10 Self Help Books for Greater Self-Love

Being a woman in the world can be hard with all the expectations that society places on us, so it’s only natural to get a little overwhelmed. We all need a little motivation from time to time to remind us that we are strong, capable, and can do it. These 10 inspiring books are sure to set you on your way to reaching your full potential and becoming the best version of yourself!

Girl, Stop Apologizing – Rachel Hollis

Motivational speaker and blogger Rachel Hollis sheds light on the sad truth that as women, we often derive our sense of self-worth from the validation of others and strive for absolute perfection in every aspect of our lives. In Girl, Stop Apologizing, she encourages us to explore ourselves and to honour what we want without fear of judgement. Let go of shame, embrace your goals and chase that dream!

You Are a Badass – Jen Sincero

Want to transform your personal and professional life? Jam packed with funny anecdotes and practical exercises to kick-start your journey to badassery, Jen Sincero helps you take responsibility for your own happiness and make self-limiting beliefs a thing of the past.

What a Time to be Alone – Chidera Eggerue

Better known as @theslumflower on Instagram and the woman behind the #SAGGYBOOBSMATTER movement, activist Chidera Eggerue is a force to be reckoned with. In her debut novel What a Time to be Alone expect beautiful original artwork, inspiring Nigerian proverbs reflective of her heritage and a charming guide to realising that being alone is sometimes the best thing you can be.

The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

German spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle tells us the secret to infinite joy and lightness of being – living in the present moment. Having struggled with depression earlier in his life, Tolle shares his path out of the dark through posing questions and providing answers. He encourages us to get out of our minds which are in constant overdrive and into the peace of being, which exists only in this moment. If you want to re-evaluate the way you think and make a profound change to your life, this one’s for you.

Unf*ck Yourself – Gary John Bishop

Want some no-nonsense tough love? Personal development coach Gary John Bishop tells you to “get out of your head and into your life”. Focusing on seven key affirmations, Bishop tells you how to become the best version of yourself free from negative self-talk and reminds you that you are in charge of your own happiness.

The Untethered Soul – Michael A Singer

Looking to take a journey inward and really explore your relationship to yourself? The Untethered Soul can help. Using mindfulness and meditation techniques, you’ll learn to recognise habitual though processes that are the product of the past and let them go in order to find inner freedom.

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

Perfect for the creative and the curious, Big Magic explores inspiration and teaches us to harness it to create beautiful things free from fear and self-doubt. Find the wonder in the everyday and unlock your creative potential!

Women Don’t Owe You Pretty – Florence Given

Artist, activist and influencer @florencegiven reminds us that a lot of the insecurities that women struggle with are a product of societal expectations – especially how men perceive us. We base our self-worth off of our looks and relationships and always strive for more, when in reality we are everything we’re meant to be already. An encouragement to reshape a toxic culture that convinces women we’re never good enough and redefine our identity, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is a much-needed reminder that we owe the world nothing but our authentic selves.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondō

They always say that a tidy space means a tidy mind, and Marie Kondō’s famous KonMari method can certainly help you get there. This simple and effective category-based approach to organization will leave you only with items that spark joy, freeing up mental space and inspiring calm.

The Body Is Not an Apology – Sonya Renee Taylor

Activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor reminds us of the beauty to be found in our differences. We have been taught to weaponize these differences, turning them into fuel for hatred and oppression. The Body Is Not an Apology is a celebration of how varied we are as human beings. An all-inclusive portrait of shape and size, race, disability, sexuality and gender, this book encourages radical self-love towards ourselves and others.

Let us know in the comments section below which of these books you will be reading next?

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7 thoughts on “10 Self Help Books for Greater Self-Love

  1. Vuyolwethu Makaba says:

    Great article. I love how it explores different approaches the authors have to self-love. I’d love to read “What a time to be alone” -Chidera Eggerue and Unf*ck Yourself – Gary John Bishop. These two a definitely a must read for me esp in these crazy times we’re living in

  2. Jolene Solomons says:

    Thank you RubyBox.
    I’m always looking for books to read. I love this list. I love inspirational and books about mental health and happiness. Words of wisdom that keeps you going.
    I’ll most definitely have a look at these books.

  3. Samantha McKerry says:

    I love this article, always looking for nice books to read on Selfcare Sundays, which for me normally starts on a Saturday 😉🤭 I enjoyed “Unf*ck Yourself” and thoroughly enjoyed “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” – this book contains a lot of gems, as I struggled a lot with decluttering in a lot of aspects. Thanks for more reading suggestions, loading my e-books now. Happy reading y’all 📚

  4. Ricki Khumalo says:

    I loved this article because each book is different and looks at different levels of the self-love journey that many womxn are on. Really want to get my hands on the Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, because I related the most to it and really want to create my own brand and fear plus self-doubt is playing a huge impact. And with this book, I will be able to tackle these two obstacles.

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