ALA Presentations on Self Care and Stress Management

Unfortunately, I did not make it to ALA to give these presentations in person. A canceled flight and the overall situation with the airlines and airports meant I felt lucky to get home. I may present these as a webinar later this year for ALA-APA, but I thought I would share them now. 

I was asked to give two presentation for the ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA). One on self care and one on stress management. I am often asked to present on self-care and burn out thanks to developing a class on wellness in the workplace for my day job at NNLM and because of the blog posts here, tweets, Facebook posts, and the forthcoming book on workplace wellness. I steer those requests back to workplace wellness as a whole. I am not comfortable offering instruction on stress management or self care at the request of management that is not actively working to address and correct practices that are contributing to the need for self care and stress management. I am also aware that the roots of self care go back to the Black Panther Party and that Audre Lorde was a queer black woman civil rights activist who wrote the words that are so often quote when she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. That movement and energy has been coopted for profit (as all things are in capitalism) and is a $450 billion industry

I decided to support ALA-APA by giving the presentations but approach both of these sessions holistically and with all of the above in mind.  

Stress Management for Real Life Learn about the signs of stress and how they impact you physically and mentally. You will walk away with stress reduction techniques to use immediately. Leave feeling refreshed and prepared to meet challenges in healthier, more productive ways. We’ll go beyond the typical advice of doing yoga and watching funny movies. Learn about concepts that can be applied at home and work. We’ll also address what leaders and managers can do to help lower unhealthy stress levels in the workplace for yourself and for those you manage. Stress Management for Real Life PDF

Self-Care During Stressful Times Self-care is more than bubble baths, yoga, and meditation. Let’s talk about ways to incorporate self-care that could work for you specifically. We will discuss holistic ways to manage our wellbeing so that we avoid burnout. The discussion will focus on practices designed to care for the body and mind in ways that can get us through stressful times. Self Care PDF

Image of a slide that reads “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light

Resources mentioned in the presentations

Renewers from Kaetrena Davis Kendrick

Mindful In LIS from Amanda Leftwich and Ingrid Ruffin

Mindfulness for Librarians Facebook Group

References

AFROPUNK. RADICAL SELF CARE: ANGELA DAVIS, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1cHoL4vaBs.

American Psychological Association. “Coping with Stress at Work.” Accessed June 14, 2022. https://www.apa.org/topics/healthy-workplaces/work-stress.

American Psychological Association. “Healthy Ways to Handle Life’s Stressors,” November 1, 2019. https://www.apa.org/topics/stress/tips.

American Psychological Association. “How Stress Affects Your Health,” 2013. https://www.apa.org/topics/stress/health.

American Psychological Association. “Stress Effects on the Body,” November 1, 2018. https://www.apa.org/topics/stress/body.

Bhandari, Smitha. “Stress Symptoms: Effects of Stress on the Body.” WebMD (blog), August 19, 2021. https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-symptoms-effects_of-stress-on-the-body.

Davis, Paula. “Six Sources of Burnout at Work.” Psychology Today, August 29, 2013. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/pressure-proof/201308/six-sources-burnout-work.

Dixon, Jennifer A. “Feeling the Burnout.” Library Journal, March 7, 2022. https://www.libraryjournal.com/story/Feeling-the-Burnout

Gallup Inc. “Black Women in the Workplace.” Gallup.com, March 5, 2021. https://www.gallup.com/workplace/333194/black-women-workplace.aspx.

Goler Blount, Linda. “Steps To Improve Employee Well-Being By Dismantling Structural Racism In The Workplace.” Forbes, January 12, 2022. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesnonprofitcouncil/2022/01/12/steps-to-improve-employee-well-being-by-dismantling-structural-racism-in-the-workplace/.

Houseworth, Lenora. “How the Black Panthers Revolutionized Self-Care.” Teen Vogue, January 14, 2021. https://www.teenvogue.com/story/the-radical-history-of-self-care.

Mayo Clinic Staff. “How Stress Affects Your Body and Behavior.” Mayo Clinic. Accessed June 14, 2022. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987.

McKinsey Health Institute. “Addressing Employee Burnout: Are You Solving the Right Problem? | McKinsey.” McKinsey Health Institute. Accessed June 7, 2022. https://www.mckinsey.com/mhi/our-insights/addressing-employee-burnout-are-you-solving-the-right-problem.

Newman-Bremang, Kathleen. “Reclaiming Audre Lorde’s Radical Self-Care.” Refinery29 (blog), May 28, 2021. https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2021/05/10493153/reclaiming-self-care-audre-lorde-black-women-community-care.

Porteous-Sebouhian, Bryony. “Audre Lorde, Self-Care and Its Roots in Black History | MHT.” Mental Health Today (blog), October 27, 2021. https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/blog/awareness/why-acknowledging-and-celebrating-the-black-feminist-origins-of-self-care-is-essential.

Putnam, Laura. “Workplace Wellness Needs to Work for Everyone—Including People of Color.” EHS Today, June 18, 2021. https://www.ehstoday.com/ehs-outloud-blog/article/21167427/workplace-wellness-needs-to-work-for-everyoneincluding-people-of-color.

Rampton, John. “The 6 Causes of Professional Burnout And How To Avoid Them.” Forbes, May 13, 2015. https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnrampton/2015/05/13/the-6-causes-of-professional-burnout-and-how-to-avoid-them/.

Rath, Tom, and Jim Harter. “The Five Essential Elements of Well-Being.” Gallup.com, May 4, 2010. https://www.gallup.com/workplace/237020/five-essential-elements.aspx.

Robinson, Phoebe. “Make Self-Care Radical Again.” Vanity Fair, September 28, 2021. https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2021/09/phoebe-robinson-book-excerpt-self-care.

SAMHSA. “Creating a Healthier Life: A Step-By-Step Guide to Wellness.” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, April 2016. https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Creating-a-Healthier-Life/SMA16-4958.

Saunders, Elizabeth Grace. “6 Causes of Burnout, and How to Avoid Them.” Harvard Business Review, July 5, 2019. https://hbr.org/2019/07/6-causes-of-burnout-and-how-to-avoid-them.

Schultz, Joshua. “5 Differences Between Mindfulness and Meditation.” PositivePsychology.Com (blog), July 24, 2020. https://positivepsychology.com/differences-between-mindfulness-meditation/.

World Health Organization. “Work Organisation and Stress : Systematic Problem Approaches for Employers, Managers and Trade Union Representatives.” Accessed June 14, 2022. https://www.who.int/publications-detail-redirect/9241590475

Saunders, Elizabeth Grace. “6 Causes of Burnout, and How to Avoid Them.” Harvard Business Review, July 5, 2019. https://hbr.org/2019/07/6-causes-of-burnout-and-how-to-avoid-them.

Schultz, Joshua. “5 Differences Between Mindfulness and Meditation.” PositivePsychology.Com (blog), July 24, 2020. https://positivepsychology.com/differences-between-mindfulness-meditation/.

World Health Organization. “Work Organisation and Stress : Systematic Problem Approaches for Employers, Managers and Trade Union Representatives.” Accessed June 14, 2022. https://www.who.int/publications-detail-redirect/9241590475

 

2 thoughts on “ALA Presentations on Self Care and Stress Management

  1. Hi
    Much as I would love ot see your presentations – they are not working for me – our work is allowing them to be viewed but they are not opening – 404 error ????

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    1. Hi Elisabeth, Thank you for letting me know you’re having an issue. I’ve double checked them and the are working on this end. I wonder if it is browser or a security issue. If you cannot get them to load please feel free to send me an email and I will email you a copy.

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