The best books to decrease the mind funk of depression

The Books I Picked & Why

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

By Michael A. Singer

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

Why this book?

The Untethered Soul completely opened my eyes to the fact that I am not my thoughts. I love the author’s insight about how our minds are like an annoying roommate that often refuses to shut up. He provides a brief, simple framework for how we can take control of our negative self-talk, and choose happiness.


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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

By Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Why this book?

This book was such a great reminder for me that ruminating about the past can keep us stuck in depression, and obsessing about the future is an easy trigger for anxiety. He reminds us that the magic lies in being present at this very moment. My biggest takeaway from the book was to notice when I start feeling depression or anxiety, and ask myself “What problem do I have RIGHT NOW?” Usually, the answer is far less than what my mind has fixated on from the past or future.


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Reasons to Stay Alive

By Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

Why this book?

Haig pulls back the curtain and paints a powerful picture of what depression looks like and feels like. His writing is infused with raw vulnerability, and gives voice to what so many people all around us are experiencing. He shows that even when we’re feeling lost in the darkness of depression, we can make it back to the light.


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The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

By Christopher Germer

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

Why this book?

I happened to listen to The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion around the time that I first started seeing a therapist. So much of the coaching from my therapist was mirrored by the messages in Germer’s book. He provides specific tools we can use to increase self-love, including an emphasis on the value of meditation. 


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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

By Bessel Van Der Kolk

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Why this book?

This book is full of fascinating science, research, and specific experiences about how the way we think impacts the way we feel. But it is so much more than a clinical textbook. Bessel van der Kolk provides a deeper understanding of trauma, as well as practical ideas for how to work through the effects of the trauma we have experienced.


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