For women, being in their twenties is a time for personal growth. You are likely just beginning to maximize your potential and make significant strides in your careers and relationships at this
You are probably also trying to figure out what kind of life you want to build—you might be assessing every aspect of your life and rearranging your goals and priorities.
One of the best ways to get through this challenging period is to surround yourself with books. Lifestyle reporter Ashton Jackson highlights how self help books can be a great companion during your transition periods by helping you build your confidence and navigate some of your
With that, here are four self help you should read before you turn 30:
1. Emotional First Aid by Dr. Guy Winch
Mental health care should be a top priority for women, especially as they build their careers or start a family. In Emotional First Aid, Psychologist Guy Winch emphasizes how emotional injuries are just as crippling as physical ones and thus require the same urgency and attention as physical health problems.
He expounds on how emotional wounds such as loneliness, rejection, guilt, and trauma are prevalent in today’s world. Through practical and realistic instructions, Dr. Winch presents evidence-backed ways to address these wounds and build greater emotional resilience.
This book is a handy guide to help young women respond to the emotional injuries they sustain as part of their journeys in life.
2. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
For a woman approaching her 30s, learning how to stop being self-apologetic is an essential life skill. Girl, Stop Apologizing is Rachel Hollis’ story of overcoming the fear of falling short of other people’s expectations.
In this audiobook, the best-selling author and founder of a multi-million dollar media company sound a wake-up call for women to stop talking themselves out of their dreams and to commence their journey to growth, confidence, and success. This empowering listen offers pragmatic advice to increase your self-worth and embrace your authentic self.
3. Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? By Dr. Julie Smith
Clinical psychologist Dr. Julie Smith understands how hard it can be to figure out the next chapter of your life. Her bestselling book offers practical advice on everything from relationships and finances to health and wellness.
“Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?” is the perfect companion for women who have seen much of their twenties fly by and are trying to figure out how to make the most of their thirties.
Set up like a therapist’s toolkit, this book offers coping tips and strategies to navigate challenging times with an enhanced sense of control and resilience.
4. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Year of Yes is a memoir written by Shonda Rhimes, the multi-award-winning creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Bridgerton, and Scandal. After years of avoiding the spotlight, the screenwriter chronicles how things changed after challenging herself to say yes to everything life threw in her way.
This book is a must-read for women in their twenties who are hesitating to create significant changes in their lives and need the inspiration to get out of their comfort zones.
By daring to be different and embracing new changes, Rhimes sets out to inspire young women to carve their own spaces of influence in this world.
Books have the power to help you stay afloat in turbulent waters, especially at a time of your life when everything feels uncertain. Even Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s most popular women, has harnessed the influential power of reading by hosting her own book club.
That being said, these self help books are essential tools for women approaching their thirties who are on a journey toward self-reflection and discovery.