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

Get Immediate Help
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org

How Do You Manage an Employee Experiencing a Personal Crisis?
From Library Worklife Newsletter, September 2022

Caring for Your Mental Health
Source: National Institute of Mental Health.gov – Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, act, make choices, and relate to others. Mental health is more than the absence of a mental illness—it’s essential to your overall health and quality of life. Self-care can play a role in maintaining your mental health and help support your treatment and recovery if you have a mental illness. This page provides tips to help you get started with self-care.

Stay Well, Stay Inspired
Free pdf from ALA Editions
Library workers everywhere continue to serve their communities in countless innovative ways. Take some time out for yourself with this free PDF of relaxing activities. Featuring excerpts from Check This Out! A Coloring Book for Library LoversThis Journal is OverdueThe Librarian’s Book of Quotes, and Future-Proof Your Team, the creative writing prompts, coloring book pages, and uplifting quotes inside will help you unwind and destress. Share your finished colored pages online with the hashtag #ColorMeALA

Coping with Stress
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was 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 healthy ways to reduce stress for yourself and others. 

What is Emotional Well-being—and Why We Need it in the Workplace?
Source: Ulliance.com – In the workplace, emotional well-being encompasses creating a “culture of health” within the environment. Research has repeatedly shown that improving well-being in the workplace has transformational benefits to the company. Meaning, happy employees have lower workman’s comp claims and use fewer sick days. This article talks about how employers can develop a culture of wellness.

Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace: A Guide
Source: Indeed.com – This article discusses the importance of mental health in the workplace and how employers can promote workplace mental health throughout their organizations. It offers strategies and tips to promote positive mental health at work.

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.

Stress Management
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.

ABCs of 2020 Lifestyle Shift
Source: Central Recovery Press.com –  Steve and Angie McCord, authors of A Spiritual Path to a Healthy Relationship put together a list of ideas, from A-Z, of positive ways to cope with stress and anxiety during COVID-19 pandemic.

ALA-APA Resources for Coping with Grief

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.