (Android; iOS)
  6. Self-help for Anxiety Management (iOS)
  7. Sanvello (Android; iOS)
  8. Worry Watch (iOS)
  9. Rain Rain (Android; iOS)
  10. Panic Relief (Android; iOS)
  11. SAM App (Android; iOS)
  12. What’s Up? – A Mental Health App (iOS and Android)
  13. MoodTools – Depression Aid (iOS and Android)
  14. MindShift CBT – Anxiety Canada (iOS and Android)
  15. Self-help for Anxiety Management (iOS and Android)
  16. Happier (iOS)
  17. Smiling Mind Meditation for all ages (iOS and Android)
  18. MY3 Suicide Prevention (iOS and Android)
  19. PTSD Coach – not only for Veterans (iOS and Android)
  20. NOCD: Effective care for OCD (iOS)
  21. RR: Eating Disorder Management (iOS and Android)
  22. Rise Up + Recover: An Eating Disorder Monitoring and Management Tool for Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, and EDNOS (iOS and Android)
  23. CBT Thought Diary
    #1 Free Mood & Thought Journal (iOS and Android)
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  1. Are You Suffering Unnecessarily – 21 ways you are sabotaging your happiness HERE
  2. 10 Smart And Powerful Ways To Deal With A Panic Attack In A Public Place HERE
  3. 5 Lessons I’ve Learned Overcoming Depression That Can Help You If You’re Struggling HERE
  4. 6 Simple Ways To Live A Healthier Lifestyle HERE
  5. Free Yourself From Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts HERE
  6. How To Start Eating Mindfully HERE
  7. Put Yourself In A Positive Headspace HERE
  8. The 20 Most Unexpected Benefits Of Anxiety HERE 
  9. It’s Just A Bad Day Not A Bad Life HERE
  10. Yes, I’m Depressed, No, I’m Not Giving Up – 5 lessons about depression HERE
  11. 23 Ways To Support Your Friend Or Relative With Their Mental Health HERE
  12. 10 Powerful Tips To Survive An Emotional Breakdown – Finding Hope In The Face Of Personal Tragedy HERE

8. Best Movies On Mental Health

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  2. Rain Man (1988)
  3. Good Will Hunting (1997)
  4. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  5. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
  6. Black Swan (2010)
  7. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  8. The Hours (2002)
  9. Shutter Island (2010)
  10. K-Pax (2001)
  11. As Good as it Gets (1997)
  12. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
  13. Helen (2009)
  14. Still Alice (2014)
  15. Melancholia (2011)
  16. Matchstick Men (2003)
  17. No Letting Go (2016)
  18. Memento (2000)
  19. Inside Out (2015) produced by Pixar Animation Studios

Netflix

  1. To The Bone
  2. Not Alone
  3. Atypical
  4. Take Your Pills
  5. Brain on Fire
  6. Orange is the New Black
  7. Maniac
Netflix series about mental health

10. Fun & Creative Exercise for Better Mental Health

  1. Keep Your Daily Journal (write it out loud!)
  2. Practice Mindfulness Techniques here
  3. Practice Guided Meditation
  4. Do a Body Scan Meditation (it’s FUN!)
  5. The Mirror Technique
  6. Deep Breathing Exercises
  7. Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  8. Use Positive Affirmations
  9. Practice Self-Care here
  10. Practice yoga
  11. Connect with Nature here & here
exercise for better mental health
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11. Build Your Support System

Find Your Tribe

Instead of over-analyzing the situation you’re in and creating different worst-case scenarios talk to someone. Free yourself from this internal tension by sharing your experience with others. Of course, I’m not saying that you should approach a stranger and tell them about your mental health struggles because it may not be a good idea to share your private life with some random person. 

Instead use your phone and call or message someone that you know is trustworthy. Talk to your family member, friend or even co-worker and describe how you’re feeling. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. People are around you in your life for a reason.

Talking to someone about your struggles is a great opportunity to release stress and tension from your body, refresh your thinking, gain a new point of view and in consequence look at your situation from a completely different perspective.

  • Maybe your current situation is not as frightening as you think?
  • Maybe you just fall into a trap of overthinking and over-analyzing that made you feel even more anxious and completely unable to stay rational?

It’s quite possible, right?
So instead of excessive worrying or inventing terrible scenarios that might happen just talk to someone. Get your phone and call a person you can trust.

And if you feel you have no one to talk to about find a forum or online community and read other people’s stories. There are so many chats or online communities that people created to talk about their problems and share their struggles. And let me tell you, people give very good advice!

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xo Kate

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ashleyleia
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Thanks so much for the mention lovely! 💕

Invisibly Me
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Wow.. this is incredible! 😄 I’ve read heaps of self-help books and online resources, and you’re right, there’s heaps out there to discover. The issue can be finding what ‘speaks’ to you, I think. I’ve found some to be very thorough and probably fantastic for some people, but I haven’t gelled with it. Personal preference, so I think if you don’t strike gold straight away with the first one or two books/sites/apps etc you look at then keep looking. (I really hope you don’t mind me pointing this out but there’s a teeny tiny typo. If it were me I’d… Read more »

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Hey lovely, did you get my comment on this from a few days ago? I saved it ‘just in case’ as Akismet doesn’t always like me so I never know if my comments will go to spam! I’ll paste it here in case you don’t have it 🙂 “Wow.. this is incredible! 😄 I’ve read heaps of self-help books and online resources, and you’re right, there’s heaps out there to discover. The issue can be finding what ‘speaks’ to you, I think. I’ve found some to be very thorough and probably fantastic for some people, but I haven’t gelled with… Read more »

kalpana S
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Very informative blog. Mental health is a level of psychological well-being. You have discussed about some effective best health resources to improve the mental health such as self help books, mental health apps and comics etc. Really this is a very useful information.

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