23 Resources (Books, Websites, Videos & More) to Continue Your Self Care Revolution

Welcome to the second post of the March self care series! (technically third if you count the intro). If you’re not caught up on this series, no worries, here is the entire Bliss Bean March of self care line-up, all linked up and ready for you to read!

13 Ways to Show Yourself Love (Self Care Ideas) 
1: How I Deal With Perfectionism + 28-Day SELF CARE Challenge
2: 50 MORE Self Care Ideas for Total Wellness  
3: you're reading it!

With this post, I wanted to give you a collection of resources that you can use to deepen your understanding of self care, motivate yourself to prioritize it, and give you ideas for how to practice it!

This is a much a list for me as it is a list for you. I have not read/watched all of these (not even a quarter of these), but simply hope to show you the vast amount of resources available on the topic of self care and to curate them into a handy dandy little list for you to refer to. And you can bet I’ll be referring to it as well. I’ve already put some of these books on my “To Read List”

The items on this list that are marked with a star are those that I have personally read/watched.

1. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking *

Hygge is the Danish concept of coziness and comfort. This book is quite a quick read - it is “little”, after all! But it makes you feel so comforted and content and is so full of little tips to implement into your life that you keep coming back to it. In that sense, it is a very “big” book.

2.  Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur *

This may not belong on this list. It’s a poetry book, by one of the most popular poets today (@rupikaur_) However, 2 reasons made me include it. 1. Reading a book of poetry is an act of self care if I’ve ever seen one. And 2. Rupi really emphasizes the message of loving yourself first (italics). She’s so honest, and it hits hard. Definitely a book to read if you feel like you need to re-center and get back in touch with yourself.

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3.  Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life by Niki Brantmark 

You know you want another book with a pale, daintily illustrated cover that you’ll want to display on your coffee table. But if you get it for its looks, I suggest reading it as well. While the Little Book of Hygge focuses on the happiness “secrets” of Danes, Lagom focuses on the Swedish concept of “not too little, not too much”. Intuitively, these concepts seem to complement each other.

4.  The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking 

Wiking is back at it again with his little books on happiness. This one has also gotten very positive reviews. The difference between hygge and lykke, for you non-Danes? Lykke is basically happiness (a topic I like to write about), and the book encourages you to practice lykke by “pursuing and finding the good that exists in the world around us every day”. The book is divided into 6 factors of happiness and the actions we can take to increase each. Although I have not read this book, the organized format of this book is tempting me to check it out.

5.  The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time by Cheryl Richardson

Wow, EXTREME self-care. I have to say, the title put me off a bit but I was impressed with the amount of positive reviews on Amazon. You know I love organized books and this one comes in 12 chapters, theoretically one per month for a year. Reviewers have commented that the action steps and recommendations in the book are clear and helpful, albeit sometimes hard to implement just because they ask you to make changes to your life that can be difficult sometimes. But hey, do hard things, right?

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6.  Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel 

Let us begin with how absolutely GORGEOUS this book (journal) is. I’m a sucker for a pretty cover (no amount of “don’t judge a book by its cover” can help me). And the prettiness extends to the pages, too. Beautiful illustrations and lettering fill the book. Journaling is one of my main acts of self-care, and it’s something that I do every day, sometimes even three times! This book encourages the habit with fun questions like “What are three thoughts that made you smile today?”, “If you could only own four possessions for the rest of your life, what would they be? Draw them here,” and “Write down ten big dreams that haven’t come true yet”. That “yet” is EVERYTHING.

7.  Practice You: A Journal by Elena Brower 

When I see 81 reviews on Amazon with an average of 4.8 stars, I click fast. This is a lot like the above book, but with somewhat deeper, more thoughtful prompts like: “This is what home feels like”, “These are the ones who show me who I am”, and “This is how my body feels after meditation”. And again, this book is packed with beautiful watercolor illustrations. If I don’t finish writing this post soon I’m going to end up buying all of these books. Someone stop me.

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8.  How to Be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad): A Creative Workbook by Lee Crutchley 

A no-nonsense workbook. A common theme among reviewers and commenters is that if you put in the work, the book will work for you. I flipped through the Amazon preview of the book and had a good chuckle about some of the pages. One asks simply: “Do you feel like crying?”, with checkboxes for “Yes - That’s ok, have a little cry now” and “No - Seriously? That’s cool! But maybe you should have a cry anyway?”. And then the next page has ideas for places to cry in. I already love it.

9.  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is practically a celebrity in the world of minimalism, and I actually first heard about her on The Minimalists podcast (btw, I love podcasts). Besides just being an immensely inspiring person (who ever said that being an organizing consultant couldn’t turn into an incredible career?), the glowing reviews of people who, for example, locked themselves in their “house for 6 straight weeks” and completely changed their lives by drastically reducing their possessions makes me look around my room with a sudden fire to throw everything away.

VIDEOS

YouTube, like most places you can visit on the Internet, can suck your energy/enthusiasm straight out of you. For example, if you get caught in the trap of clicking around on links and end up reading an article on the best types of zipper for waterproof backpacks when all you were trying to find out is whether you can get polyester wet (true story).

BUT, if you use the Internet/YouTube mindfully (setting timers for how long you’ll watch, resisting the urge to stray off topic, etc.) it can be an immensely inspiring resource.

How to Get Your Life Together | Self Care Routine ✨ - Rowena Tsai

Gosh, I just discovered Rowena’s YouTube channel and I already love her. This girl gives you practical tips for day to day self care in such a calming voice.

Self Care Date | My Reset Routine 🐱✨ - Lavendaire  

The editing on this video is just… so good. Just so good. Everything is so smooth, so carefully filmed. I love this video because we all know that feeling when our life is just like asldkjfkdjflksj; and we need to do something ASAP to get back on the right track. In such instances, simply drinking a glass of water or doing a 5-minute meditation won’t help. You need something MORE. And Aileen beautifully explains the full routine that she followed when she felt this way.

Self Love Yoga | Full Class | Yoga With Adriene

If you have never watched Yoga with Adriene, two questions 1. Who even are you? and 2. Why are you not getting your yoga mat out at this very moment? This may be a self love yoga class but EVERY Yoga with Adriene video is an emotional adventure led by someone who I am convinced is the best yoga teacher on this planet, so you won’t go wrong no matter what video you choose.

People Share Their Self-Care Routines - BuzzFeedBlue

Ah, good old Buzzfeed. Sometimes it’s really nice just to listen to other, real people talk about self care. It can remind you that you aren’t alone. You aren’t the only person struggling with taking care of yourself and trying to figure out how to deal with sadness, and that is a beautiful thing.

Ending the pursuit of perfection | Iskra Lawrence | TEDxUniversityofNevada

I only quickly previewed this video but just that bit nearly made me cry. I want to be friends with Iskra.

How to practice emotional hygiene | Guy Winch | TEDxLinnaeusUniversity

A talk that focuses on how much we value our physical health, and have all sorts of tools to treat our bumps and scrapes, but don’t give our psychological health nearly the same importance. Why?

GAMES

The Hygge Game

Wow, someone actually made a game. As soon as I saw this, my immediate reaction was: “This is the exact opposite of Cards Against Humanity”. Perhaps after a round of the terribly disgusting (and absolutely hilarious) card game, you could balance that out with some “hyggeligt” conversations with your friends?

MOVIES

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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

A cold, rural village in the wilderness may not seem like the ideal setting for self-care and happiness, so what makes its people happy?

Happy

Gotta love a concisely named movie. This documentary is about happiness, all the way “from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata”.

Planet Earth

Sometimes you just need to shut your mind off and sit in awe of the intricacies of our planet and its life to realize that your daily little stressors are insignificant in the grand scope of things. Planet Earth always manages to put me in a trance.

WEBSITES

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You Feel Like Shit

Hey, it happens. This website takes you through an interactive “choose your own adventure” style quiz, prompting you to check on various aspects of your well-being that you may have left unconsidered. Have you eaten in the last 4 hours? Have you taken your medications? Etc.

45 Simple Self-Care Practices - Tiny Buddha

A Simple Guide to Self-Care - The Atlantic

A History of Self-Care - Slate

Why Self Care Is So Important - LifeHacker

31 Acts Of Necessary Self-Care (That Cost Literally Nothing) - Girlboss


Well, another extremely long blog post, done and dusted! I, of course, don’t expect anyone to read all of these blog posts word for word. This is a resource, a reference. I hope you find use from skimming this and clicking around on the links.

Let me know if you have read/watched/visited any of these! What would you add to the list?

Thank you for reading, and as always, Take good care of yourself.

 

The 3 Healthy, Mindful Podcasts I Listen To + Others to Try

A few years ago, podcasts seemed to me like the newspapers of the digital world. Reserved for thoughtful, intellectual people and not part of the mainstream. The purple little app stayed tucked away in the “Extras” folder on my phone because I didn’t think I would find anything but news and boring talk shows. (Which is not to say that you can’t listen to that, it just wasn’t what I was looking for!) Soon enough, though, I got curious and had to see what was there. I discovered a whole (new) world of podcasts on absolutely every topic, with funny, cheerful hosts, and insightful information.

It may not have been a coincidence that I got into the whole “podcast thing” because they have really been taking off. In 2013, 13% of US adults 12 and older had listened to a podcast in the past month. In 2017, the number was 21%! Welcome new podcast listeners! However, something interesting is that the amount of people familiar with what a podcast actually is has remained about the same these past few years… (source).

Whatever boat you're in: "What's a podcast?", "podcast newbie", or "just looking for recommendations for my ever-expanding library", I hope that me writing this post will spread the message about podcasts!

There is so much time in the day that could be spent listening to a podcast. I personally like to do it while doing mindless cleaning like sorting laundry, dusting, or washing dishes. You almost forget you’re doing chores because you feel like you’re engaged in a conversation with the podcasters. I also listen to podcasts while walking or running, and a lot of people listen to them while driving! Although, I’ve only been driving for a few weeks so I’ll just stick to listening to music and focusing on doing my mirror and shoulder checks!

When I was planning my editorial calendar, I wrote down “5 Podcasts”. I wasn’t sure exactly how many I listened to, but it sounded like a good guess and even 5 seemed like a small number to me. I saw other bloggers posting 5, 10, even 20 podcasts!! But when I looked at my list of podcasts, I realized that there were really only 3 that I actually listened to frequently. Sure, there are others that I’m subscribed to, but a person can only listen to so much, ya know? So I’m going to tell you about the 3 that I listen to loyally, and then I’ll give you a couple extras to check out. Sound good? Let’s do it!

The Balanced Blonde

This girl might very possibly have the most cheerful, positive, friendly soul of anyone I have ever… heard (I wanted to say met but sadly I have never met her!). I had already been following her Instagram @thebalancedblonde and her Soul on Fire podcast is just as inspiring, if not more. It’s kind of crazy to hear the voices of your favorite bloggers and it really makes you feel like you know them, like they’re your friend.

She has on all sorts of wellness-related guests, with whom she talks about ayurveda, holistic wellness, reiki, blogging, intuition, meditation, yoga, etc. It’s perfect for the health nut that is also interested in learning about spiritual practices. I’ll be honest, I thought all of it was pretty woo-woo before I started listening to TBB but sometimes you just gotta learn about things you’re hesitant about. It has definitely made me a much more open person.

And this excerpt from an episode with Lee Tilghman (@leefromamerica) that I was listening to recently describes Jordan PERFECTLY. They were talking about LED light therapy:

Lee: “I was totally like wow, this sounds so woo-woo when I first heard about it, and now I’m obsessed.”

Jordan: “I love it. Nothing ever sounds woo-woo to me, because I love all of it.”

The Lively Show

When I first found this podcast I thought “The Lively Show” was a pretty cool name, doesn’t it sound so cheerful? But then I found out that her name is actually Jess Lively. I mean, how can you not be a super awesome person if your last name is Lively?

Jess is just an incredibly smart, intuitive, mindful human being. When I first started listening, I sort of just listened all over the place, and then I took a break from this particular podcast. However, since I’ve recently been getting interested in spiritual wellness, her show titles sucked me in. Phrases like “high vibe living”, “quantum living”, “law of attraction”, “sacred geometry”, “and “human consciousness” called out to me, tempting me. I decided to get back to this podcast and start from square one. Episode 1 - blogging, biz & motherhood with erin loechner. It’s so saturated with inspiration to live simply, happily, and mindfully that I am now becoming slightly obsessed. Just slightly.

The Minimalists

The title of this podcast is quite self-explanatory - it’s about minimalism!

I think minimalism might seem like it’s just about maintaining a clutter-free house, but it’s really a lifestyle (and I know that sounds super cliche). The Minimalists talk about minimalism at home, in your relationships, in parenting, in technology, in health, in finances, etc. There is honestly so much to learn from these guys. I’m getting a little overwhelmed looking at their podcast list because I want to listen to it all!

One of my favorite episodes was the one on organizing. I used to be an organizer *shudders*. Obviously I’m still somewhat of an organizer because you never really reach total minimalism, you just constantly strive for it. But I was the type of person to fill the space under my bed with things I didn’t want to see but didn’t want to throw away, to meticulously archive magazines I didn’t want to read, to store boxes of art materials I had no idea where to use but didn’t want to part with. This essay, titled “Organizing Is Well-Planned Hoarding”, is beautifully worded.

Just one episode of this podcast will inspire you to change your life. If you want to get a quick start, try their 30-day minimalism game and challenge a friend.

 

Other podcasts

These are podcasts that I have either listened to a few episodes of OR would like to listen to.

Rich Roll - Nutrition, fitness, spirituality, entrepreneurship, etc. I’d say this podcast hits all of the major categories of wellness blogging, but with more focus on the nutrition and fitness aspect than other podcasts. He and his guests talk about veganism, public health, mindfulness, unschooling, etc.

How They Blog - Basically all things blogging. New episodes are no longer made but there’s a lot to learn here. Pinterest, partnerships, writing, e-mail newsletters, conferences, shop owning, photography, etc.

Elise Gets Crafty - I know this sounds like a design/craft podcast but it really isn’t. It’s more about living a mindful, creative life and running small businesses. There’s episodes on teaching creative workshops, on trying new things, on creative living, on growing a business, etc.

The Influencer Podcast - More nerdy blogging lessons! I say nerdy in the best possible way. Learning is the best thing, ever. Tune into this podcast to learn about turning your side hustle into a business, getting deals with brands, using Pinterest to grow your influence, getting into a good mindset, etc.

She Means Business - I recently got the She Means Business book (which I love!) and have listened to a few episodes of this podcast. This is also very much blogging/business related. There are a couple of short episodes that are excerpts from her book, which you might want to try to get yourself pumped up before getting to work! There are also interviews with lots of inspiring women who have made their dreams come true.

Writing this post has makes me wanna just go on a long, long, aimless walk and listen to every single podcast episode I can get my hands on. Once you get a taste of the entertainment, knowledge, and inspiration that this little habit provides, you've gotta have more!

So tell me, are you as in love with podcasts as I am? Which ones do you listen to?