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8 Books about Self Care You Must Read This Season

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Are you one of those people who hear “self care” and think “no time for that?” These days it can be a challenge to find to focus on yourself. Between work, socializing, and home life, who has the time to do those activities that feed your mind, body, and spirit? It may not be easy, but focusing on yourself is essential for handling the business of the world we live in.

From moving memoirs with handy tips to practical guides filled with interactive exercises, the books on this list will give you a head start on the path to self care.

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1. The Self-Care Project

by Jayne Hardy

If you’ve been feeling not quite right, but can’t figure out why, The Self-Care Project is for you. It takes you on a practical, no-nonsense journey to discovering why you may be feeling just a little off. Author Jayne Hardy makes a case for self care, why it isn’t selfish, and helps you explore what self care means for you. The book also helps you remove obstacles to self care and carve out some space for self care in your life.
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2. Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

Professor Chandra, an internationally renowned economist, is forced to reexamine his life after being the victim of a hit-and-run while riding his bicycle. Sometimes touching, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, the book charts Professor Chandra’s path as he takes a step back from his high-stress career and learns to follow his bliss. He unknowingly embarks on the journey of a lifetime. Pure escapism at its best, the book entertains while reminding you of the importance of self care.
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3. Your Soul Is a River

by Nikita Gill

A haunting book about the journey of healing from trauma and becoming whole again, this book is inspiring, empowering, and uplifting. Author Nikita Gill uses her lyrical poetry to remind us that none of us are too broken to heal. Her honest words let us know that through heartbreak and soul searching comes healing and renewal. She reaches deep into your soul to gently remind you that even when you are struggling with rough times, focusing on yourself will help get you through it.
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4. The Daily Zen Journal

by Charlie Ambler

A great tool for anyone who wants to start meditating, The Daily Zen Journal gives you the context of why meditation can be an invaluable practice. Charlie Amber, creator of the popular mindfulness blog, Daily Zen, helps you observe the world around you, open your mind, and grow into the best person you can be. It is perfect for anyone who needs to de-stress and disconnect from the world for a little while every day. In other words, everyone.
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5. A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind

by Shoukei Matsumoto

You may be wondering why a how-to-clean book ended up on a self care list. Once you begin to read this gem you will begin focusing on yourself. In this one-of-a-kind guide to cleaning your home, Buddhist monk Shoukei Mastumoto explains how to make your home as well as your mind, body, and spirit serene and peaceful. With this book, you can create a home environment that will nourish your soul and calm your mind all through focusing on yourself.
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6. The Fresh and Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook

by Megan Gilmore

Cooking healthy food is one of the highest forms of self care. It is literally nourishing our bodies. What and how much we eat can play a role in how we feel and how we show up to life. But many people are intimidated by cooking and think it takes too long to create a meal. This 75-recipe cookbook will have even the least skilled cook whipping up satisfying, tasty meals in no time. The book includes gluten-free options for each recipe. Following a healthy diet while eating flavorful food has never been easier. Instant pot not required, a slow cooker or pot on the stove will do just fine.
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7. The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox

by Katie Wells

Katie Wells, founder of wellnessmama.com, provides a step-by-step guide to clean, natural living that's easy to follow for even those with the tightest of schedules. Her simple detox plan shows you how to implement a system for better living by transforming your diet, reducing toxic exposure, and taking control of your health. The book is a must-have for women on the go who want to be healthy, but don’t feel like they have the time.
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8. Take A Moment: Activities to Refocus, Recentre And Relax Wherever You Are

in partnership with Mind and Michael O’Mara

It’s no secret that modern life can be stressful at best and is often overwhelming. Just in time to save you from going under comes Take a Moment, filled with techniques for helping you decompress, relax, while instilling the habit of focusing on yourself. Each page features a different exercise or technique that gives you expert support and inspiration. Small enough to go everywhere you go, this self-care companion is for anyone who wants a little help learning to put their wellbeing first.
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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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