Category Archives: Work/Life

Could You Be Suffering with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. It usually lifts during spring and summer.  If you notice yourself feeling “down” or “blue” during the winter months, you could be suffering with SAD. According to Dr. Tahir Sheikh, a psychiatrist at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Ill., 20 percent of Americans suffer Read the rest

54 Ways to Remain Happy and Healthy Despite Your Busy Lifestyle

According to one study, a large number of people consider themselves to be pretty happy. It turns out that little things can make a big difference in determining if you are happy and healthy both physically and mentally. In this article, the author lists 54 simple things you can do on a daily basis to contribute to your “happy-levels.” She says that if you can start with 10 things that are easy for you to do through your Read the rest

Are You a Work Martyr?

Summer is officially over. Did you go anywhere or do anything fun over the summer?  Did you spend time with family and friends at the beach? Did you take any time off from work to relax at all? If you answered no to most of these questions, you may be a work martyr. In explaining that there are countless benefits to having time off— including stronger workplace morale, increased employee productivity, and health benefits— the author of this article believes Read the rest

Stop Asking Yourself “What’s My Passion?”

Are you tired of asking yourself, “What is my passion?” If you find this a difficult question to answer, you’re not alone. The author of this article says that trying to answer this question could be paralyzing for some people. She suggests that you ask yourself three alternative questions that are a little simpler to answer and a lot more helpful if you’re trying to figure out what to do with your life, your career, or just your next job. Read the rest

Hate Your Job? Better Check Your Health

According to this article, a recent study suggests that if you’re not happy at work, your emotional well-being and your physical health may both suffer.  Study results suggest that those with low satisfaction throughout their careers are more likely to be diagnosed with emotional issues and tend to worry excessively.  The study also revealed that unsatisfied workers were also more likely to become ill with greater regularity than respondents who said they were content in their career.Read the rest

Steps You Can Take to Create a Happier Workforce

Human Resources professionals and managers usually have influence with those who report directly to them as well as with key decision-makers. You are often in a position to provide valuable resources and help guide your library or organization to a culture that causes less worry and stress for employees—resulting in better overall health and productivity.  This article provides twelve things that managers can do help ensure a healthy work environment.  Read the rest

Healthy by the Hour: How to Make Wellness a Part of Your Work Day

If you are in the habit of going directly to your office when you get to work, sitting down at your computer, working until lunch time, eating lunch at your desk, and then continuing to work until it is time to go home, you may be causing irreparable damage to your health and overall wellbeing. This article offers suggestions for things you can do every day at work to get you moving and improve your health. Read the rest

Treat Life Like a Game

By Chelsea Hoitt

Sometimes, when you start to question what the point is of all the hard work you do, when it seems like no one appreciates your efforts; it helps to treat life as if it is a game. Pretend that you are competing to prove yourself to those who might be able to see all, whether or not you believe in god, you can imagine that someone somewhere someday might recognize your efforts as a judgment of you Read the rest

3 Ways You Can Help Your Employees Find Work-Life Balance

Finding a balance between one’s work and personal life is important to workers today. Employers that want to attract and retain the best talent are increasingly recognizing that it is a good business decision to help employees find the balance they seek.  This article suggests a few options to help employers address this concern.  Open communication between managers and employees about the organization’s priorities and the employee’s personal priorities are key. The next step is to work together to ensure Read the rest

Can Summer Stress Cause Employee Burnout?

According to new data, the shift from spring to summer actually appears to lead to an increase in stress levels. Stress is today’s top workforce health risk—surpassing even obesity and inactivity. Busier weekends and extended time with family and friends may make some employees feel overwhelmed during the summer. However, this article suggests that employees should not forego taking vacation. Even if employees can’t afford to take time from the office or library for weeks on end, they can still Read the rest