Frontlist | 11 best self-care books for your mental health in 2021

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After the worrying events of 2020, many of us feel in need of some self-care right now. These tomes could be a great place to start

Self-care books are growing in popularity. Between the first and second lockdowns last year (mid-June to early November 2020) Nielsen Book Research found that people in the UK bought more than 1.6 million self-help tomes, while in 2019 sales of self-help, popular psychology and health books rose to a record 3.9 million.

Celebrities have been quick to extol the virtues of self-care books too. Adele revealed last year that Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living, a self-help book by Glennon Doyle, had helped her to discover she was responsible for her own “joy, happiness and freedom”.

Meanwhile, speaking on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s podcast, Meghan Markle singled out Matt Haig’s bestselling Notes on a Nervous Planet for praise. Haig’s book, published in 2018, encourages us all to feel happier, calmer and to live in the present rather than online.

The self-care titles we’ve chosen have all been published in the last few months and cover many different spheres, from looking after our mental health, to staying sober in a world that revolves around drinking, to carving out an extra hour in the day.

The following books are full of inspiration and aim to help us get us into good habits for 2021.

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‘No Such Thing As Normal: What My Mental Illness Has Taught Me About Mental Wellness’ by Bryony Gordon, published by Headline

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