Self-care in strange times


As wonderful as books are for informing us and giving us different perspectives on mental health issues, they aren't enough for some people. For those of you who are feeling really overwhelmed, please seek help from a mental health professional! If you don't already have a mental health professional at your disposal, here are a couple of resources to get you started:

Community mental health resources from NAMI--Gainesville

Alachua County Crisis Center--352-264-6789 (available 24/7)

Please know that you matter! Don't be afraid to reach out for help!


Now on to the books...

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The art of taking it easy: how to cope with bears, traffic, and the rest of life’s stressors / Dr. Brian King.

 In this brilliant guide he presents hands-on techniques for managing stress by rewiring our brains to approach potentially difficult situations through a lens of positivity. (Apollo Pub.)

Calm the f*ck down: how to control what you can and accept what you can’t so you can stop freaking out and get on with your life / Sarah Knight.

Outlines a customizable "emotional insurance" plan for navigating life's inevitable setbacks, sharing irreverent advice for calming anxiety and moving forward. (Baker & Taylor)

Conquering fear: living boldly in an uncertain world / Harold S. Kushner.

Drawing on the teachings of religious and secular literature and on the true stories of people who have faced their fears, Kushner helps us to see that fear can present us with extraordinary opportunities--to connect with our emotions, rethink our values, and change our lives, and the world, for the better. (Baker & Taylor)

Emotional inflammation: discover your triggers and reclaim your equilibrium during anxious times / Lise VanSustern and Stacey Colino.

If the news has you feeling frequently anxious or outraged, you're not alone. There is a name for this: emotional inflammation, a condition that is marked by four primary reactor types. Psychiatrist Lise Van Susteren joins writer Stacey Colino to present a powerful plan called RESTORE, which will help you become more grounded and resilient in turbulent times. (McMillan Palgrave)

Everything isn’t terrible: conquer your insecurities, interrupt your anxiety, and finally calm down / Kathleen Smith.

A licensed therapist and mental health writer offers a humorous, engaging guide to help people take charge of their anxiety and choose how to respond to it to help them live a calmer, happier life. (Atlas Pub.)

Get out of your head: stopping the spiral of toxic thoughts / Jennie Allen.

In this book Jennie draws on biblical truth and recent discoveries in neuroscience to show exactly how we can fight the enemies of the mind with the truth of who God is and who He calls us to be. (Baker & Taylor)

Get your life back: everyday practices for a world gone mad/ John Eldredge.

By practicing a few wonder­fully simple practices. or what John calls graces, you can begin to recover your soul, disentangle from the tragedies of this broken world, and discover the restorative power of beauty. (Thomas Nelson)

Joy from fear: create the life of your dreams by making fear your friend / Carla Marie Manly.

In her enlightening book Joy From Fear, clinical psychologist Dr. Carla Marie Manly explains that fear is not the enemy we thought it was; fear, when faced with awareness, is the powerful ally and best friend we all need. (Workman Press)

The little book of game changers: 50 healthy habits for managing stress and anxiety / Jessica Cording.

A dietician and health coach offers short, simple, no-nonsense advice to help readers make healthy choices to improve their eating habits, sleep, energy levels, mentality and exercise routines. (Atlas Pub.)

Seeking serenity: the 10 new rules for health and happiness in the age of anxiety / Amanda Enayati.

Argues that certain kinds of stress can be motivating and provides ten principles to help transform everyday stress into a productive pathway to adaptation and growth. (Baker and Taylor)



For even more titles, please take a look at our Mental Health Toolbox list of eBooks and eAudiobooks on Overdrive!

By HeatherL on August 17, 2020