Reduce Stress with the Library

There comes a time when it’s best to just turn off the news. With all that’s going on in the world it is easy to get caught up in the 24-hour news circus. However there is also a point when hearing more about what’s happening is no longer giving you any new information, it’s just adding to your stress level. When that happens, here are a few suggestions for finding inner calm during the pandemic news maelstrom.

In talking with friends and family, there seems to be two prevailing methods of reducing stress: moving, doing, and engaging in something physical and practicing mental and emotional self care.

Get Physical

Try leaving your phone or tablet in another room, unless the tech is the method of connecting with others to play games, have virtual happy hour or just keep up with family and friends.

  • Break out a good old fashioned board game or deck of cards
  • Exercising, Moving, Dancing, and Singing
  • Play with your pet. Maybe try teaching your dog some new tricks or make something for your cat to play with:

101 Dog Tricks. Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge and Bond with your Dog by Kyra Sundance

Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) by Jackson Galaxy

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Outdoor Escapes: Digital Edition

Need to escape your house? Looking for some peace and quiet? Enjoy the spring weather and get outside for a walk or bike ride.

For lovely walking in Seattle, I would suggest you get a hold of a digital copy of Seattle Walk Report. You can find a walk for every neighborhood. Some other digital titles with cool walk suggestions are Walking Seattle: 35 Tours of the Jet City’s Parks, Landmarks, Neighborhoods and Scenic Views, Seattle Stairway Walks: And Up-and-down Guide to City Neighborhoods, and Urban Trails, Seattle: Shoreline, Renton, Kent, Vashon Island.

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Escapist Reading

Times being what they are you may be finding yourself at home more than usual. We are going through a stressful time as a city, county, state and country. It seems like the perfect time to escape into a good book. Below are some books that will pull you into another world. If you’re feeling not so well, all these titles are fabulous as audiobooks.

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History, only better!

Don’t get me wrong, I love history, but sometimes I need a more satisfying narrative. Here are a few titles that will transport you to another time and place and you may learn a little history at the same time:

Secret Book of Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck

fridaThis fictionalized version of Frida Kahlo’s life is based on a recently discovered notebook in which Kahlo recorded her thoughts, recollections and (wonderfully) her recipes for offerings on the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos. This holiday celebrates the return to earth of dearly departed ancestors. Altars are filled with marigolds, incense, candy sugar skulls, sweet pastries, old photographs and candles to light the way to the next life. Continue reading “History, only better!”

They see dead people…sort of

Here are two paranormal series written on a theme, a woman who can see how and when people die, one in hindsight and other as foresight. The Harper Connelly Series is the invention of Charlaine Harris who is known for several series including Sookie Stackhouse in the Southern Vampire Mysteries. The other by Chuck Wendig is the Blackbirds Series. Wendig is also a screenwriter, blogger and game designer. Both are excellent writers, but with very different writing styles.

Harper Connelly has it rough. After being struck by lightning at the age of 15 she can find missing people’s remains. She can feel the dead and find their final resting place, and then experiences their death. The drawback is if it is murder Continue reading “They see dead people…sort of”