When it comes to confronting the word “emotion” where does one begin? Most likely we start in that fun, comfortable place. The place where feelings like happiness, excitement and love pervade our very being. But as we all know, that’s not always reality. Sometimes we’re sad, sometimes we’re anxious and sometimes we’re just plain old going through sh*t.
When times like this come rolling in, it can be hard to get out of your own way.
For me, that’s where reading comes in. Books provide that little bit of mental re-set, and when chosen wisely, provide me with the clarity necessary to look at the world from a very different perspective. Hopefully, one that reacquaints me with the ability to withstand and overcome whatever it is I’m facing.
Here are 3 of my tried and true anxiety busting, joy inducing go-to’s. Hopefully this inspires you to give them a try!
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by: Brene Brown
In her book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, New York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown lays out ten guideposts for engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. Through this work readers are taught to mindfully embrace imperfections, develop courage, connection and compassion and ultimately, acknowledge that they are enough- regardless of situation, obstacle or circumstance.
As a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, Brown has been featured in Oprah Winfrey’s daytime series SuperSoul Sunday, as well as internationally recognized for her viral 2010 TED talk entitled “The Power of Vulnerability.” If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out here. I promise it will be the best spent 20 minutes of your day, or at the very least, the most transformative.
Love Warrior by: Glennon Doyle
When it comes to compelling writers Oprah certainly has her finger on the pulse of what’s up because like Brené Brown, author Glennon Doyle has garnered major attention. Earning a spot on Winfrey’s coveted book club list for her gritty memoir Love Warrior Doyle details the collapse of her marriage as a catalyst for self-love, discovery and healing. In addition she also honestly discusses her courageous battles with both addiction and bulimia.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön
There are not enough ways for me to fully describe the impactful nature of Pema Chödrön’s words. However, I have tried. In fact, I’m such a fan of this book that I wrote an entire article about it which you can find here. If you’re sad, lost, confused or even bored, take some time to dive into this book. I promise you will not be the same after.