Books That Are Great for Self-Care

 

There are many things you can do to empower yourself and promote personal wellness. Reading uplifting books is often neglected as an important part of a self-care routine.

I love to include reading a book as part of my self-care routine, there is something special about taking time for yourself and sitting down to enjoy a good book that will enrich my life, it’s one of the options I usually go for!

 

What is Self-Care?

For a lot of people, it isn’t always easy to know that they are experiencing the negative effects of self-care. It can happen very easily to anyone when they have life elements like children, financial issues, feelings of inadequacy, or physical problems.

The time and energy that these various obstacles take to overcome can leech the energy of the most resilient people. Fortunately, the mind and body have a lot of built-in tells that alert you to the fact that there’s some kind of deficiency.

Self-Care is the time you take for yourself, to recharge and nurture your own health. It’s you taking action to protect your own well-being and happiness.

 

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Signs & Symptoms You Might Need to Self-Care

Here are some signs and symptoms to keep an eye on, they usually mean self-care is in order;

  • You’re Irritable Often
  • You’re Late Often
  • You Have Panic Attacks
  • You Struggle to Relax

 

You’re Irritable Often

When you’re in need of more self-care, it’s a lot easier to be upset or disgruntled. This is because the toll of going without what you need is beginning to weigh in on you, and the resentment that you feel has begun to slowly carve itself into other areas in life.

Being mindful of what is actually bothering you will help you to focus on correcting the problem. This can be especially true of long-term romantic relationships.

You’re Late Often

The tendency to be late can be caused by two main things, which are: the need to squeeze too much into an unreasonably short period of time or the need procrastinate because you never feel as if you rest completely. One example of this can be seen in the habit of waking up with less time to get ready and trying to complete projects that required more time to plan.

If you are the kind of person who listens to the alarm more than once, then you could be doing serious damage to your restfulness because you are waking up every few minutes instead of sleeping without interruption.

You Have Panic Attacks

Stress can build up in the body and cause it to have strange symptoms. If unchecked they can manifest into more serious conditions over time. Panic attacks are often the result of a lot of stress carried for long periods without relief or any sort of outlet.

You Struggle to Relax

How good at relaxing are you? If you have trouble relaxing, it could mean that you need to spend more time relaxing. It can also mean that you have a lot of open projects going on that doesn’t seem to have an end. Try to designate a day where you take actual time to not have to do anything. Try meditating! It does wonders for your mind.

 

Make it your time to sit without having to worry about completing anything. Self-care at it’s best.

 

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Books That Are Great For Self-Care

 

There are many things you can do to empower yourself and promote personal wellness. Reading uplifting books is often neglected as an important part of a self-care routine. There is something special about sitting in a comfortable chair to read a book and take time for yourself.

The following books are great for self-care:

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Don’t let the title of this book fool you. The Artist’s Way isn’t a manual for oil painting. Julia Cameron wrote this book over 25 years ago in an effort to help creative people focus on their wellness. The great thing about the book is that you don’t have to be an artist to benefit from Cameron’s wisdom.

Cameron advocates setting aside personal time for journaling and for what she calls a weekly “artist date.” Her conviction is that individuals must learn how to reconnect with their imaginative inner child. What she suggests makes sense. As we grow older there is a tendency to let adulting overwhelm us to the point that we sacrifice joy.

 

Personal Power by Anthony Robbins

 

Tony Robbins has become the premier motivator of our modern society. His rise to fame began with Personal Power, a book that still forms the core philosophy of Robbins’ motivational seminars. It is a complete course in learning how to shift your mindset into a positive direction that will help you achieve important goals.

The right mindset is an important part of self-care. In this classic book, Robbins discusses his own take on neuro-linguistic programming or NLP. Robbins adapted the principles of NLP into his own system which stresses taking personal responsibility for one’s growth and development.

Reading the book might not inspire you to make the fire walk that is a staple of Robbins’ seminars, but it will challenge the way you think about how you are mentally framing your life experience.

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Dr Stephen R. Covey was a master on the art of self-care and left behind an impressive literary legacy when he passed away in 2012. This book was his most important work. Covey walks the reader through a list of seven things that become habits of those who succeed in life.

One of the best things of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is this book can teach is how positive habits are cultivated and formed. Covey not only explains the principles of success but gives a detailed explanation and action plan that will help the reader create the habit. The book also reinforces the notion that successful people share common traits. As Robbins also suggests, modelling those who have mastered the art of living is an effective way to proceed on one’s own life journey.

Taking a few moments each day for reading is something YOU deserve. It will help you to realize that working on your wellness should be a priority.

Start small if you must and read for a few minutes. Work on lengthening your reading sessions each day. Reading can also help you disconnect from things like social media and television in order to cultivate stillness of mind.

Now, that’s self-care!

How about you? What do you do to self-care? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

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Productivity Hacks to Help You Get More Done

Productivity Hacks to Help You Get More Done

 

If you feel you’re working more yet you’re getting less accomplished, you are not alone.

The world is constantly busy, constantly working, and still many people feel as if they aren’t as productive as they were in the past. It turns out too many people are trying to do too much at once, and it’s only making it more difficult to get anything done at all. It’s time to learn how the art of mindfulness is useful in boosting productivity to make life easier.

 

Stop and Breathe

 

One way to become more productive using mindfulness is to use the basics of this practice.

Being mindful means being aware of what is going on in your life. It means being aware of what’s going on around you, in your mind, and in the moment. Take a few moments when you’re feeling overwhelmed and unproductive to stop and breathe.

Breathing slowing and deliberately clears your mind and enables you to focus.

 

Notice What You’re Feeling

 

You’re not feeling productive, but why not? Are you doing too many things at once and feeling lost in the process? Are you rushed? Are you feeling as if you’re never going to get it all done and that’s making you feel upset? Figure out what you’re feeling and write it down.

Now you can see what’s really bothering you and making you feel this way, and you can check that off your list immediately by handling it. For example, perhaps you have to leave for the evening in a few hours and you have a long to-do list you can’t seem to finish because you really want to come home to a clean house.

You can’t focus on your work until your house is straightened up. Stop what you’re doing and take a few moments to wipe down the counters or start some laundry.

Once it’s off your mind because it’s done, you have more time to focus on the things you were doing.

 

Ditch Multitasking 

 

Multitasking is often a mindfulness killer. You’re barely aware of what you are doing because your mind is juggling half a dozen other projects simultaneously. This is not the path to productivity and progress.

A better approach is to go all in on a single task. If you could only accomplish one task today at work, what would it be? Once you are aware of your highest priority for the day, set yourself to work on that task.

Close the door, shut off your phone and take a deep breath. Then dive down into that work and don’t come back up for air until it is complete.

 

Accept Things You Can’t Control

 

You can’t do everything, and it’s time to accept that.

When you’re mindful of the fact you can’t control something right this second for whatever reason, you’re able to let it go and focus on what you can control. It helps with work, it helps at home, and it helps with your productivity.

Make a list of everything you’re doing and separate it by what you can control and what you can’t. That tangible reminder helps you feel more motivated to handle what you can.

 

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Mindfulness is not always easy to practice unless you take the time to make it stick. Your mind and body know what you want and need, but you need to learn how to focus on that rather than focusing on everything else.

 

Related Post:  The Basics of Mindfulness and Meditation

Take the time to be present and learn how to make your mindfulness routine more productive.

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How about you? What do you do to stay mindful and productive?

Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

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Self-help Books to Read in 2019

One of the best habits I’ve picked up while recovering from severe depression & anxiety is reading. I’m a huge fan of self-help books and like with anything else you do, if you are willing to take the time and do the work offered in these books, amazing things can happen.

Also, there is something special about finding that quiet spot to sit and read a book. It’s amazing to feed your mind with uplifting content that will enrich your life for years to come. Reading is essential to achieve knowledge on a subject that you are passionate about, to get more insight, to improve a certain aspect of your life or just to better interact with others.

Don’t have time to sit and read? Try AudioBooks. It’s a convenient alternative to old-fashioned reading. You can listen to a book while you are commuting to and from work or while jogging or sitting at your kid’s soccer practice.

Never underestimate the power of reading. Your future self will thank you for it.

Here are my picks for your reading pleasure in 2019.

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The Book of Awesome

 The Book of Awesome is exactly that! It’s Awesome! Fun to read, with short stories that you will enjoy, laugh and connect to. It will remind you to enjoy the little things in life. It’s a positive, feel-good type of book that everyone should read.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

If you are an over-thinker, like me, you will benefit from this book. You will learn to live in the now and not stress about the past or worry about the future. You will encounter moments of peace through this reading and be reminded of how important it is to live in the moment and not get distracted by all the things happening around us. 
The Power of Now serves as an excellent guide to overcoming ego consciousness.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose 

 I had to get this book after I read the review from Oprah Winfrey. She said:  “This book is a wake-up call for the entire planet, one reader at a time. It helps us to distance ourselves from our egos . . . and to open ourselves to a higher self. . . . It helps us to stop creating our own suffering and obsessing over the past and what the future might be, and to put ourselves in the now.” 
This is a great self-development book and I’m taking my time reading it, as I have to stop and reflect on things before I can continue. Very inspiring and transformational.

Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking

Feeling overwhelmed and struggling with anxiety? This book offers easy to follow instructions on how to free yourself from negative thoughts and start the journey of self-development. This book is easy to read and it summarizes effective methods for immediate results.

Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem, Quiet Your Inner Critic, and Overcome Your Shame 

​It’s everything the title says and more. Filled with insights, it offers strategies to create self-awareness, emotional health and self-healing. Absolutely amazing.

SELF HELP: 12 Things You Can Do That Will Drastically Improve Your Life

Steps to start living a better life are easily explained in this book. An important reminder that small changes can create a huge impact on our lives and the lives of others around us. Easy to read and you can easily apply the techniques offered to improve our lives.

Here is the book that I’m currently reading:

The Secret

I’ve heard a lot of awesome reviews about this book so I asked my hubby to get it for me for Christmas. I’m loving it.

The Secret contains clear principles on how to live your life in accordance with the natural laws of the Universe, but the important thing for every person is to LIVE IT.

Now, with The Secret Daily Teachings, Rhonda Byrne takes you through a year of teachings, sharing wisdom and insights for living in harmony with the laws that govern all human beings, so that you may become the master of your life.

Building upon The Secret’s powerful truths, your knowledge of the law of attraction is about to expand far beyond what you can imagine. More joy, more abundance, more magnificence – every single day of the year.” – Amazon

How about you? What books have you read lately that made an impact on your life?

Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

Take care,

Giselle