Top Self-Care Books for Your Bookshelf
Whether you’re going through a stressful time, or you’re at more of a lull in your life, you could benefit from reading a book about self-care. Practicing self-care is about more than taking aesthetically pleasing and invigorating bubble baths—although, I love those too! Self-care should also be about nourishing your mind and broadening your horizons. Reading self-care books can be a great way to do that. Many authors provide personal anecdotes, research grounded in psychology, and more to create helpful books for people of all ages and demographics who are looking to take better care of themselves: mind, body, and soul. If you’re looking to expand your home library and think that a collection of self-care books could be for you, here are some of the top self-care books to look for.
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Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
After a conversation with my therapist about being pulled in too many directions, she recommended that I read the book, Boundaries, and I am so glad that she did. This book was life-changing for me. The premise of the book is that it is okay to say no. Ultimately, I learned the importance of setting clear boundaries and how essential boundaries are to achieving a well-balanced life. Before reading this book, I was very guilty of saying yes to too many things, mainly because I did not want to disappoint people. However, that often left me feeling stressed, tired, and bitter. This book helped me to reflect and move forward in a healthier, happier way. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to define and set healthy boundaries in their own lives.
If you feel like the little voice inside your head is more of a saboteur than a supporter, Chatter may be the best fit for you. Ethan Kross discusses what the voice in your head is, and how to harness it to redirect its energy from negativity to positivity.
The Power of Meaning is a great place to start if you find yourself feeling a bit lost. It’s an in-depth study of meaning-making, and discusses the difference between happiness and fulfillment, and how to find both within your life through connecting with others around you.
Michelle Obama is a great inspiration to many, and when her book Becoming all about her life’s journey came out, she took the world by storm. Now, there is a guided journal accompaniment to her best-seller, and it can help you hone your inner voice and approach all your life goals from little leaps to big jumps.
This time can be hard for everyone with body image issues, especially for women. If you’re feeling a bit down about your physical body after spending so long in lockdown, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty can be a valuable read. It reminds you of your own worth, the powers at play in how we see ourselves, and more.
Looking for something light and digestible? Lin Manuel-Miranda combines cute and inspiring with GMorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me & You, which is full of small, bite-size pep talks that will give you an extra boost for each and every day.
Sometimes, a great way to care for ourselves is by being a good steward to our personal spaces. Marie Kondo’s Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up details a method of cleansing your space of negativity and clutter, leaving behind only items that spark joy.
I hope these top-shelf self-care books bring you peace, wisdom, and renewed optimism and confidence as you enter a new season in your life. Reading the right book can make all the difference in building confidence and achieving your personal goals.