Sophia A. Nelson, critically acclaimed best-selling author and inspirational columnist, publishes powerful new memoir about practicing radical self-care amid trauma, Covid and our turbulent times


“Be the one you need: 21 Life Lessons I Learned Taking Care of Everyone But Me” by Health Communications, Inc. is exactly the book we all need in these difficult and isolated times we live in.

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Americans are going through a mental and emotional health crisis that has turned into a crisis of self-reliance. It affects us all: young people, men, women, middle-aged and older Americans, and all racial ethnic groups. Data trends show Americans experiencing more depression, isolation, bullying and worry amid daily trauma in the form of political division, racial division, school shootings and grocery store massacres . Now even hospitals and doctors are targets. All of this, in addition to the more than one million deaths from COVID-19, has made the focus on mental health and self-care more vital than ever before.

The question we all ask ourselves is: how do I take care of my mental health and well-being in the midst of all these problems?

Author Sophie Nelson has a few answers. In his 4th book, “Be the One You Need: 21 Life Lessons I Learned Taking Care of Everyone But Me” Nelson becomes the narrator of our healing. She gives us raw, real, and downright empowering practical inspirations drawn from her own life story. Inspired by Nelson’s serious battle against COVID-19, this book could not be more timely to help us practice the art of meaning self-care. This book is not like other self-help books that only scratch the surface.

This book is a perfectly timed summertime inspirational read that will help readers open the door to deeper, more meaningful self-care. Nelson wrote the book after having had COVID-19 twice, once before vaccines became available and again after being fully vaccinated. Nelson, like many of us, had to deal with his own mortality. She knew she had to make a change in order to live a more fulfilling life.

This change begins with three questions she challenges us to ask ourselves often:

1.) What do I want?
2.) What do I need?
3.) How do I feel?

The change that comes from putting the work on yourself first and taking care of yourself first is life changing, healing and empowering. It forces us to deepen our knowledge of our past wounds and traumas. From there, learning how to set healthy personal and professional boundaries and do the work of healing family, relationship, and environmental trauma is paramount. “My hope with this important and deeply personal book is to help give young women and men the tools that those of my generation (GenX) did not have,” Nelson said. “I’ve lived. I know some things are true. And COVID has changed how I take care of myself with my family and set healthy boundaries.”

Through the lessons she learned, Nelson helps us rebuild and recalibrate the way we practice self-awareness, follow our intuition, and nurture healthy, mutually beneficial relationships.

Here is an overview of some of the life lessons discussed:

  • You are not your family’s traumatic story
  • Take care of your mental and emotional health first
  • Stop being the go-to for people you can’t go to
  • Don’t cancel or publicly shame people
  • Know the things you need to leave behind to move forward
  • Reframe Your Thoughts: Create an EIQ Toolkit
  • Manage expectations of self and others

In “Be the one you need“, Nelson provides 21 life lessons that highlight the importance of putting yourself at the forefront of the ‘care’ line. Endorsed by some of the world’s most influential people, including New York Times bestselling author and Hollywood producer By Von Franklin; bestselling author, founder of Know Your Value, co-host of morning joe, Mika Brzezinski; and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Dr. Berenice Kingthis book is one of the most anticipated reads of summer 2022. Hollywood producer and New York Times bestselling author By Von Franklin best sums up this powerful book.

“I found ‘Be the one you need‘ to be a powerful and moving book that carefully and thoughtfully helps us learn to serve ourselves so that we can serve others even better,” said By Von Franklin. “It’s a must-read for everyone, especially those seeking to live a life of true freedom and greater peace.”

Be the one you need: 21 life lessons I learned from taking care of everyone but myself” comes out wherever books are sold June 28, 2022. For more information, visit

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SOURCE Health Communications, Inc.


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