At the Summer Reading Workshops in February, one of the ideas I suggested for an adult program was “Escape Your Stress,” a play on the “Escape the Ordinary” slogan. Potential topics included stress management, mindfulness/meditation, and yoga. While it’s great to offer these types of program to patrons, perhaps it’s you in the role of librarian who needs some stress reduction.
Minitex recently hosted a free webinar called “Insights and practical tips on practicing mindful librarianship to manage stress,” which was lead by Kristen Mastel and Genevieve Innes. There is a recording available if you were unable to attend. If you don’t have time for a webinar, Kristen and Genevieve also wrote an article by the same title, and they have developed a website to walk you through the concepts of mindfulness and share additional resources.
If you are not familiar with the concept of mindfulness, Psychology Today defines it as “a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”
If the idea of meditation seems a little hokey to you, check out the research from well-respected medical institutions:
- Mindfulness meditation may ease anxiety, mental stress from Harvard Health Publications
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at Duke Integrative Medicine
- Johns Hopkins research suggests meditation may reduce symptoms
Do you practice mindfulness? How do you manage stress in the library? Share your recommendations in the comments!