Category Archives: Work/Life

Parents and Caregivers Still Need Flexibility from Employers

It’s been approximately 16 months since the U.S. (the world really) practically came to a standstill due to the pandemic. As much of the nation became a work-from-home workforce, many parents went from full-time employees to facing additional responsibilities of becoming teachers, chefs, caregivers, etc. Most could not rely on the traditional assistance from parents or older relatives for fear of endangering the lives of their family members. And how many of us can afford to have nannies or live-in Read the rest

How to Respond to Negative Feedback

Have you ever gotten feedback that you didn’t enjoy hearing? It could have been from a supervisor, a coworker, or even a spouse/partner. Sometimes, negative feedback can be difficult to accept because it forces us to face things about ourselves that we would rather ignore (assuming there is truth in the feedback). We all need people around us who will be honest, who will tell us the truth, even when we don’t want to hear it. In this short videoRead the rest

Self-Care Is Still Important – Breaks Can Help

It has been shown repeatedly that when we take time out to rest and relax, we’re more engaged and productive. However, it can be challenging to take a break when we have one meeting after the other. Often, it seems that supervisors and coworkers think they can add more meetings to our calendars because we’re working at home (and obviously, we have nothing else to do). Not to mention that when we get into a flow of work, it’s easy … Read the rest

Why We Feel Exhausted and Lack Focus and What Can Help

Are there days when you don’t feel like doing anything, especially working? You may not feel burnt out, but neither are you bursting with energy. Perhaps you feel tired, or like you’re walking around in a ‘fog.’ Don’t worry, you are not alone. After more than a year of disruption caused by the pandemic, many people feel ‘blah.’ It’s okay to admit that you are not okay. It does not mean that there is something “wrong” with you. You don’t … Read the rest

The Surprising Benefits of Microbreaks

The importance of taking short breaks throughout the workday can prove invaluable in increasing focus while helping to relieve stress. According to the author of this article, these short breaks, referred to as microbreaks, are also an effective way to manage energy levels.  During these breaks, you can do activities that are as simple as stretching, walking up and down the stairs, gazing out a window at nature, snacking, or having a five-minute mindful meditation.

Managers need to give … Read the rest

Five Simple Steps to Stay Healthy During Times of Stress

April is stress awareness month. Some of you might respond to this statement with the comment that every month (every day, really), you’re aware of stress. Many of us are in a state of chronic stress, wearing invisible capes as we try to be a superhuman day in and day out in the face of stressors. We are often left wondering when things will change, if things will ever get back to normal, if we will ever get back to … Read the rest

Free Health and Wellness Symposium

You are invited to attend BLOSSOM—a free virtual symposium focusing on library staff’s health and wellness. Hosted by the Network of National Library of Medicine, this free three-day virtual symposium, scheduled March 24 – 26, 2021, will bring together experts on morale, invisible services, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care in libraries. The symposium will provide library staff at all levels with key takeaways to improve library staff’s health and wellness. This event is open to all library staff Read the rest

Staying Focused, Even When We’re Not Feeling It

As I look out my office window (at home) today, the sun is shining brightly. It makes me dream of getting back outside and taking walks in warm weather and once again waving at the people in my community. I am feeling hopeful. There is news that the U.S. government will soon approve the third vaccine to fight the coronavirus. There is reason to start looking ahead. Perhaps we are at the beginning of the end of the pandemic. Right Read the rest

Why We Need to Create a Rest Ethic

When was the last time you planned and took time off from work? With the pandemic, and many people still working from home, it has been a struggle to separate work life from other aspects of our lives. We may even feel guilty for taking time off because, really, we’re just at home anyway. Let’s face it, most of us pride ourselves on having a great work ethic. We often fill our schedules with meetings and activities to keep ourselves Read the rest

Self-Care: More Important Than Ever

By Beatrice Calvin, MA, Counseling, CDF

It is a new year. 2020 is now behind us. Yet, because the coronavirus pandemic still rages on, some people may feel trapped in a time warp. They are tired. They are tired of being tired and anxious and overwhelmed. They are tired of working from home with kids, significant others, and pets. Others are tired of having to go to the library and worry about their safety. People are feeling stressed and stretched Read the rest