For Adults

Find Your Happy in the Midst of Anxiety


04/15/2020

Take Your Anxiety Temperature

No doubt about it. After that weeks of social distancing, many are feeling more anxious—not less. Chances are you are too. And without the usual library routines to help—browsing the stacks can reduce stress, for instance—you may feel a bit out on a limb for how to manage anxiety.

Did you know the library can still help? It’s true! Many e-resources, which are available to you online, will help keep you on an even keel.

Find your happiness!

Books, movies, and music—all available online—can help mediate your mood. Browse the “Happy Making Titles” list below from indyPL_ShainaS. She suggests several happy-time favorites, including the The Princess Bride by William Goldman:

“Both the movie and the book are oh-so-quotable. The Princess Bride has everything: scheming royalty, dastardly pirates, dashing rogues, rhymes, swordfights, and shrieking eels, true love and miracles. It's truly wonderful and inconceivably fun.”

Or, if you’re looking for a title you can share with your child in a great family read-a-long way and help ease anxiety also, consider Roald Dahl’s Matilda. indyPL_ShainaS says:

“I will always love this story about curious readers, found families, magical powers, and dream-y looking pancakes. It really helps me to feel not alone.”

Create more hygge!

We all need more hygge (hoog-ah), which is a Danish word that means “to cozy around together.” Doesn’t that sound wonderful? We’re sequestered away with family and other friends, why not “cozy around”? indyPL_SarahL, another staff member, has created a list to help parents of little ones hygge together.

Among the resources indyPL_SarahL suggests, is the children’s picture book You Are My Happy by Hoda Kotb:

“This is absolutely perfect for bedtime. Beautiful pictures, lovely words, and a touching message from you to baby.”

Or, if you want to help your little one (and yourself!) learn the importance of reframing the negativity they may come into contact with, consider Three Little Words by Clemency Pearce from indyPL_SarahL's list:

“One piece of advice in The Danish Way of Parenting is reframing negativity. With sweet, scandi-esque illustrations, this book confronts the negativity a little one might encounter with a reminder that they are loved.”

Reach for Mr. Rogers!

Finally, in our present age of anxiety, who better to turn the tide and provide a much-needed calming influence than America’s Neighbor, Mr. Rogers? Fred Rogers, who starred in Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS for years and who died in 2003, has been everywhere lately including a recent movie about his life that starred Tom Hanks as the sweater- and sneaker-wearing Rogers.

IndyPL_LeahK, compiled a list called The Wisdom of Mister Rogers because “when the world feels like a scary place, Mister Rogers was always there with a gentle voice reminding us how to navigate our feelings and how to be advocates for good in our neighborhoods.”

In her list, IndyPL_LeahK reminds us that Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is available to stream online at MrRogers.org. She notes that “The first Monday of every month features programs from the early years 1968-1975. The third Monday of every month features programs from the “Theme Weeks” library 1979-2001.”

Looking for a remembered episode with a special guest such as Yo-Yo Ma, Tony Bennett, or Julia Child? Try the sites’ Special Guests archive. Or, maybe a special song from the Neighborhood is what you’re looking for? Find those here.

Is your anxiety melting away? We hope so. Check out the suggestions in this post whenever your peace and calm seem to flag. And remember, we’ll get through this together with a little happiness, hygge, and Mr. Rogers.

IndyPL_MikeE

Happy-Making Titles

Sometimes it's a struggle but I'm always hoping to be hopeful. These titles help me with that. They are soft, lovely, silly, bright and/or spooky stories and music set in worlds I would love to live in. I tried to include materials and links that we have available through our eMaterials (Overdrive) and various streaming services (Hoopla, Podtail, Youtube), but if not, these beautiful stories will always be here for you when you come across them. Take care everyone. IndyPL_ShainaS #indypladults

The Princess Bride

S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

Goldman, William

Both the movie and the book are oh-so-quoteable. The Princess Bride has everything: scheming royalty, dastardly pirates, dashing rogues, rhymes, swordfights, and shrieking eels, true love and miracles. It's truly wonderful and inconceivably fun.

Matilda

Dahl, Roald

I will always love this story about curious readers, found families, magical powers, and dream-y looking pancakes. It really helps me to feel not alone.

13 Going on 30

13 Ans, Bientôt 30

This film is so much fun and I think you can tell Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo had a blast making it. I would describe this film as bubbly, colorful, and razzle-dazzle red.