Life & Stuff · Mental Health

Finding Clarity: Resources for Seeking Clarity

WARNING!

This page is going to be full of so much information that it will be overwhelming. But, this isn’t about doing everything; suddenly buying all the books, subscribing to all the channels, or listening to all the podcasts. Instead, keep this page handy for whenever you are looking for some information and don’t know where to get it.

Also, these books, YouTubers and Podcasts were people and things I found and consumed over YEARS! Do not expect yourself to consume them all at once, and I think it would be counterproductive to do so. Too much information overload means you can’t take it all in. Plus, some of the info may contradict one another (that happens, that’s okay) and so taking it all on at once will just confuse you.

Breathe, it’s okay, one thing at a time here…

 

Books:

Get an Audible subscription and a Kindle, it really does make it easier to read more books as well as take notes. With a Kindle, you can highlight passages easily and they sync with your Goodreads account! I have the notes app on my phone and take notes as I’m reading. I also actively partake in the activities in the books. The only way to get real value from them is to take notes and apply them to your life.

Not everything you read will resonate. It doesn’t have to. Take what serves and leave the rest. This means that you get to kind of “cheat” with non-fiction books. If a chapter doesn’t sound like your cup of tea (from reading the first paragraph or so) skip it! This is your life, your time, your learning and life-changing process to do it as you need to.

 

Definite Reads:

*Buy second hand where possible!*

Interesting possible reads for you that I’ve read:

  • The Untethered Soul, by Michael Singer
  • Wisdom of Insecurity, by Alan Watts
  • The Wisdom of No Escape, Pema Chodron
  • Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Very Good Lives, J. K. Rowling
  • The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle

 

Still on my To-Be-Read list that could help us both (I own these ones):

  • Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
  • Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown
  • When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effect People, by Stephen R. Covey
  • A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
  • Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
  • The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg

 

TBR books (I don’t yet own):

  • Atomic Habits, James Clear
  • I Thought It Was Just Me, Brene Brown
  • Think Like a Monk, Jay Shetty

 

YouTube:

This is a harder one, because of course YouTubers I enjoy could put out whatever and I’d probably watch it! I’ve grown to like certain people: their style, aesthetic, content, personalities, insights etc. They are people who read books that I’m interested in, and a large amount of the books I’ve read have come recommended by my fav YouTubers.

 

So, here are some that I watch each week. Take it or leave it, it’s up to you.

Others of interest/videos to look for:

  • Mindspo
  • VlogBrothers
  • Crash Course
  • Yoga with Adrienne
  • Anna Akana
  • Alivia D’Andrea
  • OWN
  • Super Soul Sunday
  • “Brene Brown talks/interviews”
  • “Elizbeth Gilbert talks/interviews”
  • “Boundary setting”
  • TED
  • The School of Life

There’s a lot you can learn from a video if you take notes and watch with intention.

 

Podcasts:

As you will see, my go-to podcasters are also my go-to YouTubers, mostly. You can also search for podcasts by category or topic, e.g. “self-help”, “meditation”, “self-discovery”, “self-development” etc.

  • Coffeetalk Podcast with Kalyn Nicholson
  • Lavendaire Lifestyle
  • On Purpose with Jay Shetty
  • Awesome with Alison
  • TED

 

Topics to study/get interested in:

You can learn a lot about yourself, others, the world and your values through reading around certain topics, such as these…

  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Creativity
  • Mythology
  • Life-coaching
  • Cultures and Customs
  • Sociology

 

Other:

  • Pinterest – I find so many interesting infographics and images about the things I’ve discussed during this series, check out my Mental Health and Life Advice boards to see what I mean
  • Other social media (but be careful: there’s a thin line between inspiration and jealousy, judgment, comparison, and all that)
  • Open conversations with all kinds of people

 

There you have it, a lot of places to get you started! Remember, this is your journey and so it’s important to find who and what works for you personally.

 

Sincerely,

S.xx


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