Category Archives: Work/Life

Set Personal and Professional Boundaries to Improve Quality of Life

Whether it’s a friend who often asks to borrow money, or a boss who impedes on your personal life, people who do not understand or respect other people’s boundaries can be exceptionally draining. Valorie Burton offers advice on remaining calm, kind and firm when setting and maintaining boundaries in friendships and in the workplace.… Read the rest

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is promoting healthy eating with weekly tips on nutrition for kids, tools for meal planning and how to eat healthily as you age. Read more at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website, eatright.org.… Read the rest

Heart Attack Risk Rises 500% After Angry Outburst

Harvard researchers have determined that in the two hours following an angry outburst, a person’s risk for heart attack rises by nearly 500 percent, compared with when the person is not angry. The risk for stroke rises over 300 percent.

Read more about this study at Medical News Today.… Read the rest

Daily Reflection on Positive Events Yields 15% Decrease in Employee Stress

Employees who were directed to reflect and write about positive events during the workday showed a decrease of 15 percent in stress levels and physical complaints. The employees logged on to a website that prompted them to list three positive events, large or small, and then explain what made them positive. The full report on the 2011 study is behind a paywall, but the official abstract and the Harvard Business Review each provide a brief write-up.… Read the rest

Struggling With Work-Life Balance? Careerealism Offers Tips

It can be difficult to negotiate between career and personal commitments. Careerealism.com offers four tips for maintaining a healthy work-life balance. … Read the rest

The Benefits and Styles of Yoga to Enhance Quality of Life

By Tina Chan

Yoga can relieve stress and certain ailments, improve flexibility and posture and enhance quality of life. Yoga can be done at home, the gym or work. Although yoga can supplement any exercise regimen to enrich quality of life, it is important to know where to begin. Many yoga styles exist, so it is necessary to learn which style is right for you and to continue practicing it.

Most yoga classes focus on learning poses, which includes a … Read the rest

Essays on Library Job Stress Present Strategies For Stressed Library Employees

“Librarians know from stress,” says Chris Kretz in his review of Job Stress and the Librarian. The book, edited by Carol Smallwood and Linda Burkey Wade, is a collection of twenty-six essays written by academic, public and school librarians, and offers strategies to help library employees cope with job-related stress. Read Kretz’s review.… Read the rest

Revolutionize Your Productivity By Changing How You Take Breaks

A recent article in Huffington Post argues that optimizing your breaks from workplace tasks can improve your productivity. Breaks, according to the article, should be active (step away from the screen!) and social, and are especially effective when they incorporate mindfulness exercises like deep breathing, yoga or meditation.… Read the rest

Back to the future: Nostalgia increases optimism

New research from the University of Southampton shows that feeling nostalgic about the past will increase optimism about the future.

The research, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, examined the idea that nostalgia is not simply a past-orientated emotion but its scope extends into the future, with a positive outlook.

Dr Tim Wildschut, co-author of the study, comments: “Nostalgia is experienced frequently and virtually by everyone and we know that it can maintain psychological comfort. For example, … Read the rest

Scientifically-Backed Methods for Improving Personal Happiness

When is the last time you’ve exercised? How much sleep are you getting? Are you spending quality time with friends and family? These are questions your mother will probably ask you over the holidays, but science says she’s right. Huffington Post offers common-sense – but scientifically-grounded – ways to improve your sense of well-being.… Read the rest