Review: Complete Guide to Self-Care by Kiki Ely

Complete Guide to Self-Care: Best Practices for a Healthier and Happier You

Title: Complete Guide to Self-Care: Best Practices for a Healthier and Happier You
Author: Kiki Ely
Genre: Self Improvement
Publisher: Chartwell Books
Date published: April 28th 2020
Page Count: 168

Rating: 4/5

Caring for yourself is far from selfish and self-care is far from a new phenomenon, but it’s recently been in the popular vernacular. With screens, work emails on our phones, notifications, and poor boundaries between ourselves and the world around us, taking time and making space for ourselves has become more and more important. Therapy, caring for plants, making your favorite dish…these are all little ways to reclaim parts of yourself that you’ve lost track of in the daily hustle of life.
With encouraging remindersinspiring thoughtseasy wins, and practical advice, The Complete Guide to Self-Care helps you identify your needs so you can relax, refuel, and find calm in your hectic life. This book tells you why mindset is key, how to nourish instead of punish yourself, how to exercise and sleep, and why it is important to go slow sometimes. You live your whole life being you, so why not be your own best friend?


I requested this book on NetGalley. I was really attracted to the pastel colours and aesthetics of the cover page, so I really excited to dive into the rest of the book.

The book is separated into separate categories, including body, mindfulness, creativity, nature, and more. It includes a few outdoor activities, but also has an abundant number of prompts that could be done at home (especially nice for quarantine)

I absolutely recommend this book. It’s an amazing compilation of ideas and in-depth prompts that can last you months. Especially now that we’re in quarantine, I think this would be a nice essential book to have by your side. In addition to activities, it teaches recipes and natural home-made skin care concoctions, which caters to those who want a crafting experience.

I personally really enjoyed the mindfulness section, that gave ideas on ways to journal. In addition to the activity, the book follows up with many examples and extra prompts to get your started. I’ve also kept note of some activities that will allow my mind to wander, like making my own happiness playlist or to try calligraphy. It’s more than just a list, but a complete guide to self-care.


What are things you tries picking up while staying at home? How is your stay-cation going?

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