Self-Care Books To Read to Help You Rest & Relax

Self Care Books To Read

Self-care is arguably one of the most important things we can do to help ourselves rest, relax and recharge. 

At the end of a long day, especially if it was a stressful one, you deserve to take a rest. 

Self-care can look like a variety of different things. 

For some people, it may mean a luxurious bubble bath after dinner. 

For others, it can be lying outside on the grass, just being in-tune to nature. 

Some find self-care in beauty routines or watching a movie. 

Books are another great way to participate in a form of self-care.

If you love to read, curling up with a good book is an excellent form of self-care. 

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, nestle into wherever you intend to read (bed, chair, reading nook), and have at it. 

Books are so chock full of entertainment and information. 

They are an excellent resource if you are also looking for more information on self-care. 

There are quite a few self-care books out there on the market today. 

We are sharing some of the best self-care books to curl up with. 

The Little Book of Self Care

If you are looking for ways to de-stress and relax after a long day, The Little Book of Self Care is a wonderful resource to find all kinds of different ways to relax. 

It features many various but easy activities that you can focus on to relax. 

Some of them include meditation, decluttering around you, and more. 

This book would make a great purchase if you suffer from anxiety and would like to learn new ways of coping with them.

This book will help you learn to slow down, take time for yourself, and give you the activities you can easily do to help build up your relaxation skills. 

Another wonderful thing about this book is that it is not geared at any specific age set, so whatever season you are in in your life, this book will show you some helpful self-care skills. 

That Sounds Fun: The Joys of Being an Amateur, the Power of Falling in Love, and Why You Need a Hobby

In this book, the author, Annie F. Downs, explores the concept of having fun. 

With everything going on in our lives, it can be hard to even think about having any type of fun. 

But, in That Sounds Fun: The Joys of Being an Amateur, the Power of Falling in Love, and Why You Need a Hobby, she explains how without having fun, we are essentially just going through the motions of every day. 

That ends up compounding more stress upon us. 

She shares why fun is important and why it should not be shoved aside.

She helps readers understand the meaning of fun, how to explore your own interests, and how to find a hobby or something fun that interests you. 

She teaches you how to pursue it fervently and how to make it a part of your self-care routine in her fun and lighthearted book. 

Radically Happy: A User's Guide to the Mind

Based on ancient teachings, Radically Happy: A User's Guide to the Mind was written to help readers find peace within and is a great introduction to Buddhist thoughts and meditations. 

It comes from the minds of a Tibetan Rinpoche - which means "precious one," and an entrepreneur and long-time meditator. 

Each bring a unique look at happiness and meditation in a fun and accessible way for people to learn how to ultimately become "radically happy." 

The book goes over three different types of happiness. 

There is Basic Happiness, Interconnected Happiness, and finally Radical Happiness. 

Each part builds upon each other for a whole well-rounded read about becoming the happiest version of yourself that you can be. 

It features scientific research, as well as personal stories that the reader can relate to. 

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52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journal Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy

A creative way to work through things is journaling. 

52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journal Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy is a self-care book that is also a journal. 

It offers 52 different prompts each week to help you reflect on the happiness that is already present in your life. 

It helps one to self-reflect and to put the focus on caring for yourself. It allows you to find what makes you truly happy.

During your 52-week journey, you will dive into different prompts. 

Some include listing things that already make you happy, what kinds of scents and sounds that bring you joy, talk about the little things and much more. 

You are able to connect with yourself a little more deeply by the time you are finished with this journal. 

It is filled with gorgeous pictures to make you smile, and lists that can create a life of happiness and joy for yourself. 

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm in a Busy World

Written by Haemin Sunim, who is a well-renowned Buddhist meditation teacher, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm in a Busy World is an easy read, but it does help you take a deeper look at eight different "guideposts" in your life. 

The book invites you to dive deeper to look within yourself as well as finding a deep connection for others. 

It offers up some wonderful advice about everything from getting enough rest, to relationships and beyond. 

It also helps you learn how to be more loving and forgiving towards yourself. 

It serves as a wonderful guide to learn how to slow down in life amidst a busy, busy world.


In reading self-help books, you are not only doing your own self-care, but you are giving yourself the power to help change or accept any issues that you may be facing. 

The books above are a great starting point to begin reading about self-care. 

Whether you like to journal, or you like to do little activities a bit at a time to help you, there is something here for everyone.


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