Category Archives: Work/Life

Try This 5-Finger Deep Breathing Tip to Reduce Stress

Are you living your best life? Are you happier than you’ve ever been before? Did the stress in your life magically disappear when the holidays were over? Chances are that most people responded with a resounding “No.” Stress didn’t automatically disappear because a new year began. We’ve all seen the word stress so much that we may tend to ignore it. But we can’t ignore the impact of stress on our daily lives. Most of us have experienced a sense Read the rest

Patron Trauma: Real-World Library Guidance

As a library worker, did you ever imagine that you might be expected to function as a social worker, a job search guru, a self-help expert, an instructor, or any other number of roles that today’s library workers are thrust into? Library workers are facing challenges that they are not necessarily equipped to manage. Whether you find yourself helping library patrons locate information regarding Medicare benefits, unemployment compensation, news on global crises, or witnessing a community member struggling with tough Read the rest

Staying Fit at Work: A Librarian’s Hacks to Healthy Eating

By Jackie Edwards

Contrary to popular belief, libraries are no longer a perfect picture of serenity, tranquility, and calmness, with library workers stacking books on shelves and shushing patrons who speak above a whisper. Libraries are bustling with activities for all age groups. At any given time, you’re likely to hear stories being read to preschoolers, see preteens playing video games, run into a group of seniors playing bingo, or smell popcorn as families gather to watch a movie. With … Read the rest

Practicing Gratitude Can Make a Difference

The holidays are now in the rearview mirror. Many of us can think of things we’re grateful for (time spent with family and friends, time not spent with family and friends, quiet times, times that we laughed as we shared memories, etc.). While it is nice to count our blessings during the holidays, practicing gratitude for the big and small things in life can benefit us year-round. January is a good time to start a practice of gratitude. This simplyRead the rest

Are You Feeling Blue?

The winter holidays can be a very special time. Friends and families gather to share meals, perhaps exchange gifts, or just spend time together laughing and talking. It can be a wonderful time for some. However, for others, this time of year is not so pleasant. For various reasons ─family tension, loss of a loved one, financial stress, bad memories of past holidays, etc.─ the holidays can cause some to feel a bit down. It could also be that you Read the rest

Managing Holiday Stress

It’s that time of year again. You know… the most wonderful and magical time of year: the holidays. While most of us are truly thankful for this time of year, many are also dreading it and just want it to be over already. Why? Because even though this may be a joyous time of year, it can also be a stressful time. 

There are a variety of reasons why this time of year may be stressful. You could have a Read the rest

Fall Wellness Tips for You and Your Employees

Autumn is here. Some people are feeling disappointed because they had hoped summer would hold on just a little while longer. Others are reveling in the cooler weather and the crispness that hangs in the air. Many of us are embracing the beauty of the season with its changing leaves as we prepare to indulge in apple cider, hot chocolate, and bowls of chicken noodle soup. It is a perfect time to find joy in the small pleasures that Read the rest

Rejuvenation Now that the Pandemic is Over

On May 5 of this year, more than three years after COVID-19 was designated as a pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the global Public Health Emergency for COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared the same for the United States, effective on May 11, 2023. During the pandemic, we saw an increase in the number of people struggling with mental health concerns. These have not all gone away just because the Read the rest

Autumn Depression: Is It Real?

The Labor Day holiday is our unofficial signal that the end of summer is near. The days are getting shorter, the nights longer, and the weather colder. During the fall (and often through the winter) many people go through short periods of time where they may feel sad or not like their usual selves (sometimes called “winter blues”). Often, these mood changes begin and end when the seasons change. In some cases, these mood changes are more serious and can Read the rest

Why Taking a Vacation Is Essential

Have you taken a vacation this summer? If you did, that’s great. What did you do with your time away from work? Did you spend time at the beach? Did you visit family or friends? Did you go on a long-desired cruise? It really doesn’t matter what you did. The important thing is that you were able to get away from work to rejuvenate. If you did not take a vacation, it’s not too late. Although many of us may Read the rest