5 Books to Help You Stop Putting Off Self Care
A new season is a wonderful time to introduce a bit of change and take a few steps to improve our sense of wellbeing. If you’ve been putting off self care while you pursue your goals or care for loved ones, simple things like eating well, taking a few breaths, or prioritizing connection can make your days feel more easeful. Here are five books to inspire you to fill your cup first.
Choose Healthy (and Delicious!) Food
It’s so much easier to eat healthy food when it’s also delicious. The incredible salads, dressings, and other from-scratch treats in this beautiful book will have you looking forward to a lunch that nourishes your body and soul. You’ll never go back to store-bought dressings again.
If you’re concerned about carcinogens in your skin care, it makes sense to pay attention to carcinogens in your beverages, too. Alcohol is a known carcinogen, and while consuming it in moderation is unlikely to cause you problems, many of us regularly drink more than the recommended limit. The good news is you can still indulge and have fun - the nonalcoholic beverage industry is booming and mocktails are having a moment! Mocktail Party has a ton of ideas to get the party started at your next soiree. (P.S. You can also find links to five free mocktail recipes on our blog here.)
Take a Breath
We all know that diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management are key to our health and wellbeing. But did you know that how we breathe can also have a profound effect on body and mind? Learn about breathing methods and exercises that can lower blood pressure and heart rate, calm inflammation and autoimmunity, reduce snoring and sleep apnea, and more. It’s all here in this riveting page-turner that you won’t want to put down.
Enjoying quiet comforts in cozy surroundings with the people we love - doesn’t that sound like a perfect day? This book is my constant companion through fall and winter, inspiring me to light some candles, pull out our softest blankets, make a special hot drink, or whatever else I’m in the mood for to make the day or evening feel special. The Little Book of Hygge will have you looking forward to cooler weather, but please don’t blame me for the resulting candle shopping sprees. ;)
It’s said we’re in the middle of an epidemic of loneliness. Despite being surrounded by people every time we leave the house, many of us rarely take time to make eye contact, let alone conversation. But connecting with the strangers around us has many benefits, from increasing happiness to improving cognition. If you’ve been feeling isolated, pick up this book and find out how talking to strangers might change your life.
Debra Purdy is the owner of ShopEco, a beauty and self care boutique located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her mission is to help you thrive through self care you can feel good about. For more self care tips delivered to your inbox and a special birthday treat, click here to subscribe.