Got the Winter Blues? WPL is here to help!

If you’re feeling a bit down right now, you’re not alone. Yesterday was Blue Monday, considered the most depressing day of the year with some saying this may be the bluest ever. By this time of the year most of us have already abandoned our New Years resolutions, our holiday debt is due, and we’re feeling sluggish and unhealthy from our over-indulgence without the warm glow of the holidays to make it all seem like fun.

I felt pretty blah yesterday without knowing why and, almost by accident, I did many of the things listed to help with seasonal blues.

Here are some of the things that I did yesterday:

  1. I spent time working on my passion — singing! My new year’s resolution was to develop and maintain a strong practice schedule and I feel well on my way.
  2. I went to the grocery store and bought a variety of healthy foods and treats in moderation.
  3. I helped a friend to go out and have time to herself by babysitting her two-year old. It felt great to help a friend and I enjoyed time spent reading and learning with the wee one.
  4. I read for pleasure.
  5. I took some me-time to meditate and think about long-term

So, without even thinking about it I did a lot of the things you’re supposed to do to beat the blues. I focused on the things that matter in my life, I got outside of myself and my worries by helping a friend, and I did small things to make my life better like meditations focused on building specific skills.

The thing that strikes me most about this list is that over half of the positive things I did involved, in one way or another, the WPL.

Let’s break it down:

  1. For my singing I have been taking out loads of scores from the WPL collection as well as opera recordings. I’ve also checked out Renee Fleming‘s The Inner Voice which I’m finding particularly inspiring.
  2. Grocery shopping may be less obvious, but nearly half the recipes I use at this point come from WPL cookbooks and there are so many that I can’t wait to check out. I’m also looking at books available on meal planning to help organise my shopping and cooking.
  3. Half of the books I read with the toddler were library books. Plus, I introduced them to Tumblebooks and my friend may now be able to go to the bathroom alone from time to time.
  4. Nearly all of my reading material comes from the WPL. Right now I’m reading Lily and the Octopus, making my way through Elena Ferrante‘s Neapolitan series on audiobook through Hoopla, and I can’t wait to get started on The Queen of the Night which has been waiting patiently on my nightstand.
  5. The meditation was actually one of Hoopla’s always available guided meditations.

So, could it be that the library is the real cure for the blues? I think it just might be. It’s wonderful to have so many resources available to everyone in Essex County free of charge from the WPL. And there’s so much more than what I am using personally.

Want to help someone else. Why not look into volunteering as a Book Buddy? Looking for an excuse to get out of the house without spending money? Check out our January program guide for one of the many free programs available for all ages. Feel disconnected? Catch up on local news through Press Reader? Just want a distraction from this dreary weather check out one of over 14000 DVD titles or download through Hoopla. Or just read a nice magazine through Zinio or one of the many magazines we carry in hard copy. The WPL offers Universal Access to the Universe of ideas, so don’t forget that there’s something for everyone whether you’re looking to be entertained, educated, or both.

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