Holiday Stress Relief Tips

If you’ve tuned into the radio or turned on the television, the holiday season already began. Even Santa’s already arrived at some shopping malls! Visiting relatives, fancy meal preparation, decorating, and shopping for the perfect gift can cause high anxiety levels and overindulging.

We’re not going to share tips on creating that picture perfect, Instagrammable holiday meal.  Instead, we’re serving up some low-key, stress-free events coming up at our branches and some resources for reducing holiday stress.   

Did you know the Library is open November 24, the day after Thanksgiving?  Swing by Main Library for meditation if you’ve had enough of the Black Friday shopping crowds.  Put your feet up at Chair Yoga at Beatties Ford Road on November 30th.  If you can’t make it to one of these sessions, borrow a title from our yoga collection.   

We’re showing free movies at many locations!  Bring the family out for Cars 3 or watch the late Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Main Library.   

Keep your hands away from the cookie jars and keep them busy!  Join us for Adult Coloring or Beginner Knitting at North County.  If you’re frustrated with perfectly wrapping those holiday gifts, get expert advice at our gift wrapping session at our Mint Hill location.   

For our 21 and older community, meet fellow book lovers and sample the latest brews at Books on Tap at Seaboard, in Matthews--we’ll discuss Nadia Hashimi’s The Pearl That Broke the Shell.   

We couldn’t resist throwing in a few holiday cookbooks.  These recommendations are all designed to minimize your kitchen time or be lighter affairs:   

If you have a long car trip planned, be sure to browse our family-friendly downloadable audiobook collection.  Classical music fans can download The Most Relaxing Holiday Classics in the Universe.   

Swap “ho-ho-ho” for ‘ha-ha-ha” with these funny selections--you’ll be too busy chuckling to worry!  Holiday travelers can relate to John Candy and Steve Martin’s miseries in the film Planes, Trains & Automobiles.  Awkward Family Holiday Photos serves as a guide for how not to pose for pictures this season. If you suffered a kitchen mishap, console yourself with the epic baking failures in Wreck the Halls.  Find out what happens when a family tries to avoid the holidays in John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas (also available as a movie, Christmas with the Kranks).   

Remember to take care of yourself this busy season.  We’ll be tuning into the Yule Log for the ultimate stress reducer.  Forget about messy ashes to sweep up or a costly gas bill and listen to the roar of a (fake) crackling fire in the background.  We wish you a low-stress holiday season!