The self-care movement is very on trend, but women have been practicing the art of “treat yourself” for many years. The Spirit Almanac is the perfect bridge between now and then — because who knows better than the strong women that came before us?
When life gives you lemons, the best thing you can do is make lemonade à la Beyoncé. But if that doesn’t work, go ahead and turn to When Things Fall Apart for some solid advice on dealing with those rough moments in life where nothing seems to be going right. It’ll help, promise.
Feel free to tap into your inner hippie with this one. The book taps into the history of female divinity, and if nothing else will leave you feeling pretty empowered by the women whose footsteps we’re all walking in.
Obsessed with Wild to the point where you’re *this* close to quitting your job and booking a hiking trip? Same! But if you don’t have time for a whole trip, you can read Cheryl Strayed’s collection of advice from her Dear Sugar column at The Rumpus. Clearly, she knows what’s up.
Sometimes, the best kind of self-help book is the one you can pick up and read for two seconds before moving on with your day — and Badass Affirmations is exactly that. This collection of advice, wisdom, and musings from the likes of Michelle Obama and Madonna will offer an uplifting start to anyone’s morning.
If you’re one of those people who spends all their energy taking care of others … that’s great! But don’t forget to carve out time to love yourself. Shannon Kaiser’s book lays out 15 concrete ways to be more accepting of who you are, which will have a huge influence on your relationships with the people around you.
This is the book to buy if you’re looking to get to the next level at work and need a motivational kick in the butt. Read it, memorize it, and go get that promotion.
Hygge is a Danish word that, in a nutshell, means a general feeling of coziness and contentment. That vibe you get when you snuggle up on the couch with a face mask? That’s Hygge. That rush of happiness when you spend 10 minutes cuddling with your dog? Also Hygge. Basically, everyone could use more Hygge in their lives, and this book paves the way.
Anyone who’s worked an office job knows women are often made to feel that being “nice” is tantamount to being “weak.” Yet, if we’re tough, we’re labeled difficult. And Fran Hauser isn’t here for it. In The Myth of the Nice Girl, Hauser encourages women to reclaim “nice” on our own terms, and not be discouraged by people who view our authentic personalities as a detriment. Basically, this is the feminist career guide you never knew you needed.