The holiday season is in full swing! While the lengthy holiday season can be enjoyable, many people experience stress from the demands of buying gifts and preparing for big gatherings. Fortunately, your library can help you manage some of that holiday stress, with these tips from the American Psychological Association (APA):
• Take a break. This sounds easier said than done. British scientists discovered that reading a book relieves stress. These researchers found that reading a memoir can reduce stress by as much as 65 percent! If you need recommendations, ask your librarian!
• Exercise. We know exercise provides many benefits, but it is challenging to find time to exercise. Borrow exercise DVDs from the library to find out what works for you. Many of these DVDs are appropriate for seniors, too.
• Smile and laugh. I love books that make me laugh out loud. “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion is hilarious. The main character reminds me of Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory.” This popular TV show is also available at the library on DVD.
• Get social support. Surround yourself with positive people. Volunteering at the library gives you opportunities to get out of the house, meet new people, and catch up with friends. You can get exercise, too, if you volunteer to shelve books or sort books for the Friends of the Library book sales!
From all of us here at SJCPLS, we’d like to wish you a most joyous holiday season and we look forward to assisting you with your library needs in the New Year!
Library System Director, Debra Rhodes Gibson