Books: Self-Care for the Real World


Books: Self-Care for the Real World. Our first Be Successful book is doing the rounds of the famous and not-so famous…

In common with many celebrities, Sienna Miller is a big fan of this cult self-help book, which is subtitled ‘Practical self-care advice for everyday life’. Miller has praised it for being “sane, smart and deeply wise”.

Wellness pioneers (and sisters) Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips have spent decades helping others to feel their best. But it took them a bit longer to learn to care for themselves. Here they share the small, achievable steps they picked up on a lifetime’s journey towards self-care, and how you can apply them to your life, wherever you are.

They advise: “Right now, you may be deep in the waves of life, being tossed around. Learning self-care is like building your own life boat, plank by plank. Once you’ve got your boat, you’ll still be rocked by the same waves, but you’ll have a feeling of safety, and a stability that means you can pick other people up on your way.”

Once such quote is: “Katia and I are very self-critical and have to help each other when we get into a critical funk (and I love being self-deprecating, because I thought it was funny to put myself down). But we are learning to change the track. Pay attention today and see what you can change. You don’t have to be dramatic and overly positive – that can just sound fake. But notice what you think when you look in the mirror or when you try something new or go to a party and think ‘no one wants to talk to me?’ And change the track!”

The Sunday Times says: “Unusually practical, non-patronising and authentic. Think Marie Kondo for the mind.”