Making Masks Work for Kids

By Andrea Giedinghagen, MD There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now (how many times have you heard that in the last six months?). We don’t know exactly what the coming school year will look like or what the second wave will look like. We don’t know when a vaccine is coming, or […]

Parenting in the Pandemic

By Naazia Azhar, MD Parenting was hard enough in 2019, am I right? It started with talk of cloth diapers vs. disposable, sleep training debates, early childhood education. Then it got bigger: which activities to enroll them in, driving them around to said activities, finding the best school for your child, sibling rivalry, the right […]

Parenting During a Pandemic

Insight from WashU Psychiatry instructor, Andrea Giedinghagen, MD This pandemic has brought changes to almost every aspect of our lives, and parenting is no exception. From coping with the boredom of being at home for days on end to grappling with fear and uncertainty, there are challenges for parents and children alike. Some parenting challenges […]

Creating a Sleep Routine – 6 Steps to Better Sleep

Creating a Sleep Routine Establishing a sleep routine that works for you helps you get the recommended amount of sleep each night. Sleep routines are activities before bed each night. Routines can improve the quality and length of sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to maintaining long-term healthy eating and physical activity habits. […]

Resources for a Happy, Healthy Holiday

This season is a time to focus on gratitude, giving, reflection and quality time with friends, colleagues and family. This time can also be difficult to navigate and cause stress. Learn proactive strategies to help you cope with holiday emotions, money issues and health.  Tips from Work-Life Solutions Work-Life Solutions, by Guidance Resources, is the […]

WashU Leaders Supporting St. Louis

To our Community of WashU Leaders: We can support St. Louis through our WashU missions. Each day, we dedicate ourselves to meaningful work that improves lives and makes a positive impact on society. Whether you are a senior leader or emerging leader growing with the university, it is important you find meaning and purpose at […]

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops

MyWay to Health is an on-site employee wellness program developed by leading experts in health and wellness at WashU. Deeply rooted in scientific evidence, expert opinion, and 25 years of research, MyWay to Health provides sound advice, as well as guidance and tips to help you take charge of your well-being. Attend an upcoming wellness […]

Expanded Staff Time-off Benefits

As previously announced, the university expanded its paid time off benefits for benefits-eligible staff to support a healthy work-life balance. A new Short-Term Medical Disability benefit and enhancements to time-off benefits became effective July 1, 2019. View the new Leaves of Absence website hub for details on time off and to learn how to request […]

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops

MyWay to Health is an on-site employee wellness program developed by leading experts in health and wellness at WashU. Deeply rooted in scientific evidence, expert opinion, and 25 years of research, MyWay to Health provides sound advice, as well as guidance and tips to help you take charge of your well-being. Learn more about the […]

ComPsych Work-Life Solutions

Work-Life Solutions offers free, confidential, 24/7 support, resources and information for every aspect of your life. This valuable benefit for you and your family provides resources and referrals for: Confidential emotional support from highly trained clinicians; Work-life resources from qualified referrals for just about anything on your to-do list; Legal guidance. Talk to attorneys for practical assistance […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight: Onsite Screening Hosts

Special thank you to our pioneering hosts Donna MacKay, Atia Thurman, Linda Schreier, Lora Clark, Rhonda Kiely, Melissa Ruwitch, & Justin Linsenmeyer. Thanks to their efforts, their colleagues were able to get screened, learn vital health information, and walk away with a $50 gift card. Because these Champions did such a great job communicating their […]

Live Near Your Work Housing Fairs

Learn more about the Live Near Your Work program by stopping by one of the upcoming housing fairs. Speak with local lenders and realtors who serve this program and the eligible neighborhoods surrounding the campus. All housing fairs will be held from 11am – 1pm Wednesday, May 1 – North Campus, Cafeteria Thursday, May 2 […]

Child Care Tips for Employees

Washington University offers resources and tips for child care, including access to child care facilities, as well as back-up care for children in the case of school closures, slight illness, etc. Tips for your Child Care Search Start the process as early as possible. Quality providers tend to have long waiting lists, particularly for infants. […]

The Spirit of St. Louis Winter Gift Guide

From theatre to hockey to joining a gym, Check out our Gift Guide-it’s filled to the brim  With WashU discounts, specials, and more All right here in St. Louis – go and explore! Discounted tickets to St. Louis Signature Events St. Louis Symphony – Continually updated with great offers on concerts for WashU faculty and […]

Safe Online Holiday Shopping

Monthly Work-Life Solutions feature from GuidanceResources: Buying goods and services on the internet can be an easy and convenient way to do your shopping this holiday season. However, you have to be careful that you are making wise shopping decisions. These tips can help you shop with confidence and reap the benefits of buying online. Know the Seller Be […]

Managing Holiday Expenses

Monthly Work-Life Solutions feature from GuidanceResources: Holidays can be overwhelming, stressful and tough on your finances. Between gifts, travel expenses, decorations and entertainment, costs can add up very quickly and result in a significant amount of debt. Proper financial planning is essential to organizing your budget, keeping stress under control and reducing unnecessary spending. Holiday […]

Holiday Stress Prevention Tips

Monthly Work-Life Solutions feature: The holiday season is a time full of celebrations with friends and family. However, the holiday season can also bring additional stress due to family conflicts, finances and time constraints. The extra demands and expectations that come along with the entertaining, shopping, decorating, baking and cleaning can lead to extra stress. […]

November is National Family Caregiver Month

National Family Caregivers Month, sponsored by the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), is dedicated to addressing the many challenges facing family caregivers. Use these tips to ensure that your health is not taking a backseat to your caregiving duties: Caregiving is a job, and respite is your earned right. Reward yourself with respite breaks often. Watch […]

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Employees with disabilities face a unique set of challenges in the workplace. Your GuidanceResources Employee Assistance Program understands this and is available to help, not just in the office, but also at home and in your community. Read more about disability awareness and find support through the WashU Work-Life Solutions employee assistance program, GuidanceResources. View […]

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a serious problem; it is the most common cause of injury to women ages 15 to 44. Victims may suffer physical injuries such as bruises, cuts or broken bones, and they may suffer emotionally from depression, anxiety or social isolation. People everywhere should know the signs to look for and steps to […]