Books can help you cope—May 1, 2009
Learning how to cope with life’s challenges can be very stressful. Public speaking and test anxiety can be short lived, but chronic worrying, shyness and other situations may require a strategic approach or outside help. Hastings Public Library has books available to help you learn how to cope with many intense problems.
David D. Burns discusses many disabling conditions in his self-help book “When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life.” He states that phobias, panic attacks, obsessions and compulsions can be overcome using one of his 40 anti-anxiety techniques. He tells you how to choose the method that will work for you, one of which is identifying self-defeating beliefs.
How can a person cope with a life altering incident? One of the most traumatic personal experiences can be the death of a loved one. Nancy Cobb feels that death is a subject to be explored rather than avoided and she tells how in her book “In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living.” Find strategies to help military service members reintegrate into daily life with Laurie B. Slone and Matthew J. Friedman’s book “After the War Zone: A Practical Guide for Returning Troops and Their Families.” Share stories of how families have had to take another look at how they live in the book “Green With Envy: A Whole New Way to Look at Financial (Un) Happiness” by Shira Boss. Check out how to protect your marriage from love affairs that may begin at the workplace or on the Internet in the book “Not ‘Just Friends’: Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity” by Shirley P. Glass.
Retirement can be more than an economic event. It can be a 35-year journey of other transitions such as physical and mental health, social relationships and spiritual realizations. Gain a clear understanding of what you want to do with the rest of your life as you read “The New Retire-Mentality: Planning Your Life and Living Your Dreams. . . At Any Age You Want” by Mitch Anthony or ”The Spirit of Retirement: Creating a Life of Meaning and Personal Growth” by James A. Autry.
These and other books about coping with life can be found at the Hastings Public Library.