The start of the new school year is an exciting and invigorating time but also brings with it the stress of new classes and commitments. During stressful times, it is especially important to practice good mental wellness and find healthy ways to relax. To help with this, DePaul University librarians have created Read to Restore: Leisure Books for Mental Wellness. This online guide showcases books, music, and videos in our collection to help you de-stress and recharge. You can navigate through various topics to find books related to poetry, fiction, fitness, religion & spirituality, popular psychology, and more. Also on the guide are links to campus resources that can help you thrive during your time at DePaul.
Some books featured on the guide include:
- Why You Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica, The Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds by John Powell
- The Lonely Hearts Book Club by Lucy Gilmore
- Self-Care for Black Women: 150 Ways to Radically Accept & Prioritize Your Mind, Body, & Soul by Oludara Adeeyo
- Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion by Wendy Suzuki
- Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body by Jessamyn Stanley
- Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash
- St. Dymphna’s Playbook: A Catholic Guide for Finding Mental and Emotional Well-being by Tommy Tighe
This guide is not a source of clinical or diagnostic information. If you or someone you know are in need of counseling help, please reach out to University Counseling & Psychological Services.
We hope that this guide helps you practice mental wellness throughout the quarter. We’re rooting for you, Blue Demons!