Self-Care eBooks for Social Distancing
Let’s face it, social distancing is not easy or fun. Would you like some inspirational titles to give you a boost? How about some insight on how to practice enjoying the moment and enjoying your space? Check out these feel-good books that are available online.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie MacKesy. This graphic novel features brief, profound musings from a whimsical cast of characters as well as beautiful ink and watercolor illustrations. Filled with lovable characters, inspiring quotes, and perfectly-timed humor, this book is an instant classic:
“Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book based on his famous quartet of characters. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse explores their unlikely friendship and the poignant, universal lessons they learn together.
Radiant with Mackesy’s warmth and gentle wit, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse blends hand-written narrative with dozens of drawings, including some of his best-loved illustrations (including “Help,” which has been shared over one million times) and new, never-before-seen material. A modern classic in the vein of The Tao of Pooh, The Alchemist, and The Giving Tree, this charmingly designed keepsake will be treasured for generations to come.”
Available on Overdrive / Libby
A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh by Joseph Parent. I have loved the world of Winnie the Pooh for as long as I can remember. This book brings a whole new perspective to Pooh’s gentle and loving perspective on life. In addition to the original joyful prose written by A.A. Milne, this book also includes support from mental health and wellness experts. Joining Pooh on his mindful journey through his daily routine will inspire you to try some of these practices yourself:
“A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh offers life lessons grounded in the simple act of slowing down, observing what is around us, and being present in our lives moment by moment.
The benefits of mindfulness are well recognized: greater peace of mind, less stress, and the opportunity to work through and transform thoughts, memories, and worries. It also fosters equanimity, helping us accept the changes and challenges life brings.
In our frantic world, who better to guide readers through this transformative practice than a long-beloved bear who has perfected the art of simply being? ‘Just two things to do to truly be Pooh–just be present and kind,’ he says.”
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
If you are looking for a read that is quick, cozy, and educational, this is the book for you. This book teaches you how to make the most of your time at home through gratitude, mindfulness, atmosphere, food, drink, and (in this case, distanced) human connection:
“Get consciously cozy.
The Danes are famously the happiest people in the world, and hygge is a cornerstone of their way of life. Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) loosely translates as a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. It is about gratitude and savoring the simple pleasures in life. In short, it is the pursuit of everyday happiness.”
Available on Overdrive / Libby
Distancing can be challenging, but these titles and more can help you and your loved ones make the best of it! Check out these and thousands of other titles online the Libby, Overdrive or Hoopla app and your library card number. Happy reading!