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Virtual Stressbusters! A digital care package from the UCLA Library

In the midst of this incredibly difficult year, the UCLA Library wants to remind you that we're here to support your research AND your de-stressing!

Join us for live, de-stress events!

Yoga & Study Night

  • Hosted by the Southeast Asian Coalition
  • Dec 6th, Sunday
  • 9:00pm
  • Please fill out this Google Form for more information and Zoom link

Therapy Dogs

  • Hosted by People-Animal Connection
  • Dec 8th, Tuesday & Dec 15th, Tuesday
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Zoom link
  • Meeting ID: 960 1161 2230
  • Passcode: 123456

Freestyle Dance Party

  • Hosted by UCLA Rec
  • Dec 12th, Friday
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Zoom link

Meditation

  • Hosted by UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
  • Dec 7th, Monday & Dec 14, Monday
  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
  • Join via Zoom or phone
  • Dec 10th, Thursday & Dec 17th, Thursday
  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
  • Sign up to receive the Zoom link

If you can't make these live events, we've compiled some resources for you to relax with on your own time!

To enjoy some of these resources please install the UCLA VPN.

As a UCLA student, you can watch these movies right now for free!

De-stress Films on Kanopy

  • Kedi: Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they've wandered in and out of people's lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich.
  • Charlie and the Curious Otters: Otters are playful, adaptable and champion swimmers - they have captivated cameraman Charlie Hamilton James for the last 25 years.
  • A Street Cat Named Bob: When James Bowen finds an injured street cat, he has no idea just how much his life is about to change.
  • Nature's Miniature Miracles: Great things come in small packages. This film tells the epic survival stories of the world's tiniest animals, from a mini sengi, the "cheetah" of the shrew world, to a small shark that walks on land. For these animals, size doesn't matter.

De-stress Films on Resflix

  • Detective Pikachu: After a detective goes missing, his son and former Pokémon partner join forces to investigate.
  • Pitch Perfect: A feisty college student gives her school's a cappella group a much-needed makeover.
  • Men In Black: International: Two Men in Black agents fight off a new alien threat and discover a mole in the organization in this sci-fi comedy film.
  • The Hustle: An unlikely female duo of con artists cooperate to beguile and deceive rich men for money. Hilarity ensues.

Maybe you prefer to dance the stress out?

The UCLA Music Library has created playlists to help you Dance, Energize, Reflect, Relax, and Exercise during finals. We've also created a playlist for children (and everyone else!). We hope you enjoy them! Let's dance!

Or maybe you're looking for some pink noise? Or some background study drones?

UCLA staff and faculty believe in you and they left you some words of encouragement and advice.

Screenshot of the digital notepad with positive affirmations

Library staff want to share their cute pets with you!

Pets of Powell

Look at these cute cuties and let their cuteness melt away your stress!

Escape from Powell Library!

Find your way out of this virtual escape room!

It's the night before the beginning of Finals Week in Powell Library. Even though you're on your third cup of Stressbusters coffee, you can't stop yawning. You're about to break out the Yerba Mate and maybe take a scooter back to the Hill, but your eyelids keep getting heavier and heavier. You figure a nap can't hurt, so you curl up in the nearest chair...

When you wake up, you're alone and the library is dark. Apparently, even the echo of the midnight yell couldn't wake you. Your cell phone and laptop are both dead, and no one is present at the CLICC desk to loan you a charger. You try the doors, but they're locked! The only light in the entire library is the blue glow from the screen of the computer behind the checkout desk.

Get lost (and then find yourself) in a good book!

Hokum: An Anthology of African American Humor by Paul Beatty

From hip-hop to poetry and political speeches, this collection compiles some of the funniest works by Black American writers. https://ucla.on.worldcat.org/oclc/947057361

The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

How can we learn to love ourselves and create a more compassionate world at the same time? Learn from activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor. https://ucla.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1018146764

Pleasure Activism: the Politics of Feeling Good by Adrienne Marie Brown

Drawing on decades of Black feminist thought, this book explores the question: How can we make politics feel good instead of exhausting?

Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability by Stephanie Evans, Kanika Bell, and Nsenga Burton

This book pulls from many disciplines in order to provide holistic advice and guidance for Black women regarding stress, healing, and self-care. https://ucla.on.worldcat.org/oclc/962172131

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell

The title summarizes it best: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. https://ucla.on.worldcat.org/oclc/981948624

The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda Walker

Psychologist Rheeda Walker's practical guide to navigating mental health as a Black American within the inequitable health system. https://ucla.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1151186338

Black Pain: Real Talk for When There's Nowhere to Go But Up by Terrie M. Williams

A comprehensive guide to navigating depression and trauma through lifestyle changes, mental healthcare, and community support structures. https://ucla.on.worldcat.org/oclc/122309412

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Therapist Resmaa Menekem's thoughts regarding how to heal the physical and generational trauma of white supremacy that impacts us all. https://ucla.on.worldcat.org/oclc/990777789

How about a game night?

Try out some of our favorite free online games! (Including a game created by our very own librarians!)

Check out some of our favorite de-stress YouTube videos!

Did you know you have access to a FREE meditation app?

Download the free UCLA Mindful App!

Practice mindfulness meditation anywhere with the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center! Manage stress, reduce anxiety, and cultivate positivity and well being!

Ok, Bruins! You've GOT THIS! Go forth, knock out those finals, and do some SERIOUS de-stressing!

Photo of Powell Library at sunset