Self-love is a very used, – almost abused- term that,  in reality, is very significant to apply to our everyday lives and living. It is not selfish to put yourself first and care for yourself.  Some people have the idea that being smug, or plain egoistic is the same thing as loving yourself. Various books have been written on the topic to further teach or explain to us how it works. Some top picks are:

  • You Are a Badass(How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life)- Jen Sincero:

The author uses the funniest stories with a tad of feistiness, to inspire her readers while teaching techniques to drop beliefs that could ruin your self-esteem. The book teaches about self-awareness, figuring out your goals and not caring about others’ opinions. This book should not be left on the shelves if you ask me!

  • Girl, Stop Apologizing- Rachel Hollis:

Rachel stresses the fact that women are ashamed to reach their full potential. She encourages you to realise that every individual is unique. People will always have something to say about your dreams and as long as you are authentic, your dreams are valid. Let go of excuses, imbibe good habits and acquire skills that matter. Then soar!

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck- Mark Ronson:

You cannot give too many fucks and love yourself at the same time. This book helps you understand that it is essential to figure out what is important and focus all our energy on them. Discard all unnecessary distractions and worry about the things that matter. Give it a read.

  • Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It-Kamal Ravicant:

The author says; practice self-love, like a mantra, wake up every day and love yourself. Even if you don’t believe it, live it, until it becomes your reality.  Own your truth.

  • The Gifts of Imperfection- Brené Brown:

This book is for you. Why? Because we are all flawed,  it will speak to you directly. She talks about accepting your flaws and warns against chasing a false standard that others have designed for you. Grab a copy and learn a thing or two!

  • The Self Love Experiment- Shannon Kaiser:

It shares principles to becoming more kind towards yourself, to put yourself first and be unapologetic, to be accepting and loving of yourself to make changes, personal or professional healthily.

  • Unfu*k Yourself-Gary John Bishop:

Even though you might not feel like doing anything, get to acting. Don’t sit around and wait, for we an embodiment of our actions, not thoughts. Willingness to act is the only means to accomplishing dreams.

  • Year of Yes- Shonda Rhimes:

It is no news that Shonda is a powerhouse, yet she said no to a lot of appearances due to her introverted nature. In this book, she reveals how deciding to start saying yes, changed her life. It’s hilarious, yet insightful.

  • Madly in Love with ME- Christine Arylo:

This book teaches practical ways of becoming your own best friend. To speak kindly, with compassion to yourself, buy gifts, be your travelling buddy. Find your deepest desires and find a way to act on them.

  • How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t-  Andrea Owen:

The author tells it as it is, to not let your happiness rely on others, to be responsible for your feelings because you cannot control other people and their feelings toward you. Also, to know who you are and remember to live life on your terms.

It would be best if you always kept in mind that the only person you are stuck with is you. Therefore, to have a healthy relationship with yourself, you should be utterly in love with the person you are, no matter what turn your life takes. Create a formula that works for you, add these books to the mix, and flourish!

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