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.

Our 2020 Pandemic and Election Response

The Wellness Team has worked hard to support faculty and staff in 2020.

2020 Covid-19 response Infograph picture

Stress Management for Turbulent Times

Chronic stress negatively impacts you physically and emotionally. Even in the most challenging circumstances it’s possible to practice self-care, which includes establishing clear roles and boundaries. But, if you struggled with self-care under “normal” circumstances, you might be wondering how to start now as political stress and the pandemic loom large.

Learn the purpose of self-care, shifting your mindset, and practical tips to apply right now to lay the foundation for future habits.  

After taking this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define stress/thought cycle and how to interrupt it.
  2. Determine differences between stress, anxiety and depression and appropriate responses.
  3. Challenge pessimistic stress narratives and replace with “realistic optimism” and response styles.
  4. Practice practical coping strategies to gain perspective, establish boundaries, and increase work/life balance.

Stress Management for Turbulent Times took place on November 10, 2020 at 10 AM
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Communication Strategies during Difficult Times

During the turbulent election season, communication skills are more important than ever.  They are vital tools for dealing with business and personal relationships and can impact almost every area of our lives, both professionally and socially.  Yet, when it comes to communicating, few people think about the messages they send either verbally or non-verbally.  This is particularly true in highly charged circumstances where emotions may run high and weak interpersonal skills can worsen the situation.  Join this one hour webinar presented by Valeri Furst. It is specifically designed to assist participants in developing the skills to be stronger communicators. 

Valeri is a communication counselor with a background as both a lawyer and on air reporter. A CWRU Alumni, she has also taught at the CWRU Law School.

Communication Strategies during Difficult Times took place on Friday, November 6 at Noon
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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.

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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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Resources from Dr. Lisa Damour


Friend of the Wellness Program, Lisa Damour has a new podcast which gives parents the tools they need to navigate parenting in a pandemic. With journalist Reena Ninan, Damour tackles parents' timely and timeless questions about the challenges that come with raising children and teenagers. Ask Lisa is available at AppleSpotify, and most podcast platforms. New episodes release each Tuesday.

2. Download a Dr Damour One Sheet:

How to Manage Stress Under COVID-19, by Lisa Damour, PhD (ENGLISH)
How to Manage Stress Under COVID-19, by Lisa Damour, PhD (SPANISH)

How to Manage Anxiety Under COVID-19, by Lisa Damour, PhD (ENGLISH)
How to Manage Anxiety Under COVID-19, by Lisa Damour, PhD (SPANISH)

When a Teenager’s Friend Is in Crisis, by Lisa Damour, PhD (ENGLISH)
When a Teenager’s Friend Is in Crisis, by Lisa Damour, PhD (SPANISH)

How to Manage a Meltdown, by Lisa Damour, PhD (ENGLISH)
How to Manage a Meltdown, by Lisa Damour, PhD (SPANISH)

3. Read One of Dr Damour's Excellent Articles:

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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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!

Help Us Build a Kinder Campus

Building a KIND 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!

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

Financial Well-being Resources

Our financial wellness instructor, Karen Braun, offers this great primer on taking care of your financial health during this remote work period.

Financial Wellness During Covid- 19

Karen's suggested online resources for more information during the Covid-19 crisis:

Wellness Program Note

During this period of remote work, the Wellness Program is continuing to offer 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.