Many of us did not grow up with the idea of self-care.  We were raised to believe that we needed to “tough it out” and just keep “putting one foot in front of the other”.  While that may be what we need to do, taking time out for ourselves – to nourish ourselves, calm our nerves and relax – will help us to be able to get through the more difficult and challenging times in life.


Self-care means different things to different people and may look different for different people.  Some people may feel time to lie in the sun and read or just daydream recharges their batteries.  Other people may like to work out to clear their head and feel their best.  Others may find it helpful to practice meditation or pamper themselves to be the best self-care.  Whatever form of self-care you choose, we may have books in our collection to better assist you in your pursuit of relaxation and rejuvenation.


If reading fiction is your favorite form of self-care, but you are having a hard time knowing which books to pick, we currently have a Readers’ Advisory form on our website that you can fill out and our librarians will use that information to select books for you based on your preferences and interests.

If you are new to the concept of self-care, you may find these titles helpful:


The Self-Care Solution: A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier and Fitter – One Month at a Time  by Jennifer Ashton

613.2 ASH



The More or Less Definitive Self-Care Guide by Anna Borges 613 BOR


If you want to take some time to make your home or space a more relaxing environment, you may like: 

Cosy: The British Art of Comfort by Laura Weir  646.7 WEI



The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits  158.1 BRI




The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wikins 158.1 WIK

The Art of Simple Living by Shummy Masuro 294.3443 MAS

If you wanted to try Yoga, we have a selection of Yoga DVDs including:


Yoga for Families

Yoga for Beginners

Yoga During Pregnancy


We also have several yoga books, including:


Calm Girl Yoga for Stress Relief by Rebecca Rissman J 613.7 RIS




Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall  613.074 MCC


If you are interested in meditation, you may like:


A Guide to Meditation by Laurie Turner 242 TUR


Meditation: An In-Depth Guide 615.852 GAW


Change Your Thoughts Meditation by Dr. Wayne Dyer

Audiobook: 299.5148 DYE


If Mindfulness is more your thing, you may like:


The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm and Joy from Morning to Evening by Laurie Cameron 158.128 CAM





Hardwiring Happiness by Rich Hanson 158 HAN


My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing by Nick Ortner

Parents Shelf 613.074 ORT


If you are trying to find some calm, these titles may help:


Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin 158 RUB

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis 612.04 DAV


Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple by Russell Simmons 615.852 SIM

If there are other self-care topics or books that you are looking for, please email our reference department at and we will do our best to help find the titles for you


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