Cosmo sleeps on a shelf in the library.

Hello friends, it’s Cosmo the library cat! What do you do when you feel anxious or stressed? I have found that rolling in the dirt, sharpening my claws, or finding something to stalk always helps me relax and chill out. Humans don’t even have claws, so I realized that my methods might not work for everyone. Luckily, we have tons of resources here at the Grand County Public Library that can help you find your own ways to manage stress and cultivate your inner chill. 

New to the children’s room, we have Stress Relief Backpacks. These activity kits come with books and materials designed to help children and families understand the science of stress. We also have a great collection of books on mindfulness for patrons of all ages. The board book “Slowdown in the Park” introduces the concept of mindfulness to toddlers.  

For teens, we have books like “Mindfulness for Teens in 10 Minutes a Day: Exercises to Feel Calm, Stay Focused & Be Your Best Self.” Adults might like “How to Relax” by Thich Nhat Hanh. 

You can also explore other popular relaxation techniques like meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga in our audio and video collection. By the way, if you are interested in yoga, I’m happy to give you some tips on perfecting your cat pose. Ask me any time! I hope these ideas help you find your chill. And if all else fails, you can come to see me at the library. I’m told that the sight of me curled up in one of my favorite places is very soothing!