Category Archives: Work/Life

How Do You Know If You’re Too Sick to Go to Work?

Every time winter begins, I find myself saying to colleagues, “If you’re sick, please stay home.” As library workers, you encounter all sorts of people every day. Unless you’ve been in hibernation, you’ve no doubt heard all sorts of stories about Coronavirus. Dealing with COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) raises many questions for librarians as individuals and as those who serve the public.

It’s important to be familiar with the disease, its symptoms and its spread. Your Read the rest

Tips to Stay on Track with Your Resolutions

Did you make any resolutions at the beginning of the year? If so, how are you doing on them? If you’re like most people who make resolutions, you may have given up on them already. Several studies related to new year’s resolutions indicate that anywhere from 43% to as high as 88% of people who make resolutions fail —some before the end of January. These numbers can be discouraging; it’s tempting to wonder why we should bother making resolutions at Read the rest

A Powerful Question to Ask Yourself

With the start of 2020, we began a new year and a new decade. A new year is a time when some people are excited to get started on new projects and new ideas. Many of us make resolutions and develop goals regarding things we want to accomplish. However, some people decide not to make any resolutions. Some people convince themselves that there is no point in making resolutions because things won’t work out the way they want them to. Read the rest

Stress Management and Mindfulness Sessions at ALA Midwinter Meeting

The ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will host stress management and mindfulness sessions during the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. They will be held in the Terrace Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. There is no cost to attend, and registration is not required. The details of each session are below. For information on other programs and activities held in the Center, visit the workshops page.

Real Stress Management; Saturday, Jan. 25, 10:30 – 11:30 Read the rest

Ways to Balance Work, Stress and the Holidays

By Beatrice Calvin

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”  What am I referring to? The holidays, of course! We have passed Thanksgiving and are moving into full holiday mode. Although the holidays can be joyful, they can also be quite challenging. What causes some people to feel overwhelmed and stressed? Stress can be quite subjective. What causes one person to feel stressed might not affect another person at all. 

If you research stress, you’ll Read the rest

How to Let Go of a Grudge at Work

Perhaps you were denied a hard-earned promotion. Maybe a hiring freeze means you have taken on additional responsibilities (without additional compensation), or someone claimed your idea as their own. How long should we hold on to our anger? How do we move past it? We’ve probably all heard about how holding on to anger can affect our health in negative ways (e.g. can lead to stress, high blood pressure, etc.). However, even if we know the consequences of holding Read the rest

Ten Tips for Dealing with the Stress of Uncertainty

What’s bothering you? What’s causing you to feel stressed? Is it your family, your finances, your job? According to this year’s Stress in America survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), Americans report various issues in the news as significant sources of stress, including health care, mass shootings and the upcoming election. However, according to the American Institute of Stress, numerous studies show that job stress is by far the major source of anxiety for American adults and Read the rest

Signs You’re Burning Out at Work

We all deal with stress in our lives, but especially in our jobs. There is the usual stress that comes with having to meet yet another deadline or dealing with your most difficult patron or coworker. However, chronic stress, if not managed effectively, can result in burnout. Burnout is more than the “normal” occurrences of stress. It can be a result of prolonged or chronic stress and is characterized by emotional exhaustion and feelings of being over-worked and over-whelmed on Read the rest

How Optimism Helps You Deal with Stress

Positive psychology researcher Michelle Gielan has studied optimism and success for more than a decade. Through her research, she has found that those with an optimistic outlook are better equipped to deal with stress. She also found that optimists have met more of their goals—both personally and professionally. Gielan defines optimism as the expectation of good things to happen and the belief that our behavior matters, especially in the face of challenges. She believes that even with optimism, it’s still Read the rest

How to Stop Thinking About Work After Hours

When you’re at home, do you think about projects you need to work on, or coworkers you need to talk to once you’re back at work? Sometimes it can be challenging to relax and let go of thoughts related to work. However, relaxing properly is essential to maintaining your physical and mental health. In a professional context, failure to relax can impact the quality and quantity of work you produce. According to this article, learning not to think Read the rest