Monday, January 4, 2016

"Relieve Stress Via Coloring, Mindfulness, Mini-Vacations" | @ the Library Article

Everyone has stress in their life and for many people it can get overwhelming.  So, instead of making the usual resolutions this New Year, why not decide to have some "me time" and relax with the Abilene Public Library's new Coloring Club this year!  The Abilene Public Library's Coloring Club is for adults 18+ who want to experience the soothing, meditative, and calming benefits of coloring intricate designs.  Not only is coloring supposed to help relieve stress, especially from the holidays, but it will also be a wonderful way to meet people and make new friends.

The Abilene Public Library actually has a couple of coloring books in our reference collection which we could copy from for you to decorate.  The city of Albany, Texas has its own coloring book created by Amy Kelly.  It contains pictures of their courthouse, early businesses, and history.  If you are interested in Celtic knots and other motifs, then take a look at Art Therapy Celtic: 100 Designs Coloring in and Relaxation illustrated by Michel Solliec.  Coloring the interlocking looping patterns is sure to take some of your daily stress away.

One way to start your relaxation regime is to try meditation.  Russell Simmons, the hip-hop mogul, uses meditation to help unblock creative blocks, find clarity, and help with stress and to stay energized in his book, Success Through StillnessIf meditation isn't really to your liking, another avenue might be 20 Minute Vacations by Judith Sachs.  She recommends various strategies for taking twenty minutes a day to have a mini vacation and de-stress.  They are all simple and easy that anyone can do, such as blowing bubbles, jumping rope, creating origami sailboats, giving yourself a manicure and pedicure, and even coloring.

How to Relax by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, is a beginner's guide to the essentials of mindfulness practice.  Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by Jason DeAntonis.  How to Relax shows how critical it is to regularly interrupt the hub-bub and routine of our lives to stop, relax mindfully, and recharge.

A classic in the field of relaxation is The Relaxation Response by Dr. Herbert Benson.  One reviewer says "The Relaxation Response has become the classic reference recommended by most health care professionals and authorities to treat the harmful effects of stress.  Discovered by Dr. Benson and his colleagues in the laboratories of Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals, this revitalizing, therapeutic approach is now routinely recommended to treat patients suffering from heart conditions, high blood pressure, chronic pain, insomnia, and many other physical ailments.  It requires only minutes to learn, and just ten to twenty minutes of practice twice a day."

Thursday, January 7, come to the downtown location (202 Cedar St.) of the Abilene Public Library at 6:30PM where we will be offering The Coloring Club for adults.  You'll travel back in time to your childhood and just enjoy the simple, repetitive, and creative process of coloring.  This program will continue throughout the year so mark your calendars for the first Thursday of each month for a relaxing evening at the Main Library.  All materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own coloring book and supplies to this free event.

We hope to see you there!

Article Contributed by Ann Mount, Information Services Librarian at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

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