Category Archives: Work/Life

Do You Know the Signs of Stress?

By Beatrice Calvin, MACMH, CDF

If you told someone in the general public that library workers experience stress on the job, many people might find that difficult to believe. There is a perception that people who work in libraries sit around and read their favorite books all day. I don’t need to tell you how wrong this idea is. Let’s be real. Every profession and/or work environment has the potential to be stressful for its workforce.

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5 Ways You Can Use Visualization to Achieve Almost Anything!

Wait! Don’t dismiss this article based on the title. When you hear words like visualization, do you immediately put on your ‘skeptical’ hat? Are you anything like the author of this article who said, “I’m a hard-nosed realist who used to look at things like visualization as woo woo New Age.” If you said yes, then read on. The author explains how she used visualization in a personal struggle. However, her insight on visualization goes beyond her Read the rest “5 Ways You Can Use Visualization to Achieve Almost Anything!”

Is there a Point to Making Goals and/or Resolutions?

By Beatrice Calvin, MACMH, CDF

At the start of each year, I usually do not set any new goals or make any New Year’s resolutions. Year after year, I’ve read that people tend to stop working on their goals within a month or two. So, I figured, what’s the point.  However, while sitting in a service at the end of last year (a couple of weeks ago), I was encouraged to look at things a bit differently. At the heart Read the rest “Is there a Point to Making Goals and/or Resolutions?”

You’re Sick? Go Home!

Have you ever gone to work when you were feeling not quite up to par—when you knew you were feeling ‘under the weather?’  What were your reasons for going in? You had an important meeting that you didn’t want to miss. You didn’t want to add to your colleagues’ workload. You wanted to save your sick days for when you “really” needed them. Whatever the reason, when you go in to work when you’re not feeling well, you run the Read the rest “You’re Sick? Go Home!”

What Will You Do Differently Next Time?

We may have our time planned exactly the way we want so that we can be effective and efficient in accomplishing our goals. Then out of the blue… here comes what feels like a thousand demands for our time. When we find ourselves bombarded with requests from supervisors, co-workers, even those in other departments, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.  This often leads to distraction. We can get distracted by all the thoughts running through our minds (i.e. how Read the rest “What Will You Do Differently Next Time?”

5 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed by Your Workload

By Beatrice Calvin

If you have times when you feel overwhelmed by your workload, you’re not alone. Nearly everyone feels overwhelmed at some point. But it’s how you handle your feelings that can make all the difference. The author of this article offers suggestions of practical ways (i.e. healthy self-talk, examining your assumptions, tracking your time, changing some behaviors, etc.) to handle your feelings which, ultimately could lead to your having a greater sense of control.

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Fireproof Your Life: How to Recognize Burnout and Escape Your Own Personal Inferno

Have you ever felt tired and exhausted and just ready to give up on work completely? Probably. Most of us who have been working for any number of years has felt this way. There have probably been times when the stress of our daily routines causes us to feel so exhausted that we must take a break—mental and physical. Even if it’s for just a few days to relax on a beach, a nice little break can be just the Read the rest “Fireproof Your Life: How to Recognize Burnout and Escape Your Own Personal Inferno”

How to Keep Your Mental Health in Check at the Office

You can have your entire day of activities planned out so that you make the best use of your time, ensuring productivity and a sense of accomplishment. Sometimes though, you can have so many interruptions in your day that you start to feel unorganized and ineffective.  You’ll find that the best plans can get waylaid if you aren’t careful. Of course, if your boss comes to you with a project that must be handled ASAP, you probably can’t say, ‘No, … Read the rest “How to Keep Your Mental Health in Check at the Office”

Take Time for Yourself with These 6 Self-Care Ideas

What do you do when work starts to pile up, or you have multiple projects at home and other volunteer responsibilities? How do you care for yourself so that you don’t feel burned-out?  The author of this article says that self-care should be a daily act that is part of your normal routine. The author suggests that you forget the images you may have seen in the media depicting people taking bubble baths or getting massages. She encourages us to Read the rest “Take Time for Yourself with These 6 Self-Care Ideas”

3 Unconscious Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Time Off from Work  

Thanks to technology, it often feels as though it is impossible to disengage from our typical work tasks. Even when we’re supposed to be on vacation, we continue to do things such as respond to email and check phone messages. The author of this article suggests that sometimes we do things that causes us to sabotage our time off. He offers suggestions to make it easier for us to disconnect from work and avoid ruining our time away. If you … Read the rest “3 Unconscious Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Time Off from Work  ”