In the hectic rush of modern life, finding moments of relaxation and inner peace is essential for overall well-being. What better way to unwind than by immersing yourself in a good book? We’ve curated a selection of soothing and contemplative reads that will transport you to a world of calm and tranquility. Whether looking for a personal escape or a thoughtful gift, these relaxing books are perfect companions for your self-care journey.
If you can’t choose from just one book, consider gifting 3, 6, or 12 months of Audible! Keep reading to dive into this year’s relaxing books gift guide for self-care!
1. “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living” by Meik Wiking
Discover the Danish art of hygge, a concept centered around coziness, contentment, and embracing the simple pleasures of life. The Little Book of Hygge explores how to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, fostering feelings of well-being and relaxation.
2. “The Joy of Doing Nothing: A Real-Life Guide to Stepping Back, Slowing Down, and Creating a Simpler, Joy-Filled Life” by Rachel Jonat
In a world that often values constant busyness, this book encourages you to embrace the joy of doing nothing. Rachel Jonat offers practical tips and insights on how to slow down, reduce stress, and find peace in the present moment.
3. “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff
A delightful exploration of the Taoist philosophy through the beloved characters of Winnie the Pooh. The Tao of Pooh offers a gentle and humorous perspective on finding balance, harmony, and simplicity in life.
4. “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams
Join two spiritual leaders, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as they engage in a conversation about finding lasting joy and happiness despite life’s challenges. Their wisdom and insights provide a source of comfort and inspiration.
5. “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative” by Florence Williams
Immerse yourself in the healing power of nature with this book that explores the science behind the restorative benefits of spending time outdoors. Learn how connecting with nature can reduce stress and boost well-being through The Nature Fix.
6. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
A timeless classic, “The Alchemist” tells the story of a shepherd named Santiago on a journey to discover his personal legend. This enchanting tale inspires readers to follow their dreams and find purpose in life.
7. “Calm: Calm the Mind, Change the World” by Michael Acton Smith
Written by the founder of the Calm app, this book offers insights into mindfulness and meditation practices. Calm the Mind, Change the World provides guidance on reducing stress and achieving a sense of inner calm and balance.
8. “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer
A poetic exploration of the interconnectedness of humans and nature, this book combines Indigenous wisdom with scientific insights. Braiding Sweetgrass invites readers to develop a deeper relationship with the natural world.
9. “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” by Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle’s spiritual classic “The Power of Now” encourages readers to embrace the present moment as a path to inner peace and enlightenment. It offers practical exercises and teachings for mindfulness and self-awareness.
Relaxing Books Gift Guide for Self-Care and Wellness
Whether you’re seeking inspiration, a mental escape, or simply a moment of tranquility, these relaxing books are perfect companions for your self-care and wellness journey. Allow their wisdom and beauty to guide you towards a state of inner calm and balance, making reading a cherished part of your self-care routine.