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Coronavirus stress? Check out these self-help books

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It’s a trying time, and day-to-day living has changed in various ways for pretty much everyone.

People are experiencing stress, and new anxieties are creeping in. Even though the physical building is closed, the library still has a great collection of self-care and well-being books that might be of use now.

Check out some of these titles from our Overdrive collection of downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks.

First, try getting your mind into a better place with titles such as “Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic” by Jeffrey Brantley; “Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us Out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode” by Aundi Kolber; and “Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts” by Jennie Allen.

If you want to delve a little deeper in the mind-body connection, look into mediation. Check out “Guided Mediation: Six Essential Practices to Cultivate Love, Awareness, and Wisdom” by Jack Kornfield; “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics” by Dan Harris; or “Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day” by Andy Puddicombe.

If you want guidance in finding clarity or simply getting through the rough patches, several books might help you find your way during turbulent times. I recommend “For Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World” by Sasha Sagan; “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered” by Lysa TerKeurst; and “Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life” by Susan David.

You also could try more basic “self-help” titles such as “How to Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books” by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer; or “Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life” by Anne Bogel.

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Check out the library’s Overdrive collection online, and give yourself a mental break. The Iowa City library collection is available to cardholders in our service area. If you don’t fall into that category, check with your public library to see their offerings. Candice Smith is the adult services librarian at the Iowa City Public Library.

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