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I want to share some of the OG products that have truly helped and inspired me on my self care/discovery/development journey.
Lots of wonderful self-care curious people have expressed that they would like to start practicing mindfulness/gratitude and I’m often asked which books and journals I’d recommend.
Firstly, let me say that that investing in yourself doesn’t always mean spending money.
If like me you have lots of cute/pretty notepads lying around that you don’t actually use, start there!
If you decide on a book you want to read, head to your local library or ask around and see if someone can lend it to you! It makes me happy to spread the love and offer my library out to others.
In a world where consumerism rules all, constantly trying to make us think we are lacking… it feels awesome to re-use and check what we already have first.
If something makes us feel good (and I mean really feel good, like it’s an investment into our self-care, something that will feed our brain and welfare…not just mindlessly shopping for material things) AND we can afford it… as long as we’re not doing it for the wrong reasons, well…good for us!
Treating yourself to a book or a bath bomb that you can enjoy in a moment to yourself, might just be your ONLY little piece of joy that day, so run with it, you deserve it!
The day I read my first self-care book it brought me a huge sense of comfort, I was on holiday following a breakup and I devoured it in only a few days.
Every single word spoke to me. I genuinely felt a transition in my whole mind-set. I was convinced that I’d
randomly bought this book for a reason and although I wasn’t much of a reader at all, the universe brought it into my life to serve me the way that it did at the exact time that I needed it.
Of course life is always that bit easier on holiday, reality is oceans away, but as I travelled back home the anxiety started to kick in again.
The panic inducing reality of having to go back to my normal life when nothing felt normal anymore, returning to the same old routine that couldn’t have felt more different now…
…couldn’t be avoided any longer.
The book that had brought me so much joy and calm was over… BUT when I found out that there was a follow on, I ordered it to arrive asap!
I went back to work and I would so look forward to going out into the sunshine on my lunch break for some me time with my new book…
My NEW hobby that I was so proud of myself to have…
A NEWNESS that was good and positive and sparkly and untouched by the old life before it.
Soaking up and tapping back into that same therapeutic happy place I’d found on my sun lounger in Morocco, I realised what I’d created for myself was nothing short of magic…a real life magic….
So on what bloody planet would I NOT share it?!
I’ve plenty more I would recommend but these ones really stick in my head in terms of the influence they had on me so I’m confident in recommending them to you too, especially as great starting books.
What one do you like to look of?