What she reads about self-care


Whether it means going to the gym five times a week, eating healthier or getting more sleep, self-care is the stepping stone to a happy and successful life. Make a little extra time for yourself during Self-Care Awareness Month and pick up these books that aim to get your life in tip-top shape.

Love You Like the Sky: Surviving the Suicide of a Beloved by Sarah Neustadter, PhD

Love You Like the Sky covers an often taboo topic with grace and real advice for anyone who has lost someone to suicide. Sarah Neustadter is both a suicide survivor and a psychologist and through her hardship and heartache, she has found that grief can be turned into something beautiful. Keeping a record of her intense emotions and questions that followed the suicide of her beloved, Neustadter opens up about her own struggles while making a roadmap for others to follow who are also facing the aftermath of suicide.

Instant Journal: Chart Your Life, One Week at a Time by Mia Nolting

For those who can’t be bothered with keeping a journal or writing down your thoughts and feelings on a daily basis, Instant Journal will be the perfect interactive release to get you through the end of the year and well into 2019. With this game-changing book, you are able to track your emotions, friendships, feelings and actions each week with simple steps to fill in each page. After those 52 weeks of journaling are up, you’ll be able to look back on all of your achievements, discoveries and progress – the perfect gift for the thoughtful people in your life (or treat yourself and add it to your own shelf).

Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body by Kate Hudson

This New York Times bestseller will help you come to terms with your ever-changing body and accept that sometimes your ideal image may not be the answer to finding happiness. With helpful tips for forming a healthy relationship with your body, advice on eating habits and exercise plans, Pretty Happy will open your mind to making necessary changes in your life.

Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs by Beth Ricanati MD

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and looking for an escape from your everyday life, physician and mother Beth Ricanati has a new technique to ease your stress: baking bread. By taking time out of her week every week to bake challah, Ricanati has learned that it’s the best form of therapy and medication she needed. This new book follows that journey and inspires readers to take up her methods.

What the Health by Eunice Wong, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn

What the Health will change the way you think about eating and what you put into your body. Composed of numerous interviews from scientists, nutritionists and other medical advisors, this non-

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris and Jeff Warren

After having a panic attack on live tv, news anchor Dan Harris began meditating. Though previously he was skeptical, he found that there are remarkable health benefits to meditation. He and his meditation guru Jeff Warren set out and talked to celebrities, parents, police officers and more to see what doubts they had and what was keeping them from taking advantage of the health benefits meditation can provide.

Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever by Kelly LeVeque

Whether you’re looking to shed a few extra pounds or want to make a complete diet overhaul, LeVeque’s book will be the first step to regaining control over your weight. Kelly explains why fad diets don’t work and sets readers up for success with a diet program that has worked for all of her high-profile clients.

Sleep Wise: How to Feel Better, Work Smarter, and Build Resilience by Daniel Jin Blum, Ph.D.

This manual is one to keep next to your bed if you often have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Insufficient sleep is what the CDC calls a national public health epidemic in the United States. This research-driven self-help book will get you on the right track for restful nights.

Hope Nation by Dr. Rose Brock

A modern Chicken Soup for the Teenage SoulHope Nation acknowledges the pain and struggles that teenagers go through and offers words of encouragement and hope. Some of the most influential young adult authors come together to support our youth in this new release.

It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow with Julia Turshen

There’s no doubt that Gwyneth Paltrow is a healthy lifestyle guru. In this bestselling cookbook, she brings readers the recipes she loves for trimming down and gaining energy. This cookbook has nearly 200 recipes that will help you eat healthier, look good and feel great.

The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time by Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark

It’s no secret that aging means you have to pay more attention to your health. Cameron Diaz writes about what actually happens in our bodies as we age. This book blends scientific fact with personal anecdotes to help with your psychological and physical changes so that you can age more gracefully.

The Gift of Goodbye by Rebecca Munn

In the midst of her divorce, mother of two Rebecca Munn found out her mother has terminal cancer. Devastated by two life-shattering events happening at the same time, Rebecca has to learn to find joy, create new connections and elevate her grief to a new level of authenticity. An inspiring account of how faced with tragedy, Rebecca finds a gift.

All Set for Black, Thanks by Miriam Weinstein

Miriam learns to deal with loss when a good friend dies and other losses follow quickly. The loss sparks a year of black clothing, unexpected laughs, and a lesson on keeping the dead with us after they are gone. This book is part memoir and part how-to guide of coping with losing those you love and still finding joy in life.

(feature image via @laurenconrad_com)
Ashley Johnson

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.

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