The best self-care books

Our edit of the best self-care books to draw comfort and inspiration from in difficult times, from amazing true stories to mindfulness colouring books.

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This year, the focus of Mental Health Awareness Week is the role that kindness, to ourselves and others, plays in our mental health. As we all stay at home and practice social distancing, we need to take care of ourselves and each other. More time spent at home is a great opportunity to indulge in self-care and invest in yourself, by reading those books you’ve always meant to read, taking up a new hobby, working on your health and fitness or learning to cook something new. But it’s also ok just to cope in these difficult times, and it’s vital that we all protect our mental health. Here is our edit of the best self-care and self-improvement and adult colouring books to draw comfort and inspiration from. For more inspiration, don't miss our wellbeing activities for adults YouTube playlist.

If you find your next read below, why not show your local independent bookshop a little love at this difficult time, by purchasing it from them online? You can find your local indie bookshop, here

Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and Simon Russell Beale, A Poem for Every Day of the Year is a beautiful collection of 366 poems covering all themes and seasons.

We've collated some of our favourite clips from the audiobook ,with familiar favourites and exciting new discoveries for you to listen to below.

Included in the collection is Neil Gaiman's Instructions, Dear Yuri by Brian Moses and Remembered More For His Beard Now by Philip Ardagh.

These are just some of the beautiful poems within A Poem for Every Day of the Year, it's the perfect audiobook to listen to with all the family.

A Poem for Every Day of the Year, edited by Allie Esiri

Allie Esiri's new anthology, A Poem for Every Day of the Year is a journey through a calendar year, highlighting key moments and dates with a poem for every day, by writers such as Keats, W H Auden, Maya Angelou and Kate Tempest.


If you want to practice mindfulness 

Art of Mindfulness

by Emma Farrarons

Book cover for Art of Mindfulness

While away the hours at home with this creative art therapy book to soothe anxiety and stress. Full of beautiful colouring pages, drawings to imitate, patterns to create and lots of guided sketching, Art of Mindfulness is full of mindful activities to help you achieve a sense of calm.