It is widely known that library staff are always willing to offer helpful tips and advice…call it an occupational hazard! Lucky for us, we received such a wealth of self-care tips from our colleagues that we had to create a second part to our Fall 2020 Staff De-stressing Tips blog! To catch up on Part I, take a peek here… otherwise sit back, relax, and enjoy Part II!
Self-care for Eva is a hot bath, tea or wine, a candle and Netflix. She says she’s definitely binged on baths since the start of the pandemic.
My bath potions usually consist of whatever catches my eye at Winners; they always have fun arrays of bubbles!
I take the tablet in with me. I just finished watching Holidate with Emma Roberts (7/10 but amusing), and am continuing ever so slowly with Queen’s Gambit, Queer Eye, Great Canadian Bake Show and Schitt’s Creek… all as fabulously amusing and interesting as the other.
Off the top of my head, when I’m stressed and feeling stuck, I like to listen to this song really loud and dance around – it has a great message and always lifts my mood…I love this song – the whole album is great.
Work with What You Got by soCalled, from their album Sleepover.
I like to watercolour paint in front of the fireplace while watching really low-stakes TV shows like Star Trek Voyager, Great British Bake Off or Murder, She Wrote. But still daydreaming of the mountains…
This beautiful piece is an ode to the larch season. For more of Mer’s watercolour abstract mountain series, feel free to check out her blog.
Starting to jog has made a huge difference in my mental health in the last month even with the subzero temps. Cross country skiing too!
One of my de-stressors has been being able to go outside for walks over the past 8 months. I was able to explore my neighbourhood, other areas in and around town and the River Valley. Whether it’s short or long walks, venturing out with headphones and a podcast, harvesting my own tomatoes, or just mentally going over the grocery list while walking to the store it has all been good…well, maybe except for the mosquitoes this summer and when it eventually will hit -20. Fresh air and sunshine have been good for my soul.
We wish you the best as you near the end of this unique Fall 2020 semester. Our Library staff are here to support you as you find those final bits of information for your term papers or need advice on where to find a citation guide. Just Ask Us!
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