As we transition back to full time on campus, 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.
Back to CWRU: A Community Conversation
Gain insights about managing the return to campus by conversing with the Wellness Team as well as fellow faculty and staff for this month's community conversation.
Back to CWRU: A Community Conversation
Thursday, August 12
Registation is open!
Managing Change Effectively
Join this one hour, one time webinar to change your beliefs from “Limiting" to “Empowering."
In this session from our EAP Providers Impact Solutions, learn:
- The normal reactions to change
- How the feelings that bubble up with change can affect individuals as well as groups.
- How to process change for effective growth
Managing Change Effectively took place on Wednesday, June 9.
Watch the recording!
Preparing to Return to Campus Infographic
Back to Campus Infographic
Resources from Dr. Lisa Damour
1. Visit Dr Damour's Website which includes great articles like her recent "Parenting when Shocked" submission from January 7.
2. Listen to ASK LISA: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PARENTING
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 Apple, Spotify, and most podcast platforms. New episodes release each Tuesday.
Some of the Wellness Team's favorite episodes:
3. Download a Dr Damour One Sheet:
4. Read One of Dr Damour's Excellent Articles:
- 8.25.20 New York Times: The 2020 Back-to-School List for Teens' Emotional Well-Being
- 8.26.20 Education Week: How Can Teachers Buffer Student Stress from COVID-19: Ordinary Magic
Pearl Habits: The Most Direct Way to Improve Quality of Life
In this one hour webinar, faculty and staff will learn how to create beauty from the challenges and irritations that they face by creating "Pearl Habits." The Pearl Habits Method is a systematic approach to help participant increase mental and emotional strength, courage and resilience. Pearl Habits is based on the Tiny Habits Method which was designed by Stanford University Behavior Scientist, Dr. BJ Fogg.
Pearl Habits took place on Thursday, May 20 at Noon.
View the recording!
Day of Remembrance Resources
On May 7, 2021, the University offered a Day of Remembrance as a way to appreciate what we have lost during the pandemic and what we need to do to move forward.
The Wellness team shares these two recorded resources from the day.
Learn about the many MENTAL HEALTH resources for faculty and staff and their managers.
Or view (and print) our 2021 Infograph.
April Sleep Challenge
Sign up for this 4-week challenge, which will help you focus on and improve your sleep. Each week, participants will be given a specific healthy sleep behavior to focus on for that week, such as engaging in a body scan meditation before going to sleep each night. Prizes are available to those who send in their sleep chart to Mary Ann each week. Learn more about good sleep and focus on small changes you can make to sleep better, and feel better.
Those who send in weekly sleep logs will be eligible for a variety of wellness-related prizes!
The April Sleep challenge starts on Monday, April 5, 2021.
From Your Garden to Your Table
Join fellow faculty, staff and students for a two part series, From Your Garden to Your Table. The series will kick off with Ryan Bennet from the University Farm for "Get Your Garden Going." Ryan will share information for beginners, different methods of growing herbs and vegetables with limited space, how to choose the right plants for the space and lighting available and a bit about compost.
And the next week, join Brenda Walsh, registered dietitian for "Navigating Nutrition During a Pandemic." Brenda will help faculty, staff and students achieve balance and peace in their nutritional well-being in the midst of the pandemic. Nutrition can be challenging to balance in ordinary times, and the pandemic has made nutrition even more complex. Participants will gain insights and no nonsense ideas for eating well.
From Your Garden to Your Table took place Fridays, March 19 and 26th
Watch the Garden segment from March 19!
Stretch at Your Workstation
As part of Employee Appreciation Month at CWRU, Wellness Manager Mary Ann Dobbins hosted a 30-minute stretch routine designed to help employees feel better and ready for the workday. This session was held Friday, March 19, at 10:30 a.m.
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.
- Understand the 4 conditions necessary for a traumatic event.
- Learn how conditioned responses are formed (i.e. think sirens, masks, and other potential pairings your brain can associate with stressful events).
- Uncover the neuroscience of how the brain processes stress and codes trauma.
- Learn how memories are formed, stored and recalled.
- 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).
- Discover simple tools and strategies to take control of your emotional response.
This webinar took place on April 30, 2020. Watch the webinar!
Our 2020 Pandemic and Election Stress Response
The Wellness Team has worked hard to support faculty and staff in 2020.
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.
Karen's suggested online resources for more information during the Covid-19 crisis:
Wellness Program Note
During this period of transition, 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.