Something I've really got into lately is self care, specifically, self care books. This genre seems to be one which has taken a hold of us all recently, with new titles being raved about daily. There are so many innovative self care books out there at the moment which are tackling the area in creative and exciting ways. From first hand accounts of mental illness, to interesting and thoughtful ways to deal with stress, self care books can offer a real insight into how to live a happier life. I've put together a little list of four of my favourite self care books around at the moment. I hope you'll find them as useful as I have!

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k - Sarah Knight

I am definitely a culprit of worrying too much about what other people think of me. In fact, it's one of my worst habits. By filling your head with this worry and a need to please other people, you start to put what's best for others before what's best for you and this can be so damaging for your personal well-being and happiness. This book teaches you how to stop caring about people pleasing, and how to put doing what you love before doing what you don't. Knight attempts to remind readers that life is too short to worry about the little, trivial things and to stop apologising for what we love and are good at.

Favourite Quote: "The world won't end if not everyone I encounter in life likes me."

14,000 Things to be Happy About - Barbara Ann Kipfer

This is definitely my favourite book to keep on my bedside table. Unlike the other books in this post, it is not written in the structure of a regular book, but is made up by one, giant, 611 page list. This list does exactly as the books cover suggests: it offers readers with 14,000 unique details of everyday life which offer happiness. I really admire Kipfer for this book, because it truly is a work of art. To find such a large number of small pleasantries in everyday life is a big feat, and each page is likely to fill your stomach with happy butterflies. This book will remind you of how many wonderful things we are surrounded by in the world, and may even encourage you to document some of your own.

Favourite Quote:"On a weekend night, setting the alarm for 2am to bake oatmeal cookies and read, write or do whatever."

Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt Haig

If you read just one of the books mentioned on this list, I recommend it's this one. This is the type of book that you'll start reading and feel like somebody has finally cracked into your brain and explained every emotion and thought that you never previously thought was explainable. Throughout the book, Haig details his struggles with anxiety and depression and how he eventually came through them and learnt to live again. The book is beautifully written and so easy to read that I found myself getting through it in just a couple of days. The way he talks about mental illness in such a candid and accessible way, whilst at the same time offering hope, is really special. This book is a light in the dark for anybody who has ever experienced mental illness.

Favourite Quote: "Things people say to depressives that they don't say in other life-threatening situations: 'Yes, yes, your leg is on fire, but talking about it all the time isn't going to help things, is it?'"

Calm - Michael Acton Smith

One of the first self care books I ever got, Calm focuses on the idea that by clearing your mind, everything else in life becomes that much easier. It offers helpful and insightful ways to make your brain a more peaceful place. My favourite thing about this book is how beautiful each and every page is. With a strong focus on images and typography, Calm is a gorgeous book to flip through. Each page offers a new way to bring peace to your life, in small, bite-sized chunks of text. It's a book that I know I'll never tire of flicking through, because each page is so detailed and fantastic to look at.

Favourite quote: "An old Cherokee told his grandson: My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, generosity, empathy and truth. The grandson thought about this for a minute and then asked his grandfather, which wolf wins? The old Cherokee simply replied: the one you feed."

As always, thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post, take a look at the list of my five favourite apps for self care!


  1. I managed to pick up a copy of Reasons To Stay Alive for World Book Night and really need to get round to reading it. Think I'm going for Me Before You first - not so sure it's a great read for the commute though...

    1. You definitely should, it's fantastic! I've not read Me Before You, but the film looks great! I'll have to see if I can pick it up next time I'm in Waterstones.

  2. All four of these are books I've seen and thought over and over that I need to buy! This post has been the little push I needed to purchase! xxxx

    1. Yay, I'm glad to hear it! Let me know if you get any of them and what you think!!xxxx