Self care is important. Not just the usual having a bath or having a nice cup of your favourite tea.
I mean the real stuff. The stuff that makes your life fulfilling and happy, or the stuff that makes you have the opposite experience.
In this book I give you 20 in-depth ways in which you can develop self-care habits that will improve your life and your relationships.
There are strengths in all of us that might have been quietened down or simply not put to any use due to life circumstances – being told you have to say yes all the time; or people denying your needs and/or feelings, which led to you not expressing either.
Reflecting on these 20 habits, and putting them into practice, in your own time, will allow you to learn more about yourself and how you relate with others.
The resources are within you.
This book helps you tap into them and start using them for your benefit,
and for the benefit of your relationships.
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20 Habits of Self Care is exactly what it says on the cover – a book about self care habits and I absolutely loved it. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down, not just because it was so interesting but also because of how easy it was to read.
After introducing us to the subject of self care and why it is so important, the author begins each chapter with a quote related to the topic being discussed which immediately got me thinking about the subject and how it relates to my own life. The friendly, natural writing style enabled me to really reflect on how each self care tip already does, or could, improve my life and the personal experiences she shares throughout the book also helped with this.
Each chapter relates to a different self care practice, all of which could be easily incorporated into even the busiest of people’s lives because of their simplicity. What I really enjoyed is that the author doesn’t just introduce us to the concepts of self care practices but also makes suggestions about how, by using these practices every day, we can experience improvements in both our lives and our relationships. She allows us to think about the importance of putting our own needs in front of those of others and reminds us that saying no isn’t a bad thing.
The reflective exercises at the end of each chapter provided me a fantastic opportunity to really sit and think about how when I haven’t put my own needs first it has negatively impacted on my self esteem or feelings of self worth and how differently things could have been if I had. Including these exercises meant that I didn’t just rush onto the next chapter and by slowing the reading process down in this way it felt like the author was already encouraging me to slow down the pace I normally live my life.
As mentioned previously the author’s personal reflections really helped me really reflect on the importance of self care, but not only that they also made the whole idea of self care more relatable to everyday life.
Whether you are new to the idea of self care or an old hand, this book is a light, easy read which flows seamlessly from chapter to chapter. Having already noticed the changes it has made to my life since reading it I highly recommend it.
In the opening chapters, ’20 Habits of Self Care’ makes a bold claim that by implementing some of the activities from the book into our lives, we can expect to lead an improved life. I was sceptical of this claim at first but by the time I had reached the end of the book I could see how by implementing some of the activities and ideas that most resonated with me, I could expect to see an increase in my mental wellbeing.
Often when we think of self-care, we think of treating ourselves; whether that be to something nice to eat or time doing an activity we enjoy. Whilst this can fulfil part of our individual self-care needs, the self-care habits in this book go deeper than this and are about shaping our overall wellbeing rather than a quick pick-me-up. The ‘habits’ are ideas that can be implemented into one’s life and therefore become the everyday rather than a special treat.
One idea that resonated with me personally was the concept of personal space in relation to technology.
Technology and personal space are not something I have put together before and this has encouraged me to have some downtime from my mobile phone. Perhaps I will have my time away from technology whilst spending time in nature, really focusing on my surroundings rather than hiking through a park with my headphones on thinking that I have ‘done’ nature for the day.
There is a running theme throughout of improving self-esteem and I would say that this book is ideal for someone who is looking to boost their mental wellbeing and/ or self-esteem. If you are someone that is suffering from depression, implementing some of the activities in this book may well be very useful for you but self-care may begin with fulfilling basic needs such as looking after health and hygiene. In that case, this book may be the next step.
This book appears to be written from Karin’s own journey of self-care. A lot of examples are written from her own personal experience which gives credibility and integrity to the ideas that are
discussed. I particularly liked the practical nature to this book. It’s concise but has many ideas for personal reflection (making it personal to each reader) and practical ideas on how to implement some of habits into your life. Rather than being a theoretical book that is read and then stays on the shelf, I can see how the activities and ideas could become part of the everyday for both myself and my clients.