Category Archives: Work/Life

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

Managing Grief During the Holidays

Many people are experiencing grief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grief is a normal response to a loss during or after a disaster or other traumatic event. Grief can happen in response to a loss of life, as well as to drastic changes to daily routines and ways of life that usually bring us comfort and a feeling of stability.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be unable to be with a loved one when they die or unable to Read the rest

Keeping Your Family Safe This Thanksgiving

If you live in the United States, you know that Thanksgiving is the unofficial start of many Americans’ holiday season. It can be a happy, festive time as well as a stressful one. People often travel hundreds of miles to spend time with family and friends. This year, of course, we face the prospect of deciding if we are going to adhere to our usual traditions or put things on hold. Most of us long for the days when we Read the rest

Six Ways to Stay Focused at Work

By Beatrice Calvin, MA, Counseling, CDF

With all that’s going on in the world today, it’s understandable that we are feeling more distracted than ever before. We have internal distractions (e.g., our thoughts and worries) and external ones (e.g., working at home with spouses, children, pets). These all add to the likelihood that our ability to concentrate on specific tasks and focus on work will be diminished. Even before the pandemic, people reported that they were experiencing difficulty concentrating at Read the rest

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