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The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care

Anna Borges



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Affirm Press
12 November 2019
Psychology; Family & health; Self-help & personal development; Mind, Body, Spirit
Self-care is everywhere but sound-bites on this trendy subject tend to focus more on face masks and bubble baths than on its key objective: mental health. Now, top health writer Anna Borges is here to fix that in THE MORE OF LESS DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO SELF-CARE.

Formerly at BuzzFeed, Borges helped popularize the self-care movement in the first place, and her book distills the 'self-care internet' into an A to Z list with over 200 entries - from soul-searching prompts to simple pick-me-ups. Readers can tailor their own routines by choosing among Borges's strategies, which cover four distinctive realms of self-care: physical, mental, social, and spiritual.

Drawing on real-world experience (her own and others') as well as expert advice, Borges empowers readers to take charge of their well-being. This beautifully illustrated guide is a one-stop shop for mind, body, and soul.
By:   Anna Borges
Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   560g
ISBN:   9781615196104
ISBN 10:   1615196102
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   12 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anna Borges was most recently a senior health and wellness writer at BuzzFeed, where she helped build its mental health platform from the ground up. She lives in Brooklyn and this is her first book.

Reviews for The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care

2019 Foreword INDIES Gold Winner How to Make 'Self-Care' Actually Feel Like Self-Care --The New York Times [A] life-changing and essential new A-to-Z guide. --HelloGiggles The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care is a tool for anyone feeling overwhelmed and looking for the tools and validation to intentionally take care of themselves. --Nylon A compendium [about] how to move through the world with a little more kindness for yourself. --Bustle Sometimes it seems like 'self-care' is just more work. Luckily, Anna Borges wrote the ultimate manual to keeping your head on (and happy) in a chaotic world. Internalize Borges' advice until self-care is second nature. --Refinery29 Relax. Taking care of yourself is not meant to be stressful. In The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care, writer Anna Borges acknowledges that the needs people have fall on a spectrum, and gives practical tips for implementing self-care in our busy lives. --Allure We're big fans of Anna's book for recognizing the types of care you need in both the short and long-term. Does coloring sometimes make you feel better? Sure! But so can therapy, asking for help, seeing a friend, self-compassion, lounging, or getting organized. We love that [Anna's] book makes room for it all. --Girls Night In Give your Type A friend who runs herself ragged The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care, which provides personalized tips for increasing her day-to-day well-being. --Los Angeles Times Borges affirms in her sensitive, fun, and practical book [that] it's most important to make health and well-being a personal responsibility. . . . An engaging A-to-Z guidebook filled with options for creating a personal and versatile self-care toolkit that will last a lifetime. --Foreword Reviews starred review [Anna's] book is . . . what every college student needs right now. --Her Campus As self-care has become a kernel in a larger wellness space warped by capitalism, [Anna Borges] combines real anecdotes from people who are figuring out how to take care of their mental health with advice from experts and more than 200 tips that readers can return to in their time of need. --Bitch Borges's welcoming tone and plethora of ideas will be helpful for readers whether they're looking for ideas for being just a little bit happier or struggling with serious mental health concerns. --Publishers Weekly Anna has written a truly comprehensive book for people who are trash at taking care of themselves. --Lane Moore, bestselling author of How To Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't A thoughtful and empathetic resource filled with kindness, knowledge, and actual specific information that will actually help. --Jonny Sun, author and illustrator of Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too Anna Borges boasts a keen understanding of all the parts of ourselves we typically fail to nourish, and just what damage that can do over time. Whether you're desperate for an emotional overhaul or just looking for extra ways to boost your mood, there's something in this book for everyone. It's bursting with specific, actionable solutions and sound advice. --Andrea Bonior, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist and Baggage Check mental health advice columnist Anna Borges has done more to promote health and wellness for the general public than any other contemporary writer I know. Weaving together scientific truths, personal experience, and regular people's stories, Borges calls out the stigma and shame that prevents us from prioritizing our well-being. This is an often hilarious and occasionally heartbreaking guide for anyone feeling overwhelmed. As a therapist, I'll recommend this book to my clients to help them cope with stress and manage their emotions between sessions. It's so entertaining and informative they (okay, I) won't put it down. --Ryan Howes, PhD, ABPP, clinical psychologist and writer for Psychology Today and Psychotherapy Networker Magazine

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