Review; Complete Guide to Self-Care: Best Practices for a Healthier and Happier You by Kiki Ely

Last year I recieved an ARC of the self-help book Complete Guide to Self-Care: Best Practices for a Healthier and Happier You by Kiki Ely through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
The Complete Guide to Self-Care features 100 accessible activities that help you reconnect with your body, mind, spirit, and surroundings, and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face the world again.

Caring for yourself is far from selfish and self-care is far from a new phenomenon, but it’s recently been in the popular vernacular. With screens, work emails on our phones, notifications, and poor boundaries between ourselves and the world around us, taking time and making space for ourselves has become more and more important. Therapy, caring for plants, making your favorite dish…these are all little ways to reclaim parts of yourself that you’ve lost track of in the daily hustle of life.

With encouraging reminders, inspiring thoughts, easy wins, and practical advice, The Complete Guide to Self-Care helps you identify your needs so you can relax, refuel, and find calm in your hectic life. This book tells you why mindset is key, how to nourish instead of punish yourself, how to exercise and sleep, and why it is important to go slow sometimes. You live your whole life being you, so why not be your own best friend?

The Complete Guide to Self-Care is a book for people who need to relax, chill out, or recenter. You'll learn how to achieve this by:
Setting an effective and fruitful sleep schedule
Creating exercise routines and not feeling bad about falling off the bike
Saying no to things you don’t want to do (and things that maybe you do but don’t have space for)
Reading, writing, art, music, and all forms of expression that water our soul
Setting aside time that is only for you, no one else, no exceptions
Watering yourself and giving yourself proper nutrients
In the tumults of our hectic world and your busy life, if you’re working toward being emotionally available and hungry for stability, a happier and healthier you is within your grasp.

My Thoughts on the Book
It's a simple and concise book about self-care, with sections that make it easy to follow. It's not re-inventing the wheel as some of the ideas in it is "old", but it's anyway a reminder. It's also sometimes in disagreement with itself, one place telling you to lose weight, and another place to love your body (not that those examples are mutually exclusive of course, as it is possible to love your body, yet still wanting to improve). I also suspect that one can easily find a lot of the information in this book online if one search a bit.


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