Struggle With Self-Love? These Books Are Here to Help
It's fair to say that most of us occasionally struggle with self-love, which is completely normal - we all have off days. It only becomes a problem when you're frequently beating yourself up, negatively talking to yourself, and getting upset and stressed over the tiniest things - this is not ok. A good marker for knowing when you're being too harsh is to ask yourself, "would I talk to my best friend like this?" If the answer is no, then you shouldn't talk to yourself like that either. Whether you believe it or not, you are the most important person in your life.
But self-love is more than talking to yourself with a kind, gentle voice. Self-love is about prioritising me time. It's about getting to know yourself, slowing down, building your self-esteem and confidence, and embracing your authenticity. If self-care isn't a practice you're familiar with, don't worry! There are tons of resources out there, and we've got 4 excellent books to start you off on your journey.
Self-Love Workbook for Women: Release Self-Doubt, Build Self-Compassion, and Embrace Who You Are
First up, we have the Self Love Workbook for Women. The book starts with a quiz to analyze where you're at, then provides space to set your goals. It then explores a series of exercises, activities, and journal prompts that allow you to explore past situations that have perhaps hindered your self-love.
This is an excellent book for beginning the deep journey of self-discovery, and in the process, you'll learn just how much there is to love about yourself. By using mindful techniques, compassionate exercises, inspiring quotes, and positive affirmations, this book could be the key to unlocking a life filled with love and purpose.
Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are
The next book we have is this stunning illustrated journal - 'Present, Not Perfect'. If you're one of those who's always busy and constantly striving for perfection but often feels burnt out trying to achieve it, then this is the book for you. This journal teaches the powerful ways to slow down your life so that you can enjoy every moment.
Through reflective journaling, this book teaches you how to work out what's important and how you really want to spend your time. It shows you how to simply be, how to be present, and how to not worry about trying to be perfect. As well as all the top advice, the other reason we love this book is its beauty. With colorful designs and illustrations adorning each page, it is simply put, a piece of art.
The Self Confidence Workbook: A Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Improving Self-Esteem
Next up, we have The Self Confidence Workbook, which is for anyone who lacks self-confidence and self-compassion. The author guides you through their unique 5 step program, starting with your goals and what you want to achieve with this book. It then takes you through a series of exercises that will build up your self-confidence with a loving, compassionate framework.
This book is a wonderful way to bring out the best in yourself, whether that's to do with relationships, mental and physical health, friendships, or work. With exercises like quizzes, checklists, and reflective journaling, it couldn't be easier to silence your inner critic and release your full potential!
The Self-Love Workbook: A Life-Changing Guide to Boost Self-Esteem, Recognize Your Worth and Find Genuine Happiness
Lastly, we have The Self-Love Workbook. This one is all about learning to live life to the fullest, find genuine happiness, and accept your most authentic self. With interactive activities, this book provides the perfect framework for building self-esteem, confidence, and learning how to love yourself.
Using prompts for reflective journaling, this book encourages you to explore your past to learn why you have self-esteem issues and where your self-hatred comes from. Understanding the root cause of your aversion to self-love allows you to learn from it and build a better you.
Whichever book you choose will undoubtedly improve your life in ways you probably can't even imagine. We all need the occasional reminder of how important self-love is, and this is it. All of these books are available in a spiral-bound format from the Lay It Flat website, making them perfect for writing and working in. Enjoy!