Self-help Books for Women

  • HTSE
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    Aaron Gillies (who you'll know as @TechnicallyRon on Twitter) offers tips on coping with anxiety in this witty self-help guide.

    In a personal and amusing style, he explains what it feels like to have anxiety and how important it is to realise that you are not alone.

    He also gives advice on safeguarding against personal vulnerabilities and highlights the tools that can help including medication, therapy, CBT and other coping techniques.
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    Impress your friends, sharpen your mind and increase your retention skills with this handy book from experimental psychologist, Professor Richard Wiseman.

    This book is packed with powerful tricks of the memory trade and explanations of the science behind them. Richard gives tips on remembering names, faces, birthdays, meetings and telephone numbers.

    He also discusses the best ways of winning a pub quiz, remembering what to write on a shopping list and passing exams. Of course, he'll help you remember where you left your keys as well!
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    Learn a whole host of handy retention skills with The Memory Booster Workout. The tips and exercises in this book will help you remember names and numbers and even shop without the need for a list.

    This book contains a 10-step plan to maximise the potential of your memory. All the tips are straightforward but have been scientifically tested and will help maximise your strengths. They'll also work around your weaknesses.

    A very clearly presented book, it will help you unclutter your life in an effort to improve your memory and critical thinking skills.
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    Matt Haig, the author of the bestselling self-help book Reasons to Stay Alive and fiction titles How to Stop Time and The Radleys, looks at ways in which we can stay sane when the world is making us mad in Notes on a Nervous Planet.

    Rates of stress and anxiety are rising in people all over the world and the pace of living is not helping. The advent of social media and the fact we're always connected also encourages people to worry about everything from work to body mass index and politics almost constantly.

    In this powerful and essential book, Matt - who has experienced anxiety and panic attacks for many years - reveals a number of ways in which we can all stay happy and human in our increasingly technological world.
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    The Memory Activity Book is packed with practical projects that can help you, your friends and family combat memory loss. It has been specially written and compiled for people who have dementia and their carers.

    Including physical activities, crafts and puzzles, the brain-stimulating projects have clear and visual instructions and come with examples of how to perform each activity (with suggestions for adapting them for different stages of dementia). Each activity is spread across two pages: one that a person with dementia or memory loss can complete; and another for relatives, friends and carers to help them with.

    This is a stimulating and resourceful book for people with memory loss issues.
  • PRMD
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    Whether you're new to meditation or looking to enhance your existing practice, Giovanni Dienstmann's Practical Meditation can help improve your concentration and stress levels while finding mindfulness.

    It offers step-by-step instructions for how long you should hold a pose and meditate for and covers various mediations including Tai Chi. It has a variety of 'mini-meditations' for you to try so you can sample different styles and discover which one works best for you.
  • PRAV
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    Ayurveda (translated as life-knowledge) is an Indian well-being practice that will help you find renewed energy, relief from stress and better and longer sleep.

    This book will help you find out your Ayurvedic body type and then adjust your diet and exercises to suit it. Perfect for energising you, there are yoga poses to try alongside many more meditation and positive thinking exercises.

    Whether you're adopting this ancient lifestyle practice of self-care yourself, through yoga practice, or as an alternative therapy, this book will help you apply its wisdom to many aspects of your life.
  • PAUS
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    In today's always switched-on world, it's easy to forget how beneficial a break away from everything can be to your health and mindset. Danielle Marchant's book is one that will help you press pause before life does it for you...

    With today's technology, we are never able to fully leave the office and fear of missing out means we're always rushing from one thing to the next. Pause is a book that encourages you to put yourself and your feelings first. It will help you learn to say no and embrace doing the things that make you feel good.

    It's packed with exercises that will ground you, help you breathe deeper and settle many worries and anxieties. By following these tips, you will be able to experience all the joys, pains and twists and turns of life the way they were intended.
  • TBWS
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    This book has no claims to be fun or more interesting... In fact, it's so boring it will send you to sleep. There's absolutely nothing that will stimulate the senses.

    It will afford you much sleep and copious amounts of pointless knowledge: from the intricate details of the Belgian political crisis from 2007-2011 to an overview of railway gauges, there's so much for you to absorb while you drift into the land of nod...
  • WWWM
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    If you have an ailment or illness and want to identify it quickly while at home, this is the guide for you.

    It has an easy-to-follow, visual symptom checker that will help you recognise the symptoms of what might be wrong and what you should do.

    The head-to-toe visual diagnostic guides will also help you recognise situations that are urgent or potentially life-threatening.
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    Brighten up every day of the year by taking inspiration from the quotes, actions and achievable goals featured in this delightful and inspiring little book.

    Although happiness can seem elusive at times, this book will encourage you to focus on all those little things that can make a huge impact. Split into a day-by-day basis, it's the perfect book for you to dip into when you need a pick-me up.

    Among the suggestions are to dance, listen and volunteer and the quotes come from the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Aristotle and A.A. Milne.
  • LWYM
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    After listening to The Archers and hearing the story about Helen Tichener being emotionally abused by her husband, Helen Walmsley-Johnson found some of the plot elements disturbingly familiar. This is her story about how she wound up - and escaped - two relationships full of coercive control.

    Helen's first husband controlled all aspects of her life, from who she saw to how much money was in her bank account. He alienated her from friends, family and even their three daughters. He eventually threw her out, leaving Helen no chance but to painfully rebuild her life.

    In her early 40s, Helen met Franc - who at first seemed kind, charming and considerate but soon also started telling her what to wear, eat and even to think.

    This candid and gripping memoir explains how she ended up being trapped by two smiling abusers and has been written to help other women in similar situations have the courage to walk away. It will help you recognise, understand and survive this sinister form of abuse.
  • LLTH
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    We're always after the newest and shiniest things and want to keep up with the latest trends, but have you ever stopped to think about how much damage this throwaway culture is doing to the environment?

    The founder of the Buy Me Once brand, Tara Button champions the way of 'mindful curation', a way of living in which you carefully choose objects that will give you the most pleasure for the longest time. This could be anything from kettles, pots and pans to desks, coats and dresses.

    Tara reveals the 10 steps needed to master mindful curation and explains the techniques that will help you make the most of each one - from finding purpose and priorities to identifying core tastes and style. Removing clutter from your life will help you find mindfulness.

    This book will appeal to anyone who enjoyed Marie Kondo's The Life-changing Magic of Tidying.
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    This DK guide to psychology will help you understand more about the science behind how the human mind works and how people think and act in different situations.

    It's packed with clear, striking visuals that make the inner-workings of the brain easy to understand and also contains information on why humans get anxious and paranoid, as well as the treatments for these issues (CBT, psychoanalysis and therapy).

    A brilliant book for students and those who just have an interest in how the mind works, this detailed book offers easy-to-follow overviews of the likes of behaviourism, cognitive psychology and humanism. It will also help you understand why psychology plays a huge role in various aspects of our lives.
  • WUGY
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    Artists, designers, writers, psychologists and speakers explain how everyday activities can be good for you and spark moments of inspiration in this fascinating book.

    It reveals how seemingly mundane jobs like cleaning, cooking and washing up can positively impact on our bodies, minds and relationships. There are cases of families bonding over the washing up and explanations of how chores can help make playful households.

    Based on ancient wisdom, this is a brilliant book for anyone who dreads their daily doings and wants to make them more creative and liberating. Of course, it also explains how making a cup of tea can be a truly wondrous ritual.
  • LAGO
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    Like the Danish term hygge, the Swedish lagom has no equivalent in the English language but can be loosely translated as 'not too little, not too much, just right'. This book shows you how to love the lagom way of life.

    Sweden is one of the happiest nations on Earth and it's widely believed it comes from the Viking term 'laget om', which was said when mugs of mead were passed around in a circle so everyone just had a sip. A liberating concept that praises the idea that anything more than 'just enough' is a waste of time, lagom is also inspired by the core belief of responsibility and common good.

    By following the lagom way of life, you can live happier, reduce your environmental impact, improve your work-life balance and free your home from clutter. It also encourages you to enjoy good food the Swedish way and cherish your loved ones.
  • KNES
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    We could all do with a little more kindness in our lives and this beautifully illustrated gift book finds Jaime Thurston (the founder of charity 52 Lives) explaining how much of a big difference a small act of kindness can make.

    It uses the voices of those who the charity has helped to offer 52 simple actions that anyone can do to spread kindness and positivity. It explains how being kind can also have a huge effect on your own happiness as well as those who you help.

    Inspiring people to live a more connected and fulfilling life, this book is also packed with inspirational quotes and plenty of personal stories to inspire you. Among the suggestions it makes are: Be a Seat Vigilante
    Be Kind to Unkind People
    Lend Your Ear
  • Happy Mum, Happy Baby - Hardback - 9781473651203 - Giovanna Fletcher
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    After being awarded the Celebrity Mum of the Year title, Giovanna Fletcher talks about what a positive and uplifting experience raising children is in Happy Mum, Happy Baby.

    Although she covers the physical, mental and emotional challenges faced by mothers, Giovanna focuses on the positives of family life and explains the lessons she has learned through her parenthood journey so far.

    Married to McFly's Tom Fletcher, Giovanna and her family are hugely popular and in this book she encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can inspire babies and children to also be happier.
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    'Open is surely set to become THE must-have manual for young women navigating the often-tempestuous waters of their teenage years' - LoveReading4Kids

    Radio 1's resident agony aunt and popular television personality Gemma Cairney provides honest advice about the big, bad and beautiful elements of growing up in Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be.

    From mental health to family issues and the perils and joys of first love, she covers a range of issues with frankness and understanding. Gemma draws on both her own life experiences and the insight she has gained as an agony aunt to provide comfort to teens (aged 14 plus) who are finding life difficult.

    Alongside her practical advice are tips from experts and a series of appealing illustrations, all presented in a refreshing journal style. There is even space for readers to note down their own thoughts and solutions to life's big questions.

    This book provides open and honest advice on a range of important and mature issues including mental health, sex and abuse.
    We believe it is a must-have for mature teens but please read beforehand if you have any concerns about its suitability.
  • AACEF
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    This self-help book by Dale Carnegie is one of the bestselling books of all time, with over 16 million copies sold worldwide - making it the most famous confidence-boosting book ever published.

    Millions of people around the world have - and continue to - improve their lives based on the teachings of Dale Carnegie. In "How to Win Friends and Influence People", Carnegie offers practical advice and techniques, in his exuberant and conversational style, for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding. His advice has stood the test of time and will teach you how to: make friends quickly and easily; increase your popularity; win people to your way of thinking; enable you to win new clients and customers; become a better speaker and a more entertaining conversationalist; and, arouse enthusiasm among your colleagues. This book will turn around your relationships and improve your dealings with all the people in your life.
  • AABEF
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    The best-selling relationship book of all time- over seven million copies sold world wide to date- in a freshly designed new format. Learn how to create understanding and communication between the sexes from this classic and authoritative guide. First published in 1993, this book has become an international publishing phenomenon and is one of the most famous non-fiction publications of all time. A lively and accessible guide to successful communication between the sexes that has already helped many millions of readers from across the globe understand why members of the opposite sex behave the way they do, this new edition contains all the text of the original, including: / what makes members of the opposite sex tick / how to understand their verbal and non-verbal language / how to motivate the opposite sex and get what you want / how to avoid arguments and promote fruitful communication / how to score points with the opposite sex and impress your partner / the real emotional needs of the opposite sex and the behaviours associated with these needs / how to keep love alive and stay together long term This authoritative guide will help you reach a point of harmony and understanding where both sexes can live, work and love together.
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    Why didn't he call you back? Why doesn't he talk to your friends? Why does he keep putting off your dates? This book has the answers. Now the international bestseller is re-released to change the lives of a new generation. This is a hilarious, playful, honest explanation of male behaviour from a writer and a consultant of Sex and the City. Stop wasting your time chasing after men who aren't into you, and find men who are! Greg Behrendt provides the insight you need to move on and find them. The idea behind 'He's Just Not That Into You' came from a conversation between Greg Behrendt and his fellow (female) SATC writers, when they asked his advice one day. This conversation became the seed of an episode which struck a powerful chord with viewers. Before long, Greg became aware that this simple phrase had the power to change women's lives. 'He's Just Not That Into You' is now a worldwide phenomenon. Over 100k copies have been sold across all editions, it has topped bestseller charts internationally, and has been made into a major Hollywood film. Now repackaged for a new generation with an eyecatching new cover, He's Just Not That Into You is essential armour for the modern woman.
  • AACPA
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    Is having 'somebody to love' the most important thing in your life? Do you constantly believe that with 'the right man' you would no longer feel depressed or lonely? Are you bored with 'nice guys' who are open, honest and dependable? If being in love means being in pain, this book was written for you. Therapist Robin Norwood describes loving too much as a pattern of thoughts and behavior, which certain women develop as a response to problems from childhood. Many women find themselves repeatedly drawn into unhappy and destructive relationships with men. They then struggle to make these doomed relationships work. This bestselling book takes a hard look at how powerfully addictive these unhealthy relationships are - but also gives a very specific program for recovery from the disease of loving too much.
  • AINXG
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    Our fast-paced society does not approve of solitude; being alone is literally anti-social and some even find it sinister. Why is this so when autonomy, personal freedom and individualism are more highly prized than ever before? Sara Maitland answers this question by exploring changing attitudes throughout history. Offering experiments and strategies for overturning our fear of solitude, she helps us to practise it without anxiety and encourages us to see the benefits of spending time by ourselves. By indulging in the experience of being alone, we can be inspired to find our own rewards and ultimately lead more enriched, fuller lives. One in the new series of books from The School of Life, launched January 2014: How to Age by Anne Karpf How to Develop Emotional Health by Oliver James How to Be Alone by Sara Maitland How to Deal with Adversity by Christopher Hamilton How to Think About Exercise by Damon Young How to Connect with Nature by Tristan Gooley 'This new series of The School of Life's self-help books build on the strengths of the first, tackling some of the hardest issues of our lives in a way that is genuinely informative, helpful and consoling. Here are books that prove that the term "self-help" doesn't have to be either shallow or naive' Alain de Botton, Founder of The School of Life