Erase Stress With These Five Free and Low Cost Tips

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What stresses us? Money … politics … traffic … work … relationships … and the constant barrage of news, are just a few of the things on our minds every day.

Although we can’t banish most of the above, we can look for ways to relieve stress. We have five nifty ideas from our Library and Park Authority that are free or low cost.


1. Meditation and Mindfulness

Quiet your stressed out brain with meditation and mindfulness books and videos from the Library. A few suggestions to get you started are listed below. Find more in the library catalog or stop in at your local branch and ask staff for additional titles.

You can also try a Park Authority class to learn meditation breathing exercises and more.

Find Park Authority Meditation Classes


2. Practice Yoga

Interested in trying yoga, but not sure where to start? The Library has several beginner yoga videos that you can borrow to try yoga at home. You can also learn more about Yoga by reading “Yoga Journal”. Read online for free through RBDigital Magazines.

We have several yoga classes and events for you to explore, too!

Yoga Events at Library Branches Yoga Classes at RECenters


3. Color

Adult coloring books are the latest in relieving stress and harnessing your inner artist. The Library has some coloring events to get you started, with coloring pages and color pencils provided.

  • Color Me Happy, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Reston Regional Library. (Recurring event)
  • Coloring for All, Thursday, Feb. 15, Woodrow Wilson Library (Recurring event)
  • Color Me Calm, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7 – 8 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Library. (Recurring event)


4. Socialize

Meeting new friends and enjoying activities together is a great way to relieve stress!

Our Library branches are a great place to do both. You can join a friends group or become a volunteer. Some of the library events that encourage active engagement include Great Decisions Seminars, book clubs, foreign language conversation groups, game nights, Canasta, and of course, BINGO! Find these events and more in our online events calendar or pick up a print calendar at your local branch.

You can also find neighbors that share your interests at our Park Authority programs. Your stress will melt away as you learn about the stars, attend a maple syrup boil- down, enjoy an afternoon tea or go for a hike!

Sign Up for Park Authority Events


5. Laugh

Laughter is the best medicine for stress relief! Here are the top 22 funniest books ever written according to Esquire Magazine. Look for them at the Library. In addition, here are some suggestions of modern day humor writers you may want to check out:



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