Top 10 Self Development Books

The world has experienced significant changes of late, with more time to think many of us have found ourselves reflecting and focusing on our own mental health and self-development. If you’re feeling down, anxious, want to find some new ways to be more productive and mindful in your day to day life or just want to see the world through a different lenses, then this list of our top 10 self-help books is perfect for you.

What are self-books?

But what is a self-help book? Many of our self-improvement books include techniques, inspirational quotes and small general lifestyle changes that can help combat and prevent a range of mental health problems.

In many cases working on small aspect of your life where you can practice self-care will have a huge and long-lasting effect on your mental wellbeing and self-development.

However, as with most things in life these changes can take time and when dealing with continuous mental health issues it is always worth reaching out to friends, family and professionals when possible. For more information on the support available to you please visit

So if you’re ready to make some positive changes to your life and mind-set from the comfort of your home then keeping reading, for our 10 best self-development books.

Top 10 Self-development Books

1. Breathe Out by Mind

Perfect for: Teenagers

Rating: 5 Stars

What people are saying about it: “Looking forward to using this with the teens I work with. Lots of really useful info based around mindfulness but not in a new age drippy hippy way!” – Didi G

Breathe Out has been is a self-help book written specifically for young minds and the unique challenges that teenagers face today, it is filled with exercises, techniques and tips specially designed to help you to take a step back and take a moment for yourself.

breathe out

2. Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King

Perfect for:Thosewanting to live a more beautiful and meaningful life.

Rating: 5 Stars

What people are saying about it: “Really fantastic read. Very insightful and thought provoking” – Anonymous

Discover how to change the way you think, feel, speak and act and you can change the world! Learn how to transform negative emotions into positive ones and find lasting happiness in this beautiful book, from Instagram guru Vex King.

good vibes good life

3. The Happiness Journal

Perfect for: Those who love to write.

Rating: 5 Stars

The Happiness journal is a self-development book filled with empowering quotes and affirmations along with practical exercises and tips. This journal will encourage you to reflect upon the moments and experiences that bring you happiness and inspire you to harness it in a meaningful way.

Filled with beautiful illustrations filling in this journal is an opportunity for you to ignore the negativity in day-to-day life and focus on what brings you joy.

the happiness journal

4. How to Quieten your Mind by Anna Barnes

Perfect for: People trying to find peace within modern life.

Rating: 5 Stars

What people are saying about it: “Good book - interesting and enlightening read - would recommend” – Jayne 8311

Filled with helpful tips, soothing statements and calming activities, How to Quieten Your Mind will put you back in the driving seat and help you to feel relaxed, more in control and at peace with yourself.

how to quieten your mind

5. Stay Positive by Sophie Golding

Perfect for: Those stuck waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

Rating: 5 Stars

Be prepared to discover your inner optimist with this book, bursting with uplifting statements and inspirational quotes to start looking on the bright side with all powers of positivity!

stay positive

6. Cards Against Anxiety

Perfect for: If you’re looking for help on the go!

Rating: 5 Stars

What people are saying about it: “It’s the most amazing thing if you can’t control your anxiety. I’ve always struggled for the longest time and never found ways that suit me, but this has changed my life. Honestly.” – Katyy

With proven cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques for dealing with unwanted feelings, this Cards Against Anxiety set is the perfect companion for anyone looking to tackle their worries head-on.

From situation-specific worries to full-blown panics, use the twenty-five wallet-sized cards to control anxious feelings - whether you are dealing with anxiety at work, school, home or travelling!

cards against anxiety

7. The Greatest Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Perfect for: Those also looking for a great read.

Reflecting on the author, Rhonda Byrne’s own journey, Join her as she sharesthe most direct way out for those experiencing hardship. From accessible practisesthat can be immediately put to use toprofound revelations that take you on an incomparable journey.

the greatest secret

8. Change the Story by Kristine Pidkamany

Perfect for: Ideal for those who love to journal looking for self-development.

An interactive journal filled with guidance, prompts and plenty of writing space to explore your personal journey and turn dreams into positive actions to make a difference in the world.

Inside you will find writing prompts, activities and meditations that inspire and encourage your journey of self-empowerment.

change the story

9. It’s Ok Not To Be OK by Claire Chamberlain

Perfect for: For those looking for good advice and kind words.

Rating: 5 Stars

What people are saying about it: “Brilliant little book bought for son to help with an assignment in school and he found it helped him too.” – Donna Marie

Into every life some rain must fall... Nobody is fine all the time.This clear and comforting guide is here to help you understand the mental health issues that can affect us all, and to help you look after your mind, body and soul through self-improvement.

Touching on a range of topics, including anxiety, depression, loneliness, stress and self-esteem, this is a book for anyone and everyone who needs good advice, fresh ideas and kind words.

its ok not to be ok

10. Anxiety by Debbi Marco

Perfect for:For those suffering with anxiety.

Life’s journey is not always smooth sailing, but there are ways of charting your own course...

This compact book is packed with simple but effective tips and advice to ease your mind in times of turbulence, and help you find calm in every situation.


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