9 Powerful Self Care Books that will Change Your Life

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I think self care is often overlooked in our lives. We often forget to slow down and take care of ourselves. That’s why I compiled a list of self care books for you to learn more about self care along with getting some amazing ideas for including it in your everyday routines.

I hope you find a book that will inspire you to take care of yourself.

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9 Self-Care Books

1. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be by Rachel Hollis

The first book up on this list is my favorite book in this category so far. I finished Girl, Wash Your Face over a year ago and loved it. I’ve never read a book where the author was so open about her life. In each chapter, she talks about a different lie many people tell themselves. She gives her personal experience with it and then what helped her get through it. Rachel Hollis isn’t afraid to tell you like it is and remind us that we are all in the same boat.

2. The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy

The next book on the list literally has self-care in the title. This book tells you everything to know about self-care. Jayne Hardy believes that self-care is a tool we all have to help us take care of our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. We just have to learn how to apply it properly to our lives.

The book explains that self-care isn’t selfish, but it is actually vital to our well-being. It also gives advice on finding time for daily self-care and how to overcome obstacles that can get in your way.

‘Reading this is like a therapy session with a trusted, empathetic friend determined to help you turn things around, minus any irritating self-righteousness’ The Independent

3. You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Of all the self-care books out there, this one is my favorite.

This bestselling book will have you laughing your ass off and feeling better than ever about yourself by the end of it. Jen Sincero has a wicked sense of humor that definitely makes this not-your-average self-help book.

“By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.”

4. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

This book is a guide to the Danish art of Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga”. Hygge can be translated as a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience,” Wiking explains. “It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.” The book gives an introduction to the practice and shows us how we can incorporate it into our lives. Wiking explains how to get comfy, be present, build healthy relationships, and indulging in the things you love.

5. The Little Book of Mindfulness by Dr. Patricia Collard

Being more mindful can help us simplify our problems and find a clear path through them. Mindfulness focuses on living in the present moment and can improve productivity, focus, happiness, and peace of mind. It does not have to be hours of meditation, the exercises in this book are only about 5-10 minutes.

The book features over 30 mindfulness exercises covering topics of self-compassion, anger, reconnecting to life, and having a healthier relationship with food.

This book is for anyone who is short on time but wants to deal with stress in a relaxing way.

6. The Art of Extreme Self Care: 12 Practical and Inspiring Ways to Love Yourself More by Cheryl Richardson

This book focuses on changing one behavior per month. Each chapter is filled with guides, actionable steps, and personal experiences from the author herself.

“From years of personal experience, as well as coaching great men and women, I’ve come to understand that selfishness leads to selflessness. When we care deeply for ourselves, we naturally begin to care for others – our families, our friends, our greater global community, and the environment – in a healthier and more effective way. We tell the truth. We make choices from love instead of guilt and obligation. And we soon realize that we’re all connected and that our individual actions affect a greater whole.” – Cheryl Richardson

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

Mary Beth Janssen put together this small guide to help you learn how to use self-love and self-care to heal your heart and mind. In this book, you’ll find a collection of self-care rituals, along with a wind range of activities and exercises, too. Activities and exercises include: Karma Cleanse, intention, meditation, and breathwork techniques, emotional housecleaning, setting healthy boundaries, tips for nourishing yourself, deep sleep, and beauty rituals to celebrate your body.

8. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

Louise Hay shows you how to reconnect to your wounded inner child and see yourself for who you are, a lovable being no matter what you’ve been through. Her key message is: “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.”

9. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Dr. Brene Brown

“Through this self-help classic, we find the courage to overcome paralyzing fear and self-consciousness, strengthening our connection to the world and helping us to believe we are worthy of self-discovery, personal growth, and boundless love.”

Dr. Brown speaks openly about her own fears and insecurities to remind you that we are all in the same boat. We all feel like we are “not enough” and “not worthy” at times. But our imperfections are what makes us beautiful humans.

Self-Care Journals

I know these aren’t technically books but I recently came across these self-care journals and just had to share them with you.

Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are by Aimee Chase

This journal is beautifully made as a fun way to check in on yourself mentally. The self-care guide was written for women struggling with busyness and unrealistic expectations. Learn how to reconnect with yourself as you work through this journal.

Practice You: A Journal by Elena Brower

The second I came across this journal I knew I just had to have it. The beautiful watercolors create a Zen-link atmosphere, perfect for journaling.

This book was written by Yoga teacher Elena Brower and in it, she gives us space to explore our thoughts through reflection. “With more than 150 beautiful pages of questions, teachings, inspiring imagery, and plenty of space to write draw, and reflect, this journaling adventure guides us into nine compelling portals to our highest ways of living.”

I hope you found at least one book that resonated with you.

If you have any other self-care book recommendations, leave them in the comments below.


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3 thoughts on “9 Powerful Self Care Books that will Change Your Life

  1. I’ve been debating whether or not to read “You are a badass.” This post convinced me. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Jean,
      I’m so happy you decided to start reading “You are a Badass”! It’s such a good book. I know you’ll love it!

  2. I think these are great books I can’t wait to to read

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