• Natasha Hart

14 Best Self-Care Books You Need to Read

Self-care is a journey. One with no map and no rules. It’s one you take alone, in the evenings, in the mornings, whenever you have a spare moment. Self-care is as important as breathing in these hectic, stressful lives we lead. Especially if we want to keep loving life and not suffer the dreaded ‘burn-out’.

As more of us than ever are spending excessive amounts of time at home, indoors, we have turned our attention from focusing on our external goals. There is a phsyical and mental separation from them. It’s as if our career and life goals have been put on pause, with no way of knowing when life will return to normal.

Instead, we’ve been working on our internal achievements. We’ve been working on our self-care.

Self-care is having a positive resurgence during lockdown.

We’ve all learnt that mental health and mental wellbeing needs to take a priority in our lives if we want to feel happy within ourselves.

One way to ensure your mental balance is through reading self-care books.

They’re like a cup of tea and a cuddle from your favourite person, but in book form.

So, you know, portable.

They’re usually non-fiction books, with the ultimate goal of helping you to solve your wellbeing problems and answering any questions you may have about yourself.

Sounds amazing, right?

And they really are. Once you’ve found the book for you, it’s like an uphill struggle has suddenly turned into a slide. No longer are you fighting against yourself; you go with the flow because you trust yourself more. All thanks to the book in your hand.

Self-care books are there to help guide you through all the turbulence that life may throw at you.

Why Should You Read Self-Care Books?

Self-care books are for everyone. Literally, everyone. Everyone needs to maintain their mental health. Like a mental MOT.

If you suffer from conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, or similar, then self-help books could be the starting point of helping you to understand your condition.

Also, you should read self-care books if you’re finding yourself feeling overwhelmed by the everyday.

You should read them too if you’re feeling you have an internal struggle going on and you’re worried you’re losing.

You should read them to reassure yourself that everything will be okay.

Because it will be, but it's always nice to be told that by a thick, chunky book.

Self-care books really are for everyone.

Obviously, talking to a therapist is your number one priority if you really feel like you need help, but these books can act as home therapy for in between sessions, like bibliotherapy.

When Should You Read Self-Care Books?

You should read self-care books whenever and wherever you can.

We’ve all seen that photo of the lady asleep on the tube whilst reading a book entitled, “How to Sleep Well”. Now that’s a good self-care book!

Even if you’re not feeling particularly in need of self-care one day, self-care books are a definite way to help support you and cushion you on the dark days, so its good to always have one around.

Like the spare tyre for your car. Or that secret chocolate bar in the back of the cupboard. For emotional emergencies.

Self-care books can teach you the importance of slowing-down, of listening to your inner voice and listening to your body about when its time to rest, when its time to learn, and when its time to take action.

You should make reading self-care books part of your daily, or weekly, routine, so as to experience their full benefit.

Otherwise it would be like eating healthy for a day, and expecting to be a pro-rock climber instantly.

Self-care books are like mini pocket therapists, just waiting to hold your hand and help you unmuddle the mysteries of your own brain.

How Do I Pick a Self-Care Book?

It all depends on what you’re struggling with or where your interests lie. These factors determine which book you start with. However, there are some areas of life everyone could do with a little bit of help with, especially in lockdown.

Need to keep your space tidy? Marie Kondo's your gal.

Wanting to continue your slower-pace of life once lockdown is lifted? Timonthy Ferris has the perfect advice.

Below are some of our favourite self-care books.

1. The Life - Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

2. The Self-Care Revolution by Suzy Reading

3. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

4. The 4-hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

6. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

7. The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim

8. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

9. The Art of not Falling apart by Christina Patterson

10. Get Your Sh!t Together by Sarah Knight

11. The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Philippa Perry

12. Happy by Fearne Cotton

13. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

14. Jog On by Bella Mackie


Obviously, there are so many more books out there, tailored to your specific needs. These 14 are jus the best to get you started on your self-care journey.

We hope you enjoyed this post and please let us know any other self-care book suggestions in the comments, and whether you’ve read any of the books above. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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