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15 Best Books to Guide You on the Road to Self-Care

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Alas, 2017 has come and gone. As the year comes to a close, we tend to think of all the things we’ve done that we’re proud of, and the things we wish we could’ve done differently.

It’s important to remember that a new year is a new beginning – a chance to seek some change, shed past burdens, and grow into the person you’ve always wanted to be. There is no better time to commit to caring for yourself in the best way you possibly can. The list of ten books below will guide you on your self-care journey, and will help you to find yourself this new year.

  • The cover of the book Silence

    Silence

    In the Age of Noise

    In 1993, Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge took a solo trip across Antarctica for fifty days. He was the first person to ever reach the South Pole alone, with only a battery-less radio for company. The long journey was completely life-changing for Kagge, and in this book, he shares his experiences and findings while exploring the true meaning of solitude. He shows us why silence is essential to our health and overall happiness, and how it has the power to change the way we view the world.

     
  • The cover of the book Believe It to Achieve It

    Believe It to Achieve It

    Overcome Your Doubts, Let Go of the Past, and Unlock Your Full Potential

    Negativity is one of the most harmful things to have in your life. Whether it’s coming from within or from an outside source, it needs to be cut out in order to live a happy, successful life. Bestselling author Brian Tracy and psychotherapist Christina Stein analyze the effects of negative thoughts on personality, outlook, and decision-making. Tracy and Stein want to make people realize how detrimental negativity is and steer them in the direction of positivity by providing clear solutions for regaining control of their thoughts, feelings, and actions.

     
  • The cover of the book My Friend Fear

    My Friend Fear

    Finding Magic in the Unknown

    From the bestselling author of Start Where You Are, this artistic and inspirational journal allows users to reflect on the deepest parts of their life. A lovely mix of personal anecdotes, inspirational quotes, questions, and stunning watercolor images, My Friend Fear demonstrates how fear can lead to great change and new opportunities, reminding us to always find magic in the unknown.

     
  • The cover of the book Coming Alive

    Coming Alive

    4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression & Unleash YourSoul's Potential

    Oftentimes, your greatest enemy is yourself. This enemy, however, can become your greatest ally with a change of mind and heart. Barry Michels and Phil Stutz believe that a powerful, dark energy – Part X – resides in each and every one of us, and can accelerate our lives in the wrong direction. Part X can drain your willpower, convince you that you’re not good enough, and hinder hope. Coming Alive offers tools that help you connect to the Life Force, or the positive energy inside of you, to combat Part X. Using the Life Force will spark creativity and resilience, and help you to evade negativity while achieving your goals.

     
  • The cover of the book The Self-Love Experiment

    The Self-Love Experiment

    Fifteen Principles for Becoming More Kind, Compassionate, and Accepting ofYourself

    In today’s society, it is often frowned upon to put oneself before others. There is an overwhelming fear of being deemed selfish or heartless, and as a result, we self-sabotage and sacrifice to satisfy others’ needs. The Self-Love Experiment hones in on this huge issue, and promotes self-love and self-acceptance above all else. Shannon Kaiser learned how to love herself after tackling (and recovering from) eating disorders, drug addictions, corporate burnout, and depression. In this book, she shares her experiences and advice for gaining confidence, reaching goals, and becoming the most positive influence in your life.

     
  • The cover of the book Braving the Wilderness

    Braving the Wilderness

    The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

    Renowned social scientist Brené Brown explores what it means to truly belong in her latest New York Times bestseller, Braving the Wilderness. Brené argues against the notion that we need to reinvent ourselves to feel accepted by others, and believes that the only way we can ever truly belong is by being our true selves. Being yourself sounds simple, but actually doing it is extremely difficult – humans, by nature, want to fit in. It takes a great amount of courage to be yourself in a world full of fictitious figures, but as Brown explains, it’s absolutely worth it.

     
  • The cover of the book Surprise Yourself

    Surprise Yourself

    Get Out of Your Head and Into the World

    This DIY guide to happiness is filled with beautiful illustrations and plenty of free space to record your own reflections and insights on life. Playful prompts include complimenting a stranger, stealing someone else’s morning routine, letting a dog take you for a walk, and many more. This fun, quirky book is perfect for gifting, and a great way to start each new day.

     
  • The cover of the book Ikigai

    Ikigai

    The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

    Everyone has an ikigai, or a reason for living. Japanese villagers with the world’s longest-living people believe that having an ikigai is essential to living a happier and longer life, because it makes every day meaningful. The authors of Ikigai interviewed the residents of this Japanese village and revealed their secrets to longevity and happiness, and share how to find your own personal ikigai.

     
  • The cover of the book The Power of Meaning

    The Power of Meaning

    Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness

    Living a meaningful life is more difficult than ever before. Many of us feel as though we need to go to great lengths to achieve meaning, or significance. Emily Esfahani Smith explores how we can create meaning by talking to experts in thought and behavior, and by studying iconic figures in literature and history. Based on her in-depth research, Smith exposes a very powerful truth: We can find purpose in our lives simply by connecting with those around us, working toward a goal, and sharing our story with others.

     
  • The cover of the book Stress-Proof

    Stress-Proof

    The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body--and Be More ResilientEvery Day

    Stress is mentally and physically draining, but it’s also unavoidable – it’s a large part of daily life. So, what to do? Dr. Mithu Storoni is here to help. His innovative guide reveals seven ways to fight the negative effects of stress and build up our defenses to be resilient, regardless of what life throws at us. Each chapter looks at a common stressor, such as inflammation or emotional triggers, and provides simple solutions to coping with the aftermath. Dr. Mithu suggests changes in diet, exercise, and other daily habits to promote overall well-being and prosperity.

     
  • The cover of the book Start Where You Are

    Start Where You Are

    A Journal for Self-Exploration

    This fun, interactive journal is filled with inspiring quotes from writers, artists, and other visionaries. Open-ended questions and prompts are scattered throughout the pages to help readers foster their creativity, mindfulness, and drive. Indeed, if we learn to know ourselves and our dreams, we can appreciate the world around us and achieve what we set out to do.

     
  • The cover of the book I Am Here Now

    I Am Here Now

    A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal

    Mindfulness is a simple, but powerful tool to use in your daily life. It’s all about being aware of your surroundings, and placing your attention and energy on the present instead of on the future or the past. Doing this will alleviate daily stress, and help you to make the most out of everyday. I Am Here Now aids readers in increasing their mindfulness, and explore the world with greater curiosity while unleashing creativity along the way.

     
  • The cover of the book Yoga Body, Buddha Mind

    Yoga Body, Buddha Mind

    A Complete Manual for Physical and Spiritual Well-Being from the Founder of theOm Yoga Center

    Yoga Body, Buddha Mind is the first book to explore the benefits of combining yoga and buddhism for ultimate overall health. Cyndi Lee, author of the bestselling series OM Yoga in a Box, shares her experience as a practicing Tibetan Buddhist and one of the country’s most famous yoga instructors in this simple guide. The book offers meditation exercises for all levels of experience, and acts as an enlightening guide for spiritual well-being.

     
  • The cover of the book Meditation

    Meditation

    An In-Depth Guide

    Meditation is a widely used practice that is essential for personal growth and healing. In this book, Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson share ways to incorporate meditation into your daily life, and demonstrate how it can be used to work with our emotions to manage pain and stress, and increase spirituality. This unique guide combines ancient Eastern traditions with modern medicine, and offers useful techniques that benefit both beginners and masters of meditation.

     
  • The cover of the book Meditations from the Mat

    Meditations from the Mat

    Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga

    In Meditations from the Mat, Rolf Gates takes the idea of incorporating mindfulness and meditation into your everyday life quite literally. Taking a cue from the page-a-day calendar, he offers up 365 daily reflections to look to as a means of taking a quick moment for self-reflection each day. The daily reflections can be read in the morning to set the tone for the day, during a yoga exercise, or at the end of the day before bed. How readers incorporate them into their daily lives is their choice, and Gate’s book is there to guide us.