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Non-Fiction Titles for Self-Care and Creativity

Posted: January 7, 2021

By: Brenna Murphy, Readers' Advisory Librarian

This winter, we’re all about what the Danish call hygge—coziness and comfort. Winter is the perfect time of year to practice self-care and maybe learn something new! Here are some suggestions for nonfiction titles with a focus on mindfulness and creativity.

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
If you feel tethered to your phone, laptop, tablet, etc., you are not alone! We all need a break every once in a while, and in this book, Newport proposes strategies to use technology in a more productive way. By scheduling digital detoxes and cutting down on apps, it’s possible to make healthy technology choices so that you can better enjoy your “unplugged” time.


Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body by Jessamyn Stanley
If you’ve ever felt intimidated by a yoga class or worried that certain poses aren’t accessible to you, don’t miss Jessamyn Stanley’s guide to yoga for all bodies. The author introduces 50 basic yoga poses while promoting body positivity and personal fulfillment. Stanley also shares her own inspirational story of self-acceptance in this delightful read.


The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams
Have you ever experienced a sense of calm after spending time in the woods? From Japanese forest bathing to nature camps for kids with ADHD, Florence Williams travels the world to discover the scientific research about nature’s effect on the body. For example, going on a hike lowers cortisol levels and high blood pressure. Th is is a fascinating read for those with an interest in the intersection of health and the natural world.


Mindful Embroidery: Stitch Your Way to Relaxation with Charming European Street Scenes by Charles Henry and Elin Petronella
Learn a new craft and satisfy your wanderlust with this creative guide. Mindful Embroidery has patterns for beautiful European scenes, such as a cafe in Provence, Big Ben in London, and historical neighborhoods in Copenhagen. For beginner embroiderers or those with more experience, the concise instructions and playful designs make this a must-have guide for artsy individuals.