The best self-care books of 2019 and what’s to come in 2020

Start the new decade on the right foot with our pick of the best self-care and self-improvement books to read in 2020.

by Sam Book
13/12/2019

With the end of 2019 approaching and a brand new decade full of possibilities just around the corner, we’ve put together a list of the best self-care books published in 2019 and taken a look at what’s coming up in 2020. Read on for our edit of the best personal development and self-improvement books to add to your reading list this holiday season.

The best self-care books published in 2019

Kaizen

by Sarah Harvey

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If your January always seems to begin with great intentions and end with failed resolutions, the Kaizen method could be the breakthrough you need.  Kaizen means ‘change’ ‘good’, and this Japanese philosophy offers a step-by-step method to help you build positive new habits and break bad ones by making small, incremental changes to slowly improve your life. Focusing on having patience and shaping solutions for yourself, the emphasis is on positive, mindful change.  The kaizen method has been adopted by businesses and sports teams all over the world and can be applied to any area of your life: from work and money to exercise and relationships.

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Attached

by Amir Levine

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In their groundbreaking book about relationships, Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller introduce adult attachment styles and explain how they can fundamentally affect how people behave in relationships. With quizzes and exercises to help you discover your attachment style and practical relationship advice, Attached is a self-care book for anyone looking to build stronger and more fulfilling connections with the ones they love.

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Just Eat It

by Laura Thomas

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Registered nutritionist Laura Thomas’s revolutionary anti-diet guide, Just Eat It, shows you how to regain control of your body, cut out restrictive dieting and reject punishing exercise routines, giving you the freedom to enjoy food on your own terms. Focusing on intuitive eating and rejecting the guilt and anxiety so many of us feel around food, the book is full of simple, practical tools and exercises to help you build a healthier, more trusting relationship with food and your body.

 

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Stress Less, Accomplish More

by Emily Fletcher

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Stress Less, Accomplish More has a simple message: do less – without the stress – and accomplish more. Designed for those balancing hectic work lives with busy social calendars, and so struggling to find time for self-care, Stress Less, Accomplish More de-stigmatizes meditation and makes it easy to integrate into your life. Author Emily Fletcher found that Ziva meditation, an ancient technique, helped her relieve stress and improved her mental clarity, while also fitting into her modern schedule. In her book, Stress Less, Accomplish More, Emily shares methods of practising Ziva meditation, explaining how taking just a few minutes for yourself every day can change your life.

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How Not To Diet

by Michael Greger MD

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From the bestselling author of How Not To Die comes How Not To Diet, a treasure trove of buried data and cutting edge dietary research that  Dr Michael Greger has translated into accessible, actionable advice for those looking to improve their health in the new year. He shares how ditching diet plans and instead adopting a simple, healthy, plant-based lifestyle can help you to lose weight for good.

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Vegan (ish)

by Jack Monroe

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With plant-based alternatives to classic dishes, quick and affordable weeknight meals and delicious desserts, Jack Monroe’s latest cookbook has tonnes of tasty, tempting ideas for delicious vegan meals. With one hundred easy, budget-friendly plant-based recipes, Vegan (ish) is the ideal kitchen companion if you’re looking to reduce your meat and dairy consumption in 2020. 

 

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In Love with the World

by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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The moving story of meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s journey into the wilderness and the near-death experience he encountered during his four-year wandering retreat is as inspirational as it is spiritual. Through Rinpoche’s intimate account of his search for the self during his suffering, he demonstrates how we can transform a fear of death into a life filled with joy.

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The Last Diet

by Shahroo Izadi

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Put an end to January quick-fixes and fad diets with Behavioural Change Specialist Shahroo Izadi’s new book, The Last Diet. Drawing on her experience working in addiction therapies and her own journey to lose eight stone in weight, Shahroo shares how behavioural changes can help you find the best diet for your body and your life and lose weight for good. Introducing her revolutionary kindness method, Shahroo highlights the importance of positive self-perception and how we can all embrace self-kindness and self-respect.

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Range

by David Epstein

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In his new book, bestselling author David Epstein rejects the long-held idea that only expertise leads to success, demonstrating that instead in most fields, it is generalists who excel. Range will teach you how by living through a breadth of experiences and embracing diverse perspectives, you can thrive and become a better problem solver, teammate and more.

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The Moment of Lift

by Melinda Gates

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“When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.” In The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates shares the remarkable stories of women she has met over the past twenty years and the journey she took to achieve equality in her marriage. Through these stories and the startling data about the world issues that most need our attention, Melinda presents a rousing call to action for women’s empowerment. 

 

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The Stranger on the Bridge

by Jonny Benjamin

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In 2008, Jonny Benjamin stood on Waterloo Bridge, planning to jump, until a stranger stopped to talk to him. That stranger saved Jonny’s life. In his candid memoir, Jonny tells the story of how he got to the bridge in the first place, how he continues to manage his diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, as well as what happened when he tried to find the stranger who helped him, six years later. The Stranger on the Bridge is a book about second chances and the power of connection.

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New self-care books coming in 2020

Joy at Work

by Marie Kondo

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The KonMarie method has helped millions cull the clutter and transform their homes, and now its creator is back to help us organise our work lives. In her new self-care book, Joy of Work, Marie Kondo shares how her trademark organisational methods can transform the way you work, giving you more time and headspace to focus on your career goals.

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The Wild Journal

by Willow Crossley

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Bring the power of nature into your every day with this beautifully illustrated self-care journal from florist and nature writer Willow Crossley. Celebrating the grounding and healing practice of spending time in nature, The Wild Journal is a self-care book full of ideas for creative and mindful ways to help you appreciate the natural world around you, wherever you live. 

 

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