5 Self Help Books For The Experiences of Women
The best self help books for women are those that you can relate to and that inspire you. Whether you need a soft touch, a humorous supporter, or just a reminder that you can do anything you set your mind to, each of these five books offers a different type of help, so that you can pick and choose the one (or ones) that you think would help you the most.
#1) You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life By Jen Sincero
There are so many self help books written for women that treat women like they are delicate, fragile creatures. While there are definitely some women that enjoy a softer approach, there are plenty out there that need to be spoken to in a more firm tone of voice. In You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, Sincero writes in an entertaining, direct way while also providing everyone (not just women) with useful tips that they can immediately apply to their real lives.
The main goal of the book is for people to learn to stop those moments of self doubt that have a tendency to pop up, so that you can really get things accomplished.
When you have a greater level of self confidence, you really can do anything.
Sincero believes that, and wants you to believe it, too. That’s why we believe that this is one of the best self help books for women, hands down.
#2) Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead By Brene Brown
Brene Brown is a standard in the self help community, and Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead is no different. In fact, many people refer to this book as Brown’s best, and for good reason.
The book is perfect for women who are looking to be more courageous in their lives. Instead of learning to just be courageous, however, Brown teaches that it is through vulnerability that we learn, grow and turn into the brave person we want to be. When you can learn how to open up more, especially when things get hard, you are far more likely to be open during the parts of your life that aren’t stressful. Brown lays it out in a direct but compassionate way that will really inspire you to want to do better.
#3) The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help By Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer has been performing for years, both on her own and with her band, the Dresden Dolls. She’s been outspoken about asking for help through her massively successful crowdfunding attempts and, in The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help, she shares what she’s learned through that experience.
If you’re the type of person who has a hard time asking for help, no matter how much you may need it, this book can give you the push you need to open up and start asking for what you need. It can also help you break away from the shame that often comes with feeling like you can’t do everything alone which, unfortunately, is a societal norm that hurts people far more than it helps.
#4) The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times By Pema Chodron
The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times isn’t written by a psychologist or a comedian… it’s written by a Buddhist nun.
Pema Chodron is a prolific author, and she focuses on writing about finding the beauty in the things that aren’t simple or easy. This book is the perfect example of how you can use the darker times to remind you how to be vulnerable and more kind.
Part of the book is a focus on being mindful, even when that hard stuff is happening. Mindfulness in those tough times can be difficult to find but, with practice, you can learn to embrace everything that life has to throw at you instead of getting more and more overwhelmed.
If you find yourself getting overwhelmed easily, why not try a PYM Mood Chew? While you’re doing work on yourself, and allowing yourself to really dig into things that are uncomfortable and scary, let your body and brain chemistry help support you, too.
#5) Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual By Luvvie Ajayi Jones
Women are often told to be demure, to be polite, to be quiet. In Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual, Luvvie Ajayi Jones gets right to the heart of the matter. Fear holds us back and makes us feel small, but Jones teaches people to fight through it so that you can reach for (and even beyond) your wildest dreams.
A lot of what holds us back comes down to a psychological concept known as imposter syndrome. With the imposter system, even if you’re incredibly qualified and know what you’re doing, it’s impossible to feel like you are. It makes you feel like you’re a fraud, which can absolutely devastate your self worth.
Jones, using language that both supports you and helps to disrupt your old patterns, tries to push you out of that self doubt so that you can fight the fear you’re not good enough and learn, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you are.
If you’re looking for a self help book that you can relate to, we hope that you found at least one on this list that interests you.
PYM believes that it is just as important to help yourself as it is to seek help when you need it, and any of the five best self help books for women (at least, in our opinion!) can help you get there, we’re super excited for you.
Some inspiration, and a little self confidence, can get you a long way and much closer to achieving your dreams.