Category Archives: Work/Life

Small Ways Workplaces Are Prioritizing Employee Well-Being

We are all facing unprecedented times as the coronavirus continues to change how we live, connect with others, and provide services. The pandemic is stressful for many people on many levels. Mental health has become a significant concern for innumerable persons. In a Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll conducted in mid-July, 53% of adults in the United States reported that their mental health had been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. This number probably increases when Read the rest

How to Feel Better About What’s Going on in the World

Circumstances appear bleak now that hundreds of thousands of people have died from COVID-19. Millions have lost their jobs. Protests continue as the injustice suffered by people of color has been exposed through the media. Crime seems to be rampant in some areas. If you think about any of it too long, you could feel discouraged and become depressed. Let’s face it, none of us knows when things will improve. Chances are, we will not experience a sense of complete Read the rest

How to Stop Stress Eating When You’re Stuck at Home

Do you eat to feel better or relieve stress? Do you snack on junk food when you are bored? We do not always eat just to satisfy physical hunger. Many of us also eat emotionally, turning to food for comfort, stress relief, or to reward ourselves. And when we do, we tend to reach for junk food, sweets, and other comforting but unhealthy foods. Given the times in which we are currently living, it might be easy to give up Read the rest

Managing Stress and Taking Really Good Care of Yourself – Webinar and Resource List

In this session, presenter Dr. Caitlin Williams discusses twelve strategies for managing stress. She suggests ways to make small changes that will allow you to take care of yourself in a healthy manner.

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Welcome to WFH

By Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia for you – according to Dictionary.com, WFH is a trending term that refers to working (or work) from home. While you probably already knew that, you might not know the dozens of ways you can make WTH more manageable and more stress-free for you.  For example, there are ways to remain focused during your 3rd Zoom call of the day, ways to handle your three-year-old who would like more Read the rest

Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times

To help us discover strategies for managing stress in light of the COVID-19 crisis, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) will host a session, Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times on May 27th at 1:00 p.m. (CT).

This Zoom presentation blends learning, participant sharing, and brief practices: straw breathing, gentle stretching, guided meditation, silent sit, and gratitude. Emphasis is on strengthening our collective immune system and our responsibility (response+ability) to sharpen self-regulation skills in service Read the rest

Why It’s Essential to Set Boundaries While Working from Home

We all have a limited amount of energy we’re trying to manage each day, along with a host of new challenges. Many people are experiencing different mental, emotional, and physical responses to the unprecedented challenges that we continue to face. We must prioritize our health and wellbeing before we can effectively take care of anything else. According to this article, that means setting boundaries by letting people know when you are or are not available. You do not have Read the rest

9 Ways to Avoid Panicking About Current Events

Given the COVID-19 crisis, it is not surprising that people may experience some level of anxiety. It’s normal to be concerned, worried or even fearful when there is so much uncertainty. But what should you do if the worry becomes overwhelming? In this article, a clinical psychologist offers practical suggestions to avoid feeling anxious when thrust into circumstances beyond our control. He acknowledges that no single exercise is necessarily going to work as a “magic bullet that frees you Read the rest

Stress Management in Extraordinary Times

April is Stress Awareness Month. Most of us don’t need a day or month highlighted on the calendar to make us aware of the existence of stress. We live with it in some form on most days. Given the times we’re living in now, it seems that stress is penetrating every aspect of our lives. With the effects of the coronavirus, there is so much uncertainty, and watching the news and social media posts does not help to alleviate any Read the rest

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