New Year, New You | Best Self-Help Books for the New Year
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New Year, New You | Best Self-Help Books for the New Year

New Year, New You | Best Self-Help Books for the New Year

As the New Year approaches, I thought I would share a list of the best self-help books for the New Year, that I would recommend. These books can help with your finances, mental well-being, productivity, and more.

Self-help is not a derogatory term. If you prefer, you can use terms like personal development, non-fiction books, books to start fresh, etc. I don’t mind any, these are just decent books that offer comfort and advice. If it works great, and if it’s not for you, try another.

Best Self-Help Books for the New Year

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

I recently re-read this book by Cait Flanders, where she documents the year she didn’t purchase anything she didn’t need. From quitting drinking, purchasing only food, required amenities, and the odd piece of clothing when she could not fix or patch it up.

A finance blogger and writer, Cait had a lot of debt and got through it, but Savings were not her forte. By putting herself on a shopping ban she was able to see how much she depended on retail therapy and how much she didn’t need to buy each year. An inspiring real-life tale that will help you save a few pennies and question that purchase.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

A classic, but a goodie. If you’re looking to declutter your house and your mind in 2023, then read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. From tips to organising your house, this book also helps with mental health, calming anxiety, and relieving stress. Alternatively, you can watch the TV series on Netflix.

On the Money by Charlotte Burns

I’ve recently read this short how-to book and really enjoyed it. It has some extremely simple and easy-to-activate tips, from organising your Pension Pots (done!) and investing (looking into!). From reducing your reliance on Klarna and ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ schemes, to ensuring you have a solid budget plan. Great for having on the shelf for reference.

The No Spend Year by Michelle McGagh

Finance and saving some cash is a big topic for 2023, and I found this book really inspiring. Michelle lives in the UK and for one year did not buy anything, excluding the necessities of life such as food and paying her bills. She didn’t even pay for travel, choosing to bike everywhere. It’s a really interesting story about how she and her husband were able to entertain others and themselves, save money and find creative new ways of living, through not spending.

Sabotage by Emma Gannon

If you’ve been struggling with work, productivity, or even friendships, then read Sabotage by Emma Gannon. This short book explores self-sabotage, that little voice in the back of our heads that makes it hard to do things outside of our comfort zone. From eating a dodgy-tasting take-out the night before a big meeting to saying ‘that thing’ you know you shouldn’t at a party. Acts of self-sabotage are more common than we realise and it’s time to say no to the little voice.

Departures by Anna Hart

If you’re thinking about traveling more, now that COVID seems to finally be a thing of the past, I recommend reading Departures. More memoir than self-help, this book is inspiring and exciting. After reading it for the first time, I booked a solo trip to New York and had a brilliant holiday. Give it ago.

Just Eat It by Ruby Tandoh

If you’re concerned about your eating or wondering if you should go on a diet, read Just Eat It by Ruby Tandoh. Ruby was a contestant on the Great British Bake Off and is now a successful baker and food influencer. This book really made me consider my relationship with food, and why I sometimes don’t just eat the thing I want.

Eat Sweat Play by Anna Kessel

And finally, if you’re looking at that Gym offer and considering a membership, but lacking motivation beyond ‘losing weight’ then read Eat Sweat Play. This inspirational history of women in sports – it’s a lot less dry than that! – had me running, going to the gym, and doing star jumps in my flat. Its effects weren’t long-lasting in my case, so I think it’s time for a re-read. I learned a lot about women and sports, from the rules about women and men playing football, to the names of the female pioneers of the Olympics, sports commentary, and more.

What are your recommendations for the best self-help books for the New Year? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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