Kick-start your month with these self-help books

In the digital age where every problem seems to have a website or app to help solve it, it’s easy to forget about the power of reading a good book. As well as giving a wealth of information, the actual act of sitting down and digesting words helps you slow down, focus and re-evaluate the situation, with plenty of evidence that reading helps with mental stimulation and increased productivity.

These are our pick of the best self-help books right now to read to get you off to a good start.

1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

This ground-breaking classic has been helping people for 25 years and is still relevant for anyone willing to put the effort in to work on themselves and become more perceptive, positive and productive.

2. The Six Pillars of Self Esteem

According to the mental health charity Mind, building your self-esteem helps your productivity, positivity, resilience and confidence so it is well worth investing in this book to help you with that journey. The six pillars represent different action-based practices taught throughout the book to practice daily to help you become a better and happier version of yourself.

3. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising

A whole book about how to tidy up may sound tedious but this is so much more. The old adage of ‘clean house, clear mind’ is the main focus, and the book helps you get rid yourself of clutter and let go of any unnecessary items you’ve been hoarding for too long. Spruce up your office, desk and home for a stress and clutter-free atmosphere.

4. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book

Colouring books for adults are all the rage at the moment and with good reason. A recent study showed that doing creative activities that have nothing to do with your work helped people’s performance at work and was “positively associated with recovery experience i.e. mastery, control and relaxation.” As well as these benefits, the pictures produced are stunning works of art to display and take you back to the good old days of Crayola.

5. What Colour Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

If you’re sick of getting mixed advice on how to enter the world of work, this book puts it all together and clarifies everything for you. Written by renowned career expert Richard N Bolles, there are plenty of studies, information and advice on how to become more successful and land your dream job.