By: Cheryl Yeatts
For: The Villager
Date: December 2016
Remember the days when you did not have to worry
about Hanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve until the day AFTER Thanksgiving?
Those days are gone. While the lengthy holiday season can be enjoyable,
many people experience stress from the demands of buying gifts and preparing
for big gatherings.
Fortunately, we can take actions to manage some of the stress we feel
during the holiday season or at any other time of the year. The American
Psychological Association (APA) offers these tips for dealing with stress:
Take a break from the stressor. 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%. If you need recommendations, Google “best memoirs” or
ask your librarian. I recommend “The World’s Strongest Librarian,” “Turn
Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time,” “Spoken
from the Heart,” and “Three Weeks with My Brother.”
Exercise. We know that exercise provides many benefits,
but it is challenging to find time to exercise. I believe that exercise
should be fun. Borrow exercise DVDs from the Library to find out what works
for you. Many of these DVDs are geared for seniors. Since I enjoy dancing,
I checked out Zumba DVDs. Maybe I will borrow the DVD “I Hate to Exercise,
I Love Tap.”
Smile and laugh. I love books that make me laugh out
loud. The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is hilarious. I can’t
wait to read about Stephanie’s latest adventures in “Turbo-Twenty
Three.” If you are not familiar with this series, I suggest you begin
with the first book “One for the Money.” I also enjoyed reading “The
Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. The main character reminds me of
Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory.” This popular TV show
is currently airing its 10 th season. If you need to catch up on Sheldon
and the gang, seasons 1 through 9 are available at the Library.
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
Meditate. Make a quiet moment for yourself. Marvel at
the beauty of the red rocks, take a hike, watch a sunset, walk through a
beautiful garden, keep a gratitude journal, write a letter to a loved one,
or listen to music.
The staff and volunteers at the Library wish you a most joyous holiday
season. We look forward to assisting you with your library needs
in the coming year. Thank you for supporting library services in
the Village of Oak Creek.
Visit Sedona Public Library in the Village at Suite 51 A in
Bell Rock Plaza. Library hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00
p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. The Village library is closed Sunday and Monday. For more
information call the library at 928-284-1603 or visit Sedona
website at www.sedonalibrary.org.
Village News appears monthly in The Villager and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of the Sedona Public Library in the Village.