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.

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
Mondays at Noon
February 17 through April 6
Rockefeller Building Room 309
Register Today!

NEW! Mental Health Matters

Take time to learn more about mental illness as well as strategies to improve mental health in this new ten week offering. This wide ranging series will touch on a variety of mental health topics as we try to destigmatize mental illness and make our campus a place where it is safe to talk openly.

Attend at least seven of the nine sessions to qualify for the Stress Management Wellness Program Incentive.

Mental Health Matters Weekly Topics:

  1. Beyond Blue:  Understanding Mental Illness – February 26th
  2. Shedding Light on Depression, Anxiety & Recovery (WEBINAR) – March 4th 
  3. How Social Media Impacts Relationships  – March 11th
  4. The Disease of Addiction: Taking a Closer Look at Opiates  – March 18th
  5. Understanding Trauma and PTSD – March 25th
  6. Happiness – April 1st
  7. Grief & Depression – April 8th
  8. Breathing Meditation and Self-Care Strategies - April 15
  9.  Suicide – April 22nd
  10. Integrative Mental Health (WEBINAR) – April 29th

Mental Health Matters 
Wednesdays at 12:30
Mandel Center Room 108
February 26 through April 29 
Register for the Series

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 
Tuesdays at Noon
January 7 through March 3 (no class 2/4)
Thwing Multipurpose Room 75

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

Thursdays at Noon
January 23 through March 12, 2020
Health Education Campus
Samson Pavilion Room 199A
Look for a new Mindfulness class in Fall of 2020

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
Tuesdays at 12:30 PM
April 14 through June 2
TVUC Senior Classroom
Please Register


Practicing meditation regularly can help reduce stress, improve focus and concentration, and improve general wellness leading to greater workplace productivity. Meditation at CWRU is an 8-week class.

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Look for a new class in the spring of 2020!




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 this class spring 2020

SelfHelpWorks Stress and Resilience Training

ON-LINE Stress Management

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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.