The Top Ten Must Read Self Care Books

Today, we’re going over the top ten, must read self care books that are going to take your self care routine to the next level!

This most requested article is all about giving you those self care resources that you can use to implement in any schedule and into any lifestyle. These books are apart of my personal library and ones that I reference back to time and time again for my own self care practice.

These self care books are some of my most frequented reads, and can be used over and over again to reference and learn from. There have been times where I find myself diving into one of these a week later and learning another perspective about a topic.  

Self care is such a vast topic and something that is so vast can seem really complicated to make personalized. Because if self care isn’t personalized, it’s just another task on the to-do list that doesn’t really do what it’s supposed to do, right?

These self care books cover a lot of topics but really focus on the holistic view of self care which is: doing what makes you feel good. Keeping your goal that simple will make self care seem less vast when you have that solid, simple goal in mind.

✅The Best Self Care Book for beginners

If you’re looking for one of the best resources that covers everything about self care, I would recommend this:

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

This lays the groundwork of all of your self care needs in one giant book of self care fundamentals. Emotional Intelligence taps into the biggest topics that help to catapult your well-being.

Travis and Jean go into Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management which makes up the biggest pillars for supporting any shift in your routine. With easy to follow ideas, quizzes, and challenges, this book is one that helps you build up the fundamentals.

Along with Emotional Intelligence, here’s what I have in my library that I always come back to reference to! Let’s take a look below!

  • The Book of Self-Care: Remedies for Healing Mind, Body, and Soul by Mary Beth Janssen

    • In this guide, Mary Beth Janssen profiles a wide range of activities and exercises. I really liked her take on how to deal with unprocessed emotions that have gotten stuck. She talks a lot about boundaries and really just building a sustainable life where emotions can come and go without ripping and erupting out into other aspects of your life.

  • The Self-Love Experiment by Shannon Kaiser

    • This book is my jam. Seriously, this is a next level book and I recommend it to anyone jumping into any new routine.  This book goes through a simple, effective plan of removing fear-based thoughts, so you can genuinely fall in love with life. Shannon talks about true change in your daily habits and perspective to make some giant waves in your big, overall outcome. I reference this book almost every week: it's that good.

  • Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What's Right in Front of Me by Alexandra Kuykendall 

    • This book feels like you're chatting with a friend over coffee. I absolutely love the real-life aspect of what Alexandra tells her story and explains her formula about enjoying and loving every day, "boring" life. As a mother of four, Alexandra wiped her calendar free and focused on one aspect of her life each month, searching for ways to more fully enjoy her current season. By intentionally adding one thing each month that gave her joy, she gives a practical solution to those looking to add joy into a schedule already bursting at the seams.

  • Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace by Dr Patrizia Collard

    • This was a big influence on my journey before it even begin. I picked this one up because I was just a ball of stress with everything swirling around in my life. Dr Patrizia Collard is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, stress management consultant, and everything in between. It’s such an easy read to just getting started and what practical first steps are when you’re just starting out.

  • Just Sit: A Meditation Guidebook for People Who Know They Should But Don't by Sukey Novogratz & Elizabeth Novogratz

    • Another break-through resource that helped me to find a meditation practice that worked for my schedule! This book was written for me and the many people whose schedule or skepticism has kept them from trying meditation. Just Sit is an approachable and visually engaging beginner's guide. Assuaging fears, answering questions, and providing real-world information to demystify the process, Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz provide a hands-on look at what meditation really is, what is does, and how to do it.

The top ten must read self care books that are going to take your self care routine to the next level! This article is all about giving you those self care resources that you can use to implement in any schedule and personalized into any lifestyle. These books are apart of my personal library and ones that I reference back to time and time again for my own self care practice. #selfcare #selfcareroutine #selflove #personaldevelopment #selfimprovement

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  • Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams

    • I like science and I like when things are practical. These were the most eye-opening, page-turning weeks of my life. And it is all based around true mindfulness. This book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and is widely recommended by physicians time and time again. If you’re looking for a jump start, this book will give you a great sense of how mindfulness will work with you.

  • Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love by Rachel Macy Stafford

    • This book was so inspirational, and I found myself not being able to put it down!! The way that Rachel goes into almost an intimate discussion about what truly matters feels more like a conversation than someone barking what's right, what's wrong at you.

    • Her book leads you to hope, challenge, and inspiration, melted together into a beautiful book based around the four seasons. From finding daily surrender in the autumn and daily hope in the winter, to daily bloom and daily spark in the spring and summer, you will find powerful, positive words for your day. 

  • Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

    • I'll admit it. This has been on my reading list for a while and I just now got around to picking it up. Man, oh man. I wish I had this two years ago! This book nestled itself into my top 10. Written in a warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. This book is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.

  • Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace by Matthew Sockolov 

    • I really enjoy the practical advice that Matthew Sockolov offers in this book. A lot of mindfulness and meditation books can get weighted down by heavy jargon or high-cerebral concepts that sometimes it just becomes too much to try to decipher! From finding your breath to feeling grounded, these practice-based exercises make integrating mindfulness into your routine easy. With over 75 essential meditations―that take between 5-20 minutes from start to finish―Practicing Mindfulness is an approachable way to apply mindfulness in your day-to-day life.

  • A Year of Positive Thinking: Daily Inspiration, Wisdom, and Courage by Cyndie Spiegel

    • I started this book a month ago and found myself really drawn to the way that it’s presented. I absolutely love the daily-schedule it gives and it’s within reason for anyone to practice. From day one, this book teaches you the power of positive thinking through quick and digestible affirmations based in positive psychology, neuroscience, and personal development.

The top ten, must read self care books that will help to improve your self care routine! This article is all about giving you those self care resources that you can use to implement in any schedule and personalized into any lifestyle. These books are apart of my personal library and ones that I reference back to time and time again for my own self care practice. #selfcare #selfcareroutine #selflove #personaldevelopment #selfimprovement

The Secret of Sticking to a Self Care Routine

Self care is all about you. No if’s, and’s, or but’s, it’s all about you and what works for you. In the list above, you do not have to follow all of them to be successful.

You can pick one, own it, and feel 100x’s better than before you started.

When you’re adding new self care ideas to your routine, ask yourself the most important question of: “how will this make me feel better?” Allow yourself to answer this honestly when you’re adding something to your routine.

If you add in something that you’re only lukewarm to, that feeling of overwhelm that you’re already feeling with feel 10x’s worse than before you started.

When your goal is to stick to a self care routine, look for self care ideas that fit your personality, lifestyle, and schedule. Some ideas take a lot of time and effort, which may not be the best for you right now. And that’s okay!

Self care doesn’t have to be a full day detox, it can be sitting by yourself in silence for 10 minutes. Listen to what your body and mind are leading you too. Sometimes the day’s self care could be going to bed an hour early because you’re tired.

Scheduling and planning are great and help a lot of successful people stick to their goals. But what you don’t need in your self care routine is rigidity and “rule-abidding.” Think of self care as the antidote for the things in your life that are like that.

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