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The Self-Care Solution: A Modern Mother's Must-Have Guide to Health and Well-Being Paperback – May 3, 2016
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2016 USA Best Book Award: Parenting & Family, Finalist
“Burton’s instructional guide to self-care for mothers is full of tips and techniques, and long on understanding and empathy.”
“Burton draws extensively on her own parenting experiences as well as interviews with other mothers to clearly illustrate why women must embrace self-care and how they can do so, especially given the intense demands of modern parenthood.”
"Reading Julie Burton’s The Self-Care Solution is like cozying up with an old friend for a long and much-needed talk. Julie combines personal narrative with practical advice that will help any mom better care for her body, mind and spirit. Julie’s warmth and wisdom shine from each page, encouraging and empowering all of us to carve out the time we need to be our best selves. This is the perfect gift for any new―or not so new―mother!"
―Kate Hopper, author of Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood and Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers
“Riveting from the first page, Burton shares her raw experiences, struggles, and helpful insights as she describes her own journey in The Self-Care Solution. Weaving together her experiences as a mother of four, stories of women she surveyed, and her insights as a professional journalist, Burton engages us in eight practical strategies for institutionalizing self-care in our lives. Anyone struggling with self-care knows that many, if not most, of the challenges are due to our own beliefs. Read The Self-Care Solution to liberate yourself and forge your own path toward sustainable self-care.”
―Michelle Segar, PhD, author of No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness
“Reading The Self-Care Solution is the equivalent of putting on your oxygen mask before putting on your child’s. As a veteran mother of four, Burton’s messages about self-care are clear and relatable, and every mother will benefit from implementing her suggestions for taking care of yourself.”
―Hilary Levey Friedman, PhD, author of Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, Book Review editor at Brain, Child Magazine
"Bravo to Julie Burton for shining a guiding light for moms everywhere. By sharing her personal journey and her wise counsel, Julie highlights the truth that self-care is essential to keeping women healthy and happy. She clearly illustrates that when a mom makes self-care a priority, everyone benefits―a replenished mom is a happier mom, spouse, and friend. This book is a gift which provides much needed inspiration for women to implement and relish guilt-free, multi-faceted self-care practices."
―Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW, author of Simple Self-Care for Therapists, Shortcuts to Inner Peace, and 75 Habits for a Happy Marriage
"I found myself laughing and crying as Julie’s word came off the pages and spoke to me. Being a mom is a rewarding, fabulous, scary, worrisome job, and trying to take care of our body, our mind, and our relationships while taking care of our children is an ongoing challenge. Julie really helps put it all together in this book by offering great solutions and strategies for self-care. The plethora of advice and experiences of other moms, along with Julie’s own honest portrayal of her self-care journey, helps us better understand the importance of self-care and reassures mothers that we are doing the best job we can.”
―Chris Freytag, www.gethealthyu.com and gethealthyuTV.com
About the Author
Julie Burton is a freelance writer, blogger, co-founder of the Twin Cities Writing Studio, a yoga instructor, a wife of twenty-two years and a mother of four children, ranging in age from twenty-one to eleven. She earned her advanced degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and is the former editor of Momtalk magazine. She writes about parenting, relationships, the aging process, and self-care for many national and local websites and publications, including Brain Child Magazine, Get Healthy U, Kveller and Your Teen, as well as on her blog juliebburton.com. She is happiest when she is reading, writing, practicing yoga, eating sushi and/or chocolate, taking long walks with friends, on a date with her husband, laughing with her kids, or spending time with family. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota, with her husband and children.
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The way this book is written, the stories, content, suggestions, and humor inside is the equivalent of many hours of therapy or -- even better -- a few good weekend getaways with your best girlfriends! Even after just beginning "The Self-Care Solution", I heard the voices of the author, Julie Burton, and the hundreds of women she surveyed who share personal stories whispering over my shoulder, "It's ok, you can handle this." Or, "Put down your purse, the backpack, the mail, and the half-empty smoothie cup, go sit outside in the sun." Or, even better, I choose to day, "I am going to go take a bath."
Bullet points in each chapter are great for quick bathroom- or car-reading.
What Brene Brown did for shame and vulnerability, Julie Burton has done for motherhood and self care. This book is an inspirational gift.