If there was ever a time to start a self-care practice, it is now.  Take a look at my latest book review blog to get tips on how to start integrating self-care into your life.

What does the book promise to deliver to the reader?  Is self-care always on your to-do list but it never happens?  Has it become one more thing that is adding pressure and stress to your life? This book is here to help you make self-care easier by giving you multiple accessible ideas for how to better take care of you among the other priorities of your life.  

Does it accomplish what it sets out to accomplish?  The book is great at giving you ideas on what constitutes self-care.  In fact, I didn’t deem some of the things I do as self-care – like having a regular physical with my doctor.  

If so, how? As I read through the different ideas, I started to create a list of things I already do and things I’ve never thought of as self-care.   It really helped me understand what defined self-care and gave me permission to expand my definition of self-care.

If not, what could the author have done differently?  It would be great if the book would also contain self-care items you can do very quickly and fit into your day immediately.

What makes this author uniquely qualified to write on this topic?  Adams Media is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, which informs, instructs, and inspires readers across a variety of lifestyle categories by providing the content they’re looking for, from the experts they follow and trust.  They compiled the list from books they have published by trusted experts.  They boiled down this list of 200 from trusted sources.

What is the tone of the book? The self-care strategies are arranged to address the body, mind, spirit or surroundings.  The index is an easy way to see what might appeal to you and you can go right to that page to read the details.  The techniques are described in easy to understand language – very accessible.  You don’t need to be an expert.

Overall impression: 

I love the table of contents in the book – makes it easy to see at-a-glance what interests you and fits with your personality and lifestyle.   The instructions on how the self-care techniques work are easy and relatable to real life.  Plus, I immediately incorporated a few techniques and realized I was already doing a few – like taking a multivitamin daily and walking in the morning.

What was your favorite part of the book?

The part of the book I liked best was learning something new.  Most everything I had seen one time or another in different books and magazines I read.  Of course – this makes sense as this book was put together as a digest of other sources.  However, one item caught my eye in the Surroundings section – Take a Sacred Labyrinth Walk.  I had never heard of it.  As I read about it, I knew my next step was to find one close to me and do it.   I started with the website offered in the book and pretty soon I found a Labyrinth Walk finder and off I went to my local Labyrinth Walk. (add more detail on what these walks are)

It was at a local church in a courtyard adjacent to the sanctuary.  It was open to everyone as you can see in the attached picture.  After reviewing the steps on how to get the most out of a Labyrinth Walk, I was focusing on the path and going inside my mind.  It did feel meditative and it cleared my mind to find a solution to a problem spinning around my mind.  Now I’ve added this to my self-care repertoire and can pop over there anytime I’d like.

Do you have a least favorite part of the book?

I didn’t find the Surroundings section as useful as the other areas (though I discovered Labyrinth Walks!).  

If you could change something, what would it be?  

I would’ve liked some organization on how much time spent on a technique – less than 10 mins, an hour, a ½ day, etc.  In this way, I could pick something out as I went about my day and keep the book by me.  

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