If you are a mom and in badly need of self care tips, you are at the right place. In this post, I share Top 15 Best Self care books or best self help books for Moms that should be in your reading arsenal. Have a look!
It is not easy for Moms to take time out. Nap when they want or go for a run when they feel like.
And read? Yeah, forget it!
I used to read a lot in the past. At any given time, I will have at least 3 books on my nightstand- read at a varying pace, savoring each and every page in my own sweet time. Oh, the joy! No distractions, interruptions when in those good old days, I was the boss of me. I could sleep or eat when I want, daydream if I wish and pick up a book and start reading anytime.
But then life happened. Things changed. Time turned out to be a scarcity, a luxury. Along with all my hobbies, reading was also put in the backburner. Fast forward a few years- now I got the hang of this parenting thing (kidding!). I am an expert juggler and a busy mom who is so good at pretending to have her shit together. I wing it daily and succeed at multi-tasking (most of the time).
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With Time being my new best friend, I decided to dust out some old habits including reading. Happiness was instantly found the moment I picked up a book. The smell and feel of the pages immediately took me back in a nostalgic memory lane. It made me realize how much I was missing out. Although my reading interest was focused on English lit and poetry in earlier years, looks like I got the bug of self-help and self-care books in the second wave.
And rightfully so. Self care is my mantra so it is not surprising I want to devour all that is about self care in words written by experts.
Today, I want to share with you the list of top 15 Self care books or best self help books (in my opinion) you must read. One way or the other each of these books has influenced me in becoming a strong believer in self care. It has taught me the art of prioritizing and how important it is to love yourself before you can love anyone else.
Without further delay, here’s my list of top 15 self care books for moms.
Must Read Top 15 Self care Books for Moms
In Sara’s book, you will read about 150+ real ways of caring for yourself while caring for everyone else. To help busy moms like you maximize any moment you can find for yourself, each activity is designed to fit easily within a set short time frame.
5 minutes: Call a friend; Listen to a favorite song; Light a candle
15 minutes: Soak your feet; Read a chapter in a book; Enjoy a leisurely cup of tea
30 minutes: Give yourself a facial; Plan for a vacation; Go for a walk
1 hour: Meet a friend for lunch; Go for a manicure; Attend a workout class
I love these ideas as they are so similar to the techniques I practice as a busy mom. Really, you can’t complain about the lack of time as most of these ideas only require a few minutes! So get on with it, sister 🙂
Press Pause is a journal for self care, intention and slowing down. This book is sort of like a guide to teach you how to give ourselves what we need in refreshing ways. Miranda Hersey’s Press Pause goes beyond bubble baths to help you find ways to support your physical, mental, and spiritual health that feel comfortable for you―and fit into your real life.
In this book, Cheryl talks about transforming your life one month at a time. What does it mean? The Art of Extreme Self care is designed as a practical, action-oriented program, each chapter challenges you to alter one behavior that keeps getting you in trouble. The book is filled with personal stories of how Cheryl and others have learned to make the practice of Extreme Self-Care their new standard for living.
Well, you got me at “Witch” Arin! This book talks about magical ways to pamper, soothe and care for your body and spirit. I was drawn into this book with one look. Why? Well, this enchanted guide to self care is filled with magical ways to nourish yourself with herbal remedies, spells, and rituals inspired by witchcraft! The Witch’s Book of Self care has advice for pampering with spells, meditations, mantras, and powerful activities to help you to keep healthy, soothe stress, relinquish sadness, channel joy, and embrace your strength. Have a read!
This is a workbook. A journal filled with 365 lists, writing prompts and questions that will help you reconnect with your inner self, write your heart out, and get your creative juices flowing. I think this book will be a great tool in helping you reconnect with yourself and begin your journey to self care.
Little Book of Mindfulness is all about bringing simple 5- and 10-minute mindfulness practices into your day to find freedom from stress and ultimately, more peace in your life. Mindfulness is the easy way to gently let go of stress and be in the moment. It has fast become a slow way to manage the modern world – without chanting mantras or finding hours of special time to meditate. And this book is your how-to.
The Book of Me is a celebration of individuality and a chance to take stock of your life, your dreams, and goals, and reflect on what’s truly important to you. It is also a soothing guide to self-compassion and kindness, and a journal to reference now and in the future for maintaining well-being and self-care.
If you are an Educator who is in need of self care, Take Time for You is what you might be looking for. The author offers a range of manageable research-based strategies, self-care surveys, and reflective teaching questions that will guide you in developing an individualized self-care plan.
The Mom Manager Gratitude and Self-care Journal is a 52-week inspirational journal created to increase happiness and produce optimal health. It is an easy to use journal for busy moms who want to document their feelings of gratitude and set their intentions for self-care for the day in just 5 minutes. Several studies have shown the link between gratitude and well-being and how it increases happiness and reduces depression. The Mom Manager encourages this same positive and healthy outlook. It is not your average journal with just lines to fill out. It includes proven tips and strategies to empower you to be more happy and healthy, while only taking a small portion of your time.
In this faith-based Self care book, Dr. Rob Reimer challenges readers to engage in an interactive, roll-up-your-sleeves and get messy process — a journey of self-reflection, Holy Spirit inspiration, deep wrestling, and surrender. It is a process of discovering yourself in a true community and discovering God as He pierces through the layers of your heart.
One Day at a Time is a guided dot journal for those who wish to get into mindful journaling or those who already have a journaling style but not enough time in the day. This journal is designed to teach you to journal in a way that helps you stay mindful, organized, and mentally healthy in a creative and beautiful way. I am a big believer in journaling and it has effectively become a self-care therapy for me over the years. Never underestimate the power of keeping a good old fashioned diary to journal your thoughts. And this book!
Interestingly, this book has also found its way to my list of self care books to read. Essentially staying positive all the time can make our life miserable. Manson tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. You are allowed to feel like shit, wallow in sadness if you have to rather than pretending to be positive when you clearly don’t feel it. This book is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.
I mean, I was sold on the title! We all have been there, right? The sick Mom, the tired one? This book is a love letter to all Moms who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. You are lovable. You are worthwhile. You are a superhero to your children. You deserve to be happy and enjoy your life!“The Sick Mom’s Guide to Having Fun Again; If I can do it, you can too!” will help you chase fun just like you did as a young girl.
This one is truly gold for new moms. A laugh-out-loud guide to the first year of motherhood, filled with helpful advice and wisdom from real moms and dads who aren’t at all afraid to tell it like it is. I wish I had read this book when I was that Mom. I would have related to everything the author says in The Sh!t Noone Tells You. It is a must-have companion for every new mother’s sleepless nights and poop-filled days.
Okay, I am totally taking advantage of you here. But let’s face it. No self care book list is really complete without the one above written by yours truly 🙂 In Tired Mom’s Guide to Self-care, I share ideas and hacks for Moms to implement for better living, self-care and personal care motivation. You will read about how to squeeze in me-time, practice mindfulness, managing stress and even tips on getting physically healthy. Jampacked with actionable tips that will help you steer the ship of Motherhood with resilience, mindfulness, and self-love that you were lacking for so long! I also managed to get tidbits of wisdom from some fellow mommies you may want to read about. Yeah, you won’t be bored as I am not the only one talking here. Just kidding!
There you have it.
The list of Top 15 Self care books for Moms. I am sure at least one (or more) from this list will speak to you or call on you. On days you hit a rough patch in mommying or being human in general, you may want to drop everything and find comfort in the pages of these self care books. I have done it thousands of times and it has refueled my dead batteries each time without fail. So yes, tried and tested. Approved by me if you will.
Hope you get the same results mama
With love, Vinma
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