Start Loving Yourself First with These 10 Books on Self-Love

Living in an overpopulated world of people trying to coexist is just that- trying. At the very least it seems a bit too overcrowded at times. There are 7.6 billion human beings breathing, scratching, and crawling on this tiny little planet we call home. Just for reference, a billion seconds is 31.7 years of time. Equate that with the population and allow it to sink in.

With all the lonely people, there’s no question of where do they all belong. Love proves that everybody belongs- even ourselves. Our perception of reality is a reflection of ourselves that is not always in it’s truest form. We see ourselves and the world through filtered lenses.

If love is one of the answers to life, as it’s believed by many to be, where does it end? Surely there are limitations to that of which we feel the heart laced emotion. Do we love everything? We love others, sure, but do we love ourselves? This is a difficult question to dissect for most, especially in the beginning of recovery. For those that can turn to a mirror and look themselves in the eyes, that is terrific- really. However, for the other large percentage of us that struggle with such, there are books on self-love that would do unexpected wonders for anybody searching for happiness.

A little secret: It comes from within.

Love is All You Need

It’s easy to love at times, but it’s also easy to loathe. All hatred is tied to love, so when it comes to the relationship with self, this is where many of us waiver on that fine line. When looking at addiction, self-esteem or just loving self is absolutely a challenge and a half at times. Coming to terms with guilt-ridden emotions or feeling mental conflicts of interest can create fear and self-loathing for any. Using books on self-love can teach us things about ourselves that we would never think in a million years.

Understanding our emotions and relationship with self is what it all boils down to. Everything we feel, every emotion we endure, they are all thought mentally and felt physically. We think about nothing and then we feel nothing; thinking about something with context brings about dreaded feelings. When we think of something that makes us angry or joyful it can be felt inside and out. Love is one of the most powerful emotions in existence. It can create light in even the darkest of times.

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Reading into Love

Beginning to look at our reflection and books on self-love, we must begin right at the beginning. For addicts specifically, we must commence fighting all the toxicants from our bodies so that the emotions can bamboozle us in the way our inner self-craves. Once we are ready to begin that self-therapy, we can begin to feel in ways that we thought were long gone or that of a previous life.  

Some of us are ready to be selfless to ourselves and others but have a tough time figuring out just how to do so. Books on self-love help advocate for a sense of self and belonging that we never knew to exist. The best part about it is that there are hundreds of books on self-love that we could pick from- depending on what you’re looking for. Just a few of the highly recommended pieces of love-filled literature for beginners would include:

  • Women, Food, and God– Geneen Roth
  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom– Don Miguel Ruiz
  • A Return to Love– Marianne Williamson
  • Feeling Good when Life is Hard– Marthe Hagen
  • You Can Heal Your Life– Louise L. Hay
  • Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self- Love and Miracles– Gabrielle Bernstein
  • Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow– Elizabeth Lesser
  • The Gifts of Imperfection– Brene Brown
  • Love Your Body the Way It Is– Anne-Sophie
  • Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life– Byron Katie

These books on self-love can teach us that life is just a matter of comprehending the emotions that begin to storm the gates of our minds and learning to process each feeling as it happens. They help spotlight the moments that we need- good, bad, and ugly.

Selfish Selflessness

Life is often about perspective, no? Some of the things that we love may bother others- and vice versa. It’s about being able to co-exist with like and unlike things. Love encompasses the idea of equality. We can show ourselves the love and support that we show others.

Reading books on self-love, we learn that the idea is emotions will sneak up on us and catch us off guard without a doubt. However, it’s all about how they’re channeled. Channeling those emotions into love and understanding is a sign of strength that any should envy. The heartbreak hotel isn’t meant to be occupied- even by yourself.

Filling Up the Cups

Those in recovery learn the tools to living in that present moment and accepting things for what they are. Not all are so fortunate to really get to understand themselves and analyze their problems like sober alcoholics and addicts do.

Many people get clean and continue to live a dirty lifestyle as they look down upon themselves. It’s truly amazing how keeping a positive outlook on love of self makes a world of difference. Every waiter must fill their pitcher in order to fill the customer’s cups, so must every individual who wishes to give back in this world. It all begins with love and it all begins from within.

Loving to Love    

Loving our own selves isn’t the only obstacle we find on the road to recovery. Getting clean from chemical dependency will help us to be able to truly feel again. It takes getting clean and sober and our senses and true happiness come back to us.If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-888-481-1993 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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