7 Self Care Books To Kick Start the New Year
Start 2021 off right with a great self care book!
Books For Self Care
If your one goal for 2021 is to learn to take care of yourself or to get the hang of self care, then you've picked a good one! Self care is incredibly important and can range from taking a step back for a while when you're getting stressed out about something to pampering yourself with a bath bomb and a glass of wine after a difficult day at work.
More people are realizing that, most of the time, there isn't a reason to work yourself to death like the mindset of previous generations. That doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't work hard, but rather you must learn to care for your physical and mental health along the way. You deserve to have days off. You deserve to take a vacation or a nap if you're tired, but most of all, you deserve to take care of yourself and these seven books will show you how!
We've included a few journals with guided self care exercises, along with books that cover various aspects of self care that will help you make the most of 2021.
1. Almost Everything: Notes on Hope
Anne Lamott has a few good books under her belt by now, but there's something special about Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. Lamott's writing style is a delightful mixture of "profound" and insightful, hopeful and thought-provoking. Most of all, it is about truth. It makes you ponder the truth in your own life and world. Lamott says, "All truth is paradox and this turns out to be a reason for hope."
2. The Redefining Success Journal: A Daily Journal to Celebrate Life's Accomplishments
The Redefining Success Journal: A Daily Journal to Celebrate Life's Accomplishments by Vyana Novus-Magee is a journal that challenges people to rethink about success while living in a world that constantly pushes us for more. The exercises in this journal "facilitate a deeper sense of self-worth and value" while allowing encouraging people to define their lives themselves rather than relying on societal expectations.
3. The Witch's Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit
Arin Murphy-Hiscock's The Witch's Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit is the self care book all witches, magically inclined folks, and those interested in self care need to check out. Murphy-Hiscock's book contains different ways to pamper your mind, spirit, and body through different meditations, mantras, activities, and spells to help you better connect with yourself on a deeper, more caring level.
4. How to Not Always Be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care
If you've ever experienced burnout in school, work, or life in general, you'll want to check out Marlee Grace's How to Not Always Be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care. Grace's book for all walks of life - it doesn't matter if you're a grad student, a freshman in college, a doctor, or a lawyer. If you're feeling overwhelmed, this book is for you. "Part workbook, part advice manual, part love letter," this book teaches you how to care for yourself in rushing world.
5. Self-Care Sessions Workbook
Alexandra Elle originally created Self-Care Sessions Workbook as a workbook for the students that attend her self care sessions. Though the book is only 50 pages, it is packed with different exercises and journal prompts that "encourage students to unfold into their truth by creating a ritual through writing and self-care." If you like the Self-Care Sessions Workbook, you may want to check out Elle's latest book, Today I Affirm: A Journal that Nurtures Self-Care.
6. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Brené Brown is another prolific author that spends a lot of time writing about various self care topics. In Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Brown digs into vulnerability and how, contrary to what many believe, it isn't a weakness but a strength. She writes, "When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives."
7. If Women Rose Rooted: A Journey to Authenticity and Belonging
If Women Rose Rooted: A Journey to Authenticity and Belonging by Sharon Blackie connects ancient Celtic mythology to the modern day, searching for the roots women have lost along the way. "If there is to be a change, it will come from us. Right here. Where we stand. Women were always the story-givers, the memory-keepers, the dreamers. Listen now to the lands long dreaming. Do you see what it's dreaming? It's dreaming you."
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