Category Archives: Work/Life

Need Mental Health Help But You Aren’t In Crisis? Try A ‘Warmline’

You may have read our article about the designation of 988 as the three-digit dialing code to route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Using this number gives callers access to trained counselors who can help if you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, substance use disturbances, or other mental health crises. Through the hotline, assistance is always available, 24/7 from anywhere in the U.S. But what would you do if you’re not in crises? You may not feel suicidal and therefore Read the rest

How to be Prepared and Less Stressed for the Coming Holidays

What does the start of November mean to you? Is it the ending of daylight savings time? Is it that winter is coming? Is it that elections will be occurring? Is it a time to honor and remember those who have served in the military? For many of us, it can be all those things. But the one thing that it conjures up for most people is the idea that the holidays will soon be upon us. It’s a time Read the rest

Healthy Ways to Handle Life’s Stressors

Have you ever gotten an exciting new job, been promoted, married, ran a marathon, or had children? Although exciting, these types of events can cause you to feel stressed. Stress is simply a part of everyday life for most of us, but we don’t all react to stress in the same way. This is what makes it difficult for us to define stress. It can be different for each person. What causes one person to feel overwhelmed can be energizing Read the rest

Do You Have “Tech Neck”?

How many hours a day do you spend on your phone, tablet, laptop, or other devices? Staying connected, informed, and entertained while working, seeking information, meeting with committees and teams on Zoom, etc., can cause us to spend a tremendous amount of time on screens. Often we tend to use the same motions of looking down and perhaps keeping our hands and arms in the same positions for extended periods. This can lead to neck, shoulder, or upper back pain. Read the rest

You Can Do Hard Things

Is there something difficult that you need to accomplish? Perhaps you’ve been putting off having a conversation. Or maybe there’s a project you need to tackle. Perhaps you want to take better care of your mental and physical health but can’t seem to find the time. When hard things arise, we often avoid them or put them off. Sometimes we want to bypass what we think might be unpleasant situations. Or we might feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to Read the rest

Managing Stress

Now that we’ve gotten through more than two years of the pandemic, work stress is more normalized than ever. We read about how important self-care is, but how often do we take the time to engage in activities that refresh and revitalize us? With staff shortages in libraries, many of us continue to take on more work (adding to our stress levels) without making necessary adjustments. This added stress can negatively affect our physical and mental health. The author of Read the rest

Fostering Wellness in the Workplace: A Handbook for Libraries

Whether you’re an administrator or library leader concerned about the health and well-being of your team, or a library worker excited to launch a health and wellness movement in your library, you’ll find sensible guidance and inspiration in the new handbook by Bobbi L. Newman: Fostering Wellness in the Workplace.

As part of their dedication to improving the lives of their patrons, libraries have long offered services, programs, and outreach dedicated to the health and wellness of their communities. There Read the rest

5 Areas of Wellness Employees Need Help with Right Now

It’s no secret that people have struggled with various issues since the start of the pandemic. These include stress, anxiety, burnout, emotional exhaustion, sleep deprivation, loneliness and isolation, financial stress, and caregiver stress. The list can go on. Employees have looked to their employers for more support to cope with their concerns. Some employers have addressed the needs of their staff by offering access to employee assistance programs (EAP) and well-being programming. Let’s face it; we know that employers can’t Read the rest

Call or Text 988 for Mental Health Help

The national suicide prevention hotline has changed its current 10-digit number to the easier-to-remember 9-8-8. This number has been designated the new three-digit dialing code to route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This dialing code became available to everyone across the United States on July 16, 2022.

During a recent press briefing to launch the transition to the 988 number, secretary of health and human services Xavier Becerra remarked, “If you’re about to fall, reach out! Read the rest

Summer Wellness Tips to Keep in Mind

It’s been quite some time since many of us have been in full summer mode —going to the beach, attending outdoor concerts, visiting places in far-away locations, etc. Now that most travel restrictions have been lifted, people are eager to get back to traveling. This article indicates that “73% of American consumers feel positive about travel. And though travelers will pay more and worry more on summer vacation this year, they will not cancel their trips.” If you are Read the rest