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The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care: From A to Z

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Some days you need a pick-me-up, some days you need a life preserver.

“For most of us,” writes Anna Borges, “self-care is a wide spectrum of decisions and actions that soothe and fortify us against all the shit we deal with.” You may already practice some form of self-care, whether it’s taking an extra-long shower after a stressful day, splurging on a ~fancy~ dinner, or cho
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by The Experiment
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Anna Borges
Aug 08, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
i'm marking this as "read" so it counts towards my goodreads challenge and no one can stop me #selfcare
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the kind of book that I’m going to read multiple times - at least once from cover to cover, as I already have, and in bits and pieces many times in the future, I’m sure. As somebody who not only struggles with making time for self-care, but also with figuring out what might make me feel better once I do take time for myself, the map at the end of the book is going to function as an excellent starting point for discovering and remembering all the little things that might make any given si ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I think I've finally found a self-help book that's actually helpful for me.

I love that this book pours light on how the differences in gender, class, determine what self-care is for an individual. A lot of self-care tips are usually banking on capitalism, making self care a commodity that certain people can’t attain but Anne Borges addresses that.

The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self Care is the type of book that I’d like to read over and over until the pages are bent
Ashley Peterson
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The More Or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges is an A-Z listing of a wide variety of different self-care strategies. The book is visually appealing, with illustrations and an easy to read layout. Parts of the book are targeted specifically at people with mental illness, but it would still be relevant to people who don’t have a mental illness.

The author explains that she sees four types of self-care that involve nourishing the body, mind, relationships, and spirit. She
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been in various forms of therapy and medical intervention for my mental illness for five years now - and I was unwell for many years before that. I have taken innumerable classes, received every hand-out and info sheet, and read many many self-help books on the subject of mental health. Some of them were directed to my condition specifically, but others were for health-conscious folks of all backgrounds. Sometimes I feel that I have read everything and have seen everything and that nothin ...more
Tess Malone
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is not a book with a lot of pop science on why self-care works. It’s also not a book masking consumerism as self-care. But if you’re looking for something middle of the road—not a deep dive into why self-care matters but still with practical tips that acknowledge mental health—this is a great resource. None of the suggestions were new to me, but seeing them all laid out was a helpful reminder of all the tools I have at my disposal. I’ve already sent this to one friend.
Shvaugn Craig
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this immediately after reading Borges' article "I'm not always very attached to being alive". This is one of the best books on self care and mental health I've every read. It's quick, comforting, and easy to read. Definitely one to keep rereading when things are hard. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go rearrange my houseplants and poke my cat to let her know I love her.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such an interesting book to read, with lots of infos and tips (from hobbies to self improvement) and I will definitely use it again in the future (starting now).

I found it very well structured and easy to understand, truly a good guide.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My new favorite book recommendation is The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges. Every page in this book is practically perfect. The layout is easy to read, the personal stories are a lovely touch, and the facts are undeniable. The clarity of how to put the book into practice is amazing, and it covers every type of self care possible. I truly cannot recommend this book enough. Every therapist should have it in their office, every person who wants to show some kindness to the ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Self-care can be (and has been) defined many different ways. Many of the resources I've seen over the course of the last year have all been focusing on the "pampering" aspect of self-care. Things like taking baths, getting a pedicure, etc. I've also seen examples around practicing gratitude, journaling, etc. What's great about this book is that is has both and then so much more. I think it's relatively true to its title in that it's pretty exhaustive.

"The goal of self-care is an ever-morphing t
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The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self Care by Anna Borges was stellar y'all. It was absolutely stellar. Anna Borges is one of the authors of one of my favorite pieces on self care from the internet, so I was really excited to get the chance to do a deep dive into her work on the topic. This is an A to Z index of a variety of self care strategies. What I appreciate is that it keeps things simple. It's a manageable exploratio
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges is a great reference book for anyone who is looking to make their mental health a priority. Designed in an accessible A to Z format, it is full of tools, tips, tricks and practices that may make the process of caring for your self easier.

While I was reading it, I wasn't shocked by any of the options- I had heard of almost all of them and practiced many of them, but it was nice to have a reminder of the skills that I've learned in goi
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care From A to Z by Anna Borges is definitely More. One of those books that will be reread numerous times. I wanted to highlight so many passages while reading the ARC but will have to wait to get the print edition once it is published. Some new ideas and some older ideas but presented with a different spin making them fresh and relevant. The flowchart will prove to be a very useful tool. A very encouraging and uplifting book.
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Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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this was a great collection of things to do/think about when you need a bit of 'self care'. i liked all the snippets from other people, i liked the variety of things listed. my favourite one was the Laugh one, i tried it and it totally worked. this is definitely a book i'll re-read snippets of when i feel like i need some self love and don't know where to start. i feel like this list is great, full of actual helpful things, different ideas for different people. there's no one thing that will wor ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
at first I felt a bit embarrassed at having a self-care book on my public shelf on here but whatever, this book was great and helpful and made me hopeful that I can actually practice self care that’s not just “eat a family sized bag of crisps and lie on the couch”
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This was just so nice to read. Not only did it give great tips and advice, but the experience of reading it itself was calming and felt like I was giving myself some space to reflect and relax.
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Anna Borges is a writer, editor, and mental health advocate. Currently, she's a senior health editor at SELF, and has previously worked at BuzzFeed and Women's Health. An Oregon native, she lives in Brooklyn with her two cats, Francis and Regulus. (She's also a Virgo sun, Aquarius moon, Libra rising, Slytherin, INFJ, and Enneagram Personality Type 4.)