The Root to Health Book Club is here! I’ll be sharing a new book each month, on topics like nutrition, personal growth, mindset, creating healthy habits, and any other books that have had a significant, positive impact on my health and my life.
It’s my hope that you’ll also enjoy and benefit from reading them (or listening to them, if you’re an audiobook fan like me). Make sure you’re following me on Instagram, where you can also follow the hashtag #RTHBOOKCLUB to stay up to date with each month’s book selection.
If you missed January’s book, you can read about it in my blog post here.
Let’s dive into February’s Root to Health Book Club selection…
Since February is the month of love, I thought I’d choose a book to help you love the most important person in your life—YOU.
“By the end of You Are a Badass you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to kick some serious ass.”
Have you been wanting to make a big change in your life, but struggle with the “how”? Do you continue to put it off, or sabotage your own efforts?
If you feel “stuck” or unhappy in any area—from your career, to your relationships, to your health—this book will help you to move past the mental barriers holding you back from creating the happiness you desire.
I return to this book whenever the inner-critic starts to creep into my head and spread negativity, fear, and self-doubt.
Your inner critic is the little voice who says things like:
“You don’t deserve to _______” (be happy, put yourself first, be in a loving relationship…)
“You don’t have time to _______” (eat well, exercise, meditate, see friends, travel…)
“You’ll never_______” (have money, lose weight, write that book, be a rock star…)
“You’re not _______ enough” (worthy, good, smart, pretty, fit…)
“You can’t do it” (whatever “it” is on any given day)
It’s the voice of guilt, shame, and self-loathing. Imagine we talked to our friends the way we talk to ourselves? We’d have no friends.
Self-love is an underlying theme throughout You Are a Badass, and while the advice itself isn’t new, Jen Sincero’s style is refreshing, relatable, and highly entertaining—this book literally had me bursting out laughing in each chapter.
Her feisty, blunt approach, inspirational stories, and straight-forward exercises help you to silence your inner critic, love yourself harder, and most important, finally take action to improve whatever area of your life that you’ve been struggling to change.
This week I re-listened to Part II of the audio-version, for some reminders to be more kind, compassionate, and loving towards myself.
Here are some of my favourite reminders:
Appreciate how special you are. “You are the only you that will ever be. You are kind of a big deal.”
Do things you love. “If you’re the kind of person who puts everyone else’s needs first, start putting yours up front… you aren’t a selfish person for taking care of yourself, just a happier one.”
Don’t compare yourself to others. “Comparison is the fastest way to take all the fun out of life.”
Stop caring what others think about you. “What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.”
Forgive yourself. “Get clear on this one truth: guilt, shame, and self-criticism are some of the most destructive forces in your life, which is why forgiving yourself is one of the most powerful.”
Take care of your body. “Say nice things about your body, dress it up, and take it out. Give it hot sex, luxurious baths, and massages. Move it, stretch it, nourish it, hydrate it, pay attention to it—The better our bodies feel, the happier and more productive we are.”
Love yourself. “Because it’s the holy grail of happiness”.
I hope you enjoy Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass as much as I did. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments below! Feel free to share any other books that have had a positive impact on your life—I’m always looking for new and inspiring reads.
Next month, I’ll be sharing my favourite book to help you create and stick to habits—this one’s LIFE CHANGING, so stay tuned.
To happiness and self-love,
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