For many people, summer relaxation means reading a good mystery or romance, but it is also a good time to take stock of ourselves mentally and physically and explore self-improvement. Here are some suggestions from the book collection of the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center.
How to Deal When Reality Bites
Everyone has times in their life when they receive bad news, are the victims of upsetting events, feel anger or envy. “The Reality Slap: Finding Peace and Fulfillment When Life Hurts” by Russ Harris offers a path for healing that uses acceptance and commitment therapy. The reader is guided through a series of steps to find “inner fulfillment.” These steps show the reader how to develop internal resilience so that during times of intense trial and stress we have the internal resources to persevere.
One of the most common ailments people complain of is feeling stress. In the “Stress Pandemic: The Lifestyle Solution” Paul Huljich, lays out 9 steps to surviving and mastering stress: take charge, kick your bad habits, learn to say no, affirmations, exercise, nutrition, sleep, power of awareness and don’t give up. We can’t avoid all stress, but we can learn to reduce it and change the way we react to it. This book is a first step toward doing just that.
Summer is a great time to start eating healthy and get outside for exercise, but many of us need some guidance on how to do that. “The Mayo Clinic Diet” is not a fad, but rather a lifelong program of healthy eating and exercise. Tips are given for how to overcome bad habits and obstacles to behavior change and physical activity. The sample menus may be especially helpful for those who need to revamp the way they think about meal planning.
More and more people find themselves in the role of caregivers. “Solace: How Caregivers and Others Can Relate, Listen and Respond Effectively to a Chronically Ill Person” by Walter St. John provides practical tips on what to say and do as well as what to avoid saying and doing when providing care for the chronically ill. The book is for both health care professionals and lay caregivers. The material is presented in a practical manner and is arranged into five topic areas: Communicating, Helping, Listening and Observing, Relating and Responding.
If you are interested in starting a fitness program a good guide is the “American College of Sports Medicine Complete Guide to Fitness.” This book covers all the bases, from nutrition to fitness for every age group. It also includes specialized programs for those with existing health issues like high blood pressure or arthritis. It features step-by-step instructions and full color photos for the most effective exercises, combined with sample workouts and practical advice.
This is just a sampling of the many resources we have at the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center. Drop in and take a book out today to enjoy at the beach tomorrow!
Alan Lampson, M.L.S., is a medical librarian and the lead of the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center at the UVM Medical Center. He has been a librarian for 29 years and has his Level II designation as Consumer Health Information Specialist.