Reading A New Perspective on You.

Posted on: January 18, 2022

The theme for Cloverdale this month is self-care.  Be sure to check out our previous blog post Winter Self-Care Week for tips that may work for you.  The cold is settling in, the holiday bills are on your mind, we are still in the depths of a pandemic and all that entails, so stress levels may be high.  Taking moments to care for your whole being is keysetting aside at least 20 minutes a day for reading means taking time for yourself and putting aside anyone else’s needs.  Coles always stocks the latest and best releases, and their knowledgeable staff can help you find what you need to shift away from work mode.

I try to read across genres and for different age groups, and if a book feels like a slog, I’m learning that specific book may not be for me, or not for me at this momenttime is precious so read what you like or when you like it!  Disengaging from everyday stress and worries and spending time with the written word or a great audiobook can do a lot to improve your mood and ability to stay present.

I picked up Vivek Shraya’s latest People Change, because I love her versatility, vulnerability, and ‘90’s references.  It’s the perfect book for my current mind space:  it’s a call to embrace who you are, were, and will be.

Coles’ manager Travis has recommended some books to get you to take a pause and start thinking about YOU!

Brene Brown’s – Atlas of the Heart

James Clear – Atomic Habits

Jay Shetty – Think Like a Monk

Glennon Doyle – Untamed

All the above provide perspective and focus.  I know the new year brings a flurry of  ‘new year, new you’ trends but maybe it could be a new year, a new understanding of who you are and what matters most to you.

Pick your comfiest chair, set the timer, tell your family and friends you are in ‘do not disturb’ mode and take time for you to tuck into one of the recommended great reads.  Whatever you choose as your next self-care read tag @cloverdalemall and let us know what you’re reading now.

~ Holly, Guest Services Coordinator