Here you’ll find a list of six free self-help resources.
I chose them based on mainly 2 things: quality content and that they were aimed for all public and not necessarily for therapists.
Books and self-help resources can become a very important step towards emotional wellbeing. If we really take in all the content and carefully apply it to our lives, sometimes that’s all we need. It’s like a little, gentle push forward.
Of course, that’s not always the case. But it is in each person to do an exercise of reflection and honesty to decide if, beyond reading about a specific topic, it’s time to seek professional help.
As psychologist Miguel Ángel Rizaldos points out:
What’s at stake in a psychotherapeutic intervention is something individual and different for each person. An analogy would be: the self-help book is a one-size-fits-all shirt, and psychotherapy is a sales clerk that, in addition to taking your size, presents you with several models.
That said, here are six self-help resources that I hope you’ll find useful:
1. Self Help Leaflets.
The University of Birmingham has produced a series of self-help guides created by clinical psychologists. They offer helpful information and practical advice on a wide variety of themes: stress, anxiety, sleep problems and anger are just some of the topics. All in all, very recommended.
2. A nine-step plan for conquering social anxiety
This is a pretty complete article written by therapist Megan Bruneau. And it’s just what the title says: an action plan to not let social anxiety overwhelm you. And while we’re talking about good articles, I also recommend this one about The Difference in Telling a Person With Chronic Pain to ‘Think Positive’ vs. ‘Stay Positive’. This topic is close to my heart since I think forced optimism and positive thinking can end up doing more harm than good.
It’s fundamental to learn to live with a certain degree of uncertainty, and all emotions for that matter.
3. 10 stress busters.
Nothing more to add. Here you can find 10 stress busters recommended by the NHS. If you’ve been feeling a little under the weather, why not give them a try?
4. Take a course.
I love online courses and maybe you do too. Besides learning something new, it makes you carve out time for yourself. You might be interested in this one on Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing. Or maybe this one called Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential is more your cup of tea.
5. Blurt Podcast.
I’ve already recommended The Blurt Foundation when I wrote about 8 resources to understand and fight depression. This time, I’d like to suggest you listen to their podcast. They have experts sharing knowledge and tips on depression and mental wellbeing. It’s definitely worth a listen.
6. Kind Over Matter.
Not really self-help, but this site is filled with comforting reads that you may enjoy. Also, I’ve collaborated with them writing about journaling prompts to cultivate self-compassion.
KOM has an annual freebie roundup with links to self-care guides and free e-books, so if you’re interested, check out their Social Media to get those goodies.
I sincerely hope you find these resources useful and please share this information with whomever you think may need it.
If you’ve already tried the self-help path but do not notice changes, consider seeking professional help. Investing in our mental health is one of the best investments we can make.