Stress and the Holidays

meditation_34923874 (1)Holidays can be stressful. Between visiting with family members and picking out gifts, this time of year can be hard (and it doesn’t help that the weather isn’t great). Luckily, your local library is offering ways to help you de-stress. Central Library is offering an Invitation to Weaving Workshop on December 1, Northside Library will be hosting a Holiday Season Meditation on December 4, and the Louisa County Library is hosting a Starry Night Program on December 10.

Check out our calendar for even more events.

You can also stop by the library and pick up a book about dealing with stress. Here are a few titles to get you started:

The Mindful Day by Laurie Cameron – Noted teacher and mindfulness expert Laurie Cameron shows how to seamlessly integrate mindfulness practice into your life. Straightforward exercises designed for busy schedules from the morning commute to back-to-back meetings to family dinners show how mindfulness practice can help you navigate any situation with control and clarity.

Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me by Charlamagne Tha God – Details the ways anxiety has been a driving force in Charlamagne’s life since childhood. Even after achieving national prominence as a radio personality, Charlamagne still found himself paralyzed by thoughts that he wouldn’t be able to take his career to the next level. But now he is working through these problems with help from mentors, guests on his show, and therapy. He knows therapy and showing weakness are anxiety producing in the black community, but this is one of the reasons he wants to own his truth- to clear a path for others in hopes that they won’t feel shame while dealing openly with their mental health.

The Age of Overwhelm (ebook) by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky – Offers concrete strategies to help us mitigate harm, cultivate our ability to be decent and equitable, and act with integrity. The Age of Overwhelm aims to help ease our burden of overwhelm, restore our perspective, and give us strength to navigate what is yet to come.

For kids:
Just Breathe by Mallika Chopra – Includes practical advice on breathing techniques and guided meditations for a number of topics and scenarios, including: dealing with stress; getting to sleep; building self-confidence; focusing on school/tests/other work; and ridding oneself of anxiety.

Eco-Friendly Homemade Gifts

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Are you tired of buying gift cards for your friends and family during the holidays? Do you want to give them something special that will be easy on the environment as well as your wallet?

Check out these books available from the JMRL catalog for ideas on eco-friendly DIY gifts for this holiday season (or next year!):

Half Yard Gifts by Debbie Shore – Contains 22 projects to sew using fabric scraps and give away, each made using less than half a yard of fabric, and provides easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photography for creating a vast array of meaningful gifts.

Jewelry Upcycled! by Sherri Haab – Offers instructions and color illustrations for projects that demonstrate how to transform recycled materials (metal, plastic, glass, fiber, and other found objects) into beautiful jewelry pieces.

Wise Craft by Blair Stocker – With an emphasis on recycling and transforming, this innovative book shows crafters how to infuse old items, such as thrift store staples and fabric scraps, with new life.

A Greener Christmas by Sheherazade Goldsmith – A collection of simple, seasonal projects reveals how to create an eco-friendly Christmas celebration, including instructions for craft, gardening, gift, decorating, cooking, and entertaining projects.

Upcycling Celebrations by Danny Seo – A use-what-you have guide that presents over 100 projects for creative “upcycling,” in which used and recycled products are crafted into decorative items for celebrations and gift-giving.

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas by Anna Getty – Provides advice on how to best choose a tree (real or fake?), organize and recycle post-holiday, and create gifts and recipes that use less and mean more.

The Organic Artist by Nick Neddfo – Offers information on making art supplies such as paint, paper, pens, pigments, and prints from ingredients in the natural world.