Here are somethings, people and stuff that have helped me along my way. These are just a few so please do contact me if you want anymore recommendations.
Apps and Podcasts
Screentime within your phone settings. (So simple but makes you very aware of what you’re spending your time doing and how much you emotionally use social media!).
‘Calm’ (Meditation, sleep and relaxation music, stories and masterclasses).
‘Bloom’ (A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy app which is a bit more interactive and you have to write things down to help you along).
My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast (This may seem like a weird suggestion as it’s not a “learning” podcast. It’s rude, hilarious and has had me crying laughing. (It’s important to just zone out and laugh sometimes!) Same thing for podcasts like Wine and Crime for me. They are interesting, funny and it still feels productive to listen to a podcast.
All these books gave me ‘aha’ moments, or moments where I gained clarity and understood myself and others a little bit more or just helped me in someway.
I Am Enough: Mark Your Mirror and Change Your Life by Marisa Peer
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K by Sarah Knight
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**K by Mark Manson
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Grit by Angela Duckworth
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown (check out her TED talk too).
School of Life books – I have read several of these (“Self-knowledge”, “What is Psychotherapy?”,
“Relationships”, “Phone Detox” Etc.) and with every page you think they are writing about you directly! Really connects what I have learnt through all the other books, Podcasts and so on.
Look up your local YesGroup – they hold regular self-development talks with various speakers who specialise in a range of interesting topics.
Websites and Videos
‘This is Water’ speech by David Foster Wallace (on Youtube and I’m sure it’s on other services).
Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu and Women of Impact with Lisa Bilyeu – these are interviews with a massive range of amazing people who will inspire you.
TED talks and TEDx talks have such a range of speakers and subjects, some are really enlightening and inspiring.
If you work for a company or sector, I would also recommend asking what there is in the way of wellbeing support available to you. Not all will have this unfortunately, which is why the above is useful as well as the Samaritans and Mind charities etc, but some do so it is definitely well worth asking.