Category Archives: Work/Life

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

Three Ways to Refill Emotionally When You are Pouring from an Empty Cup

Now that summer is in full swing, has your workload diminished? Are you breezing through your days without a care in the world? If you’re like most of us, you probably answered “no” to these questions. Stress does not necessarily evaporate with the changing of seasons. Summer might mean more juggling if you have school-age children. It could mean more financial distress as you attempt to take family vacations without additional funds. It might include a heavier workload as your Read the rest

How Can You Find Joy (or at Least Peace) During Difficult Times?

In Chicago you often hear people say there are only two seasons here, hot and cold. I know those are not seasons, but that is the expression we use. Having lived most of my life in Chicago, I can assure you that we really do have four seasons. When I was a child, I found pleasure in every one of them. In spring, I would put on a jacket, go outside, and play games like ‘Mother May I’ or red Read the rest

Ways to Improve Your Well-Being Post-Pandemic

Over the past three years of living through the pandemic, many of us faced sources of stress that we could never have imagined. We were presented with challenges that impacted nearly every area of our lives. Normal routines and interactions (i.e., going to church, attending graduations, birthday parties, etc.) were disrupted. It may have seemed as though many things were out of our control. It’s easy to understand how our equilibrium, our sense of well-being may have been affected by Read the rest

Keep the Momentum Going

Now that the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared an end to the COVID global health emergency, we should continue to be concerned about one another. Remember to check on your colleagues, your neighbors, your family, and friends. Don’t stop being genuinely concerned about them ─their physical and mental well-being. If you notice something might not be quite right “or off” with someone you know, ask how you can help. Employers too, should also continue to find ways to

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24 Ways Employers Can Help Manage Stress at Work

Now that we are near the end of the critical phases of the pandemic, you might be tempted to think that stress is no longer a problem. You would be wrong. I have been in numerous meetings lately where people have been talking about how overwhelmed they are with work and caregiving responsibilities. It is evident that stress has not disappeared. It is still a growing concern for employees. According to research conducted by the University of Massachusetts – Lowell, Read the rest

A Different Kind of Spring Cleaning

For those who work in academic or school libraries, it may be spring break. When I was in school (many moons ago) spring break meant spring cleaning. We did all the deep cleaning that didn’t get done on a daily basis, things like washing windows and walls, cleaning closets and getting rid of clothes that no longer fit, or pulling everything out of the kitchen cabinets and refrigerator and using soapy towels to wipe off the shelves, etc.  Now that Read the rest

No Time for Self-Care? Try Micropractices

You probably don’t need anyone to tell you what you should do to take good care of yourself ─things such as exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water, eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, cultivating healthy relationships, managing stress effectively, etc.  Most of us know what’s required to be healthy. That is not the problem. The problem is that we tell ourselves that we don’t have the time. When we consider all the things that we must contend with on a Read the rest