Cary's Shelf: Self-Care

Published Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Though the terms "self-care" and "self-love" are tossed around a lot nowadays, that doesn't mean they aren't valid considerations. Many of us could agree that low self-esteem and lack of self-love can be the first seeds that grow into destructive behaviors -- whether internally, or externally. We live in very challenging times, both mentally and physically, and our collective well-being is key to a safer, more accepting world. While these books can't solve all those big challenges on their own, they may just help you or someone you love hit the reset button on their lives. A better future can start today. - Cary

Self-Care for the Real World
Nadia Narain

Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips are true wellness pioneers. They have spent decades helping others reach their potential. But it took them a bit longer to learn to care for themselves. Here they steer your through small, achievable steps towards your journey to self-care, and how you can apply them to your life, wherever you are.

Right now, you may be deep in the waves of life, being tossed around. Learning self-care is like building your own life boat, plank by plank. Once you’ve got your boat, you’ll still be rocked by the same waves, but you’ll have a feeling of safety, and a stability that means you can pick other people up on your way - the authors

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The Self-Care Solution: a year of becoming happier, healthier, and fitter - one month at a time
Jennifer Ashton

ABC’s chief medical correspondent presents a year-long plan to improve your emotional and physical health that's both practical and doable. Following her own advice, month by month, Dr. Ashton tackles a different area of wellness in her life with the hope that the lessons she learns and the improved health she experiences will motivate her (and you) to make each change permanent. Throughout, she offers easy-to-comprehend health information about the particular challenge to help you understand its benefits and to stick with it. Whether it’s adding cardio or learning how to meditate, Dr. Ashton makes these daily lifestyle choices and changes feel possible—and shows how beneficial a mindful lifestyle can be.

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The Self-Esteem Companion

How we feel about ourselves affects every aspect of our lives, from the way we function at work, in love, in relationships, and to what we strive to achieve. The Self-Esteem Companion is a step-by-step guide filled with straightforward and effective techniques to help you dramatically improve the way you think and feel about yourself. This collection of simple exercises will help you talk back to your inner critic and begin to celebrate your personal strengths.

Break free from negative self-concepts and self-defeating behavior. Gain self-acceptance and a sense of competence and belonging so you can overcome your limitations that may have formed in your past.

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The Self-Love Revolution: a radical body positivity for girls of color
Virgie Tovar

"A terrific resource that shows readers how to start feeling good about their body and rewire their sense of self-worth. It’s time to ditch harmful, outdated beauty standards and build real, lasting body positivity." —School Library Journal starred review

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The Choice for Love: Entering into a new, enlightened relationship with yourself, others, and the world
Dr. Barbara De Angelis

The "choice for love" is a revolutionary shift in your relationship with the energy of love itself. It invites you into a new, enlightened experience of love as a state of being. It isn’t the choice for new thoughts, new attitudes, or a new philosophy, but rather the choice to enter into the experience of your own unlimited love, and open to the unfathomable acceptance and truth that your heart holds.

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About the Author

Cary is our Development & Outreach Librarian. Her idea of a perfect day is a complete stereotype: reading or watching British crime fiction with a cup of hot tea close at hand, her favorite quilt, and her cats Clio & Junie on her lap.