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.

Community Pop-Up Programs

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In the wake of the events and tragic violence over the weekend of August 12 JMRL has decided to create Pop-Up Programs at the Central Library in downtown Charlottesville to create space for the community to come together and facilitate discussion and healing. Below is the schedule of events. We will list programs as we confirm them. All programs are free and do not require registration. We hope you will join us to begin moving forward together.

 

Past Programs

Music On The Steps
August 17, 2017 at 12pm

Drop by for a Pop-up Music on the Library Steps with Bob Bennetta and Friends featuring the legendary Pianist with Susanna Rosen on Vocal, Tom Mix on Clarinet and Lesly Gourdet on Contrebasse focusing primarily on the great American songbooks and Jazz standards flavored by a few New Orleans swing.

Coloring 
August 19, 2017 all day, while supplies last

Come practice your mindfulness with some peaceful coloring. All coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided.

SPCA’s Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team
August 19, 2017 at 2-4pm

Join us in the children’s area and let your little ones hang out and pet the very large, very fluffy, Philemone the dog.

Active Bystander Intervention Training – Northside Library
August 24, 2017 at 2pm

Lexie Huston, Prevention Educator at the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) presents nonviolent deescalation techniques for intervening when community members face threats and harassment.

Meditation
August 24, 2017 at 6pm

Join Gerry Gorman, long time meditator, for this deep and engaging meditation workshop. During this workshop he will talk about the journey of finding lasting peace, happiness and a greater sense of well-being. Gerry will share a simple technique of meditation that can help achieve a lasting state of peace and happiness not found through any outer experience.

Meet with a Counselor
JMRL has partnered with Resilient Charlottesville to offer counseling in response to the events of August 12. Drop by the Central Library during the following times to speak with a professional counselor.

August 19, 2017 from 9am-4:30pm
August 21, 2017 from 9am-12pm and 5pm-9pm
August 22, 2017 from 9am-9pm
August 23, 2017 from 9am-9pm
August 24, 2017 from 9am-6pm
August 25, 2017 from 9am-5pm
August 26, 2017 from 9am-3pm

Music On The Steps
August 25, 2017 from 12-1pm

Drop by for a Pop-up Music on the Library Steps with CASE (Charlottesville Albemarle Saxophone Ensemble) featuring Robert LaRue, soprano sax and alto sax; Glenn Lankford, alto sax; Brian Hamshar, baritone sax; and David Moody, tenor sax.

Poem In Your Pocket
August 25, 2017 from 12:30-1:30pm

Join us for a special Poem In Your Pocket event where we’ll be distributing poems on civil rights, unity, and healing. Look for volunteers handing on poems on the Downtown Mall or pick one up at the Central Library.

Active Bystander Intervention Training – Central Library
August 28, 2017 at 6:30pm

Lexie Huston, Prevention Educator at the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) presents nonviolent deescalation techniques for intervening when community members face threats and harassment.

Relieving Stress in Children
August 30, 2017 at 6pm

Judy Henry, author of Corey’s Peaceful Heart, will hold a workshop focusing on how parents and caregivers can relieve stress and anxiety in children. The workshop will also teach the HeartMath coherence process that also strengthens positive feelings and coping skills in children and adults.

Reading Lists

Now is the time to read about diversity, unity, and community. Check out our Booksite List and Overdrive for titles that highlight equality and encourage understanding. Learn about our history and work to honor our community. Our friends at OverDrive also donated this collection on tolerance.