Stress Management


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Why is this important?

Stress is experienced by many people on a daily basis. The American Psychological Association and the National Institute of Mental Health describe numerous effects of stress on health, including physical health issues such as cardiovascular disease. While all stress is not bad, chronic stress may affect overall health negatively.  Learning how to manage the stressors that one experiences is important for good health.

SOS: Shift On to Self-Care

The outside world is such a hustle, and it only ramps up as we move into the holidays – which will be upon us soon. Let's shift and answer the SOS call for better self-care in the midst of stress. Over these four weeks, you'll have the opportunity to shift moments at a time to deep and courageous attention to yourself! We'll refresh and enhance natural and flowing movement, breath, and positivity. And, together, we'll create a comfortable space for you to enjoy taking care of yourself. Aren’t you worth it?

Join Heidi Weiker in this 4-week series on Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm, starting Oct. 18th via Zoom.

Positively Powerful

We each have the power to create our best lives through positive intentions. Join this 8-week series, packed with powerful tools and strategies, to enhance your daily life. Each week, faculty and staff will learn about a new technique and perspective on optimism and positivity. Please see below for weekly topics and click here to see expanded descriptions of each session.

9/12 - The Power of Intention - Creating a Self-Determined Life, Judith Eugene

9/19 - The Science of Optimism: Fostering a "Can Do!" Attitude, Kim Langley MEd

9/26 - Bouncing Forward: How to Build Resiliency and Adapt to a New Normal, Susan Fee MEd, BA, LPCC, LMHC

10/3 - Humor as a Life Plan, Judith Eugene

10/10 - Realistic Optimism: Improving Life Satisfaction, Susan Fee MEd, BA, LPCC, LMHC

10/17 - Establishing Routines for Healthy Habits, Tasmin Astor PhD

10/24 - Change Your Habits Change Your Life: Discover the Way Your Habits are Negatively Impacting Your Life and Learn How to Change Them!, Tasmin Astor PhD

10/31 - The Amazing Benefits of Gratitude Journaling, Judith Eugene

Mondays, 12-1pm via Zoom, 9/12 - 10/31

The Work Happiness MethodTM

Join Positive Psychology expert, Stella Grizont, for this 8-week series to learn how to be happier and more satisfied at work. Stella's evidence-based, energetic and supportive approach has helped many individuals identify a clear vision for their professional path and make a plan to move forward. This program will include weekly live training sessions, pre and post series assessments, weekly worksheets, access to class recordings and gentle email and text reminders to help participants stay on track.

Learn more about this program via this brief video

Tuesdays, September 20 - November 8 from 12 - 1 pm via Zoom.  

Building Connection and Communication

Wouldn't it be great to be able to better manage stress in your relationships at work and at home? Learn new and transformative ways to improve response versus reaction, diplomacy and respect, verbal and non-verbal communication, and more. Join Heidi Weiker as she helps you to practice these tools for better success in your relationships.

BCC took place via Zoom on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30pm, 6/14-8/2



Mindfulness is a way of paying attention in the present moment, on purpose and without judgment. Through the use of formal and informal practices we can train our minds and this kind of awareness.

During this 8-week class (6/7 - 8/2/22), along with your weekly practice, you may notice:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Increased ability to pay attention
  • Increased feelings of well-being
  • Increased ability to regulate emotion

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Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters is a 10-session series focusing on various topics surrounding mental health. This series is presented in partnership with Impact Solutions and Avril Sargeant, CWRU's on-campus mental health support specialist.

All sessions were run via Zoom from 12:00-1:00pm and fall on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays in 2022. Be on the lookout for another series in 2023.

E.A.S.E. Into Peace of Mind

Being in the present is easy when it feels good - when it soothes our souls and delights our hearts. Unsettling times such as these, times of heightened struggle, angst, sorrow... make being in the present a lot more difficult. And, yet, being here - moment by moment - is more important and useful than ever. Join Heidi Weiker for a practice-based, methods-centric series of sessions on E.A.S.E-ing your body, mind and heart into the present. Each session includes: Engaging in quick, yet powerful movements to release tension and de-stress; Activating deep breathing with guided practices designed to cultivate peace and comfort in our present day; Savoring our moments at hand to free our minds from the past and the future; and Elevating our hearts and spirits with proven uplifting methods for restoration and renewal.  

E.A.S.E Into Peace of Mind
This series occurred March 22 - June 7, 2022. Be on the lookout for another series in 2023.

Release, Relax and Reach 

Join Heidi Weiker for Release, Relax and Reach TM  a program designed to help you do just that. Participants will discover a brighter and healthier sense of self and well-being.

Each week the class will cover a method/practice for Releasing, Relaxing and Reaching.  You will play with re-booting and regenerating, rewiring and remembering, and renewing and reconnecting with what matters. You will share stories, ideas and brainstorm solutions. And you will have the opportunity to create your own authentic and very personalized best practices for the stress and struggles in your life.

Move beyond surviving to thriving with this 8-week class.

Release, Relax and Reach TM 
This series occurred January 11 - March 1, 2022.

Look out for another series in 2023!

Meditation 1.0 (Fundamentals of Meditation)

If you’re new to meditation or want to refresh your practice, join us for this 8-week class in the fundamentals of meditation. Benefits of a consistent meditation practice include improved sleep, lower blood pressure, and reduced stress response. This series will include discussions of research on meditation and neuroscience along with practical tips for starting and sustaining your practice. Participants will learn and practice multiple approaches to meditating including mantra, affirmation, mindful awareness, and loving kindness.

Feb. 7 - 28, 2022. Be on the lookout for another series in 2023.

Avidon Health (previously SelfHelpWorks) Stress and Resilience Training

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ON-LINE Stress Management

SelfHelpWorks LivingEasy program is a multi-session class which will change the way you think, feel and react to stressful situations.

Read more: LivingEasy Stress & Resiliency Program

To register, follow the prompts on the SelfHelpWorks page of this website.

Individual Counseling through Impact Solutions

All benefits eligible faculty and staff and their families can receive up to five free counseling sessions per occurrence for a variety of issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Work/life balance
  • Marital stress
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • and more

Contact Impact Solutions at 1-800-227-6007 to request your first session.

Please note that this service covers benefits eligible CWRU faculty and staff, spouses/partners, household members, dependents living in and away from home, even parents and parents-in-law.