Books to Help You Cope During Challenging Times

Books to help manage stress and uncertainty.

Many of us have been sheltering in place for the past six weeks while others are continuing to do the essential work of caring for the sick, working in grocery stores to keep us fed, doing custodial service, delivering mail, and garbage pick-up. While our world has changed drastically over these many weeks, most of us are probably experiencing new challenges. Here are some e-books, available through Hoopla, that might help with some of the stress and anxiety you may be feeling. There are never any holds on Hoopla titles so they're available any time, any day. Just download the free Hoopla app to get started.

Goodnight MindResilient GrievingThe RBG WorkoutCalming the Rush of PanicFirst We Make the Beast Beautiful

Goodnight mind : turn off your noisy thoughts & get a good night's sleep / Colleen E. Carney, PhD, and Rachel Manber, PhD
Sometimes a good night's sleep can make a difference in how we move through the day. The authors offer exercises and insights for managing thoughts before going to sleep for a more restful night.

Anxious Art: A Creativity Journal to Help Calm You / Alina Diaz & Yaddyra Peralta
This guide offers meditative techniques to help relieve stress through drawing and creating art.

Anxiety Happens; 52 Ways to Find Peace of Mind / John P. Forsyth
Mindfulness strategies to help you cope with anxiety and stress.

Resilient grieving : finding strength and embracing life after a loss that changes everything / Lucy Hone, PhD
For many of us, this may be a time of grieving for loved ones or grieving for the loss of a certain way of life. Lucy Hone explores ways of helping people to engage with their grief to find deeper meaning in their lives.

The RBG workout / how she stays strong... and you can too! / Bryant Johnson ; illustrations by Patrick Welsh
For some of us, moving our bodies helps our state of mind. In this book Ruth Bader Ginsberg's (RBG) personal trainer shares some of the exercises that help energize the Supreme Court Justice.

Coming back to life : practices to reconnect our lives, our world / Joanna Macy, Molly Young Brown ; foreword by Matthew Fox
Authors Joanna Macy and Molly Brown address the anguish experienced by those who would confront the harsh realities of our time. In this fully updated edition of Coming Back to Life, they show how grief, anger, and fear are healthy responses to threats to life, and when honored can free us from panic, through the revolutionary practice of the Work that Reconnects. -Publisher's description

Drawing for Joy: 15-Minute Daily Meditations to Cultivate Drawing Skill and Unwind with Color / Stephanie Peterson Jones
The authors offer a stress-free way to explore creativity through prompts and 52 week to week exercises.

Calming the Rush of Panic : A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Guide to Freeing Yourself from Panic Attacks and Living a Vital / Bob Stahl
This book offers an introduction to you to mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a meditation method developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, to help you work throug panic and anxiety.

Corona Anxiety: Tips to Help You Stay Calm and Positive / Summersdale Publishers
This compact and friendly guide offers tips on staying calm and finding inner strength, along with methods of self-care and things you can do to spread kindness and hope in your community. Whether you're looking for advice, reassurance or inspiration to stay positive, this little book is here for you. -Publisher's description

First, we make the beast beautiful : a new journey through anxiety / Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson explores her life long struggle with anxiety, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism of her own experiences. -Publisher's description

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Thank you! I really

Thank you! I really appreciate the suggestions for art titles - I can do 15 minutes a day.

Australian blow-in from

Australian blow-in from Sydney; STUMBLED-UPON THIS. My brother-in-law used to live in Oakland; might even be familiar with your institution...

Seems a well-set-up site; I've just been on my local library site...PARRAMATTA, SYDNEY. & it seems a seamless transition. My local lib. is in shutdown for the duration too; they are coping on stock-take work but still found a randomly-overlooked reservation for me....(I had overlooked it) they are opening to the public soon, (probably a couple of weeks) & notified me..

I randomly searched your catalogue for NAOMI KLEIN; seems she has been much more prolific than we know about on this side of the Pacific.

Anyway, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK; hope you too can re-open seen. Cheers.

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