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Are you getting enough sleep? Are you drinking water? Or are you, like certain nonfiction newsletter editors, staying up til 1 a.m. every night and telling yourself the water in coffee is good enough. WELL these books are here to help you start taking care of yourself.
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, which is a real thing. “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience,” Wiking explains. “It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.” This little book has advice and ideas on how to incorporate this vibe into your life. Get into it (y’know, if you want).
The Witch’s Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
This newsletter endorses a variety of ways to practice self-care. Also I like the leaves on the cover. Wiccan author Murphy-Hiscock covers Green Space Meditation, DIY body butter, how to magically cleanse things and a ritual to release guilt. I actually might get this one, despite not doing anything witchy in my daily life.
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh
Conscious breathing! Mindfulness! How to be present and peaceful when the world around you is chaos. It “contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh’s experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader.” There are so many exercises to incorporate into your life. Exciting.
The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor
This “offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by [systems of oppression]” and awakening “to our own indoctrinated body shame.” Body shame can take up a LOT of personal energy, and this is a step to counteracting it and being able to spend that energy doing other things. Like playing video games!