Category Archives: Work/Life

5 Things to Do to Improve Your Mental Health

By Beatrice Calvin

May is Mental Health Month, the perfect time to learn about successful employer practices to promote good mental health among employees and assist those who may have mental health conditions. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Center for Workplace Mental Health, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), and the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) are just a few organizations that offer a range of resources to help, including providing programs for use in the workplace Read the rest

Give Employees Time and Permission to be Well

Often, we spend a lot of time taking care of others—children, older parents, a sick spouse or partner. In doing so, we sometimes neglect our own well-being. When employees don’t take the time to care for themselves, their productivity at work can be affected. This article suggests that employers do more to encourage employees to balance their work and personal lives in ways that make sense and help them be productive. The author states that if employers want to succeed Read the rest

Ways to Relax Before Bedtime and Improve Sleep

Have you ever had one of those days when everything seems to be going non-stop, full-speed ahead with no time for breaks or even lunch?  Are there days when you leave work and even then, things don’t seem to slow down?  Days like this make it hard to shut down at the end of the day. You might find that it can be difficult to fall asleep if you haven’t prepared your body and mind for this transition. If you … Read the rest

What Are You Tolerating?

Are there things or situations in your life that cause you to feel stressed every time you think about them? It could be a messy office, a friendship or work relationship that is not reciprocal, or even a desire to get additional education. They are things you want to change, but just haven’t put in the time or effort to make the change. The author of this article/video calls these “tolerations” and says that they drain us of our energy. Read the rest

12 Cups of Tea

By Beatrice Calvin, MACMH, CDF

Recently, I read an article entitled 50 Cups of Coffee. The author talked about meeting with a different person each week to have focused “discussions about an idea you’re both interested in, or where the other person can give you input on something they like discussing.” After a bit of reading, I discovered that this is not a new concept. Basically, it involves meeting with someone you’re not overly familiar with for a Read the rest

How to Make (and Keep) a New Year’s Resolution

Okay, it’s brand new year and a brand new you. You’re ready for new and exciting things to happen. Did you make any resolutions about things you want to change or do differently? If so, you’ve probably heard the statistic that more than half of all resolutions fail. By the middle of February, most people have given up on their resolutions.  I’m not trying to rain on your parade. Don’t let the statistics keep you from starting. You don’t have Read the rest

A Space for Calm: Setting up a Wellness Room in the Workplace

By Loriene Roy and Inessa A. Ach

Workplaces may provide onsite or nearby access to wellness facilities such as gyms, lactation rooms, or spas. In other cases, library workers do not have convenient wellness locations to which they can retreat during their workdays.  In this article we will describe how one graduate school of information responded to the perceived needs of its faculty and staff to create an in-house wellness room.

The School of Information (iSchool) at the University of Read the rest

To Recover from Burnout, Regain Your Sense of Control  

When it comes to work, have you been feeling exhausted, ineffective, unaccomplished, and cynical? Have you thought to yourself that no matter how hard you work, you can never keep up? Or that you can’t make your boss happy no matter how hard you try? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing burnout. The author of this article offers suggestions to help combat these feelings. You can start by taking control of your life. Read the rest

How to Stay Positive While Surrounded by Energy Zappers

Do you know people who seem to drain the positive energy out of you and perhaps everyone around them? Some people like to bring other’s spirits down to where theirs is. Some people just cannot help but talk about fellow coworkers. The author of this article gives examples of ways people can reduce your positive energy and offers suggestions for ways to minimize their affects. The author asserts that we are all vulnerable to the stresses of life and should Read the rest

Being in Work Mode All Day Could Be Hurting You – It’s Time to Detach

With constant access to technology, detaching from work isn’t always easy.  It can sometimes be difficult to ignore that email from your boss that pops up late at night, or not respond to a quick question from a board member. Many of us are working longer hours, even when we’re officially ‘off the clock.’ This article suggests that this lifestyle continues to be trendy despite research linking longer working hours with depression, heart disease, and other health-related issues. That’s not Read the rest