By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton
International Self-Care Day is July 24. Books and reading are great ways to practice self-care especially when they help you learn to love, support, and nurture yourself and your surroundings.
Self-Care Day titles
Good Enough: A Cookbook: Embracing the Joys of Imperfection & Practicing Self-Care in the Kitchen by Leanne Brown
Why you should try it: Feeding yourself and others can be an act of love. Worrying that everything isn't perfect is just anxiety.
Description: Good Enough is a cookbook, but it's as much about the healing process of cooking as it is about delicious recipes. It's about acknowledging the fears and anxieties many of us have when we get in the kitchen, then learning to let them go in the sensory experience of working with food.
Why you should try it: As a (very) amateur gardener, I fully support the idea of plants providing beauty, joy, and sometimes nourishment.
Description: Discover the power of plants to help you disconnect from the stress and anxiety of modern life and grow more joy in your world. Filled with practices to help plant lovers step away from their screens and cultivate delight and peace of mind with plants.
Decolonizing Wellness: How to Escape the Diet Trap, Heal Your Self-Image & Achieve Body Liberation by Dalia Kinsey
Why you should try it: Body positivity that doesn't rely on gimmicks, diets, or the patriarchy? What's not to (self) love?
Description: The lack of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ representation in the fields of health and nutrition has led to repeated racist and unscientific biases that negatively impact the very people they purport to help. Many representatives of the increasingly popular body positivity movement actually add to the body image concerns of queer people of color by emphasizing cisgender, heteronormative, and Eurocentric standards of beauty. Few mainstream body positivity resources address the intersectional challenges of anti-Blackness, colorism, homophobia, transphobia, and generational trauma that are at the root of our struggles with wellness and self-care.
Go Gently: Actionable Steps to Nurture Yourself & the Planet by Bonnie Wright
Why you should try it: Because taking care of the environment is also taking care of yourself and others.
Description: Going through every room in her home, Wright helps us assess which products are sustainable, and alternatives for those that are not. She shares recipes to avoid waste, homemade self-care products to avoid packaging, small space-friendly gardening ideas, and a template for creating your own compost system. Finally, to sustain yourself, there are exercises and meditation prompts to keep you energized, plus info on how to get involved in community and organizations.
You Are Radically Loved: A Healing Journey to Self-Love by Rosie Acosta
Why you should try it: Nobody puts Baby (or you) in a corner! Learn to be who you are and love it with these inspiring practices.
Description: In this empowering and accessible guide, Acosta leads readers through the essential spiritual practices she uses to create a radically loved life. With the arc of her own journey as a framework, she presents meditations, journaling questions, and practices for identifying and honoring our own radical truths.
Ritual as Remedy: Embodied Practices for Soul Care by Mara Branscombe
Why you should try it: A little mysticism might be exactly what you need to jumpstart your self-healing journey.
Description: Mara Branscombe offers potent soul-care rituals and ceremonies to purify and strengthen minds, hearts, and bodies, so as to enable us to activate our inner power. Connecting with the pagan wheel of the year, the five elements, and the lunar cycle, soulstirring rituals, and step-by-step healing protocols show a path towards a deeper, heart-centered living.
Kathy is a Collection Management Librarian who loves reading, sharing, and talking about books. Her missions in life are to: create communities of readers, convince folks that her official title should be "Book Pusher," and refute that "disco" is a dirty word.