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Some days you need a pick-me-up, some days you need a life preserver. “For most of us,” writes Anna Borges, “self-care is a wide spectrum of decisions and actions that soothe and fortify us against all the shit we deal with.” You may already practice some form of self-care, whether it’s taking an extra-long shower after a stressful day, splurging on a ~fancy~ dinner, or ch Some days you need a pick-me-up, some days you need a life preserver. “For most of us,” writes Anna Borges, “self-care is a wide spectrum of decisions and actions that soothe and fortify us against all the shit we deal with.” You may already practice some form of self-care, whether it’s taking an extra-long shower after a stressful day, splurging on a ~fancy~ dinner, or choosing Netflix over that friend-of-a-friend’s birthday party. But when life gets so overwhelming that you want to stay in bed, some more radical care is crucial to maintain your sanity. The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care is here to help you exist in the world. Borges gathers over 200 tips, activities, and stories (from experts and everyday people alike) into an A-to-Z list—from asking for help and burning negative thoughts to the importance of touch and catching some Zzz’s. Make any day a little more OK with new skills in your self-care toolkit—and energy to show up for yourself.


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Some days you need a pick-me-up, some days you need a life preserver. “For most of us,” writes Anna Borges, “self-care is a wide spectrum of decisions and actions that soothe and fortify us against all the shit we deal with.” You may already practice some form of self-care, whether it’s taking an extra-long shower after a stressful day, splurging on a ~fancy~ dinner, or ch Some days you need a pick-me-up, some days you need a life preserver. “For most of us,” writes Anna Borges, “self-care is a wide spectrum of decisions and actions that soothe and fortify us against all the shit we deal with.” You may already practice some form of self-care, whether it’s taking an extra-long shower after a stressful day, splurging on a ~fancy~ dinner, or choosing Netflix over that friend-of-a-friend’s birthday party. But when life gets so overwhelming that you want to stay in bed, some more radical care is crucial to maintain your sanity. The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care is here to help you exist in the world. Borges gathers over 200 tips, activities, and stories (from experts and everyday people alike) into an A-to-Z list—from asking for help and burning negative thoughts to the importance of touch and catching some Zzz’s. Make any day a little more OK with new skills in your self-care toolkit—and energy to show up for yourself.

30 review for The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care: From A to Z

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anna Borges

    i'm marking this as "read" so it counts towards my goodreads challenge and no one can stop me #selfcare

  2. 4 out of 5

    hannah

    This is the kind of book that I’m going to read multiple times - at least once from cover to cover, as I already have, and in bits and pieces many times in the future, I’m sure. As somebody who not only struggles with making time for self-care, but also with figuring out what might make me feel better once I do take time for myself, the map at the end of the book is going to function as an excellent starting point for discovering and remembering all the little things that might make any given si This is the kind of book that I’m going to read multiple times - at least once from cover to cover, as I already have, and in bits and pieces many times in the future, I’m sure. As somebody who not only struggles with making time for self-care, but also with figuring out what might make me feel better once I do take time for myself, the map at the end of the book is going to function as an excellent starting point for discovering and remembering all the little things that might make any given situation just a little bit more bearable. The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care isn’t attempting to reinvent the wheel; instead it’s designed to be comprehensive and functional, and all the better for it. The witty writing style, personal anecdotes, and cheerful empathy for what it’s like to struggle with looking after yourself made me feel understood, and I’m really glad this book ranges from the absolute basics - hygiene, sleep, food - to the more long-term ways to fundamentally change the way you treat yourself, such as therapy options. I can’t personally imagine a person that wouldn’t benefit from owning this book and keeping it in an accessible place. Not only because of the variety of helpful options, but also because it’s a useful reminder that self-care should be a priority, and that most people struggle with it at some point or another in their lives. Honestly, I’m pretty sure reading and using this book is an act of self-care all on its own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sakhile

    I think I've finally found a self-help book that's actually helpful for me. I love that this book pours light on how the differences in gender, class, determine what self-care is for an individual. A lot of self-care tips are usually banking on capitalism, making self care a commodity that certain people can’t attain but Anne Borges addresses that. The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self Care is the type of book that I’d like to read over and over until the pages are bent in my favourite places. I think I've finally found a self-help book that's actually helpful for me. I love that this book pours light on how the differences in gender, class, determine what self-care is for an individual. A lot of self-care tips are usually banking on capitalism, making self care a commodity that certain people can’t attain but Anne Borges addresses that. The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self Care is the type of book that I’d like to read over and over until the pages are bent in my favourite places. I’ve already started some practising some of these tips. This is what a self-help book is supposed to do, it’s supposed to help you help yourself. I’d recommend this book for anyone who’s interested in self-care and doesn’t know where to start, or someone looking for self-care tips that don’t involve buying a candle and a face mask (not that there’s anything wrong with that) it’s all of that and more. Borges talks about how self-care sometimes gets misconstrued and ends up being a negative coping mechanism and how to avoid that. At some point, I stopped reading this book as a reviewer and started reading it as someone who badly needed it. I haven’t found a self-help book that was actually helpful before, that had helpful actions in them that one could actually undertake. That’s what Anne Borges’ book is. It’s greatly helpful and filled with tangible advice that one can take

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Peterson

    The More Or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges is an A-Z listing of a wide variety of different self-care strategies. The book is visually appealing, with illustrations and an easy to read layout. Parts of the book are targeted specifically at people with mental illness, but it would still be relevant to people who don’t have a mental illness. The author explains that she sees four types of self-care that involve nourishing the body, mind, relationships, and spirit. She makes it cl The More Or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges is an A-Z listing of a wide variety of different self-care strategies. The book is visually appealing, with illustrations and an easy to read layout. Parts of the book are targeted specifically at people with mental illness, but it would still be relevant to people who don’t have a mental illness. The author explains that she sees four types of self-care that involve nourishing the body, mind, relationships, and spirit. She makes it clear that self-care is not selfish, an excuse, self-reliance, one-size-fits-all, or a cure. I very much agree! I found it interesting that the author acknowledged the privilege involved in being able to attend to self-care, as some people don’t have anything to spare beyond their focus on survival. I thought that showed very good insight. Throughout the book, “their care” sections contain stories from contributors about how they attend to their own self-care. Some of the strategies suggested are more internally-focused, including recognizing cognitive distortions and practicing radical acceptance. Others relate more to interactions with others, such as maintaining boundaries, saying no, and asking for help. There are a few suggestions that are a little on the “out there” side, like astrology, crystals, and tarot cards, but they’re presented in a down-to-earth rather than “woo woo” manner. Speaking of down-to-earth, I liked the author’s comment on medication: “medication isn’t for everyone, but it’s a totally viable option to talk about with your doctor.” Simple and straight to the point. I enjoyed the suggestion to build your personal blanket fort, as well as the idea of giving your inner voice a name. The example name she tossed out was Donald, which of course made me think of talking to the inner critic as if it was Donald Trump… At the end of the book, there’s a tree chart suggesting different self-care activities to suit different conditions. Personally I love that kind of thing. I was impressed with the variety of different self-care strategies suggested. While some were about creating immediate or short-term positives, others might be difficult to do but would have longer-term benefits. There was also a mix of low-effort and high-effort activities. Overall, I thought it was quite well balanced. I received a reviewer copy of this book from www.netgalley.com.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tess Malone

    This is not a book with a lot of pop science on why self-care works. It’s also not a book masking consumerism as self-care. But if you’re looking for something middle of the road—not a deep dive into why self-care matters but still with practical tips that acknowledge mental health—this is a great resource. None of the suggestions were new to me, but seeing them all laid out was a helpful reminder of all the tools I have at my disposal. I’ve already sent this to one friend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I have been in various forms of therapy and medical intervention for my mental illness for five years now - and I was unwell for many years before that. I have taken innumerable classes, received every hand-out and info sheet, and read many many self-help books on the subject of mental health. Some of them were directed to my condition specifically, but others were for health-conscious folks of all backgrounds. Sometimes I feel that I have read everything and have seen everything and that nothin I have been in various forms of therapy and medical intervention for my mental illness for five years now - and I was unwell for many years before that. I have taken innumerable classes, received every hand-out and info sheet, and read many many self-help books on the subject of mental health. Some of them were directed to my condition specifically, but others were for health-conscious folks of all backgrounds. Sometimes I feel that I have read everything and have seen everything and that nothing will ever again give me that "aha" moment when reading about mental health. What I find sets this book apart from all others that I have come across is its accessibility and honesty. I can be very easy in this day of commodified self-care and "treat yo' self" to fool yourself into thinking that every act of indulgence and temporary self-soothing is self-care. While sitting on the couch and having a pint of ice cream can be a self-care experience, mostly it isn't. What Anna Borges does in this concise and eminently readable volume is to assure the reader that self-care is possible, necessarily inexpensive, and important. Despite her evident command of the subject, there are no absolutes or hard-line answers in this book. Mental health management is like anything else in life: Your Mileage May Vary. She makes this clear, while still providing ideas, options, and perspectives that I believe will be helpful to anyone looking to manage their mental health. My favourite item in the entire book was the "OK-case Scenarios". I had never heard this term before and I found it really spoke to a need in mental health conversations. So often we vacillate between extremes of "best" and "worst" case scenarios and for someone with emotional regulation issues, it is a blessing to have a middle-ground that isn't a compromise, but rather a "medium-good" place. Excellent read. **I was given an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. I received no compensation and my vies and opinions on this title are entirely my own.**

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chanda

    I loved this book and will recommend it to everyone!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This reads like a long, poorly researched Buzzfeed article. I'd say it's target audience should be 14-18 year olds. The lack of depth is frustrating as there's a few nuggets of good advice in there. The lack of depth on any advice means it just falls a bit flat. There is also some pretty poorly thought out, potentially harmful advice. Disappointing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gillian

    I bought this immediately after reading Borges' article "I'm not always very attached to being alive". This is one of the best books on self care and mental health I've every read. It's quick, comforting, and easy to read. Definitely one to keep rereading when things are hard. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go rearrange my houseplants and poke my cat to let her know I love her.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mara (marasfoldedpages)

    Thank you so much to Manda Group, and publishers The Experiment for sending me the book in exchange for an honest review! I loved this self help book. The pages were filled with advice in a textbook style, but never dry, format along with colour illustrations. There are also many real life examples from both men and women of all ages who have gone through similar experiences. I found this to be the most interesting part of the book. In the back, the author also included frequently asked questions Thank you so much to Manda Group, and publishers The Experiment for sending me the book in exchange for an honest review! I loved this self help book. The pages were filled with advice in a textbook style, but never dry, format along with colour illustrations. There are also many real life examples from both men and women of all ages who have gone through similar experiences. I found this to be the most interesting part of the book. In the back, the author also included frequently asked questions related to therapy, mental health resources, and further readings if you are looking for further help. With multiple topics of advice under each letter, this book is so easy to read because of its organization and flow. I found myself marking multiple pages and topics that I would like to both try and learn more about. For example, the pages on astrology and crystals. There were also some things that I already know well and use for my own self-care, such as creating lists and the importance of getting enough sleep. Overall, I give this book 5/5 stars, and really recommend it for you or someone you know who would like to make little changes in their life to improve their self-care habits.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Molly Ahern

    This book was brilliant and I’ll definitely be purchasing a copy of my own when I am able I’d highly recommend it to anyone who wants to practice self care but can’t get behind the flowery stuff. From using proven therapy techniques on your own time to practicing tarot reading, Borges has compiled a brilliant collection of self care methods. No matter what your type of self care is, you’ll find it in this book. There’s a heavy focus on realistic self care and mental health. In the time it took me t This book was brilliant and I’ll definitely be purchasing a copy of my own when I am able I’d highly recommend it to anyone who wants to practice self care but can’t get behind the flowery stuff. From using proven therapy techniques on your own time to practicing tarot reading, Borges has compiled a brilliant collection of self care methods. No matter what your type of self care is, you’ll find it in this book. There’s a heavy focus on realistic self care and mental health. In the time it took me to read this book, I have already gained skills that are helping me and I’m sure you will too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is a wonderful guide that provides tons of options that can be done at any time. The guide is very honest that sometimes we have different levels of energy for self-care, and have different self-care needs. The guide is also written with a lot of warmth and humor which makes it even better. No matter what you feel about the concept of "self-care" this book is for you. It balances being clear that self-care is very personal while still giving lots of concrete possibilities.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dom

    For someone who is looking for a concise and realistic overview of the types of self care out there, this is a fantastic book. It provides a great starting point to a multitude of tools one can use to develop a self care routine meaningful to them; I particularly appreciate the lack of expensive and unrealistic solutions that can often propagate other well being books. While I did get a few new ideas out of this book, it felt more like an overview of things I already knew, which is the reason for For someone who is looking for a concise and realistic overview of the types of self care out there, this is a fantastic book. It provides a great starting point to a multitude of tools one can use to develop a self care routine meaningful to them; I particularly appreciate the lack of expensive and unrealistic solutions that can often propagate other well being books. While I did get a few new ideas out of this book, it felt more like an overview of things I already knew, which is the reason for the 4 star rating.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Adrihanna

    I thought this was a great book and gave many helpful tips and made mental health seem more attainable I don’t struggle especially with mental health but I found it helpful. I would definitely recommend to someone who is just looking in to self care and mental health

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robazizo

    A lovely concise compilation of ways to take care of yourself. Not all entries are groundbreaking, but a lot of them are reminders of things I already knew but forgot to practice or reminders to be kind to myself. Some of them were true eye-openers and made me look at things in a different way. Overall the book gave me a comforting feeling and I'll be dipping in and out of it in the future.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Thompson

    NO TIME LIKE A PANDEMIC TO READ ABOUT SELF-CARE

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Typically I have a difficult time getting in to self-help books, but this one was great, with quick nuggets of wisdom--one to two paragraphs based on a word/idea/theme in alpha order. Also appreciated her humorous, direct tone. This is a book I'd referred back to in the future.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Great reminder that the best self care is to be patient, gentle, and non-judgmental with yourself. Lovely way to start off the new year!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karley Essington

    This book was honestly everything I was looking for. It was a great starter book to diving into the self care and personal growth mindspace. I loved the way Anna Borges writes and her 100% realness. I found myself always interested and wanting to keep reading. Plus I'm sure I'm gonna use almost everyone of her tips. I recommend this book to anyone who can use a pick me up and honestly we all could.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is setup dictionary style with alphabetical entries of self car ideas. There is a nice mix of activities that may cost money and are fee.

  21. 4 out of 5

    june3

    This book caught my eye on the "new order non-fiction" list at my local public library. I think I was first in line to receive a copy. So glad about that! Self-care is a new "meme" that has spread like wildfire. While I believe I first heard the term from my younger son, it is now virtually everywhere. And no wonder. Life can be stressful. Bad things happen to good people pretty much all the time. From my older person perspective, I think life is particularly stressful for young people right now. This book caught my eye on the "new order non-fiction" list at my local public library. I think I was first in line to receive a copy. So glad about that! Self-care is a new "meme" that has spread like wildfire. While I believe I first heard the term from my younger son, it is now virtually everywhere. And no wonder. Life can be stressful. Bad things happen to good people pretty much all the time. From my older person perspective, I think life is particularly stressful for young people right now. But that is a long story for another place. Self-care, as deftly described by Ms. Borges, is essentially a mind-set. There are no universal formulae, no crystals to find nor any mantras to repeat. Self-care is the recognition that you have unique psychological needs, and that it is critical to recognize and to respect them. So - among Ms. Borges most salient points - while there may be some among us who can have six different social engagements on a given weeknight and then sail into work on a cup of coffee or two, if that's not you, learn to say no. Likewise, difficult friends and relationships do not require your ongoing rapt attention, you do not need to be everything for everyone all the time. Similarly - develop some de-stress skills. Enjoy small things. I definitely enjoyed and appreciated Ms. Borges' many suggestions, some of which I can confirm as remarkably effective from personal experience. The book is a teeny bit repetitive in places (probably because of the nature of the A to Z format) but this is a small quibble. Much recommended!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    caitlin

    at first I felt a bit embarrassed at having a self-care book on my public shelf on here but whatever, this book was great and helpful and made me hopeful that I can actually practice self care that’s not just “eat a family sized bag of crisps and lie on the couch”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    This was such an interesting book to read, with lots of infos and tips (from hobbies to self improvement) and I will definitely use it again in the future (starting now). I found it very well structured and easy to understand, truly a good guide.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Trina

    My new favorite book recommendation is The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges. Every page in this book is practically perfect. The layout is easy to read, the personal stories are a lovely touch, and the facts are undeniable. The clarity of how to put the book into practice is amazing, and it covers every type of self care possible. I truly cannot recommend this book enough. Every therapist should have it in their office, every person who wants to show some kindness to the My new favorite book recommendation is The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges. Every page in this book is practically perfect. The layout is easy to read, the personal stories are a lovely touch, and the facts are undeniable. The clarity of how to put the book into practice is amazing, and it covers every type of self care possible. I truly cannot recommend this book enough. Every therapist should have it in their office, every person who wants to show some kindness to their self should just look at any page.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Self-care can be (and has been) defined many different ways. Many of the resources I've seen over the course of the last year have all been focusing on the "pampering" aspect of self-care. Things like taking baths, getting a pedicure, etc. I've also seen examples around practicing gratitude, journaling, etc. What's great about this book is that is has both and then so much more. I think it's relatively true to its title in that it's pretty exhaustive. "The goal of self-care is an ever-morphing t Self-care can be (and has been) defined many different ways. Many of the resources I've seen over the course of the last year have all been focusing on the "pampering" aspect of self-care. Things like taking baths, getting a pedicure, etc. I've also seen examples around practicing gratitude, journaling, etc. What's great about this book is that is has both and then so much more. I think it's relatively true to its title in that it's pretty exhaustive. "The goal of self-care is an ever-morphing target, so concentrate on getting to know yourself and your needs instead of thinking in terms of cures and fixes, solutions and antidotes." This book doesn't pass judgement on how to define self-care and what's acceptable and what's not. It casts a wide net and gives you so many options that you feel empowered to pick what works for you at different times in your journey. There are so many awesome ideas in this book that I can't imagine there won't be one that speaks to you. I've read several books and hundreds of articles on self-care in the last few years and there were several new-to-me ideas in this book. Many of which I was excited to try immediately. If self-care is an area where you're interested in exploring or if it's an area where you've explored for a while and would like fresh ideas, I think you will love this book. thank you to netgalley and the experiment for an advanced copy in return for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Lombard

    Title/Author: The More of Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges Series/Standalone: Standalone Subject/Topic: Self-Care/Self-Help Book Format: Hardcover Length: 239 pages Well Written/Editor Needed: Well written Would I Recommend?: I want to buy a copy for pretty much everyone I know! Personal Thoughts: Not every self-care idea out there will work for every single person, and this book acknowledges that! This is a giant A-Z list of ideas for self-care, whether you're completely down in the d Title/Author: The More of Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges Series/Standalone: Standalone Subject/Topic: Self-Care/Self-Help Book Format: Hardcover Length: 239 pages Well Written/Editor Needed: Well written Would I Recommend?: I want to buy a copy for pretty much everyone I know! Personal Thoughts: Not every self-care idea out there will work for every single person, and this book acknowledges that! This is a giant A-Z list of ideas for self-care, whether you're completely down in the dumps feeling depressed, or feeling okay but know you still need to take care of yourself. These bite-sized portions cover things like gratitude and playlists to reaching out to friends and getting sleep. There are also some New Age ideas thrown in like reading the tarot to learn more about yourself. True self-care stories are sprinkled throughout, and extra information is included about a few things like "ways to nourish your body even when it's difficult" or a list of cognitive distortions. I especially like that these bits of information are so small. I imagine when life is really hard, one might not have the capacity to read at length on a subject and a little tidbit is all you need to give yourself a boost. After the A-Z list, there's this really great chart that can help you figure out which self-care idea you should try depending on how you're feeling at any given time. I do wish this was at the front of the book though. It's so helpful! Behind that is a Therapist FAQ, that's perfect if you're looking to find a therapist and have questions about how to do that. Then there's a mental health crisis resource list and an online resource list of websites that includes places to get your medication when your finances are tight. Lastly, there is a list of recommended books including several memoirs and other self-help titles. In short, I LOVE THIS!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile & Andrea RBK The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self Care by Anna Borges was stellar y'all. It was absolutely stellar. Anna Borges is one of the authors of one of my favorite pieces on self care from the internet, so I was really excited to get the chance to do a deep dive into her work on the topic. This is an A to Z index of a variety of self care strategies. What I appreciate is that it keeps things simple. It's a manageable exploration of More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile & Andrea RBK The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self Care by Anna Borges was stellar y'all. It was absolutely stellar. Anna Borges is one of the authors of one of my favorite pieces on self care from the internet, so I was really excited to get the chance to do a deep dive into her work on the topic. This is an A to Z index of a variety of self care strategies. What I appreciate is that it keeps things simple. It's a manageable exploration of the topic. The thing about self care is that it can and should be accessible and easy. More than anything, it's about meeting basic needs and finding fulfillment in your day. I loved that this was the tone of the book. Of all the stuff I've read on self care (and I have read a lot), this is the best and most comprehensive review. I love that it wasn't just about one avenue, but this is really a chance to explore what works best for you. This is a great way to learn the what, the how, and the why of a variety of strategies around self care. This one doesn't hit shelves until November (I know, total bummer), but thanks to NetGalley I got a sneak peek! When this does hit shelves, I'll absolutely be purchasing a copy, so I can read, re-read, and re-read some more!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (BooksforMKs)

    This book gives practical self-care ideas organizing from A to Z, including things like healthy social interaction, meditation, cleaning and decluttering, making time for hobbies, using positive affirmations, taking a walk, listening to music, and practicing compassion. There is a flow chart quiz at the back of the book to help you determine what type of self-care you need the most. I took off one star from my rating because of the heavy profanity in the book. It was completely unnecessary, and r This book gives practical self-care ideas organizing from A to Z, including things like healthy social interaction, meditation, cleaning and decluttering, making time for hobbies, using positive affirmations, taking a walk, listening to music, and practicing compassion. There is a flow chart quiz at the back of the book to help you determine what type of self-care you need the most. I took off one star from my rating because of the heavy profanity in the book. It was completely unnecessary, and ruined my enjoyment of the book. I'm not sure why a book about calming self-care would include such ugly words. I thought the point was to surround yourself with positive thoughts and beautiful ideas to enhance the quality of your life. And the profanity completely destroyed that. The book also includes many ideas that I found strange; leftist political ideas, astrology, and other things that didn't make any sense in a self-care book. There are many good ideas in here, and I think many people could benefit from the good advice. However, I did not personally enjoy it and ended up skimming through most of it. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm

    A definitive guide to self care? Doesn't sound like a bad idea. Holidays, current events, daily stresses--self care is a "thing" lately. What does it look like? What are things about self-care? What's not? Do some things "count" more as self care than others? This calls itself the "definitive" guide and I guess that could be so. It's an A-Z list of what are items that one can do for self-care so you can come up with new ideas, take some from the book, adapt them from the text, etc. It's not alway A definitive guide to self care? Doesn't sound like a bad idea. Holidays, current events, daily stresses--self care is a "thing" lately. What does it look like? What are things about self-care? What's not? Do some things "count" more as self care than others? This calls itself the "definitive" guide and I guess that could be so. It's an A-Z list of what are items that one can do for self-care so you can come up with new ideas, take some from the book, adapt them from the text, etc. It's not always about super complicated or expensive items to buy. Sometimes it can be very simple things for yourself. I actually didn't care for it at all. I thought some of this would be more contextualized rather than a list of items in alphabetical order. This could be useful for some, especially if you're not familiar with the items at all or are relatively new to engaging on self-care. But it's also not exactly a compelling read, either. Library was best, but it might be a good gift for someone who is going through a hard time or is reassessing things, etc.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Lorenz

    I enjoyed this. It's a beautiful book - sturdy hard cover, with lots of color, illustrations, and quotes. The content is useful, but not the be all and end all for me. There were definitely things that resonated with me-anger as a defense mechanism, CBT distraction skills, radical acceptance. I think this could be a great place to start for someone having mental health/self-acceptance issues, and it does have further reading and resources. Having started my self-help/self-care journey with a boo I enjoyed this. It's a beautiful book - sturdy hard cover, with lots of color, illustrations, and quotes. The content is useful, but not the be all and end all for me. There were definitely things that resonated with me-anger as a defense mechanism, CBT distraction skills, radical acceptance. I think this could be a great place to start for someone having mental health/self-acceptance issues, and it does have further reading and resources. Having started my self-help/self-care journey with a book that really really applied to me (The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron), it was hard to go from that to a more general approach. That being said, if you're looking for a starting place for self-care, whether you're dealing with anxiety or depression or just malaise, this is a great book.

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