A Not-So-Jolly Season

Christmas-time can be a time of joy, and of coming together to celebrate with family and friends, but it can also be a very difficult time for many people.

Perhaps you are on your own, or you have had some bad things happen recently, and the noise, glitter and frenzy of Christmas is too much. Reaching for a book in these times of overload can be a good thing. Perhaps reread a favourite novel (your library has ebooks to download for free, as well as an extensive stack collection of older books), or take some time out to read a book about mindfulness or personal development. Here are a few titles that may appeal.

Becoming Better Grownups: Rediscovering What Matters and Remembering How To Fly. Brad Montague

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage To Stand Alone. Brené Brown

Diversity: Six Degrees of Integration - Because the World is Separate Enough. June Sarpong

How To Tell Depression To Piss Off: 40 Ways to Get Your Life Back. James Withey

Living Simple, Free & Happy: How To Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt and Waste. Cristin Frank

Silence: Harnessing the Restorative Power of Silence in a Noisy World. Joanna Nylund

Strive: Embracing the Gift of Struggle. Dr Adam Fraser

When Life is Not Peachy: Real-Life Lessons in Recovery from Heartache, Loss & Tough Times. Pip Lincolne

Dunedin Public Libraries belongs to the Books on Prescription scheme which offers health resources that have been recommended and reviewed by health professionals. Books are available at your local library and videos and smartphone applications can be accessed via the Books on Prescription website. Here are some examples from the collection.

49 Ways To Think Yourself Well: Mind Science in Practice One Step at a Time. Jan Alcoe

All Blacks Don't Cry: A Story of Hope. John Kirwan

The Big Little Book of Resilience: How To Bounce Back from Adversity and Lead a Fulfilling Life. Matthew Johnstone

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide To Finding Peace in a Frantic World. Mark Williams

Overcoming Anxiety: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques. Helen Kennerley

Overcoming Low Self-Esteem: A Self-Help Guide To Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques. Melanie Fennell

What Abi Taught Us: A Mother's Struggle To Come To Terms with Her Daughter's Death. Lucy Hone


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