Wednesday, December 15, 2021

by Joanne Mengel

'Tis the season to be jolly, but for some people it can be a season of anxiety and stress instead. Between trying to find the perfect gift, or trying to finalize the details of a ”safe” family get-together, it can be a very stressful time. Self care is so important this time of year.

Reading is one of my favorite ways to decompress, but there is also meditation, yoga, or just getting outdoors for a brisk walk.

Looking for your own method to decompress? The library has books and DVDs in stock that are filled with helpful information that may help to ease your anxiety and help you have a holly jolly holiday after all. Look for these titles on the conveniently located display unit near the Checkout Desk. Happy Holidays!

 Soothe : how to find calm amid everyday chaos (155.9042 B762 2015)

 Stress free for good : 10 scientifically proven life skills for health and happiness (155.9042 L975)

 Burnout : the secret to unlocking the stress cycle (155.9042 Nagoski 2019)

 Transforming stress : the HeartMath solution for relieving worry, fatigue, and tension  (155.9042 C437)

 How to manage stress : a comprehensive guide to wellness, mindfulness, and work-life balance (155.9042 H614 2014)

 The Mayo Clinic guide to stress-free living (155.9042 So62 2013)

Stress Less (155.9042 C671)

 Overload : how to unplug, unwind, and unleash yourself from the pressure of stress (248.86 M575o 2016) 

 Instant calm : 2-minute meditations to create a lifetime of happy (158.128 Salmansohn 2019)

 Finding serenity in the age of anxiety (616.8522 G329)

Check out these DVDs for a more hands-on approach to stress relief.

 Yoga for energy & stress relief 

Includes three twenty-minute restorative yoga practices designed to calm the mind and energize the body. Perfect for anyone who wants to reduce stress and refocus.

Relieving stress with Yoga

Yoga instructor Peggy Cappy demonstrates yoga movements to relieve stress and anxiety.

 Stress management therapy : perfect techniques for a more relaxed life!

Michaela Roberson, a meditation and relaxation expert, shows techniques for achieving internal contemplation. For that purpose, she combines elements of qi-gong, tai chi, and yoga with active breathing and stretching exercises which are easy to follow yet highly effective.

Joanne Mengel works in the FDL Public Library Reference department.