In the article “What Self-Care Is—And What it Isn’t,” Raphailia Michael defines self-care as “any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.”
Self-care includes activities such as exercise, meditation, crafts, gardening, and healthy cooking. It can be anything that helps you feel less stressed. It shouldn’t feel like a chore.
JCPL has several online resources that can help you manage stress and stay healthy from the comfort of your own home.
The Great Courses
The Great Courses offers self-paced, online video courses taught by world-class professors.
Some of the classes you’ll find in The Great Courses include:
- Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body
- Stress and Your Body
- Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation
- The Essentials of Tai Chi and Qiqong
- The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking
Universal Class offers over 500 self-paced, online courses for patrons interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.
Sample courses include:
Many of the courses in Universal Class can be taken for CEU, or Continuing Education Unit, credit. If you would like to earn a certificate or CEUs or interact with an instructor, choose Normal Mode when you sign up for a course.
Some courses can also be taken in Video Only mode. While you will not be able to earn CEUs or certificates or interact with an instructor in Video Only mode, you will have more flexibility to jump around to whatever video interests you. You also don’t have to take tests or complete assignments in Video Only mode.
To get started with Universal Class, enter your library card number to create an account.
Hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone—and even your TV.
Many of the titles available through Hoopla can help you practice self care. See below for a selection of eBooks and streaming videos.
To get started with Hoopla, create an account.