When Kate Moss really gets behind a book, we want to know more. The supermodel has admitted to loving no-nonsense self-help guide Self-Care for the Real World, and it's got plenty more A-listers talking too. We grabbed a copy to see what all the fuss was about…
What is it?
A guide to self-care by wellness pioneers Nadia Narain, one of the UK’s top yoga teachers, and her sister Katia Narain Phillips, who’s worked in wellness, food and massage for more than twenty years and runs vegetarian Nectar Café in London.
An up-to-the-minute self-care guide for modern women, the book is split into sections with power headings – Love, Hope, Peace, Joy and Light – and covers everything from positive body image and healthy recipes with a contemporary edge, to relationships and the negative impacts of social media on our mental health.
The pair’s philosophy is that self-care is not a choice but vital, and about being switched on, fully present and engaged in your life. The book is a guide to dealing with life’s everyday occurrences, tackling both long-standing and new phenomena affecting our mental wellbeing.
What are celebrities saying?
Kate Moss said she wanted to give the book to everyone she knows, while Reese Witherspoon called it “a manual for everyone about real health from the inside out”. Sienna Miller has deemed it “sane, smart and deeply wise” and Jools Oliver says simply: “Do yourself a kindness and buy this book.”
What did SL think?
The balance of wise words – drawing on Nadia and Katia’s own wellness training – and practical tasks (which include list making and positive thinking activities that draw on CBT practices) makes Self-Care for the Real World an ideal wellness guide. Throw on-trend healthy recipes into the mix and the book becomes an encompassing, active experience – rather than just a flick-through read.
The book truly caters for the busy woman, offering methods to counteract realities many of us are familiar with that are little mentioned in traditional self-help guides, such as the tendency to stand at the kitchen counter and wolf down your meal when you’re eating alone.
There’s also a page dedicated to something many of us in the SL team are guilty of – falling into the office sugar trap. Fresh fruit, lunchtime walks and raw cocoa, anyone?
The sections on forgiving yourself and making friends with your thoughts – rather than always looking to outside sources like diets, healers and therapy – are poignant, and the split of short and long-term advice for achieving self-care offers ways to fit practices around a busy routine.
Nadia and Katia’s approach to things traditionally deemed as luxuries – such as massages – is refreshing, too; rather than seeing these as self-indulgent treats or a waste of money, in this example they suggest asking a friend, partner or family member to give you a massage, and offer step-by-step guides to massages you can perform on yourself as solutions for various woes.