The Well Within

Unlocking Your Personal Power Through Radical Self-Care

Non-Fiction - Self Help
234 Pages
Reviewed on 05/08/2024
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Reviewed by Kathi Nidd for Readers' Favorite

The Well Within: Unlocking Your Personal Power Through Radical Self-Care by Kalia Garrido is a gem of a read for anyone, especially those of us who are exhausted from everyday life. Today, we are bombarded with noise and information. Ironically, some of these even include ideas for self-care or slowing down; however, that in and of itself is more information to process. The book is succinctly divided into five lessons. In lesson 1, Truly Know Yourself, the reader is called home to examine what they’ve always known inside but which may have been shadowed by internal and external influences. The second and third lessons include watching what you take on and in and what you give out, gently nudging the reader to re-evaluate the forces around us and define what we truly need to give and receive for our bodies and minds. Lesson 4 covers treating yourself lovingly and is a refreshing change from the standard self-care banter, reminding us that only we know what we truly need. Our intuition is right there if we choose to listen. The last lesson pulls the other lessons together to remind anyone, especially women, what we are truly capable of when life is refocused.

The Well Within takes well-known and lesser-known concepts for finding our true selves and compiles them into a concise read, guiding us to turn our attention inward to help ourselves, those we love, and the world around us. With a simple layout of lessons, numerous “truth bombs” to force us to look inward, and straightforward suggestions to push us forward, Kalia Garrido pulls us into focus with loving, open-minded, and knowledgeable tips sent from a place of deep understanding. Writing from the heart, Garrido offers her own story of finding herself in tears, despite a seemingly perfect life, and feeling a relatable longing. Through her efforts to explore what matters in life and her learnings, the book makes us pause and work through the things we have known inside all along. I was especially pleased to discover that while reviewing this book, I was able to use the tools Garrido provided for my own growth.

Pikasho Deka

In this modern era of the internet, busy schedules, and an increasingly polarizing society, inevitable external pressures take a toll on a person's mental and physical well-being. Are you constantly feeling restless or find a genuine lack of fulfillment in your life? If the answer is yes, this is the book for you. In The Well Within, Kalia Garrido introduces readers to the concept of "radical self-care." According to Garrido, self-prioritization at a transformative level is essential to bringing lasting change in one's life. This book delves into five key lessons for a life of fulfillment and happiness, which encompasses using meditation for self-reflection, listening to your inner guide, managing your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being, navigating positive and negative feelings, practicing forgiveness, kindness, gratitude, and much more.

The Well Within is a comprehensive guide to knowing yourself and becoming who you aspire to be. Among the many practical aspects of self-care discussed, one of the things that struck me was Kalia Garrido's advice to stop rushing into things. The benefits of slowing down are undeniable, and we must take time for ourselves. The book will also teach you to identify goals, live with a purpose, plan ahead, and take action to pursue those goals. At the beginning of each chapter, Garrido offers readers "truth bombs" that consist of simple yet meaningful nuggets of wisdom we can all use in our everyday lives. If you're feeling dissatisfied or lacking a sense of purpose, this is the guide you've been looking for. All in all, this is a motivational handbook that I will highly recommend.

Asher Syed

In the self-help and inspirational book The Well Within: Unlocking Your Personal Power Through Radical Self-Care, Kalia Garrido shares her journey from stress to self-discovery and the benefits of holistic self-care encompassing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. She advises surrendering control, moderating consumption habits, and fostering positive social influences. Garrido points out the importance of communication, emotional management, and creating harmonious living spaces. She discusses the impact of emotions on experiences, advocating forgiveness, gratitude, and self-awareness. Encouraging gratitude toward the body and nature, Garrido addresses rumination and negative biases. Throughout her expansive work, Garrido draws from her experiences, offers strategies to overcome obstacles, and urges readers to embrace change and commit to personal growth for a fulfilling life.

The Well Within by Kalia Garrido breaks down five distinct and interconnected life lessons in a relatable and accessible way. Garrido does an excellent job of making sure everything presented is concise and that the resources are all there to back up what she says. She writes in a voice that feels like a conversation with an insightful, intelligent friend, and there were a lot of bookmarked spots along my reading journey. The standout to me is where Garrido tells us that we need to slow down as a means to promote mindfulness, enhance self-awareness, and foster gratitude. For example, she suggests taking a moment to breathe consciously, notice sensory experiences, and refrain from dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. These practices will inevitably promote awareness and appreciation of the present moment, which in turn leads to a more fulfilling and grounded existence. I am very glad that I slowed down, disconnected from technology, and read this book, and I have no doubt others who do the same will walk away with a greater understanding and a reinvigorated perspective.

Rich Follett

The Well Within by Kalia Garrido is a pitch-perfect resource for anyone interested in unlocking their personal power and turning their dreams into reality through radical self-care. Garrido views self-care as an essential antidote to chaos in an unpredictable world. She offers practical, eminently doable behavior and thought modifications organized into five life lessons for ease of understanding and use. The guidance offered is rooted in the feminine perspective, but Garrido makes it clear from the start that her suggestions are meant to be inclusive of all readers. The result is an insightful, potentially life-altering guide to improving one’s quality of life that goes far beyond the read-it-once-and-put-it-on-the-bookshelf experience. This is a book that readers will want to return to over and over again! Garrido’s truths are incontrovertible and timeless, and the help she offers is real.

Kalia Garrido includes a generous helping of her own life experience to acquaint readers with her personal inward journey to radical self-care, a copious amount of research-based evidence to support her approach, and enlightened tips for practical application to real life at every stage of the journey. Garrido is the founder of Healthy Women Leaders, an organization that focuses on helping women access their leadership potential through education, inspiration, and whole-life self-care. The Well Within is easy to read, easy to use, and tremendously uplifting. What more could any reader ask of a book dedicated to inspiration and personal growth? Kalia Garrido’s The Well Within is truly a balm for restless, weary souls in demanding times and offers a real, practical way out of hopelessness for those who feel overwhelmed and overworked.

K.C. Finn

The Well Within: Unlocking Your Personal Power Through Radical Self-Care is a work of non-fiction in the self-care, personal improvement, and motivational writing subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Kalia Garrido, this engaging work recounts the author's journey from living a seemingly perfect life by society's standards to realizing the importance of radical self-care in achieving true happiness and fulfillment. Despite outward success, Garrido felt a lack of peace and fulfillment, prompting her to embark on an inward journey of self-discovery. Through Five Key Life Lessons outlined in the book, readers are guided to truly know themselves, monitor what they take on and give out, treat themselves lovingly, and expect the awesome.

Author Kalia Garrido has crafted a deeply engaging self-help work that offers personal insights, research-based evidence, and practical applications to encourage readers to prioritize their well-being and adopt a lifestyle of radical self-care. I found the whole work to be an enlightening experience that prompts deep reflection and introspection at every stage, from looking at societal standards that are placed upon us from birth to the expectations we set for ourselves and where those might have come from. Garrido's personal anecdotes, combined with her practical advice and empowering message, resonate deeply and inspire readers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and self-care. I found the work to be well-organized to build on ideas as it went along, with handy sections you can easily refer back to when you need a positive reminder and new impetus for change. Overall, The Well Within serves as a valuable resource for anyone seeking to unlock their personal power and create a life aligned with their authentic selves. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking to revamp their lives and pursue new sources of joy.