Stuff I've read about Mental Well-Being and Self-love
I’ve recently read an article on emotional intelligence and talks about how we as people have a responsibility to take care of our emotions. To develop emotionally means learning to understand and sympathise with yourself; to communicate flaws to others when appropriate, to interpret others beyond what they have said to us, to recognise that society is shit without being destroyed by it, to accept your needs for consolation, to achieve a degree of confidence, to be able to separate yourself from the drama and appreciate the pleasant circumstances and much more.
You can check out the article here: https://www.theschooloflife.com/thebookoflife/emotional-education-an-introduction/
Tantric Orgasm for Women - Diana Richardson
This book I bought during the period my man and I were separated. Yes, through the exploration of tantric sex from the female perspective!! There are meditative exercises you can do to help you focus more on your sensitive areas, there is no touching (well instructions to do so but if you want you can) but the use of kegel balls and deep breathing. It’s quite lovely the way it’s written and the explanation of female and male bodies during sex and the exchange of energy is fascinating. Would recommend for those who want to explore their own bodies and build confidence from within.
Resilient woman - Patricia O’Gorman
I bought this book when I was about 18 years old and at the time I was in a deep, dark pit. Resilient Woman talks about how our own emotional intelligence can help us live life more resilient. How to love but while protecting yourself, creating boundaries that help keep relationships healthy and your own mind safe. It’s not that big of a book but quite insightful, and it helped me to embrace my pain because the only way to heal is through it.
The Gift of Fear - Gavin de Becker
By far one of the most interesting books I’ve read to date. My counsellor in Sydney had recommended this to me and fuck it just brought a whole world of sense to me. It discusses the subject of violence in society, abuse, safety and how our intuition is more than what it seems... I cannot fully articulate how fabulous this book is and I think everyone should have a read. It helps us to understand that all along we’ve had the power inside us to recognise potentially dangerous situations and become more in tune with our bodies.
Check it out, it’s a great read.
Milk and Honey - Rupi Kaur
For real this collection of poems by Rupi Kaur is wonderful. It goes through 4 different stages: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing, and I felt every single word was telling my story. She writes these poems so beautifully and straightforwardly that I fist pumped the air because girl, the feels go so deep!! I’ll share one poem from the book in the ‘the hurting’ section:
it is your blood
in my veins
tell me how i’m
supposed to forget
- Rupi Kaur
This one killed me. I felt every word and it reminded me so of my father. This book has helped me to find love for myself, poetry and others. This book has reminded me that through all the pain, despair and sorrow, I will overcome it all and find peace in my soul. Be gentle.
So there are a few of the things that I’ve read that I feel have helped me along my journey of healing. I’m currently reading a book about the murders of people from the Osage Tribe in America in the late 1800s to early 1900s. It’s called ‘Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI’, so far a great read and about true events. I have this challenge that I have given myself and that is to read at 1 book a month! Join me if you’d like :)
If you have any interesting books or articles to share regarding self-love or mental well-being, please feel free to share. Would gladly appreciate it.