Too often, we settle for the notion that self-care means giving ourselves treats and rewards for good behavior. But it’s so much more than that. Welcome to the self-care revolution!
A day of indulgence at a spa—or at home on the couch—might help us unwind and feel temporarily renewed, but is that all there is to self-care? With this follow-up to her groundbreaking first book, "The Next Happy", Tracey Cleantis changes the dialogue about taking care of ourselves and demonstrates why real self-care is more than just routine self-indulgence. Feelings of lasting satisfaction, fulfillment, and joy are all influenced by your self-care mind-set.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT TRACEY'S NEW BOOK!
“No one gets through this life without a few twists and turns, disappointments and surprises. Tracey’s new book, An Invitation to Self Care, gives you the tools to become the architect of your own support system so that you can survive any crisis and learn to thrive again. Tracey helps you unlock the things you have inside to find the answers and create a plan to overcome the challenges life can drop at our doorstep." ---Lee Woodruff, New York Times Best- Selling author of Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress, with her husband, Bob Woodruff, and CBS This Morning contributor.
“This is a magnificent book. When I first brought self-care into the mainstream back in 1992, I encountered so many comments like “Well I do my nails!” or “I workout." The idea that self-care is how you want to approach your whole life was hard for some to grasp - and that often included me. You have to live into a true knowing of how to stay on your own side. Tracey’s book will help! She’s done a fantastic job pointing the way. Buy this book!---Jennifer Louden, best selling author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer
As a nutrition and fitness expert, I have seen first hand how taking care of your health and body can radically change your life for the better. Tracey's new book, An Invitation to Self Care, guides readers to create a powerful self care program that is uniquely theirs. Whether your goals are physical, emotional, spiritual or mental, you can't miss with this book. You will discover your strengths and areas for growth. By taking excellent care of yourself, you will have the stamina, courage and energy to live the life you've always dreamed of. ---JJ Virgin, New York Times bestselling author of Sugar Impact Diet and The Virgin Diet
"French women are taught at a very young age to tend to and care for themselves. In reading Tracey's new book, An Invitation to Self-Care, she invites all people, no matter where they are from, to enter into a caring and loving relationship with themselves. I see how for French women, and women everywhere, that practicing and improving their self-care will add not just ooh-la-la-la to their life, but also allow them to have the time, energy and resources to do what matters most to them. This book is more transformative than even a trip to Paris!"---Jamie Cat Callan, the author of Ooh, La, La!, Bonjour, Happiness! and the wildly successful French Women Don't Sleep Alone.
This book made me fire my hairdresser. It made me stand up to my mom, fix a pair of broken sandals, stop feeling guilty about my expensive acupuncture habit, and fundamentally change the way I run my business. It brought me a sense of peace I didn’t even know I needed. I am a book coach who is constantly proselytizing about the power of books to change lives. This is what I mean.--Jennie Nash, found and chief creative officer of AuthorAcclerator.com
"I have been exploring self-care for a long time, for my readers, clients, and for myself. I have landed here: Self-care is self-acceptance. In this book, Cleantis gets to the absolute heart of self-care and leaves you with real and radical, usable and practical tools. I promise you, you will be better for reading this book. I know I am…with this string of words fastened to my all-too-often self-careless mind: Beauty, comfort, kindness."---Laura Munson—New York Times best-selling author of This Is Not The Story You Think It Is and founder of Haven Writing Retreats
"If self-care feels like one more thing you must do, do yourself a big favor and pick up this book. With humor and real-world frankness, Tracey Cleantis offers expert insight into what self-care is, what it isn’t, and how to realistically move yourself up your already-full priority list. From the very first chapter, you’ll learn how to treat yourself with respect and make better decisions about the way you care for your most valuable asset…you.”---Lisa Manterfield, author of I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood and Life Without Baby: Surviving and Thriving When Motherhood Doesn’t Happen
This book is a no-nonsense wake-up call for all of us who, like Cleantis, know that self-care is something we ‘should’ be doing, but for the life of us can’t quite work out what it really means beyond eating healthily and taking more naps. Her inclusion of issues around money, interpersonal boundaries and physical possessions as self-care was a big ‘aha’ moment for me because, as Cleantis points out, self-care isn’t really just about salads and scented candles, although she allows them their place too, it’s about becoming properly grown-up and assuming full responsibility for ourselves and our lives in all its aspects. For those of us who didn’t get the best of role models for this as children, and who live in cultures caffeinated with some version of the Protestant work-ethnic, it seems that taking care of ourselves has become something that we imagine people with more time and money than ‘us’ do – because, after all, we’ve got stuff that needs to be done first. Cleantis calls time on this, and uses her own and others stories to illustrate how self-care can become part of our everyday life, rather than an add-on or treat if we’ve got time or have been ‘good’.---Review of Tracey Cleantis’ ‘An Invitation to Self-Care’---By Jody Day~Author of ‘Living the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfilling Life without Children’ and founder of Gateway Women
Cleantis’ quirky voice goes down as pleasingly as a green smoothie, but don’t be fooled - this book delivers the psychological goods and is both an erudite education in the psychology of self-care as well as a practical go-to manual of how to identify and upgrade your self-care in each of eight major life areas by applying her seven principles of self-care. Insightful, realistic and practical, this book fills a massive gap in our culture’s blind spot around self-care and I can’t think of a single person who wouldn’t benefit from reading it because, as Cleantis points out in one of her myth-busting sessions, self-care isn’t just for mothers, health-care providers and other caregivers. It’s for all of us who want to be fully adult.
"You cannot withdraw from a bank account into which you never make deposits. Self care is the deposit we make in our selves as bank accounts. The many exhausted and unhappy people around us suggest few of us are clued into the how-to of self care. This book is a gift to all those amongst us! Here Tracey Cleantis proposes seven principles of self care - physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual - and shows us the rewards of self care. Writing with empathy and enablement, she will set you off on a path of self awareness and self care that is bound to benefit your wellbeing and consequently, your roles and relationships. I couldn't recommend it more especially if you are juggling demands of work, leisure, friendships, family and care duties, and let's face it, who isn't? You can thank me later, but better still, buy a friend a copy too!" --- Shefaly Yogendra, PhD, Board Director and Advisor to CEOs
”Self care is the most selfless practice we offer ourselves and those in our lives, but we often trip over our own internal messaging and lousy excuses. In An Invitation To Self Care the myth of sacrifice has been busted. Tracey Cleantis silences the noise around self care, applies the factual argument for the care of you and provides the roadmap. A must read for mothers and truly -- anyone with a heartbeat. This book is absolutely going to change lives....It’s like the Self-care Bible. "---Jeanette Schneider Creator, Lore and Little Things and Love, Me: Love Letters To Your Past and Future Self
"Self-care has become a frequent phrase in our culture. We are admonished to do it, shamed for not doing it or guilty for ignoring it. But what IS it? Ironically, I learned a lot about that when I was a caregiver for an ill and disabled spouse. If I did not attend to self-care, I became unable to meet the high demands of her illness and our life together. Still, I could not have defined it in such eloquent terms as Tracey Cleantis in her new book, An Invitation to Self-Care: Why Learning to Nurture Yourself Is the Key to the Life You’ve Always Wanted. In an inviting and conversational tone, Tracey helps us evaluate what we are doing to successfully and less successfully take care of ourselves in every aspect of our lives, including personal, work, play, financial and spiritual. She helps to make the daunting project of attending to ourselves reachable and inviting, offering powerful tools to evaluate, invent and implement self-care starting right where we are. Building on the lessons of her first book, The Next Happy, she shares how she herself created a life that invites the very best results, from a compassionate and forgiving place. Not only will you gain valuable tips on how to take better care of yourself, you’ll also recognize the powerful ways you are already doing so. A must read!"---Cheryl Jones, LMFT Therapist, educator and host of Good Grief Radio
“An Invitation to Self-Care is the step-by-step plan I have wished I had for my clients for years. Having the privilege of styling beautiful & successful women, I see how important it is for people to care for themselves in all areas of their lives. Tracey’s new book will help everyone look at where their self-care shines and where they need to be more self-nurturing. A fuller, healthier and richer life can be achieved when Tracey leads you through her powerful analysis of your life and self care plan. With Tracey’s book your self-care will shine!"---Chris Greene, Celebrity Hair Stylist