Self-Care for the Real World

By Nadia Narain & Katia Narain Phillips

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.
— Nadia Narain and Katia Narian Phillips


Wellness pioneers 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.


  1. At its most simple, the Shelf Help mission is to help people to like themselves more. And learning to treat ourselves like someone we really care about is the first - and probably most important - step in that journey.

  2. This book is definitely not about perfection, it’s about getting to know and accept and be kind to ourselves. And it’s definitely not about a huge life overhaul, instead it’s about meeting ourselves where we are right now, and is filled with small, practical and easy-to-implement tips that will make small but magical shifts.

  3. Kate Moss loves it! The hellraiser-turned-health-nut says: “I want to give this book to everyone I know.” And so do I.


Nadia Narain is one of the UK’s top yoga teachers, known for her range of bestselling DVDs. She began her career teaching yoga on tour with bands, and then became one of the original teachers at London’s celebrated Triyoga centre. She is a regular in magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, and also has her own range of chemical-free candles and perfume.

Katia Narain Phillips has worked in wellness, food and massage for more than twenty years. Hailed as a ‘health-food pioneer’ by Red Magazine, she opened a raw food café over ten years ago, and now runs the innovative Nectar Café in London. She lives in London with her husband and her two sons.

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION (and meet the authors in london)

  • We’ll be sharing quotes, exercises and questions for discussion throughout the month on Instagram and Facebook.

  • During Mental Health Awareness week join Shelf Help founder Toni and authors Nadia and Katia at High Road House on Wednesday 15th May as they share practical self-care advice to boost our mental wellbeing.

  • Come along to a real-life meetup, this month held on the last Tuesday of the month (Tues 28th May 2019). And if there’s no meetup in your area yet and you want one, then let us know so we can try and include in our roll out plans.