• By Amber McClure
  • Posted Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Resource Spotlight: Self-Care

With a new decade comes a chance for a new you, or at least a new outlook on self-care practices. As you accomplish your achievements in the new year, it is important to remember to take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. For the next couple of months, our resource spotlight will feature all kinds of resources to help promote your own self-care and awareness. From magazines to eBooks, databases and programs at the library, there are many opportunities for you to explore what works for you with us at FCPL.

To kick off your self-care journey, try out these resources, all free for our library patrons!

Adult Coloring Books with RBdigital
Coloring with leisure has proven to be relaxing for many people, and we offer a few different adult coloring books with our RBdigital access. Check them out for free with your library card and you can print out full-sized professionally published coloring sheets. You can hold onto these checkouts for as long as you like to find coloring pages whenever you please.

"The Recovering Spender: How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life" by Laruen Gretuman (eBook)
After the holidays, we all tend to feel a little stress on our wallets. It seems that no matter how much we budget or plan, we also spend more than necessary during the holidays. There are plenty of eBooks free for you to check out using Libby by Overdrive, but this title is a great place to start. It helps you through the process of understanding your spending, the cost of your lifestyle and how to identify lifestyle choices that truly make you happy and can help lead to a debt-free life. Check it out to see what inspiration you find.

"Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World" by Cal Newport (eBook and eAudiobook)
Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.

"How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety" by Dr. Ellen Hendriksen (eAudiobook)
Weaving together cutting-edge science, concrete tips, and the compelling stories of real people who have risen above their social anxiety, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen proposes a groundbreaking idea: you already have everything you need to succeed in any unfamiliar social situation. As someone who lives with social anxiety, Dr. Hendriksen has devoted her career to helping her clients overcome the same obstacles she has. With familiarity, humor, and authority, Dr. Hendriksen takes the reader through the roots of social anxiety and why it endures, how we can rewire our brains through our behavior, and—at long last—exactly how to quiet your Inner Critic, the pesky voice that whispers, "Everyone will judge you." Using her techniques to develop confidence, think through the buzz of anxiety, and feel comfortable in any situation, you can finally be your true, authentic self.

"The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store" by Cait Flanders (eBook and eAudiobook)
In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy —only keeping her from meeting her goals —she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year.

Learning Express Library (online database)
Whether you are currently a student, going back to school, interested in changing careers, pursuing a GED, or just want to brush up on some skills, the Learning Express Library is perfect for you. This database offers free modules for:

  • Career Preparation
  • High School Equivalency Center
  • College Admissions Test Preparation
  • School Center
  • College Students
  • Adult Core Skills
  • Recursos Para Hispanohablantes
Access for free with your library card and begin learning at your own pace.

For new ideas, you can also subscribe to our Self-Help newsletter which issues every other month. Take a look at December 2019's issue to get a feel for it.

Programs at FCPL
Here are some programs offered across our branches that will be a great start for your journey into self-care and awareness: