Make Reading a Great Book Part of Your Self-Care Routine
by Karen Green
Taking care of yourself is important throughout the year, but with the holidays coming up, things can become even more hectic than usual. Busy doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but with added social obligations, preparations to make and a to-do list that might feel like it’s never going to be to-done, it’s easy to feel worn down.
So take a break that includes a great book. When you have something wonderful to read, it’s easier to make time for your self-care routine—during the busy holiday season and all year long. Follow these tips to help make reading a great book part of feeling your best.
1. Power down before bed
The phone may be a necessary tool during the day but it can also be the thing keeping us from having a good night’s sleep. Put away the distracting light and stimulation of electronics at least half-an-hour before bed and pick up a great book instead! Rancher’s Wild Secret, the debut installment of the Gold Valley Vineyards series by Maisey Yates, will help you forget all about your phone and transition into a healthy bedtime routine. Just don’t stay up too late reading this exciting Western saga!
2. Prepare and enjoy your favorite meal
Eating well is an integral part of any self-care routine and it’s easy to prioritize time for preparing meals at home when you can listen to an engaging audiobook while you cook. Queue up the audio version of a fantastic contemporary romance like Forget Me Not (Catalina Cove) by Brenda Jackson and cooking healthy meals will become a pleasure rather than a chore.
3. Spend time with friends
Nothing feels as good as spending time with friends, family and the people who know and love you the best. Laughter definitely counts as self-care, so make time for having fun with the most important people in your life. And if you want to keep your days bright in between visits, pick up Sarah Morgan’s funny and heartwarming Christmas novel, A Wedding in December. It will definitely make you appreciate the family and friends you have.
4. Practice gratitude and kindness
One of the simplest ways to practice self-care is to integrate gratitude and kindness into your daily life. Stopping for a moment to really reflect on the positives in life and to appreciate the gifts we have can quickly and effectively turn a bad moment or a bad day, around. Put an uplifting book like The Firefighter’s Thanksgiving Wish (Butterfly Harbor Stories) by Anna J. Stewart on your must-read list today. Its themes of kindness, inspiration and appreciation—not to mention the inclusion of a great romance—will help you feel like anything is possible.
What are your tips for practicing self-care? Let us know in the comments!