Covid-19 Wellness Resources

During this unprecedented time, the Wellness Program is offering a variety of resources, including some one time Zoom sessions, to help faculty and staff better manage their work life balance.

Help Us Build a Kinder Campus

As we transition back to work on campus, and we spend more time out in our community, the CWRU Wellness Program offers ideas to spread KINDNESS!

Take the Make Kindness the Norm Challenge starting September 7, 2020

View and/ or print our Building a Kinder Campus poster!

One Time, Online Seminars

Bouncing Forward: How to Build Resiliency and Adapt to a New Normal

When tough times hit, how do you respond? You might long for a return to "normal" but most likely, you'll be required to adapt to a "new normal." Resiliency is the ability to adjust and learn from adversity. Resilient people do more than rely on positive thinking and luck. They experience just as many challenges as everyone else, sometimes more. Yet, they have developed effective coping skills that allow them to survive and thrive during adversity. Learn how to manage overwhelming feelings, adapt to change, and adopt a proactive mindset.

Bouncing Forward: How to Build Resiliency and Adapt to a New Normal took place on Wednesday, September 16.

Watch the recording!

Virtual Connections in a Socially Distanced Business Environment

Join us for this one hour webinar where we will discuss:

  • Strategies to improve relationships with coworkers while at a distance.
  • Improving your communication with partners, vendors, and coworkers while working remotely.
  • The Top 10 strategies for getting more work done from home rather than binge watching, binge eating, and binge drinking.

Virtual Connections in a Socially Distanced Business Environment took place September 8, 2020.

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Effective Caregiving During Times of Crisis

Choosing to be a caregiver is an enormous, selfless, commitment. Everyday can be vastly different based upon the needs of the care recipient. Unforeseen crises such as weather emergencies, pandemics such as COVID-19, financial hardships, deaths in the family, or divorce,  can complicate this already challenging journey.

This one hour webinar will define caregiving, identify successful strategies for caregiving with and without a crisis, highlight specific aspects related to caregiving during COVID-19 and provide numerous resources for caregivers to enhance the caregiving experience.

Effective Caregiving During Times of Crisis took place on August 26 at 1 PM
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Coping with Difficult Emotions

During times of persistent difficulty, having effective strategies for managing uncomfortable emotions becomes more important than ever. This talk will address the range of positive, and negative, coping strategies for managing difficult feelings, as well as how we support those around us as they navigate emotional challenges.

Coping with Difficult Emotions took place on Tuesday, July 14 at Noon
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Caring for Children Age 10 and Younger in the Context of Chronic Stress

Parents can do a great deal to help their children manage the frustration, disappointment, and emotional stress caused by COVID-19. Psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour will summarize findings from decades of research on young people who, thanks to protective factors that can be cultivated at home, flourished under conditions of on-going adversity.

Caring for Children Age 10 and Younger in the Context of Chronic Stress
Tuesday, June 23 

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Caring for Tweens and Teens in the Context of Chronic Stress

Everyone’s lives have been disrupted by COVID-19, and this is especially true for young people who are at key transition points in their development. Join us to learn more about how to support tweens and teens (11-18) as they navigate disappointment, uncertainty, the loss of independence, and questions about what happens next.

Caring for Tweens and Teens in the Context of Chronic Stress
This webinar took place on June 30 at Noon - WATCH the VIDEO


How to Manage Chronic Stress

Psychologists have long studied the protective factors and individual behaviors that help people manage, and even thrive, under chronic stress conditions. Dr. Lisa Damour will draw upon this research to highlight proven strategies that adults can use to make the best of persistently difficult circumstances.

How to Manage Chronic Stress took place on Tuesday, July 7 at Noon.
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Psychological Perspectives on Chronic Stress

Psychologists have long studied the mental factors that help people manage, and even thrive, under chronic stress conditions. Dr. Lisa Damour will draw upon this research to highlight proven psychological strategies that adults can use to buffer the stress of living, working, and parenting under stay-at-home conditions.

Dr Damour is a psychologist, a best selling author, she writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, and is a regular contributor to CBS News. 

Psychological Perspectives on Chronic Stress took place on Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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Are You Sleeping? Sleep Management for Insomniacs

“Ah to sleep - perchance to dream….” Shakespeare had it right. As quarantines interrupt our usual routines, our sleep-wake cycles become disrupted. This circadian rhythm, so very much connected to our environment, is important for basic health functions. During times of stress, it becomes even more imperative to pay attention to even the smallest ways we can improve this under-appreciated part of our lives. In this webinar, we will be reviewing:

  • the relationship between sleep, immunity and learning consolidation.
  • the stages of sleep and their significance.
  • different forms of insomnia.
  • the causes of sleeplessness.
  • non-medication approaches to sleep hygiene.
  • the risks associated with sedative/hypnotic sleep medication.
  • non-prescription drugs commonly taken for insomnia.

Are You Sleeping? Sleep Management for Insomniacs
This event took place at Noon on Wednesday, May 13th 
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How to Prevent Trauma Caused by the Pandemic 

As some of the COVID-19 smoke has settled, but we're not quite in the clear, our friends at The Flourishing Center asked, "What else do people need to know that will help them get to the other side of this without ending up traumatized?"

The answer... The science of how the brain works with stress and trauma.

The presenter from The Flourishing Center will be drawing on the science of Havening touch and other psychosensory techniques to teach you the brain science of how trauma gets coded in the brain and simple hands on exercises that you can use on yourself and others, to prevent the body from getting traumatized in real-time.

In this webinar you will:

  1. Understand the 4 conditions necessary for a traumatic event.
  2. Learn how conditioned responses are formed (i.e. think sirens, masks, and other potential pairings your brain can associate with stressful events).
  3. Uncover the neuroscience of how the brain processes stress and codes trauma.
  4. Learn how memories are formed, stored and recalled.
  5. Learn about the brain chemicals involved in trauma and how to naturally impact the chemicals your brain is releasing (i.e. cortisol, adrenaline, serotonin, GABA and serotonin).
  6. Discover simple tools and strategies to take control of your emotional response.

This webinar took place on April 30, 2020. Watch the webinar!


Skills to Help You Weather the Storm

The challenges we face in our daily lives affect us on multiple levels: physical, mental, emotional, relational, spiritual. Our personal ups and downs are inevitably affected by this global pandemic, making us ever more aware of how well our repertoire of coping strategies is able to address current stressors.

In this webinar, you'll learn about mind-body skills, supported by current evidence based research, that can help you navigate life challenges more effectively.
By developing the ability to direct your energy and attention in effective ways, you'll feel empowered and more well-equipped to chart your course and ride out that storm with wisdom and compassion for yourself and others.

This webinar is presented by Rowan Silverberg. Rowan has been working in the field of integrative health care for over 25 years. The heart of her work is teaching mindfulness-based practices, which empower people with a wide range of chronic and acute health conditions to positively impact their own health and well-being.

Skills to Help You Weather the Storm
This presentation took place on April 24, 2020. Watch our video!


How to Stay Sane and Resilient when Working from Home

Working from home in normal circumstances can have its challenges, but doing so during a pandemic is a whole other story. While it is certainly an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones (if they live with you), finally get the laundry done, or watch an episode of a favorite Netflix series during your lunch break, you still need to be effective, productive and feel connected.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Easy, evidence-based practices to maintain positivity, stay resilient, and hopeful - even during very anxious and uncertain times.
  • Three strategies to stay focused, organized and get into your flow
  • How to create healthy boundaries between your work and home life so you have some sense of balance and prevent burnout

This webinar is offered by Stella Grizont, a world-renowned positive psychology expert, executive coach, and speaker.

This webinar took place on Thursday April 9, 2020. Please watch the video.

Remote Wellness Resources 

We have been curating a page on this website with a wide variety of self care, fitness, stress management and financial well-being resources on line.

See our Remote Resources

Wellness Program Note

During this period of remote work, the Wellness Program is continuing to offer most of our classes via Zoom Meetings. While we prefer that you attend at the class time, so that you can take part in discussion, ask questions, etc., we understand that your schedule is complicated. So all registrants will receive a video after the class. After viewing the video, participants will be able to sign the attendance sheet for that class. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann.