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.


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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Wednesdays at 1 PM
October 10 through November 28
School of Nursing First Floor Lounge

Class is FULL, contact Mary Ann to be put on the Waiting List.

Mindfulness 2.0

Those who have completed a Mindfulness course either at CWRU or elsewhere are welcome to participate in Mindfulness 2.0. In addition to revisiting previous content and offering new information, this series will offer more time for practice in each session.

Mindfulness 2.0
Tuesdays at Noon
October 2 through November 20
TVUC Gaming Room

Class is FULL, contact Mary Ann to be placed on the waiting list.

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
Mondays at 12:30
September 17 through November 5
BRB 105

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.

Look for this class early in 2019!

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.

Learn More About the Program 

Look for this class early in 2019

S.M.A.R.T. 2.0

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A more intensive workshop designed to build upon the experience and skills developed in the S.M.A.R.T. program. This series is perfect for ‌people who have completed SMART 1.0 at CWRU. Strengthening and adding new tools for stress resilience skills will enhance participants' ability to create positive sustainable behavior change leading to optimal health.

Look for a new class in the Spring of 2019!

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 CWRU faculty and staff, spouses/partners, household members, dependents living in and away from home, even parents and parents-in-law.