Self Help Books – The secret of my lockdown sanity!

Best self help books recommendation

This is a story of how I overcame the Lowest days of my life with the help of Self-Help Books.

Soooo, Where to begin. It’s been pretty intense the last 2-3 months or so, and even the most rational and calm people are feeling the effects of this global pandemic. 

I am a highly extroverted person ( I like being around people and I recharge when I go outside and meet new people ). That’s a reason I was a bit afraid of what’s to come. 1.5 months into the lockdown made me realize a hell lot of things about people around me and mostly about myself.

I was on a roller coaster ride of all the emotional chemicals inside my body. I cried, felt hopeless, anxious, afraid, useless, and whatnot. And some of the ways I took care of myself in those days were by doing journaling, talking to my close ones, trying new things, and reading self-help books. 

What are Self-Help Books?

Best self-help books are a gateway to the real world but also give you unconventional solutions to your personal and professional problems. There has been a book corresponding to all your problems. You just need to pick the right one from the shelf. Trust me on that!! 

If someone asks me, Why should I read books? I say,

There’s no other way you can live multiple people’s lives. When you read books you delve into so many characters at a time. You live their whole life in a few pages. Isn’t that awesome !?

Shubhangi Jain

I have been able to crush most of my personal development goals with some best self-improvement books of all time.

List of Best Self-Help Books to read in 2020

Self-Help Books that have completely changed my lockdown life, has given me a warm sense of direction and these books for personal development will enable you to achieve an incredible degree of success, self-awareness goals, or at least will give you a Hope, you might be looking for these days.

Grab a cup of coffee, and let’s go on a beautiful ride into the world of great Books for Personal Development!

1. Dear stranger, I know how you Feel by Ashish Bagrecha

Dear stranger I know how you feel- A journey to hope and healing! Best self help book.

The number 1 book that helped me calm down on the days of anxiety. I found myself crying while reading this book. Ashish Bagrecha’s written words have the power to touch my heart in such a way that it felt like he was beside me and was personally assuring me that it is normal to have ups and downs in this life in a voice that has warmed the cockles of my heart. This is one of those books that put a stop to my panic attacks. This book made me feel so comfortable and safe.

The book is a collection of 30 letters and poems on life, love, hope, healing & universe, for people who are feeling low to help them cope with the cloud of vulnerable emotions.

The best boooook everr!!! You have to read it, bro, no matter what!!

Dear Stranger, I Know How You Feel

2. 4 Hour Workweek- Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and join the new rich by Timothy Ferriss.

I got this book because the title really fascinated me in the first place. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is the ultimate blueprint on lifestyle design.

This book is for doers, it asks you to complete certain tasks at the moment! And at the core, this book is a productivity book. It’ll teach you how to automate, how to delegate, how to eliminate, how to outsource, how to apply the 80-20 rule to your business, how to be more efficient, get more stuff done. So then you can go live the life of your dreams.

Some of my favorite pieces from the book-

The number of W’s you should have control in your life:

  • What you do
  • When you do it
  • Where you do it
  • With whom you do it

So, That’s what this book helps you do. The number one book for all entrepreneurs, you must read it.

Buy this book here – The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

I wrote a Blog on my favorite Motivational Quotes from 4-hour workweek. “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” 

3. Atomic habits by James clear

Atomic Habits - An easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones. Best Self-Help books

Umm…I would say I love this book the most, because of the time when I got this, I was going through that phase of the lockdown when I needed a distraction from my phone as it was giving me way too much anxiety. 

Basically this book worked as a Mental Health Journal for me in that phase. Let me tell you how.

FIRST – you track the behavior; you figure out what triggers the behavior; and you determine what “rewards” the behavior … in other words, you figure out frequency, trigger, and pay off for the behavior/habits.

SECOND – you break down the process and replace the behavior with a new behavior that moves you towards the final desired behavior. 

I have to say this book did magic on me. Trust me It is a very effective method. It encompasses everything needed in building good habits and breaking bad ones, that are affecting your life.

A simple formula for Building a good habit and breaking bad ones – 
Make it obvious <–> Make it invisible
Make it attractive <–> Make it unattractive
Make it easy <–> Make it difficult
Make it satisfying <–> Make it unsatisfying

That’s how self-help books make you understand things with such simplicity. I could’ve instanced stories from my own experience proving each and every one of the above points true. It’s simple. It is doable. And trust me It works.

A big thanks to Ashna for recommending this book to me! Love you, bro!

Atomic Habits: The life-changing million copy bestseller

4. Everyone has a story by Savi Sharma

Everyone has a story.

To be honest I read this book only because of the quotes, poetry, and phrases it has. I am not a fictional book reader, But one day My brother bought this book for me, and the title actually grabbed my attention and I started reading it. As the Title says  Everyone Has a Story ”, It is the story of four characters Meera, Vivaan, Kabir, and Nisha. Each of them has a story to tell.

And surprisingly,  This book made me share my story with the world.

And this is the piece which I loved the most in the novel –
 Poetry - Savi sharma

If you’re a fictional book reader this book might – Help to find Your story !?

BUY ON AMAZON – Everyone Has A Story

5. What the most successful people do before breakfast by Laura Vanderkam

A short guide to making over your mornings. What the most successful people do before breakfast by Laura Vanderkam. Best self help book

One of the best self-help books, In this, Vanderkam shows us how to maximize our valuable mornings, make the most of our working hours, and enjoy the results with deeply satisfying weekends. Basically how to reinvent your morning routines and kick-starting your day with positivity and productivity.

Early mornings are the time when we have the most control of our schedule. It’s real-time to yourself with no distractions. 

In my opinion, having a morning routine gives you a sense of control over your life. And I read this book when I was super pissed off with my life because of what I was doing for the past 3 months. That was just Netflix, Games, Surfing on social media, sleep and that’s it, yeah that’s it! I knew I had to change this and only a good routine can help me with that. 

And I made a morning routine for myself!

This is how my morning routine looks like :
  • Wake up @6am
  • Drink 1 glass of water
  • Walk for 10 mins (Warm-up)
  • Basic workout/stretching/cycling
  • Meditate for 15 mins.
  • Journal
  • Breakfast with Book 
  • Cold shower

However, this is the most effective morning routine I have ever had to nurture my mental and physical health. I am done with most of the basic self-care activities, first in the day. And sticking to this routine is not a Task for me, it’s something I enjoy doing.

P.S – *I can’t believe I’m sticking to this routine 😂

So it’s very crucial to constantly look at our days to evaluate what brings us pleasure and what does not, and then figure out how you can spend more hours pursuing pleasure and fewer hours doing things you don’t care about. 

Bro make a morning routine for yourself, trust me it helps!

Get this book NOW! – What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: How to Achieve More at Work and at Home

6. The things you can see only when you slow down by Hay, Louise L.

How to be calm in a busy world. The things you can see only when you slow down by Hay, Louise L.

OH MY GOD! This book is MAGIC, Nothing less than that. It made me realize so many things altogether with such simplicity that was just way beyond my imagination. During those days that I tend to forget what I want in this life, I take a look at this book and surely be motivated again.

This book just gave me more reasons to be thankful that I am and helped me stop asking the world why I am still here. My story is not supposed to end yet. Life is indeed beautiful.

Basically this book addresses how to deal mindfully with negative emotions as well as life’s disappointments, anxious thoughts about your future, and how to increase self-awareness and how to discover it.

Some of my favorite lines from the book – 
  • “Whether we like it or not, we are all connected, and it is unthinkable to be happy all by yourself”.
  • The world moves fast, but that doesn’t mean we have to.
  • If someone looks perfect, then that is because you don’t know the person very well.”
  • Please don’t call it love. What you are experiencing is an infatuation with no commitment or responsibility. Infatuation is not love because it begins and ends with you. Every relation comes with commitment and responsibility otherwise it is just another distraction.

However, This book talks about – Rest, Passion, Relationships, Life, Love, Mindfulness, The future, Spirituality.

“I hope that spending time with this book becomes an occasion to reflect on and meditate in your busy life. I hope it inspires you to connect with the kinder and wiser side of yourself. May you be happy, healthy, peaceful, and always protected from harm.” — Haemin Sunim

You have to read this book bro! The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World


These are the 6 books I read in lockdown and the secret of keeping my sanity in this lockdown. I’ll be forever grateful to books. 

In conclusion, Self-help books are the world, it’s mysteries, it’s history and it’s knowledge, all contained in those pages.

Reading books is such a wonderful way to relax. It is a meditation for me and a secret recipe for my self-exploration sessions. I am in love with books. And trust me books love you back too.

Imagine sitting down after a long tiring day with a cup of coffee in your hands, handpicking a book and taking it with you, running your finger down the spine, opening those pages and smelling the unique scent of old books. Imagine getting lost in the pages, discovering a small world within a four-walled room.

I repeat, why shouldn’t you read books?

Go grab one!

If you’re can’t go to a bookstore, you can still get ebooks or order online.

Or join this group I’ll send you one free PDF :p 


If reading a book is not a cup of tea for you then you can try out audiobooks. Or else I have a super cool App for you that has summaries of books with the audio and written format. How cool is that (you’ll get used to it, I swear!) – Booklet available on android and apple.

Tell me What books changed your life? I’d love to add it to my book list. =)

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