All types of mental health are a part of this element of wellness, including aspects like stress management and overall attitude towards life. People with good emotional wellness set priorities, balance different aspects of life (family, work, friends, etc.), are self-aware of their mental health, and seek support when it is needed.
Emotional Wellness Resources
Manage Anxiety & Stress
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress effectively will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. This page talks about ways to reduce stress for yourself and others during an infectious disease outbreak.
Free Mental Health Training for COVID-19
Source: Southern New Hampshire University – We’re in uncertain times right now as we deal with COVID-19. Knowing what you should do in this situation is hard, and it’s even harder when you have to take care of other people. Even in the best of times we’ve all struggled to balance our work and home. Now, we definitely have blurred lines. With ‘stay at home’ orders, everything seems to be blending together. With so many changes to work, school, and business, it can be hard to predict what tomorrow will be like. It’s normal to feel uncertain right now. This is an excellent resource which talks about some ways you can stay calm and positive through these changes.
Source: HelpGuide.org – If you’re living with high levels of stress, you’re putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium, as well as your physical health. It narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life. It may seem like there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think. This page offers practical steps to help you manage stress.
Wellness Strategies for Those Experiencing Microaggressions Plus Workplace Stress recorded webinar
Session held April 30, 2019
People from diverse social identity groups frequently experience microaggressions — verbal and non-verbal messages that are invalidating or demeaning. These could be experienced in addition to workplace stress. Situations like these can take their toll on a person’s emotional, psychological, and physical health, as well as decrease workplace engagement. Navigating microaggressions and workplace stress means being able to identify and name the experience, having the words and skills to call attention to these, and having strategies to achieve wellness for those experiencing them.
In this webinar, ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo gave opening remarks. Dr. Cooke of the University of Urbana-Champaign introduced the theme and concepts of microaggressions and workplace stress and served as moderator. Two librarians and a counselor educator shared strategies for personal responses by individuals, allies and up-standers, and discussed ways to change workplace culture.
Library Worklife Newsletter articles on work/life balance (wellness, stress management, self-care, etc.)
Stress and Stress Management from the Mayo Clinic
A series of pages covering stress basics, in-depth topics, videos, health news about stress, links to books and web pages, as well as a q-and-a section and a regular blog written by a medical expert. The in-depth pages are particularly wide-ranging, covering topics as diverse as job stress, empty-nest syndrome, relaxation techniques, pet therapy, meditation, preventing stress set-backs, and more.
Relaxation Techniques for Health
A fact sheet from the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (part of the National Institutes of Health) summarizing information on relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and self-hypnosis. Includes links to other stress- and relaxation-related articles and resources.
Mental Health Resources
Source: Mental Health First Aid – Includes lists of help lines, support groups, resources for those with depression, anxiety and suicidal intentions, as well as many other mental health concerns.
Action on Workplace Stress
A guide and resource toolkit provided by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) that provides a place to start to learn about workplace stress and what to do about it. Although some of the legal materials are focused specifically on Ontario, it includes tools that are more universal, including links to a smartphone app and an online survey that can help you measure your stress levels.
A collaborative government site that includes resources for all types of people who may be dealing with Mental Health issues themselves, in their family/friends, or in their wider community. Provides direct advice for how to communicate, what to say, and further resources to share.
Crash Course in Dealing with Difficult Library Customers by Shelley E. Mosley, Dennis C. Tucker, and Sandra Van Winkle (2014)
The authors of Crash Course in Dealing with Difficult Library Customers provide strategies for managing stressful situations with problem-causing individuals.
Defusing the Angry Patron: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians by Rhea Joyce Rubin (2011)
Does your library have a plan for dealing with angry patrons both in-person and in the online environment? Think: angry comments on websites, blogs, social networks, or even chat?
Job Stress and the Librarian: Coping Strategies from the Professionals edited by Carol Smallwood and Linda Burkey Wade (2013)
This book, applicable to all types of librarians, includes chapters on a range of topics, including dealing with difficult patrons, burnout, and physical and mental health.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck (2006)
The author discusses the differences between fixed and growth mindsets and offers strategies for being more open to change.
Managing Stress and Conflict in Libraries by Sheila Pantry (2013)
Pantry provides information about conflict resolution skills and defining a healthy working environment.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport (2012)
Newport reexamines the claim that following your passion is good advice and writes about strategies that have helped others turn hard work into rewarding and compelling careers.