Self-Care Resources to De-Stress Your Holidays

Less Stress & More Merry

Got stress?  Well, that was a silly question, because if you are like me, then I know you do!  Life in the time of Covid, social distancing, busy lives, and add on the holidays and you have a recipe for cookies with a big glass of stress!

There are many things that pile on the worries; money problems, family issues, lack of time, neglecting self-care, and the list goes on, so it is no wonder we all struggle to gain calm and composure.  How do we relieve stress?  Well I am so glad you asked!  We may not be able to cure every woe, but we can certainly relieve stress by knowing what resources are out there to help. 

The library is a great resource in several ways.  Here are so me subjects to cover and books the library has to offer help:


First on the list is time! We never have enough of it, but we can all learn something new, and the library has lots of books on time management to get you on track.  Here are a few:

The Myth of Multitasking

Manage your Time to Reduce your Stress

Me Time

The Five-minute Solution


Another thing we could certainly use more of.  Money may not make the world go round, but it sure does make life easier.  It gives you the means to do the things you want and keep the wolf from the door! Here are some books the library has to help you get your piggy bank packed:

Happy Money

End Financial Stress Now

First Bank Account and First Investments Smarts

The Busy Family's Guide to Money

Family Issues & Communication

There is an old saying, you can pick your friends, but not your family.  With that being said, even if our family life is a bed of roses, we can all agree that during the hustle and bustle of the holidays and gatherings sometimes tempers can rise and arguments flare making good communication difficult. Here are some helpful books the library has to offer:

Just Listen

What We Say Matters

Say It Like Shakespeare

Difficult Conversations

Loss at the Holidays

For anyone that has experienced the loss of a close loved one, they know all too well how nothing can fill the void it leaves in the heart.  They know that times of celebration and gatherings can be a painful reminder of loved ones that are no longer there to join in.  This can add even more of a burden to a stressful time of year.  Here are some books the library has for comfort and guidance:

Different After You

A Hole in the World

When You Don't Know What to Say

Grieving Is Loving

Mindfulness & Self-Care

When we think of mindfulness, we think of a person doing yoga with some kind of deep breathing combined with a pose that would make us break a limb or possibly our neck, but actually there is a lot more to mindfulness than that, and there is a lot more to self-care than yoga.  The definition of mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.  The definition of self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. Both behaviors and concepts are things we can use more of in our life to relieve stress and boost overall health.  Here are some books that could help:

Mindfulness for Beginners

The Extremely Busy Woman's Guide to Self Care

Mastering Mindful Eating

Mindful Moments

Well, we have talked about a lot of stuff and that can be another stressor in itself. Not laughing out loud! I promise! I just have one more thing to add; along with all the books the library has to offer on stress and ways to make your life go smoother, there is also the added benefit of having a place to go to just get away and unwind.  The library can be a great place for some peaceful searching, reading, and finding a smiling face.  It truly can be a refuge and escape.   So, this holiday season, make the library part of your "to do list" and do something for yourself.

Happy holidays everyone be it Christmas, St. Patrick's Day or beyond!