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.

The Work Happiness Method TM

In the 8-week series, offered by Stella Grizont, world-renowned positive psychology expert, executive coach and speaker, will include weekly live training sessions, pre and post series assessments, weekly cheat-sheets, access to the recordings, and gentle email and text reminders to help participants stay on track.

Learn more about this series with this short video message from Stella

Weekly Session Topics:

Resilience // How to Master Your Mind and Mood
Clarity // How to Create Your Career Vision, Here and Now
Purpose // How to Make Conscious Decisions Everyday That Align With Your Values
Healthy Boundaries // How to Manage Your Time and Relationships With Resilience So You Can Prevent Burnout
Courage // How to Ask For What You Need
Validation // How to Get the Recognition You Deserve
Play // How to Deal With Fear and Uncertainty
Focus // How to Set Prioritize, and Stick With Your Goals

The Work Happiness MethodTM
September 21 through November 9

Registration is now closed.

Building Connection and Communication in the Midst of Stress

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.

In class you will practice using tools for better success.

Building Connection and Communication
September 15 through November 10 (no class on October 6)

NEW! Creating Habits for Resilience

Due to the highly positive feedback we had for our Tiny Habits one time webinar, we are returning with an 8-week series.
Learn to understand and adjust your behaviors for long term habit change.

Creating Habits for Resilience
Wednesdays at 12:30 PM
July 21 through September 8

Positively Powerful: Tools to Manage Transitions

Grow personal skills to overcome discomforts associated with returning to campus and other life stressors in this new 8-week series. Topics like the power of intention, emotional intelligence and the science of optimism will be shared from a dynamic group of presenters. Each session will offer powerful tools to improve positivity and mood. 

Weekly sessions:

June 23 – Power of Intention with Judith Eugene - watch the recording!
June 30 – Change Your Habits, Change Your Life with Tamsin Astor - watch this session!
July 7 – Good Health Through Balanced Energy with Judith Eugene - take a look!
July 14 – Working with Emotional Intelligence with Kim Langley - enjoy this session!
July 21 – Feng Shui with Judith Eugene - watch this session!
July 28 – The Science of Optimism with Kim Langley - view the recording!
August 4 – The Amazing Benefits of Gratitude Journaling with Judith Eugene - take a look!
August 11 – Humor as a Life Plan with Judith Eugene - watch this session!

Positively Powerful took place June 23 to August 11, 2021.

NEW in July Renew!

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Renew is an 8-week program designed to reinvigorate your mind and body, clarify purpose, and strengthen relationships. It offers strategies for all aspects of well-being – physical, mental, social, and emotional.

Faculty and staff were able to choose from 30 Renew activities in 5 interest areas:

  • Boost Happiness
  • Create Calm
  • Sharpen Focus
  • Pursue Purpose
  • Increase Energy

Renew wrapped up on September 5, 2021. 

  • 98 faculty and staff participated in the program
  • This group completed and logged 3,995 Renew activities and completed 381 scenes.

Mental Health Matters

This 8-week series offers insight into a variety of mental health topics. Offered in partnership with Impact Solutions, these sessions are a terrific resource for individuals and managers. 

  1. Beyond Blue: Understanding Mental Illness 
  2. We're Not Good at Stress, but We Can Get Better 
  3. Shedding Light on Depression, Anxiety & Recovery 
  4. Understanding Trauma and PTSD 
  5. The Disease of Addiction: Taking a Closer Look at Opiates
  6. Healthy Relationships 
  7. Improving Your Relationship with Food 
  8. Mindful Online 

Mental Health Matters
Coming again in Spring 2022

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
Look for a new class in the Winter of 2022

Mindfulness 1.0

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 bodies in this kind of awareness.

During this 8 week class, 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

Look for a new class in January of 2022

Gratitude, Compassion, Forgiveness: Meditations on the Heart

Heart-centered meditations are among the most powerful for cultivating positive emotions and deep peace. Certified Yoga Therapist & Meditation Instructor Dawn Miller will lead this 8-week series that combines education and meditation practice on gratitude, compassion, and forgiveness. Results from recent mind-body research on heart-centered practices will be integrated into the course. Each class includes simple seated and standing stretches along with breathing techniques for relaxation to prepare the mind, body and heart for meditation.

Gratitude, Compassion, Forgiveness
Look for a new class early in 2022

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.

Look for a new series in 2022.

Stress Management & Resilience Training (S.M.A.R.T.)

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Learn how to effectively manage stress and improve your overall health and well-being with Stress Management and Resilience Training (S.M.A.R.T.), an 8-week interactive workshop series created by University Hospitals' Connor Integrative Health Network.

Look for a new series in 2022.

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 
Look for a new series in summer 2022.

SelfHelpWorks by Avidon Health 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.