The best self-help books and apps to keep you calm during lockdown

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Self-help books and apps

by Fiona Day and Lily Anderson |

Are you finding this year stressful? You’re not alone. These are certainly unprecedented times and it’s OK to feel uneasy. There are lots of different resources to help you feel more in control of the situation. That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of the best self-help books and apps to help you calm during this time.


One of the most popular self-help apps out there, Headspace encourages users to become more ‘mindful’ and meditative.

The app works as a trainer to help you practice meditation.

Meditation has been proven as a valuable tool for those suffering from stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.

Find out more about the app HERE.

Simply Being

This app, like Headspace, helps users learn about meditation and how to clear their mind from the every day stresses of modern life.

It costs just £1.99 and provides peaceful, mediative music to help you relax and unwind.

Download HERE.


The Lift app helps you create healthier habits, replacing negative ones in the process.

These can be as little as flossing before bed or going for a run after a work. It’s the little things that make the biggest changes after all!

Find the app HERE.


The Zemedy app is a godsend for IBS sufferers. Created by a Doctor and an IBS patient, the innovative app empowers people to effectively deal with stress and anxiety that can impact gut health, manage their condition privately and relieve the symptoms at any time straight from their fingertips.

Download HERE.

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Self-help books that will improve your life

Happy Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect by Fearne Cotton, £3
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Follow Fearne Cotton on her journey to finding happiness. This includes personal experiences from the TV presenter's life as well as expert advice.

The Man Who Didn't Call, £4.50
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This might be chick lit, but it still has a powerful story to tell about self-worth and love.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, £9.04
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Want to know the secret on how to transform your life? This book claims to have all the answers. For some, this unlocks the path to success and happiness.

The Wellbeing Journal Creative Activities to Inspire (Wellbeing Guides)
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In partner with mental health charity Mind, this incredible journal includes activities, colouring, drawing prompts, and more to help you think about your feelings, thoughts and experiences.

Mrs Hinch: The Activity Journal by Mrs Hinch, £6.49
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It's easy to let the stress of every day get on top of you, but this activity journal from Mrs Hinch will help you feel more in control with advice, checklists and fun activities like quizzes.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck
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Author and blogger, Mark Manson tells it as it is in this self-help book which will change your perception of life. It'll help you to focus on what matters in life.

Good Vibes, Good Life
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Mind coach come Instagram guru, Vex King has released an incredible book that'll help you practise self-care and overcome fears.


If you or someone you know is struggling, find more information and support available on the NHS. Its essential that you reach out to close family members and friends, health care professionals or other support systems. Here are some useful contacts:

Need immediate help? Dial 999 or go to your local A&E department. You can also call NHS 111 or contact your GP and ask for an emergency appointment if you’re not in any immediate danger. Don’t forget that you can also use the following services.


Contact 24-hours a day for confidential emotional support for anyone who is experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

For more information visit

Call 116 123 free from the UK and Ireland

Alternatively email


Advice, support and information for anyone experiencing a mental health difficult and their family and friends.

For more information visit

Call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

Alternatively email

Rethink Mental Illness

Helps support everyone effected by severe mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

For more information visit

Call 0300 5000 927 – open Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm

Alternatively email

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