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    18 Self-Help Books That Just Might Help If You’re Having A Hard Time Right Now

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    1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life Paperback by Mark Manson that refuses to sugarcoat the fact that life can be very, very difficult sometimes. Instead of constantly trying to find positivity, the author argues that we're better off learning how to ground ourselves, understanding our faults, and confronting the bad stuff, so that we can live a more honest and courageous life. It's also full of profane humour, which is always a plus, in my opinion.

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    "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it," Manson says, which, I mean, fair.

    Get from Amazon Canada for $24.47 (hardcover), $13.50 (paperback), or $12.99 (Kindle).

    2. The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor that encourages us to use the power of unconditional self-love to heal the marks left by the systems of oppression that we deal with every day. She argues that once we can move past our own ingrained sense of shame about our bodies, we can help inspire others who are trapped by similar harmful ideas about what a body “should” look like.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $24.22 (paperback), or $9.99 (Kindle).

    3. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown that's a certified New York Times bestseller. With the world becoming a place of increasing polarization, Brown argues that it leads to spiritual disconnectedness. She introduces the reader to four practices of true belonging that are meant to challenge what you know about yourself.

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    “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary," Brown writes.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.06 (hardcover), $16.34 (paperback), or $13.99 (Kindle).

    4. 52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy by Moorea Seal that'll tickle the heart of any list maker. Through a weekly prompt, readers are asked to make a list on what exactly makes them happy on various subjects, which helps them understand and appreciate those things even more.

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    It's also filled with pretty pictures and has copper foil and a red velvet ribbon, so it'd definitely look pleasing on your bookshelf.

    Get it from Amazon Canada or $15.99.

    5. How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind by Pema Chödrön that'll teach you the very basics of meditation like posture, breathing, and attitude. As people struggle with feelings like connecting and feeling alive, the author argues that meditation is the key to fulfilling those feelings.

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    "I think ultimately why we practice is so that we can become completely loving people, and this is what the world needs," Chödrön writes.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $27.50 (hardcover), or $1.99 (Kindle).

    6. Or The Headspace Guide To Meditation And Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe, if you're looking for a bit more of a modern take. It's written by the person who voices the Headspace app, who is a former Buddhist monk, and shows how just ten minutes of practice a day can make a huge difference in your life.

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    Get from Amazon Canada for $21.73 (paperback), or $10.99 (Kindle).

    7. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero that gives you 27 little chapters filled with humour, advice, and the odd profanity. It'll teach you how to create a life that you love and how to overcome even your most debilitating fears.

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    Get from Amazon Canada for $24.75 (hardcover), $17.19 (paperback), or $12.99 (Kindle).

    8. The Big Activity Book for Anxious People by Jordan Reid and Erin Williams, who are two anxious people themselves. It has activities like colouring in the soothing grandma who's always got your back, or funny instructions on how to create your own bunker when things are getting super real.

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    It also features a section on obscure diseases that you probably don't have, zen mantras, and soothing facts about hand sanitizer.

    Get it in paperpack from Amazon Canada for $21.78.

    9. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad by James Clear that'll teach you how to build good habits and break the bad ones. It'll help you to change the patterns of behaviour that cause you to constantly repeat poor decisions and inspire you to master tiny changes that'll make a big difference.

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    Get from Amazon Canada for $17.20 (hardcover), $21.91 (paperback), or $16.99 (Kindle).

    10. If you want to understand more about systemic racism and how white people dodge discussion about and responsibility for it, try White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. The book explores the counterproductive reactions that white people have when confronted with assumptions about race.

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    Get from Amazon Canada for $18.78 (paperback), or $13.80 (Kindle).

    11. You could also read Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad. This book will walk you step-by-step through the work of examining your own white privilege, what allyship really means, changing the way that you view and respond to race, and how to continue the work to create social change.

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    Get from Amazon Canada for $24.75 (hardcover), $21.47 (paperback), or $9.99 (Kindle).

    12. Burn After Writing by Sharon Jones that'll help you find some peace when all you want to do is endlessly scroll through Insta, FB, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, etc., etc. It encourages you to journal about certain things instead of posting about them online and helps you to figure out who to mute, block, or just unfollow, 'cause everyone deserves a healthy social media feed.

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    Get it in paperback from Amazon Canada for $11.40.

    13. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer, which helps you to free yourself from your perceived limitations and go beyond your boundaries. It'll teach you how to live in the moment and let go of painful thoughts that keep you from achieving what you want.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $30.72 (hardcover), $27.67 (paperback), or $13.75 (Kindle).

    14. Let That Sh*t Go: A Journal for Leaving Your Bullsh*t Behind and Creating a Happy Life by Monica Sweeney, because holding onto grudges takes up too much of your energy. Working through the journal will help you leave the BS in the past through some profanity and catharsis, so you can shine a little brighter.

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    Get it in paperback from Amazon Canada for $18.85.

    15. Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel, which is a very pretty interactive journal that helps to nurture creativity, mindfulness, and self-motiviation. It operates on a simple premise: knowing yourself and your dreams will help you appreciate the world and help you achieve what you want. It also features gorgeous illustrations of motivational quotes from artists, writers, and others that are paired with open-ended questions for reflections.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.20.

    16. Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness by Instagram legend Vex King, that'll teach you how to be the very best version of yourself you can be. It’ll help you get rid of toxicity, manifest your goals, overcome fear, and flow with the universe.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $82.23 (hardcover), $20.23 (paperback), or $12.99 (Kindle).

    17. Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of Wild Women: (Inspirational Quotes and Daily Affirmations for Women) by Becca Anderson that'll give you some self-esteem when society, the media, and parenting has beaten you down into feeling like you're nothing. These positive vibes and affirmations will help to remind you that yes, you are pretty damn great (and don't you forget it!).

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    Get from Amazon Canada for $18.99 (paperback), or $8.99 (Kindle).

    18. And lastly, An Inspirational Colouring Book For Everyone: Be Fearless In The Pursuit Of What Sets Your Soul On Fire, because reading and journaling is great, but sometimes you just need to unplug your mind and do some colouring. Make yourself a cup of tea, grab a blankie, and fill in the 35 whimsical designs that'll help you distress.

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    Get it in paperback from Amazon Canada for $8.46.

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