Category Archives: Work/Life

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

How To Stop Obsessing Over a Mistake at Work

Making mistakes happens to all of us at some point in our careers. What do you do when this happens to you? Do you lie awake at night trying to decide what you could have done differently to avoid the mistake? Do you hide from your boss and co-workers because you feel they will judge you for the error? Perhaps you feel embarrassed and worry that people will see you as inadequate. When we make mistakes at work, we often Read the rest

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month—a time to raise awareness around mental health challenges and prioritize your employees’ and your mental health. Mental health is always important, but with the lingering effects of the pandemic and a push to “return to normal,” it is at the top of the priority list. In addition to higher wages and increased flexibility, employees are also looking to their employers for assistance with mental health. They want more than the obligatory employee assistance Read the rest

Building Healthy Habits When You’re Truly Exhausted

Have you ever had a day when you were compelled to drag yourself out of bed, only to feel as though there were bricks tied to your feet making you move as slow as molasses all day long? If you’re like most people these days, you probably responded with a resounding yes. Some days it’s just difficult to get motivated to do anything. That’s normal. However, now that it’s spring, most of us want to get outside more, perhaps start Read the rest

Quick Stress Relief

Your supervisor calls you into her office to have a “discussion.” She sounds upset. Do you immediately wonder what you did wrong? Do you feel stressed? What do you do? How do you calm yourself in the moment to have a productive conversation? There are numerous techniques for managing stress. Yoga, mindfulness meditation, and exercise are just a few examples of stress-relieving activities that work for some people. But in the heat of the moment, like disagreeing with a coworker, … Read the rest

New Mental Health Plan Revealed

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Many of us have faced challenges that were stressful and often overwhelming. It should come as no surprise then that the COVID-19 pandemic worsened what has been called a mental health crisis. The 2022 State of Mental Health in America report released by Mental Health America (MHA) confirms the trend that mental health in the U.S. continued to get worse, leading into the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of the Read the rest

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, a time when all people can focus on their cardiovascular health. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Anyone can get heart disease, but there are things you can do to protect your heart and stay healthy. Heart-healthy living involves understanding your risk, making healthy lifestyle choices, and taking steps to reduce your chances of getting heart disease. You can lower your risk of Read the rest

Succeeding at Work While Making Home Your #1 Priority

Balancing work and family are probably the number one issue facing workers today. Although most libraries are open and have been for some time, that doesn’t mean that your responsibilities outside of work disappear just because you’re not working from home. People still manage childcare (schools close due to reports of COVID infiltration) and eldercare (parents have doctor’s appointments). Pets need to be taken to the veterinarian, laundry needs to be done, dishes must be washed, and groceries must Read the rest

Workplace Anti-Stress Strategy for Working Parents

The pandemic made it clear that working caregivers —particularly parents— must juggle the needs of those for whom they have responsibility with the demands of their jobs. We should not expect caregivers to go back to the way things were before the pandemic hit —feeling tired, worn out, and overwhelmed attempting to be engaged and productive at work while worried about sick children or elderly parents. The author of this article says it’s time for employers to be flexible and Read the rest

21 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress Now

Holiday movies and music have already begun to play — even as some people have yet to put away their pumpkins from Halloween. Technically, the pandemic is not over. But people are behaving as though it is. They are thinking about and planning big gatherings with family and friends for the holidays. With the possibility of either traveling to visit family or preparing for family to visit you, shopping for presents, planning meals, and still having to complete projects for Read the rest