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Need some help relaxing after this year's wild ride? This book list will help
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - No one knows books and gives better recommendations than librarians. That's one of our favorite things to do, and we spend a lot of time researching and reading new books and old ones to keep our recommendations fresh.
With our branches closed to the public, having those conversations is a lot more difficult. But it's not impossible! And that's why CCPL's librarians have been digging through our digital resources to build list upon list of digital recommendations.
Today's list comes from Stephanie Roff, a reference generalist at our branch on Dorchester Road. If you're feeling more than a little stressed because of the pandemic, returning to work, hunting for work, or anything else, chances are there are books or videos in this list that can help.
So let's get to it!
Stress Management for Dummies by Allen Elkin
It's impossible to get through life without encountering stress. And unfortunately, most of us learn the incorrect ways to cope with it. Thankfully, Stress Management For Dummies gives you trusted, time-tested guidance on teaching your body and mind to properly cope with stress while keeping your sanity intact.
Whether it's love, work, family, or something else that has you in the red zone, this updated edition of Stress Management For Dummies will help you identify the stress triggers in your life and cut them down to size -- all without losing your cool.
Every Body Yoga: Let go of fear, get on the mat, love your body by Jessamyn Stanley
It’s a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes: If Jessamyn could transcend these emotional and physical barriers, so can we.
It’s a book for readers already doing yoga, looking to refresh their practice or find new ways to stay motivated.
It’s a how-to book: Here are easy-to-follow directions to 50 basic yoga poses and 10 sequences to practice at home, all photographed in full color.
It’s a book that challenges the larger issues of body acceptance and the meaning of beauty.
Most of all, it’s a book that changes the paradigm, showing us that yoga isn’t about how one looks, but how one feels, with yoga sequences like “I Want to Energize My Spirit,” “I Need to Release Fear,” “I Want to Love Myself.”
Jessamyn Stanley, a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes, has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her. Now she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in a book that will help every reader discover the power of yoga and how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life.
Chair yoga is exactly what it sounds like: exercises you can do sitting down. In Chair Yoga, celebrity yoga instructor Kristin McGee takes you through 100 yoga poses and exercises that are easy enough for all levels and will help readers stay active, alert, and healthy. Divided into chapters organized by body part (say goodbye to back pain and hello to better posture), each exercise includes step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow photos. Plus, bonus chapters on 5-, 10-, and 15-minute routines help readers put it all together and find the time to perform these exercises. Now with Chair Yoga, anyone can benefit from just a few moves a day—and garner the remarkable physical and mental health rewards.
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris
ABC News anchor Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word "namaste" without irony. After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to become one of meditation's most vocal public proponents.
Harris found that meditation made him more focused and less yanked around by his emotions. According to his wife, it also made him less annoying. Science suggests that the practice can lower your blood pressure, mitigate depression and anxiety, and literally rewire key parts of the brain. So what's holding you back?
In Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, Harris and Jeff Warren, a masterful teacher and "Meditation MacGyver," embark on a gonzo, cross-country quest to tackle the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that keep people from meditating. It is filled with game-changing and deeply practical meditation instructions—all of which are also available (for free) on the 10% Happier app. This book is a trip worth taking.
The Book of Joy: Lasting happiness in a changing world by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.
In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?
They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.
This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecedented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.
Stress Management: A comprehensive guide to wellness by Edward A. Charlesworth
This is the 30th Anniversary edition of the book that started the revolution in stress management and wellness. We live in an age of anxiety, a century of stress and an era of terrorism. Today, 95 million Americans suffer from stress. STRESS MANAGEMENT: A Comprehensive Guide to Wellness (Ballantine Books Trade Paperback and BookBaby eBook) helps identify the specific areas of stress in our lives – familial, work-related, social, emotional – and offers proven techniques for dealing with every one of them.
Stress Management 101 by Thomas Nelson
Stress Management 101, drawn from best-selling author Don Colbert's Deadly Emotions and What Would Jesus Eat?, is a concise, friendly handbook that will help readers live with less anxiety and more joy, enhanced health, and a peace that passes all understanding.
Meditation: a beginner’s journey by Kat Tancock
Meditation is a proven method to reduce stress, improve sleep, lengthen attention span and lower blood pressure. Meditation: A Beginner's Journey outlines different meditation approaches for novices. It also explains how meditation works and why it's doable-and even necessary-for everyone. This e-book makes full use of extensive interviews with subjects from various meditation paths, and it guides readers toward finding a style and practice that will work for them.
Everyday Meditation by Tobin Blake
We all know that meditation helps to lower stress and can even prevent disease. It has no negative side effects and no cost, and requires only a few minutes a day. So why is it so challenging to begin and sustain? Tobin Blake offers innovative ways to start meditating and to invigorate an existing practice. He begins with the basics: how to sit, how long to practice, and how to use various techniques, such as zazen, mantra, and visualization; and then covers topics such as dealing with thoughts, restlessness, and overcoming the deeper obstacles to meditation. Written with our modern challenges in mind, including electronic distractions, stress, and the constant sense of overwhelm, - Everyday Meditation - will help you: make your mind an ally; undo restlessness and anxiety; build spiritual relationships; heal your body; overcome depression and anxiety; find balance, meaning, and life purpose.
How to Meditate by Pema Chodron
Pema Chödrön is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book exploring in-depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice.
Meditation by Seth Achia-Addo
Meditation is very important because its one of the few ways the Lord has given for the training of our spirit. Meditation: what every Christian must know, seeks to bring an important subject to light for the benefit of all and sundry, but most especially the church. With graphic illustration, a seemingly difficult subject is simplified. Aids are provided for effective practice meditation, Christian biblical meditation is contrasted to help guide believers for empowerment. For our ways to be prosperous and have a good success, the practice of Christian biblical meditation is Gods sure way. Meditation and prayer is an inseparable pair to ensure you are the head and not the tail. This book is a result of experience, study and research, your life will never be the same after reading.
Relaxing with God by Andrew Farle
Jesus called his followers to exchange the heavy yoke around their necks for his light one. So why are so many Christians feeling weighed down and burned out? The simple answer is that they are being told from many pulpits across the country what they "should be" doing for God. Bestselling author Andrew Farley calls this for what it is--works-based religion--and then shares with readers biblical wisdom on the neglected art of resting in Christ. Anyone longing to experience true release from the crushing expectations that the world throws their way will find life and rest in Farley's revolutionary message.
On Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing, listeners will learn a complete course of eight breathing exercises that Dr. Weil uses in his own life, and has prescribed to hundreds of patients over the past two decades. Dr. Weil reports that these breathing exercises get more favorable response from patients than anything else he teaches.
To learn the art of healthy breathing, Dr. Weil turned to Eastern traditions, including yoga, which view the breath as a vital link to the prana, or energy of the universe. In easy-to-follow language, he explains the secret of breathwork's power over your health, and its remarkable ability to influence — and even reprogram — the nervous system.
From increasing energy to lowering blood pressure, to improving circulation to beating anxiety disorders without drugs, Breathing is a practical introduction to the benefits of breathwork, presented by the bestselling author and physician who has taken the miracle out of self-healing, and made it available to all.
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris
ABC News anchor Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word "namaste" without irony. After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to embrace a practice he'd long considered ridiculous. Harris discovered that meditation made him more focused and less yanked around by his emotions. According to his wife, it also made him significantly less annoying. He wrote about his experiences in the bracingly candid and extremely funny memoir 10% Happier, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller and landed Harris in the entirely unexpected position of being one of meditation's most vocal public proponents.
Here's what he's fixated on now: Science suggests that meditation can lower blood pressure, mitigate depression and anxiety, and literally rewire key parts of the brain, among numerous other benefits. And yet there are millions of people who want to meditate but aren't actually practicing. What's holding them back?
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish secrets to happy living by Meik Wiking
Embrace Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) and become happier with this definitive guide to the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.
Why are Danes the happiest people in the world? The answer, says Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, is Hygge. Loosely translated, Hygge—pronounced Hoo-ga—is a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. "Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience," Wiking explains. "It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe."
Hygge is the sensation you get when you're cuddled up on a sofa, in cozy socks under a soft throw, during a storm. It's that feeling when you're sharing comfort food and easy conversation with loved ones at a candlelit table. It is the warmth of morning light shining just right on a crisp blue-sky day.
Stress Management by Lisa Fletcher
Stress relief and burnout prevention. Don't let stress control your life. Beat anxiety and worries. Live, Laugh, Love. Chronic stress not only impairs our brain functions whilst we are stressed, but more importantly, it does lasting damage to our brain, as it kills brain cells in our hippocampus. This means that, even we were not stressed anymore, the damage will still be there. Luckily, there is a lot we can do, as we will see in this audio program. Here is a preview of what you'll learn... -The Stress Buster Basics -Understanding What Stresses You -Understanding Who Stresses You -The Acceptance Mindset -Take a Break -Networking The Right Way -Stay On Course With Affirmations -Your Stress Resolution -And basically everything you need to get a completely new perspective.
Ten-minute Stress Manager by Dr. Emmett Miller
Part A is a ten-minute stress release program focusing on releasing the mental and physical tension of a high-stress environment that often accumulates in your neck, shoulders, and abdomen offering relief from headaches, backaches, indigestion, and deteriorating performance. Part B offers rapid relaxation where you'll visualize your optimal performance and focus on self-confidence and satisfaction. Each experience is ten minutes followed by ten minutes of ocean sounds and music.
8 Keys to Stress Management by Elizabeth Anne Scott
Quickly and easily find relief for your stress! Stress has become a near-universal experience as well as a rising public health concern. Therapist, wellness coach, and stress management writer Elizabeth Scott presents easy strategies for dealing with life's stressors. According to many measures, people today are dealing with stress in greater quantity and severity than in the past several decades, and this is taking a toll on our collective wellness. Scott distills information about stress management into central ideas and strategies for anyone to use. These include learning to reduce the stress response and stressors, practicing long-term resilience habits, and putting positive psychology research into action. These various perspectives provide a multilayered framework for understanding stress and approaching stress management that is inspirational, action-oriented, and backed by foundational and recent knowledge in the field. The quick-to-read "8 keys" format can be utilized on many levels so that busy listeners can quickly find relief from stress.
Meditation to Manage Stress by Harita Patel
When was the last time you felt truly carefree? The stresses of everyday modern life can start accumulating easily when we don't stop and take a moment to tend to our inner selves. This program has been designed to guide you through relaxation techniques so you can beat stress before it beats you. Listen to the subliminal affirmations on a low volume either before or during sleep. Learn to turn inward and cultivate calm through the art of meditation. You can start to feel wonderfully free in your own skin once again.
Meditation by Dr. Henriette Sparson
Breath in, take a long and deep breath and then release your problems into the wind. Mediation is a form of relaxation that has been proven to reduce stress. Explore what mindfulness meditation is, and how it can enhance change one's life. It is essential to learn in the beginning the proper techniques required to mediate. By using the proper method, a person can benefit from a true sense of peace and tranquility. The use of mediation has grown in popularity it is now used in treating many chronic illnesses. What are you waiting for? You deserve to take time out of your busy day to devote a short time to an activity that will bring your instant calm and serenity. This book provides all the in-depth knowledge and techniques to have anyone relaxing in a short period.
Easy Everyday Meditations by Sue Fuller
Easy Everyday Meditations contains five 15 minute guided meditation sessions suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike. The sessions focus on Awareness, Relaxation, Calming the Mind, Positivity and Loving Kindness and at only 15 minutes each, can be fitted into the busiest of days. The Easy Everyday Meditations sessions can be followed again and again whilst in any comfortable seated position. Each session provides a practical way for you to experience and enjoy the many benefits of meditation and make it a regular part of your daily routine. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Today it is becoming more and more popular as the benefits become more relevant to our busy lifestyles. Amongst many things Meditation can reduce stress and anxiety, increase concentration and the ability to remain on task, enhance relationships, encourage a healthier lifestyle and diet, improve sleep quality and raise vitality. The Easy Everyday Meditations are devised and instructed by Sue Fuller and were recorded in a professional sound studio. Sue is a leading yoga teacher, writer and training course author who has studied and taught yoga and meditation around the world since 1995. She writes a monthly feature for the Yoga magazine and is the resident yoga expert for Natural Health magazine.
Learn to Meditate by Rae Roberts
Learn to Meditate by Rae Roberts contains eight different meditation sessions over three unique programs. These sessions teach meditation techniques that have been practiced globally for thousands of years. Learn to Meditate: The Mindfulness of Breathing includes two easy-to-follow thirty-five-minute classes that have been created to introduce and progress this effective meditation technique to those with little or no experience. Through practicing mindfulness, we can live with more focus and awareness of ourselves, others, and the world around us.Learn to Meditate: The Metta Bhavava contains two easy-to-follow meditation classes that have been created to introduce and progress this powerful technique to beginners. With regular practice, loving kindness (Metta) can be developed and grown (Bhavana) into a very strong emotion that has the potential to affect every aspect of your life and interactions with others.Mindfulness: Overcoming the Obstacles contains four different fifteen-minute guided meditation sessions. These easy-to-follow sessions can be used again and again to help you overcome the common obstacles experienced during mindfulness meditation. Please do not listen to this audio while driving.
Meditation: A beginner’s guide by Shinzen Young
Course objectives:List the benefits of meditationAnalyze the deep relationship between meditation and spiritualityIdentify options for when and how to meditatePractice guided meditationA Step-by-Step Introduction to MeditationScientific studies show that meditation can reliably increase your mental clarity, reduce fatigue, and improve physical health. And the best part? It's not as hard as you may think to start meditating.With Meditation, expert teacher Shinzen Young presents a clear, easy-to-follow program to help you get your start in this transformative practice. Beginning with a brief overview of the proven physical and emotional health benefits of meditation, Shinzen provides precise guidance in specific practices that can be used by anyone-no matter what your background or belief system-to radically improve how you think, feel, work, and connect with others.Previously released as The Beginner's Guide to Meditation.
Purely Relaxation by Lynda Hudson
Many people say they would love to relax but they don't know how to do it, or they are always on the go, or their lives are too stressful. Do yourself a favour now and discover that learning the life-long skill of relaxing has never been more delightful! Before you listen, find somewhere safe to sit down or lie down where you won't be disturbed for half an hour. Turn your phone to voice mail mode and settle yourself down comfortably. You can enjoy absorbing and following the instructions as you listen, just daydreaming and experiencing deeply relaxed, peaceful feelings. You can choose to drift off into a natural sleep if you are listening at bedtime or simply re-orientate to the room with long-lasting positive feelings. Research shows that when a person first acts out each positive step in their imagination, it dramatically increases the likelihood of their success in the real world. This recording contains powerful suggestions for boosting confidence and self-esteem. The language and topics used are carefully crafted to appeal to listeners of all suitable ages. Lynda Hudson's gentle, well-modulated, English voice calms, re-assures and encourages. A clinical hypnotherapist and former teacher, Lynda has worked with many children and has helped them overcome numerous problems. Her work has been widely featured in the press and she has appeared on both TV and radio. CAUTION: Do not listen to this audio book whilst driving!
Relax by Norman Brook
A full 30 minute self-directed relaxation session guided by the hypnotic voice of Norman Brook . This recording is designed to teach you to relax, to escape from the stress of everyday life, forget your worries and just let go. Self-directed relaxation aims to relax each of the body's muscle groups while emphasizing slow, easy breathing and visualization of the tension flowing out of the body. The objective of this training is to gradually help you to reduce the time needed to achieve complete relaxation. While initially it will take several minutes to go through these instructions, with some practice greater and greater relaxation should be achieved in less time. Eventually only a few seconds will be needed to achieve full body relaxation. Take time to learn this and the results can be very rewarding.
Rain creates natural white noise useful in relaxation or restoration of inner peace of mind. Multiple rain drops small and large produce multitudes of audio frequencies merging together and providing both energy and protection for the listener. This recording offers continues sound of rain to aid in holistic, mindful living.
Research studies have proven what you already know: relaxation is good for your health. In fact, it is vital. Yet for many of us, relaxation is elusive - even when we're on vacation. With Relax Rx, hypnosis and mind-body medicine expert Dr. Steven Gurgevich gives you a surefire way to ease the stress and anxiety of everyday life, whenever and wherever you choose.
Using his clinically designed audio program of guided trancework sessions, you will learn how to use self-hypnosis to reduce physical tension, relieve anxiety, and create inner calm - in 10 minutes or less. Join Dr. Gurgevich for 11 sessions to quiet both mind and body.
Stress management and relaxation videos
Transform your television into a work of art with this spectacular ambient film featuring twelve stunning species of jellyfish filmed at the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Immerse yourself in the beauty of these wondrous creatures as their delicate tendrils of color sway and flow with the rhythms of the ocean. Jellies is the perfect way to experience the artistry of these majestic animas while entertaining company or simply relaxing.
Internationally acclaimed yoga instructor Rodney Yee helps you make small adjustments that provide amazing results. Learn how finding your core center is the key to getting fit and finding balance in your body, your mind, and your life.
It's time to listen to the body. This collection of practices is about discovering areas holding tension and tightness. Leave your mat feeling lighter and more at peace.
Relax and recharge while enjoying the beauty of nature's most tranquil and scenic settings with certified yoga instructor Sarah Starr. In each episode, Sarah gently guides viewers through a modified yoga practice using a chair for support. Receive yoga's rejuvenating benefits as you relax and tone your body, increase flexibility, improve your breathing habits and posture.
Amy Huberman (Striking Out, The Clinic) created, wrote, and stars in this quirky, life-affirming Irish comedy. Routine-loving Joy is having a tough time after a messy breakup with her live-in boyfriend, Aidan (Lochlann O'Mearáin, Love & Friendship). Then a promotion forces her to step out of her comfort zone as she replaces her network's star vlogger, the Happy Hunter. The job sends Joy to unusual places where people find bliss: wrestling matches, wellness retreats, hot yoga, and more, all while filming her discomfort. But despite the new gig and help from her free-spirited roommate (Aisling Bea, The Fall), Joy can't seem to get over Aidan, or even stop running into him and his beautiful new girlfriend (Karen Hassan, Vikings). Will Joy be able to accept the changes in her life and find happiness of her own?