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.

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

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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 run via Zoom from 12:00-1:00pm and fall on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. See below for topics and dates.

4/7 - Understanding Mental Illness - Watch the recording here

4/11 - Managing Change Effectively - Watch the recording here

4/18 - The Disease of Addiction - Watch the recording here

4/27 - Healthy Relationships - Watch the recording here

5/4 - Stress Management: Arm Yourself with the Right Tools - Watch the recording here

5/11 - Bullying in the Workplace - Watch the recording here

5/16 - Helping Troubled Employees - Watch the recording here

5/23 - Mindfulness at Work - Watch the recording here

6/1 - On-Campus Mental Health Resources - Watch the recording here

6/6 - Self-Care Workshop - Watch the recording here

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.

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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 

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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.