Emotional Wellness

Emotional workplace wellnessEmotional Wellness

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

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 upstanders, and discussed ways to change workplace culture.

ALA-APA Resources for Coping with Grief

Library Worklife Newsletter articles on work/life balance (wellness, stress management, self-care, etc.)

7 Tips to Help Deal with Stress at Work

8 Ways Managers Can Help Reduce Workplace Stress

Librarians as Social Workers

Urgent, Not-Important, or Somewhere In-between: Using the Eisenhower Matrix to Prioritize Your Time

Recommended Reading

Emotional Workplace wellness book

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.

Emotional workplace wellness book recommendation

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?

Emotional workplace wellness book recommendation

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.

Emotional workplace wellness book recommendation

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.


Emotional workplace wellness book recommendation

Managing Stress and Conflict in Libraries by Sheila Pantry (2013)

Pantry provides information about conflict resolution skills and defining a healthy working environment.


Emotional workplace wellness book recommendation

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.

External Emotional Wellness Resources

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 webpages, 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.

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.