We’ve only gone and written another book! Nope, we can’t quite believe it either.
It’s accurate to say that we’ve definitely approached the whole ‘writing a book thing’ in a topsy-turvy way – The Self-Care Project was actually our second book idea: we’d spent a considerable amount of time planning a companion journal for the hashtag we created back in 2016: #365daysofselfcare.
Although the idea for The Self-Care Project came after the journal idea, it felt important to publish it first. We really wanted to explore and share the concept of self-care: what it is, why it’s important, why it’s such a struggle, and how we can integrate it into every-day life. It was a time where we felt that the concept was being diluted, and was receiving an unfair backlash, often dismissed as indulgent or superficial. The backlash scared us, as we felt that it was making people second-guess their needs and feel guilty for prioritising them. Writing The Self-Care Project also cemented our thoughts surrounding self-care being a recovery tool, a preventative measure, and a tool for growth.
To say we were flabbergasted by the response to our first book is an understatement – it’s been a humbling experience. We certainly didn’t foresee the sheer number of messages, letters and emails we’d receive from people from all walks of life. We were especially proud to hear from teachers, healthcare professionals, and peer support workers, who found it useful and adopted it as an aid in their recovery and their teachings.
So, book two…we can’t believe we’re introducing you to BOOK TWO, but here you go: 365 Days of Self-Care: A Journal
We won’t waffle, here’s a proper description of Book Two
The disruptive nature of life means that, sometimes, our best-laid plans get waylaid. When there’s a toss-up between self-care activities and heeding the needs and requests of others, it’s quite likely that self-care will lose out. Which means we lose out on fulfilling our wants, our needs, our dreams, and on looking after our health.
It’s one thing to understand how important self-care is, and quite another to get to the point where it’s scheduled, planned, and protected. Self-care is a preventative action, which maintains our health and happiness, yet it so often gets put aside when other things, and people, vie for our time and attention. It’s only when life has knocked us to our knees that we realise how vitally important it is.
365 Days of Self-Care: A Journal helps us to take stock of our habits, chart our progress, pause for a spell and ask the unasked tough questions. There’s a self-care tracker to help us identify patterns and wonky boundaries, and space to unashamedly celebrate the wins and how far we’ve come. It’s a tool which gives us the chance to check-in with ourselves, and check-out what’s going on, physically, emotionally, psychologically and physically, on a regular basis.
In having a place to delve, explore, and roar, we get to unburden ourselves, learn about ourselves and plan sunnier days for ourselves.
How can you get your hands on our book?
It’s not out yet, the publication date is Thursday 13th September 2018, but it is available to pre-order over on Amazon or as part of our September Regular BuddyBox. That’s right; we’re letting you know that we’re including it in our Self-Care Through The Grit, The Grotty and The Grubs BuddyBox so that you don’t accidentally end up with two.
Thank you, as always, for being the kindest, most encouraging and supportive community that we could ever have hoped for.
The Blurt Team <3