Category Archives: Work/Life

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

It’s Heart Health Month: Show Yourself Some Love

By Beatrice Calvin

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love eating sweets. Before the pandemic began, when I went out to lunch with co-workers, I would be the one to ask for the dessert menu before the appetizers arrived. Even now, there are days when I would rather eat a piece of cake for lunch or dinner and skip the meal altogether. However, given the serious health issues in my family, I have learned to temper my desire Read the rest

Toxic Positivity at Work: Examples and Ways to Manage It

Have you ever felt a little down, and someone came along, said something positive that encouraged you, and helped you to feel better? Did you appreciate what was said? More than likely, you did. It can be good to have optimistic people who can help you get out of a bad mood. Most of us know the value of an encouraging word when feeling down. However, sometimes people want to help others get rid of their “negative” emotions so much Read the rest

How to Take a Mental Health Day that Will Actually Benefit You

It is normal to need breaks to rest and recharge periodically. If you find yourself developing a pattern of low mood or irritability at work, if you find yourself more distracted than usual with an inability to concentrate, or if you have consecutive days where you just can’t get motivated to get much done, it may be time to request some time off —a mental health day. In the same way, you might take a sick day if you are Read the rest

Managing Mental Health Around the Holidays

I have a co-worker who lives in Chicago, while her parents and siblings live in another state. She can’t travel to see them, so she feels lonely and lost this holiday season. I have another friend who lost a loved one during the pandemic. She is on a grieving journey, working through a process. The holidays are not joyous for her. These are just a couple of examples of why the holidays might not be merry and bright for everyone. Read the rest

Need Mental Health Help But You Aren’t In Crisis? Try A ‘Warmline’

You may have read our article about the designation of 988 as the three-digit dialing code to route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Using this number gives callers access to trained counselors who can help if you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, substance use disturbances, or other mental health crises. Through the hotline, assistance is always available, 24/7 from anywhere in the U.S. But what would you do if you’re not in crises? You may not feel suicidal and therefore Read the rest

How to be Prepared and Less Stressed for the Coming Holidays

What does the start of November mean to you? Is it the ending of daylight savings time? Is it that winter is coming? Is it that elections will be occurring? Is it a time to honor and remember those who have served in the military? For many of us, it can be all those things. But the one thing that it conjures up for most people is the idea that the holidays will soon be upon us. It’s a time Read the rest

Healthy Ways to Handle Life’s Stressors

Have you ever gotten an exciting new job, been promoted, married, ran a marathon, or had children? Although exciting, these types of events can cause you to feel stressed. Stress is simply a part of everyday life for most of us, but we don’t all react to stress in the same way. This is what makes it difficult for us to define stress. It can be different for each person. What causes one person to feel overwhelmed can be energizing Read the rest

Do You Have “Tech Neck”?

How many hours a day do you spend on your phone, tablet, laptop, or other devices? Staying connected, informed, and entertained while working, seeking information, meeting with committees and teams on Zoom, etc., can cause us to spend a tremendous amount of time on screens. Often we tend to use the same motions of looking down and perhaps keeping our hands and arms in the same positions for extended periods. This can lead to neck, shoulder, or upper back pain. Read the rest

You Can Do Hard Things

Is there something difficult that you need to accomplish? Perhaps you’ve been putting off having a conversation. Or maybe there’s a project you need to tackle. Perhaps you want to take better care of your mental and physical health but can’t seem to find the time. When hard things arise, we often avoid them or put them off. Sometimes we want to bypass what we think might be unpleasant situations. Or we might feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to Read the rest