CLEVELAND, Ohio — Sunday, July 24, 2022, is the 11th annual International Self-Care Day. “Self-care” was once a bad word, even if it is two words. Not anymore. Today, it’s widely recognized that self-care is essential to the world’s wellbeing.
Self-Care Day is a perfect time to think about what contributions to your well-being and to plan to care for your physical and emotional health. When you are healthy, you’re a better participant with family and friends, with work and the world. When you know that you matter and you take care of yourself, you’re a better part of everything else.
Self-care can be hard, so we’ve rounded up books to help. Because journaling has been proven to lower the heart rate and decrease mental and physical stress, many of these books use journaling to go deeper. They include guided and prompted journals. Review these options to determine how to be your best.
The company Promptly Journals has a mission to “make journaling as effortless as possible so people can access healing, connection, and presence wherever and wherever they need.” Two of their journals focus in the self-care space: the Self-Love Journal ($32.99, Promptly Journals) and the Gratitude Journal ($32.99, Promptly Journals). Both are offered in multiple designs for your personal taste.
Self-Care All-in-One For Dummies by The Experts at Dummies ($39.99, Barnes & Noble) Includes “concrete strategies for incorporating self-care practices into your busy, everyday life.”
The 5-Minute Self-Care Journal for Women: Prompts, Practices, and Affirmations to Prioritize You ($11.69, originally $12.99, Amazon) recognizes how busy women can be and helps them anyway.
Breathe Self-Care Journal by Breathe Magazine ($16.95,Barnes & Noble) is a guided journal.
Self-Care Journal for Women: Prompts and Practices to Reflect and Embrace Your Best Life ($14.99, Barnes & Noble) suggests action to improve your self-care.
Self-Care Check-In: A Guided Journal to Build Healthy Habits and Devote Time to You ($10.69, originally $12.99, Amazon) prompts you to reflect, focus and act.
A Year of Self-Care: Daily Practices and Inspiration for Caring for Yourself ($10.95, originally $17.99, Amazon) offers a full year of daily reflections.
The Weekly Self-Care Project: A Challenge to Journal, Reflect, and Invite Balance ($10.82, originally $16.99, Amazon) includes ideas for taking care of yourself spiritually, physically and emotionally.