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6 of the Best Self-Improvement Books

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From Jog On to How to Fail

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From battling burnout to learning the art of ‘not giving a f**k’, turn to one (or all) of these inspirational self-improvement books for a little life-changing motivation…

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  • Jog On

    Jog On: How Running Saved My Life by Bella Mackie

    If you think you’ve heard everything about the importance of exercise, think again. Bella Mackie’s Jog On: How Running Saved My Life provides a detailed, honest and entertaining account of how running helped her to combat her anxiety and depression, with added expert advice and research from an array of doctors, psychologists and athletes. In a world where anxiety is prevalent and people are doing a little too much sitting, this book will make you want to get up and run for all the right reasons. £6.99, Waterstones.

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  • It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and Other Lies)

    It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and Other Lies): Inspirational People Open Up about Their Mental Health by Scarlett Curtis

    Sunday Times Style columnist and author of the award-winning Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies, Scarlett Curtis excited her readers last year with a brand-new follow up title It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and Other Lies). An empathetic collection of stories and essays about mental health struggles from a range of honest and experienced voices, the uplifting and inspirational book has even been praised by the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Fearne Cotton and Mindy Kaling. £7.00, Amazon.

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  • The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

    The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k: The bestselling book everyone is talking about (A No F*cks Given Guide) by Sarah Knight

    As self-improvement books go, this one is a must-read if you’re prone to overthinking. A light-hearted, comical yet realist take on simplifying your life and decluttering your mental and social agenda, Sarah Knight is your go-to guide for ‘not giving a f**k’. Her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k demonstrates how to spend your time – thoughts and money included – on what makes you happy, and rid yourself of all the unnecessarily stressful and complicated aspects. £8.99, WH Smith.

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  • How to Fail

    How to Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong by Elizabeth Day

    The much-anticipated follow-up from her renowned self-help podcast, How to Fail, Elizabeth Day’s book of the same title encourages us to see our mistakes not as failures, but as invaluable life-lessons which can help us in the long-run. An elevating must-read for those that are typically afraid of failure, Day draws upon her own life experiences to reveal the transformative concept of embracing life’s defeats. £7.99, Waterstones.

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  • Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

    Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily and Amelia Nagoski

    Accomplished sisters Amelia Nagoski, DMA and Emily Nagoski, PhD explore the parity between men and women’s experience of stress in this trailblazing book about eliminating the female stress cycle. If 2019 was a particularly stressful year for you, Burnout will help you to make the expert-approved changes necessary for a happier life, spanning the stabilising of emotions to the Bikini Industrial Complex (how to be happy in your own skin) and the intrinsic value of rest and relationships. £9.99, Amazon.

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  • Happy

    Happy: Finding Joy in Every Day and Letting Go of Perfect

    The first in a series of practical and inspiring self-improvement books from TV presenter Fearne Cotton, Happy provides simple steps to ‘finding joy each and every day’, from getting creative to finding calm in visualisations. If you’re already a fan of Fearne’s ‘Happy Place Podcast’, we guarantee you will enjoy this book. £8.99, Waterstones.

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