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A lot of books in the self help category are chocked full of mysticism and guru-speak. You know the stuff: "Toltec shaman Daniel Sujarit will teach you how transcendental meditation and Ayurveda yoga positions can free your consciousness from lure of the ever-expanding ego so you can awaken and transform into an enlightened member of the quantum Earth."
Well this book is the opposite of that. Hannah is a regular person. She's not handing down enlightenment like some new-age guru. She's talking about practical, day-to-day strategies that will help you take better care of yourself, that will help you avoid unsustainable short-term comforts in favor of developing genuine self-care habits.
Hannah, while drawing from her own experiences, suggests steps you can take to identify your coping strategies and replace them with actions that truly satisfy your needs. And she does it without self-righteousness, without sounding like a guru, and without pushing esoteric spiritual gibberish.
Want better relationships? Want to feel happier and more self-confident? Want to stop cycles of procrastination? How about less self-destructive activities? This book will help you do it, step by step, with tons of practical examples and suggestions.
Highly, highly recommended.
A neutral and elegant style, without overpromissing things and without overselling itself.
Easy to read.
Also makes good distinction between self-care and self-indulgence, and in general has a good theoretical level.
If I had to critize it for anything it would be that it could have been a bit more theoretical. As a psychologist I like that psychological books, also apply psychological theory and sets the topic into a academically psychological context.
We are conditioned to sacrifice our needs to others but how can we help if we are not taking care of ourselves? We have internalized our parents and much of our behavior results from their voices. Parts of us split off and stay in a childlike state. But we need to make our own reality and meet our own needs and that is where self care comes in. We need to escape our conditioning, feel our emotions and negotiate.
Self care is our choice. It starts with accepting yourself. Focus on the actions and then empathize. "Guilt = I did something bad. Shame = I am bad." And watch the people around you. Are they meeting your needs? Find your True Believers. Those who recognize your potential. Are you meeting your needs? This comes first. HALT are you hungry, angry, lonely or tired? Take care of yourself first. What can you do to relax and have fun? There are many suggestions in the book. I encourage you to read this and incorporate it into your life. There are many resources referenced in the book as well. Meditate, yoga, journal, sleep, and schedule to meet your needs as you move from coping to thriving.
In the past, in regards to self care, I've made comments like, "yeah great, I cant' nap at 10AM, or live off juice, or afford the spa, I work". This book directly addresses this outlook, and others, while providing such clear guidelines that I was able to implement a small but useful change the same day I read it. No chanting in this book? You mean I could just take 5 and acknowledge something I appreciate? Well, I guess I could. Sounds...practical.
As I read the book It seemed like someone put a bunch of useful stuff all in one place. I enjoyed the fact that the author seems like someone anyone would know. That honest person who says, "yeah, I struggled, failed, and here's how I dealt with it". Nothing over the top just real. This book doesn't teach that self care is easy, it reassures that it is possible, for everyone.
Thanks again to the author, although some part of me still wants to indulge a guru. Maybe spend more time with people in robes? Peace.