Self-care ideas to get you started

The British Council Libraries have come up with the perfect list of books and resources from our collection to boost your confidence and inspire acceptance inside and out.

True stories of healing and self-discovery

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

This best-selling book is a memoir by a woman who seemed to have it all, until she suddenly didn’t. Her journey across to world leads her to discover the balance between the physical and the spiritual and to find solace within herself.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

After numerous personal tragedies 26 year old Cheryl Strayed embarks on a 1,100 mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest trail. Her journey, the physical challenges and her ultimate spiritual and personal realizations make for an inspiring read.

A little help for the self

Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe

Andy Puddicombe shares his simple and effective meditation techniques in this companion to the popular Headspace App. Tailor made for the modern world, this book will help you deal with anxiety, improve concentration, sleep better and achieve new levels of calm and self-fulfilment; all in 10 minutes!

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F-ck by Sarah Knight

The only way you can even begin to work on yourself is if you have the time. Sarah Knight’s hilarious, magical book will show you just how to practically unclutter your mental space, clear out your schedule and stop feeling guilty about how you choose to spend your time.

An early start on self-esteem for your little ones

There’s no time like the present to teach your kids about the importance self-confidence and being comfortable in their own skin. Our children’s collection has a number of wonderful titles to kick-start their journey.

It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr

You can be a different colour or have no hair. You can be any size or shape. You can like some things and maybe not feel too good about others. This wonderfully bright and easy to read book is the perfect way to begin discussions about differences, quirks, failures and embarrassments with your little ones.

The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

The meek brown mouse is far too small. He is sat on and stepped on and ignored. Can he get his neighbour, the lion, to teach him to be more noticeable? This beautifully illustrated story teaches kids that that no matter how little you are, what matters is feeling big on the inside.

Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

Slug doesn’t understand why his mummy won’t hug him. Maybe if he had fur like a kitten, a beak like a bird, wings like a moth and horns like a goat. She eventually tells him that he is loved exactly as he is; an important lesson for any growing child.

Our Digital Collection

Audiobook: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

August, a 10 year old boy about to start school for the first time, does not try to describe himself in this book. He knows that whatever the reader imagines, Auggie’s real face is much, much worse. This phenomenal book about the accepting the way you look will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.

Audiobook: 15 Minutes on Inner Confidence by Anne Marshall

No time to read a book? This incisive 15 minute recording on identifying limiting beliefs and unlocking your inner confidence and strength is perfect for any stray bit of time in a busy schedule.

Film: Empty Spaces

This award-winning, independent film follows an over-weight man who moves to a small town to escape incessant bullying for the way he looks. The people he meets in his new home, however, slowly show him how to be accepted and loved.

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