The Witch’s Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
February 9, 2020
This book is split into five different chapters: Self-Care and Magic, Mental and Emotional Self-Care, Physical Self-Care, Spiritual Self-Care, and Household Self-Care. Chapter one, Self-care and Magic, gives a broad overview of self-care and tips on what self-care might be for you. This was a great overview for people who are unfamiliar with self-care or just don’t have a large understanding of what it might mean.
Chapters 2 and Chapters 4 are probably my favorite part of this book. Mental and emotional self-care is extremely important, especially in this day and age, and I really loved how she presented little ways to focus on yourself everyday. This is the part that I really want to incorporate in my daily life because I want to focus more on me, especially first thing in the morning, instead of instantly checking my phone and being weighed down by outside life. Chapter 4 is about spiritual self-care and how to honor the gods and deities you believe in. I love that she gives us ways to honor the gods and help ourselves in the process. I also really enjoyed the lists of animals and values they are associated with. It’s a great way to incorporate animals into your work, especially if you feel very connected to a specific animal.
While I enjoyed this book I did have some issues with it. I really liked how the author approached self-care and the information she provides about self-care. What I didn’t really enjoy was chapter 3 because it was mostly about recipes for different meals, teas, and skincare. None of them felt they were about self-care though. They felt more like these recipes were for comfort and didn’t really help improve your mental/physical state. Also, they didn’t seem to be healthy recipes which I feel is part of physical care.
Overall, this book was good though. It was very informative about self-care and a great start for people looking to improve their mental/physical self.