When you read plenty of books you start to think which ones are essential for women. Our recommendations below are perfect to read in your down time. Learn amazing lessons that every women should know and also find value in psychology books and more. From books on James Clear, Stephen Covey, and others. Find out the reasons why every women should read these books.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a book that I have been shoving down people’s throats since 2017. Stephen Covey has changed my life positively, and I believe this book goes beyond efficiency and productivity.
It genuinely inspired me to be a more expanded version of myself. He highlighted by the famous Aristotle. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.” I initially thought that excellence was only reserved for the elite or insanely gifted.
But this book reminds me that excellence is available to anyone willing to put in the work every day. You become what you repeat daily. And straight from the beginning, the seven habits are here to help you navigate life itself.
And also, it just it’s different when you’re reading it, and you’re applying your own examples. It is a transformative book, and I could not recommend it enough.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Atomic Habits by James Clear is an excellent follow-up to seven habits of highly effective people. James Clear describes a habit as behavior that happens so often that it occurs automatically. Thus, the quality of your life depends on the quality of your habits.
Let’s say you start by doing something minimal for yourself every day. Perhaps it’s like going on a walk 15 minutes a day, and it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but slowly it’ll start improving your life.
After doing an activity every day, you will notice the compound effect. Time magnifies your results. With self-improvement and productivity, they require delayed gratification. Success doesn’t happen overnight. It requires patience and time while putting in the work every single day.
James Clear breaks it down on how to create a good habit. It involves four ways; make it obvious, easy, attractive, and satisfying. This concept will make more sense once you read the book!
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends and Influence People is a book for those needing help with social settings. I am a people pleaser, but it took me years to get me to today’s social person. Most of the social skills that I’ve learned have been taught, and I would say that the most prominent book that gave me a jumpstart to refining my social skills was this one. Dale Carnegie creates the best books that will teach you how to communicate with others and have fulfilling relationships with other people.
It’s sad to see socializing dying, even though we are the most connected digitally. I encourage you to check out Dale’s book to hone in on your social skills. After reading this book gave me the confidence to talk to whoever I want to.
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
Rising Strong by Brene Brown is about confidence and self-love. So Her research on vulnerability and shame has really given me the courage to be proud of my work. Rising Strong reminds you that you should be okay with being uncomfortable without feeling vulnerable.
Brene Brown does a great job explaining how you are growing, and being outside of your comfort zone is only necessary for growth. And I would say that this book gave me the confidence to open up.
Rising Strong also gave me the evidence to shrug off haters and trolls a lot easier. In the past, when I would receive a negative comment on Instagram, it would sink, and I would see it as truth. But Bernie Brown always shares this insight from Theodore Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt talked about how criticizing is cheap, and it’s really easy. If you are not in the arena, not creating and trying to do the same thing, then your opinion doesn’t matter.
The Mastery of Love – Don Miguel Ruiz
The Mystery Of Love taught me how to recognize the old emotional wounds that I’ve been carrying in the past and address them.
Don Miguel Ruiz condenses the foundation of love into one concept: to love yourself. I feel like this is a concept thrown in our faces all the time, but it’s not something we can accomplish easily.
Simply taking a bath will not be the remedy for you to love yourself. Reading Don’s book helped me open my eyes to how much I focused on these materialistic and superficial flaws weighing me down.
In reality, I am worthy, and if you can accept yourself as you are right now, you can indeed have a fulfilling relationship with anyone.
Breaking Free from Emotional Eating – Janine Roth
I highly recommend Roth’s book Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Janine Roth. This book is an excellent read if you have ever struggled with your relationship with food and body image. Last year, my relationship with food became distorted, and I developed a tendency to binge on eating.
I was seeking all my comfort in junk food, and I would cram a lot of food in me until I couldn’t breathe. The next day, I would try and replenish myself by exercising furiously. It was becoming a vicious cycle that I hated.
Janine Roth gave me so many tips on eating more mindfully and being present when I’m eating. The book helped me regain that healthy relationship with food again.
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer taught women what consciousness is and how we process the millions of thoughts we have in our minds. As a chronic over-thinker, I believed my thoughts were my truths.
I believe that all women and men are born with different brain chemistry. My brain likes to lean more into the negative side of things. As a result, my thoughts were increasingly negative and judgmental. It painted how I looked at the world, shaping how I reacted to situations. After reading this book, I finally identified this voice as the roommate.
This book helped me realize that the voice is not me. I’m the one who’s observing it and hearing it. And the more that you can call out that roommate and identify it as a roommate, the weaker that roommate gets and the weaker the voice gets.
The Untethered Soul has given me the tools to calm down when overthinking or experiencing negative self-talk.
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle dives deeper into the ego. The ego is the inner voice that tells you that you are the product of your successes. It’s that inner voice that always tells you that once you have this, you will be complete.
Singer calls the ego the “roommate,” and the more you attach yourself to the ego, the more you will believe what that ego is telling you. This will drive you further away from consciousness.
Reading A New Earth book gave me a deep sense of calm because it reminded me of my purpose. It’s to be here now and not be anxious about the future to not dwell on the past. The main point was to be present and focus on what I was doing at any moment.
How to Change Your Mind – Michael Pollan
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan is all about psychedelics. The book features psilocybin, LSD, and more. Michael Pollan talks about the origin and how societies have used it. The author also goes on to explain and describe each one of his trips from mushrooms to ayahuasca.
Michael Pollan mentioned that to have an optimal trip, you have to make sure that you have your mindset and set perfect. First is your mindset, then it’s about putting your intentions for the trip.
Many psychedelics put your brain in a state of awe and wonder like you’re looking at the world for the very first time. The trip has the potential to transform your life.
Pollan explains that psychedelics have improved people who suffer from addiction, anxiety, depression in the late 1950s and the early 1960s. Scientists regarded these two chemical compounds as miracle drugs because they were helping people who suffered from mental rigidity.
When someone is on psychedelics, it can completely disrupt negative thought patterns. Michael Pollan calls it the snow globe effect. If your mind was a Christmas snow globe, it’s like you are shaking up these negative patterns of thought, and you see it as a clean slate. It gives the mind the space for more flexibility and openness.
The trip I had on the fourth of July was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. I went in asking if I could feel gratitude like deep gratitude, and during my experience, it came in like a tsunami. I felt waves of love washing over my body, and I truly felt like I had surrendered, and I just felt love.
It was extremely comforting, and I used it as a tool to shake up some negative patterns of thought. And since then, I’ve genuinely felt like it benefited my life for the better, and it’s giving me an even more precise sense of calm.