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5 Self-Help Books and Journals That Promote Self-Care and Self-Healing

You only need to scan the news headlines to see that now more than ever, what world needs now is love, sweet love. In order to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, however, we first have to treat ourselves with love, care and compassion. For as the wise RuPaul ponders, "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else"? 

Ready to dig a little deeper? Here are Everything She Wants' picks of five workbooks and journals that may help to promote self-care, self-discovery and self-healing.

Self-Care for Black Women (Oludara Adeeyo, $15.99) This book personally speaks to me as a Black woman. I wouldn't trade living in the rich melanin skin I'm in, but between micro- and macro-aggressions we experience at work and everywhere in between, it can be tough to prioritize physical and mental wellness as a Black woman, especially with a constant news cycle highlighting Black trauma. Written by a Black female psychotherapist who is  passionate about helping people improve their overall well-being, The Self-Care for Black Women offers more than 150 self-care exercises designed specifically to help Black women revitalize our outlook on life, improve our mental health, eliminate stress, and advocate for ourselves.

Your Self-Discovery Journal (Sara Katherine, $15.99): Get to know you and all about you with the help of Your Self-Discovery Journal. The book is packed with inspiring, thoughtful exercises, guided journal prompts, creative activities, meditations, and more that may help to guide you to a deeper, truer understanding of yourself. These practical and inspiring activities may help you identify your values, strengths, weaknesses, talents, and more. You may also learn how to celebrate your uniqueness and find practical ways to stay motivated, face your fears, and grant yourself grace.

The Kindness Workbook (Robin Raven, $16.99): Making the world a better place starts with kindness. Leading you through introspective exercises, The Kindness Workbook shows you how to integrate kindness into your life and spread it to others. In turn, you can feel calmer, less stressed, more compassionate, and accepting. Your personal, social, and work relationships will flourish. Best of all, your kindness to others may inspire them to pay it forward.

The Angel Numbers Book (Mystic Michaela, $15.99): Have you seen "signs" in the form of number patterns -- for instance waking up at the same time every morning or noticing a certain number pop up throughout the day -- and not known what to make of it? In this book, you will find the meaning behind these “angel numbers” and discover what the universe and your spirit guides are trying to tell you. Like your daily horoscope or tarot card pull, your angel numbers are there to guide you: and The Angel Numbers Book can clue you in on what they’re trying to say.

The Little Book of Self-Healing (Nneka M. Okono, $14.99): Whether you are dealing with bouts of depression, anxiety or self-doubt, dealing with chronic stress or trying to overcome a traumatic event, self-healing helps you tune into the needs of your mind, body, and spirit to fully understand what you need for optimal health and wellness. With The Little Book of Self-Healing, you’ll find 200 practices that may help train you to recognize the signs your body gives you, achieve the right balance for your mental and physical needs, and feel empowered as you help yourself heal.


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