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Summer Self-Care Books To Read

Summer in my opinion is the best time to read and relax. The beach, an iced tea and that beautiful ocean breeze that does an amazing job of calming anyone down.

I’ve been really *really* encouraging my patients this summer to be just a little more selfish…

YES! Selfish.

Let me explain…

Selfish meaning that you are taking time to acknowledge that your battery is drained. That you need to be selfish enough to take a break at the pool. To drop off the kids and go get your nails done. Or to relax and read a self-care book.

The art of utilizing selfish like behaviors/actions allows us to always can give others our very best self. Below are some of my favorite books to recommend for self-care. Each help with emotional growth and balance.

Below are self-care tools and books that I continue to recommend to my clients and followers. If you are devoted to wellness, you owe it to yourself to read a supportive book or relax with meditation.


One of my favorite Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) books to recommend is Feeling Good by David D. Burns. CBT in basic definition is a type of therapy that involves focusing on how you think and behave. This is a book that I continue to pull content from when supporting individuals struggling with depression and anxiety.

I strongly recommend this self-help book for anyone experiencing difficulties with mood disorders, desiring behavioral changes, self-improvement and/or habit change. The book can be used to support with problem solving, changing behavioral patterns and processing patterns.

Feeling Good, is also a great choice for therapist and psychologist that want a supportive self-help resource for their clients.


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business is a book that pulls in research and guides you in the healthy changing direction. If you are a fan of facts and habit changing strategies, I recommend this self-help improvement book. The author, Charles Duhigg, combines educational strategies and research to support readers in becoming a better version of him/herself.

As a person that struggles with hyperactivity and impulsive, I found this book helpful in that it provided me with insight to understanding how to change my current habits with healthier ones. This is a great book and resource for individuals wanting to create emotional change, self-improvement and/or personal development.

I also love the fact that this book is straight forward and not one that you have to read over and over just to understand the message.


This book certainly has a catchy title. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*cK. If the title does not capture your attention, then it’s the content will.

I found this book speaking directly to moments in my life that were stressful because of the people in my life and the complexities in the relationships. In the field of mental health, relationships tend to be one of the topics that can create emotional difficulties. For instance, conflict with family or disruptions at work due to feeling judged or affected by the opinions of others.

This book helps people address and overcome hurtful thoughts and feelings of guilt, judgement and/or shame. Lastly, the book opens readers to a can-do attitude. I like to look at this as a motivational attitude that guides us forward in the healthy positive direction. I also personally love that the author lives in the Dominican Republic, which is my native home.


Hope that you enjoy the book as much as I have!


Books are truly a fantastic way to gain knowledge and skill in overcome emotional difficulties. I’ve read each of the books above, and recommend the authors work as tools that can provide a clear path to overcome issues related to self-care and mental health. Enjoy the read at the beach!