By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph
Did you know that September is self-care month? No? Neither did we, but what a time to find out! Self-care is simply taking the time and making decisions that prioritize wellness and happiness. It’s about relaxation, mindfulness, and taking steps to reduce stress.
Self-care looks different for everyone. If you’ve found yourself cooking and baking more, getting your hands dirty in the garden, taking more walks, and reading more books, you’re practicing self-care. Check out the books on this list for more ways to de-stress, relax, and remind yourself that this too shall pass.
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
Why you should try it: If you’ve ever wondered how the Danes achieved and retain the designation of one of the happiest countries in the world, this is the book for you.
Description: A guide to the Danish philosophy of well-being shares advice and ideas for taking healthy breaks, living in the moment, creating positive atmospheres, building relationships, and finding the richness of life in everyday small comforts.
Tarot for Self-Care: How to Use Tarot to Manifest Your Best Self by Minerva Siegel
Why you should try it: Whether you read tarot for the ritual or enjoy the artistic interpretations, this book is for those who need a different type of structure for their meditation practice.
Description: This book uncovers how to make the most out of your daily tarot practice with mindful readings, pre-reading rituals, daily one-card check-ins, practices to explore your intuition, and more. You can think problems over by laying out a spread, ask the cards yes or no questions, or explore your intuitive skills.
Why you should try it: This is your book if you’re looking for ways to feed your entire self, body, mind, and soul.
Description: Exploring the intersection of cooking, eating, health, and wellness and focusing on various dimensions of personal wellness, this unique cookbook, written by a health and wellness expert, offers 130 recipes designed to help readers improve every aspect of their lives and create a true sense of wholeness and satisfaction.
Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook)
The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self-Care: Rhythms, Routines, and Home Remedies for Natural Healing by Kate O’Donnell
Why you should try it: If your self-care practice needs a natural boost, this book has you covered.
Description: This book offers a new way to think about your health and understand the cause-and-effect relationship between your body, your environment, and your lifestyle. Through 70+ self-care recipes and routines, this book provides sound instructions and suggestions for living a healthy and energetic life with an Ayurvedic lens.
The Extremely Busy Woman’s Guide to Self-Care: Do Less, Achieve More & Live the Life You Want by Suzanne Falter
Why you should try it: This is your book if you find yourself, even now, struggling to find time for you.
Description: A dedicated self-care guide for today’s over-scheduled women draws on the author’s experiences as a highly stressed workaholic who, in the face of a tragedy, discovered simple strategies for promoting wholeness and balance.
Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook)
The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges
Why you should try it: If you think self-care is a great concept but don’t know where to start, this book is for you.
Description: Combining more than 200 tips, activities, and stories into an A-to-Z list, a top mental health writer presents a guide to all things self-care.
Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook, digital audiobook)
Why you should try it: This is your book if you want to learn how to be more resilient and in tune with yourself, much like nature.
Description: We could all learn a thing or two about living in balance from our friends in the plant and animal kingdom. We need look no farther than nature—from the habits of the porcupine to the sunflower to the wombat to the dragonfly—for small and simple things we can do to slow down, recharge, and living more thoughtfully, lovingly, and harmoniously.
Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.