Use mindfulness and other healthy ways to lower stress.

Lower Stress

Practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction and becoming aware of habitual reactions to tough situations can help in preventing distress that could lead to serious health conditions, including depression, anxiety and other mental disorders. Developing a daily stress-reducing practice can help you experience better emotional control, improved concentration, and a greater sense of ease throughout the day.

Take Action

For Individuals:
  • Reduce stress, increase focus and develop practical coping skills through the Move Into Mindfulness program. Beginner and advanced classes are offered year-round for WashU employees at no cost. 
  • You and your family can get assistance from your Work-Life Solutions program whenever you need them for confidential emotional support, as well as legal guidance, financial resources and just about anything on your to-do list! Utilize the tools in the Money Matters Toolkit to learn about simplifying your financial life and managing personal finances.
  • Exercise can boost your mood! Check out ways you can get moving.
  • The MyWay to Health Wellness Consultants help participants set goals and overcome barriers to improving their health and quality of life. The focus is on eating a nutritious diet, building regular routines for exercise, establishing healthy sleep and emotion management practices.
    Schedule a session or call 314-286-0078.
  • The UnitedHealthcare Behavioral Health benefit includes counseling services to help employees effectively deal with stressful and challenging situations. You can also connect with a mental health provider from the comfort of home using a virtual visit or through Talkspace, a new app where you can message a licensed therapist any time of day.
  • Get expert clinical care from the Washington University Psychiatry Mental Health Services for Employees and Families. Providers treat the full range of mental health issues, including anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, substance abuse and others. Both adult and child/adolescent services are available. 
  • The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to cause stress for both adults and children. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has information on ways to manage your mental health on its website.
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Learn More

Checkout curated and trusted health information from the Feuerstein Health & Wellness Information Center at the Bernard Becker Medical Library.


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