Health and Wellness Blog


Welcome to The Librarians’ Wellness Era: Trends for 2024

Published: January 18, 2024, by Loida Garcia-Febo, Health and Wellness Ambassador

New year, new resolutions. All librarians have goals. Some want to finish researching and submitting a paper, others want to design cool programs for library patrons. Usually, lists of goals for the new year include items such as performing well at work, researching, attending conferences, applying for grants, figuring out solutions, and having a sharp mind to deal with anything that comes our way.

How can we excel in meeting our goals? I believe it all comes down to our wellness status and the choices we have made to support our health. In this blog post, I look at what experts are declaring to be wellness trends for the year ahead.


Wellness FTW During the End of the Semester

Published: November 28, 2023, by Loida Garcia-Febo, Health and Wellness Ambassador

We all want to end classes with a positive note and grade, but stress about completing assignments and reaching goals can block our inspiration to do so. Here are recommendations to get things done while making sure we take time to breathe, stay nourished, hydrate, sleep, and get some exercise. Additionally, I have compiled a top five list of apps/websites that can help you get organized, take breaks, and stay in a head space conducive to complete the semester in good shape.


Preserving Our Wellness: Strategies to Address Toxic Librarianship

Published: August 1, 2023 by Loida Garcia-Febo, Health and Wellness Ambassador

During recent years, I have noticed the increased use of the word “toxic” to describe individuals, including librarians.

WebMD says that “if you know someone who’s difficult and causes a lot of conflict in your life, you may be dealing with a toxic person.” Unfortunately, “toxic people impact our mental and emotional well-being, leaving us exhausted and stressed” (Sarkis 2023).


Wellness On-the-Go

Published: May 26, 2023 by Loida Garcia-Febo, Health and Wellness Ambassador

trees As per the Pew Research Center, 85% of Americans say they own a smartphone and 15% say they are “smartphone-only” Internet users. As a matter of fact, most of us live attached to our smartphone as if it is another limb. We read the news, listen to music, chat with friends, borrow books from our local library, and watch funny videos.


Wellness Strategies to Manage Anxiety

Published: May 4, 2023 by Loida Garcia-Febo, Health and Wellness Ambassador

All the best for a fruitful end of the semester!

Recently, it seems that many of us are stressed out, sleepless, and feeling Mercury in retrograde intensely. Wellness strategies can take us through times like these. In this post, I will share different strategies to help manage stress and anxiety. I would like to encourage everyone to take a moment to analyze which strategies are best for you.


What To Do When We Need ‘Gasolina’ – Fuel

Published: April 17, 2023 by Loida Garcia-Febo, Health and Wellness Ambassador

On April 12, the Library of Congress announced that it had inducted ‘Gasolina,’ the mega hit of the Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee in the National Recording Registry. In Spanish, gasolina means fuel for a vehicle. Without fuel, a car cannot run. The driver of the car cannot go where they need to. In other words, without the energizing fuel that is gasolina an individual cannot reach their goal.


Wellness is…Supporting Those with Long COVID

Published: March 27, 2023 by Loida Garcia-Febo, Health and Wellness Ambassador

The pandemic changed our lives forever. At three years in, we live, love, study, and work differently. We will forever live in some sort of pandemic mode, following security measures, keeping masks in our pockets, and hand sanitizer, gloves, and Clorox towelettes in our bags. 


Wellness is…Celebrating Women in Librarianship

Women in Librarianship

Published: March 20, 2023 by Loida Garcia-Febo, Health and Wellness Ambassador

March is Women’s History Month. Celebrating and recognizing others is a central part of wellness as it can increase feelings of well-being and help us to connect with others. I wanted to write a blog celebrating my sisters, my fellow librarians, students, women. Recently, we observed three years since the world went on lockdown.  Women, we railed together, we supported each other, and many of us made it. We lovingly remember the ones we lost, their stories and spirits live forever in us.


New SJSU iSchool Health and Wellness Initiative

Published: March 13, 2023 by Loida Garcia-Febo, Health and Wellness Ambassador

The World Health Organization defines well-being as a positive state experienced by individuals and societies. Similar to health, it is a resource for daily life and is determined by social, economic, and environmental conditions. Furthermore, the WHO indicates that supporting mental health and the state of well-being is crucial for individuals, communities, and societies.