There have been times when one feels low, so much so that the need and feel to connect with the world just goes away. Depression and anxiety are disorders that do not come calling. Instead, they feed upon the demons inside you, and make space for themselves, paving way for hopelessness and a hollow that does not reveal itself till poked with love and affection. However, when affection shows a ray of light, the journey of the person just starts. The path towards recovery from depression is a long one, but if the loved ones are with you, it is no more tedious.
Such is the warmth that the characters of books exude, to envelope you in a safe duvet, constantly whispering in your ears, that everything is going to be okay. They are relatable, they are there for you just a shelf away. Sometimes, human communication is not so desirable, and in those times of need, a cup of coffee and beautiful story come to your aid. For your heart and mind should never be solitary, and be in a beautiful company, to beat the ever-raising snares of anxiety and depression.
Take a look as we bring to you some of the books which can cheer you up.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
If you are a Potterhead, read it again, for this universe is a balm that will soothe your soul. If you are not one who has read it, delve into the world, and you will be mystified. These books are everything that a battered soul needs, for upliftment, for courage, for a smile, from within.
The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide
This beautiful story flows as easy as a cool stream of water on a soul parched. A group of freelance editors and writers’ daily lives are interrupted by a cat. The narrator is the one who loves it, though his wife is not a fan. The journey of the feline an human together, and how the latter’s life is lighted up, is the crux of this heart-warming story.
Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo
An illustrated book which tells the tale of an adorable tiny cactus, who has an unloving family bringing them up. The innocence of this book will capture your heart from get-go, and that is exactly what the 27-year-old writer of this beautiful book tries to do. Take it and read it, irrespective of your age.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This is considered one of the American classics, and is the story of a successful woman who slowly finds the vacuu m in her mind sucking her deeper and deeper into folds unknown. The book is about her, as to how she deals with it, and deals with that part of human psyche, which no one dares reach, for fear of the unknown.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Adolescence is one tricky phase to be. A plethora of emotions run in and out, and no one seems to understand you, attributing the mood swings to a ‘thing’ of the teenage. This is a beautiful story of a ‘wallflower’, a guy named Stephen, and the roller-coaster that his ride through various phases of his adolescent life is. For every teenager who is undergoing existential crisis, this is one book to pick, as your constant soul balm.
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Smiling away to imperfections, is what lies at the core of this book. And when something has been created to make a stash of happiness, you grab it for the warmth it contains. Illustrations, laughter, love, and a smile, is what this book will bring to you and your bruised mind and heart. Writer’s own experiences, ups and downs, with a healthy dose of laughter, and a whole lot of illustrations, will make you smile.
When The Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait For God – And Joy by John Piper
If even the title has not been able to convince you, probably the content will. Darkness that envelops you from within can be a spiritual one too, questioning your beliefs, the very ones on who your whole world has been built, and it threatens to crumble.
Read away, this is one step towards a better, brighter, and healthier psyche that you crave, as you battle the monsters inside you. It’s going to be alright, in the end.