The World Health Organization (WHO) includes mental health in its general definition of health, noting that it is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or illness.
This makes it important for the maintenance of our overall well-being. For this reason, here are four books that will help you maintain good mental health and encourage you to adopt self-care.
Mental Health: A Person-Centered Approach – Procter, Hamer, McGarry, Wilson, Froggatt
This book is aimed at making the reader understand mental health and mental illness and recovery. Mental Health: A Person-Centered Approach has basic humanistic concepts such as empathy, communication, and social support.
How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body – David R. Hamilton
Explaining the connection between mind and body, the books’ content no doubt urges the reader to be concerned with attending to and maintaining well-being in their mental health. This is achieved through practical explanations that show what happens at the cellular level in your body when there is poor mental health.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Basics and Beyond – Judith and Aaron Beck
Its core is the fact that cognitive-behavioural therapy helps people understand their thoughts and be committed to changing behaviours that are not good for their mental balance.
This book gives a systematic approach to basic concepts of CBT, explaining how we can deal with difficulties using our minds.
The Mind-Body Connection – Emeran Mayer
In this book, you’ll read about the connection between the brain and bowel function and learn how they work together. It explains even things like why we feel nauseous when we are nervous.
The author states that the connection between the body and mind helps to understand mental illnesses such as depression, obesity, eating disorders, and PCOS.
Your brain may not be immersed in problems or develop an illness, but learning about mental health can rather allow you to live longer and healthier. Encourage it by reading any of these books that will give you a better perspective on mental health.