As Nat King Cole sang, roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!!
We all love the warmth and relaxed feeling we experience during the summer months. I mean, what’s not to love…right? Besides working on our tans, summer is a good time to exercise, eat healthy, light meals and revisit our goals for a satisfying life! One of the things I like to do in the summer months is catch up on my reading. Besides reading the wonderful fictional bestsellers for entertainment, I also like to explore the world of self-help books! How many of you enjoy finding new ways to improve and strengthen your soul?
There are so many areas to focus on though, so as a mental health counselor who is always looking for ways to not only work on my inner self but also find new ways of helping clients, I wanted to offer you some of my favorite picks. I wouldn’t suggest these if I hadn’t read them myself and found great insight! There are so many wonderful choices but consider choosing from these suggestions as a start:
How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can: A Total Self-Healing Approach for Mind, Body, and Spirit by Amy B. Scher
Therapist Amy Scher uses a three-part approach to energy therapy and emotional healing techniques to get in touch with who you truly are.
Getting Past Your Past, by Francine Shapiro, PhD
Francine Shapiro’s discovery of EMDR therapy offers an entirely different and life-transforming approach to sooth the suffering of all kinds of traumas. This book offers a variety of self-help techniques designed to help you heal yourself.
Courageous Aging, Your Best Years Every Reimagined, by Dr. Ken Druck
Dr. Ken Druck has addressed the issue of aging and how we view ourselves. He offers us positive insight into embracing a path full of courage, curiosity, and acceptance. He challenges us to reject the anti-aging messages that constantly bombard us every day leading to self-fulfilling prophesies.
Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families, by Charles L. Whitfield, M.D.
Dr. Whitfield suggests in his book that by telling our story to others, we begin to see the connections between then and now, and by doing so, we break free of being a victim. In fact, the more we examine this connection, the more we begin to heal the “child within”.
Coming Into Your Own: A Woman’s Guide Through Life Transitions, by Barbara Cecil
“Do you feel at a loss with no energized direction to follow?” asks Barbara Cecil. Then read this book to find out how you can access a deeper understanding of your inner self. Barbara shares her story and that of other women around the world.
“You wish that summer could always be here!” Yes, Nat King Cole, we do!! But regretfully it passes all too quickly. So let’s make the most of it while it’s here. Lose yourself in one or more of these books and perhaps you will come out a stronger and more centered individual ready to face the next season in your life. There are so many other wonderful self-help books to consider. I invite you to share your favorite picks with me, Sandy at [email protected] so that I can pass them on to others in the hopes that they may find an inspiring answer!