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The Self-Care Prescription by Robyn L. Gobin, PhD

51YaFQA75zL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I talk to people about self-care all of the time. As a holistic life coach and spiritual counselor, I can’t say enough about the importance of taking care of yourself. Whether you’re single and alone or raising a family, you matter. You matter to your family, your friends, your colleagues, and sometimes even strangers. When you don’t take care of yourself, it’s harder to find the energy to take care of other people.

So, onto this stellar book that I got for free from the publisher. I love it. I mean, I covered many of the things in this book in my now out-of-print Reconnecting With yourself, but all writers covering similar topics will look into things differently and give different insight. No matter how many self-care books and articles you’ve read, I can bet you’ll find something extra in Robyn L. Gobin’s The Self-Care Prescription.

Sel-care encompasses more than physically caring for yourself. You also require social, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional self-care. All of these things are covered in this amazing book.

Each section has so many important tips in them to help you better your life and feel whole again. Did I mention I am in love with this book?

Social Self-Care: This section is all about the importance of healthy friendships, having fun, and taking time to unwind.

Physical Self-Care: Learn to eat right, take time for exercise, and the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.

Intellectual Self-Care: Learning new things all of the time is so important. Even if you learn something simple. Find a hobby. Discover your passions.

Vocational Self-Care: Our jobs are an integral part of life. This section will help you take better care of yourself on and off the job.

Spiritual Self-Care: Whether you’re religious or not, your spiritual self-care will help with positivity, joy, and faith. Learn about meditation and self-realization.

Emotional Self-Care: Emotional health includes learning when to say “no,” identify your triggers, and don’t dismiss your emotions.

This book will change your life.

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Breathwork By Valerie Moselle

41ESq-O5iAL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_CalmiGo is my go-to when I need to focus my breathing. CalmiGo is a handheld device that helps you take even breaths so that you can find calm (hence the name). I love it, but I also love learning more about how breathing helps with health and wellness, both physically and mentally.

Because I know the many health benefits of breathwork, I was happy to get a free copy of ‘Breathwork: A 3-Week Breathing Program‘ from the publisher. I was mesmerized from the moment I opened the book.

I like that the book is broken down into weekly lessons, and it’s about more than just breathing. There are body positions which help with breathing and relaxation.

From the typical yoga “breath of fire” to basic 3-minute baseline breathing, you will learn breaths to help you deal with anything life throws your way.

Not only do I recommend this book if you want more calm in your life, I highly suggest checking out CalmiGo for relaxed breathing on-the-go.

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How To Be Nice To Yourself

41tIjsL8PtL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Are you being nice to yourself? Think about it. You probably compliment the people in your life, but when was the last time you gave yourself a compliment? When was the last time you took some time out for self-care? ‘How To Be Nice To Yourself‘ is a book to help remind you to be nicer to you.

The tips within this book will help you deal with your inner critic. It will teach you to talk nicer to yourself, even in your head. You’ll learn to take a moment now and then to look within.

I like that this book offers an excellent and easy-to-follow guide to getting in control of your thoughts and how you see yourself. It’s like a self-love coach in a book.

Thank you to the publisher for this free review copy!

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The Mindfulness Journal For Anxiety by Tanya J. Peterson

41ab-oLPH2L._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_The Mindfulness Journal For Anxiety is one of my new favorite journals, and it’s something I plan to start my new year with. I think we all have some form of anxiety, most people only mildly. In 2004 I was diagnosed with social anxiety and panic disorder. I still have panic attacks from time to time, but these days my anxiety is more generalized – random things cause it, not just social situations (which don’t bother me much at all these days).

Even though I feel like I have my anxiety mostly under control, I found this journal so useful and inspiring. I’ve only just started writing in it, after reading through it for this review, but I have felt such a connection with the space within these pages.

Put pen to paper and learn about what makes you feel anxious, get to know your anxiety, imagine what life would be like without anxiety, and learn how to use mindfulness and meditation to find peace and clarity of mind.

This journal will help you get in tune with your thoughts. It’s full of colorful images and motivational/uplifting quotes that will keep you inspired and writing.

I received this book free from the publisher for reviewing purposes.

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The Complete Guide To Modern Massage by Ryan Jay Hoyme

 

41XWnaQJGZLOnce upon a time, I wanted to be a massage therapist. Then I remembered that I am slightly germaphobic and don’t like touching people (especially strangers). However, as someone that suffers from back, shoulder, and neck pain, I like to pay my husband back for impromptu massages with the same. I requested to review The Complete Guide To Modern Massage in hopes that I could get better at helping him with back spasms he suffers from during the cold months.

Whether you want to use massage in the privacy of your own home or you’re considering it as a career, this step-by-step guide to the basics of massage should be on your bookshelf. It will give you the key massage techniques needed to start training ahead of the curve or to just help your spouse battle pain naturally. I love how detailed it is!

The sections travel down the body, starting from the head and working your way all the way down to the toes. There is also a special techniques section that takes you to types of massage from “around the world” – including Ayurvedic, Reiki, and Reflexology (some of my favorite techniques and topics).

This is a 5-star book on massage therapy, making both a great reference guide for pros and an excellent guide for beginners.

I received this book for free from the publisher for review purposes.