We all long for the simpler times… but we are all stressed!
The more connected we become to the world, the more overwhelmed we feel. Through technology and social media, the fine lines between our family personal life and professional life seem to have blurred. To add to it all, there are increasing economic challenges as the cost of living rises.
One of the reasons for this is that we are spending more time with gadgets and leading virtual lives, versus being in meaningful relationships with people. In a mad rush to leave others behind, we are trying to do too much in short deadlines.
While some people internalize their stress for prolonged periods, there are others who want to take steps toward healthier minds and bodies.
There are many ways in which people can get help to attain better life quality: professional help through counseling, support from self-help groups, and reading self-help books that aid in overall personal development.
The fact that the demand for self-development books is rising can be seen in the ever-expanding “self-help” sections in bookstores. The best books of this kind are meant to provide help to oneself without relying on external sources.
is interesting to note that self-help books date back to 1558 AD in the Renaissance
period. These provided
handy tips on attaining
the best manners, friendship, love, and performance
of duties toward others.
a. They offer help in the comfort of your personal space. There is anonymity in understanding, recognizing and seeking help through books.
b. They are an inexpensive way to get help, as compared to the costly fee structures of counselors.
c. Self-development books fit into personal time frames more conveniently, instead of being forced to stick to schedules and appointments.
d. Because they tend to be in-depth, these books provide more information and knowledge as compared to other forms of self-help.
Many people who regularly read these books have admitted to having felt more positive afterward. They have reported better focusing abilities, and felt healed and inspired to make positive changes in their day-to-day lives.
For some, it’s that one inspiring word or bit of encouragement that lifts their spirits. These books motivate people to look within themselves to understand the life choices they have made, and why have they’ve chosen them.
It is important to be involved in the book and read at least twenty pages every day. Then, introspect, make notes and follow up on the improvements. A morning reading and diary-writing habit is a most powerful tool to integrate the knowlege gained from these books.
There are many “to-do list” kinds of books, but the really inspiring reads are those that really make you look within yourself and generate insights within you, which then start to change you consciously and/or subconsciously. Early-morning reflection on these books is the most inexpensive yet powerful process of change.