Stress Management

Increasing resilience can help us better weather the storms of life as they come. Wellness Connection is working to provide effective and positive strategies that you can use to address distress in your life. It is important to take steps to prevent distress that could lead to serious health conditions, including depression and anxiety problems.

Mind-Body Stress Reduction Program – Move into Mindfulness

Wellness Connection has partnered with Masterpeace Studios, a local organization providing the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum modeled after Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s program developed in 1979 and disseminated through training at the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. Mindfulness is a way to access your inner resources and move towards greater balance, control and peace of mind. This program consists of 7 weeks of classes meeting twice a week during the lunch hour. The program is designed to give you practical coping skills to deal with everyday stress.

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness techniques: Breath Awareness, Body Scan, Sitting Meditation, Mindful Yoga
  • Exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • Daily home practice suggestions
  • Two guided mindfulness CDs and manual

The community rate for this program is $225, but we are providing a sizable discount for our employees – the cost to enroll is $45 and payment is due at the first class. Cash or check only, please.  Payment should be made to Masterpeace Studios.

FALL 2017 Series for WashU Employees
  • West Campus Library Conference Room A/B, 12:00-1:00pm
    September 25, 27, October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, November 2, 6, 8
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2018 Series for WashU Employees
  • School of Medicine Campus, Bernard Becker Medical Library, 11:30am-12:30pm
    January 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
    View class schedule
  • Danforth Campus, Danforth University Center, 12:00-1:00pm
    March 20, 22, 27, 29, April 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, May 1, 3
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  • School of Medicine Campus, 4240 Duncan @ the Cortex, 12:00-1:00pm
    May 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21
    View class schedule
Past mbsr course locations include:
  • West Campus, Spring 2017
  • North Campus, Spring 2017
  • School of Medicine Campus, Summer 2017
  • Danforth Campus, Summer 2017

Additional series and locations available in coming months. Stay tuned!

Space is limited. Click here for the Registration Packet. Scan and email completed packet to Meg Krejci, Executive Director, at prior to the start of each series.

Questions? Contact Masterpeace Studios at 314-918-7747.

Research Opportunity

A new behavioral research study is being conducted by Dr. Todd Braver in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.  They are recruiting participants ages 18-45, native English speakers with no psychological diagnosis to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) that is being offered at Washington University, St. Louis. MBSR courses have shown significant potential in improving cognitive abilities, such as memory, attention and concentration, while also showing benefits for both physical and psychological health.

If you participate, we will ask you to completer computerized cognitive tasks and questionnaires at home. These tasks range from 30-60 minutes each and are performed at the rate of 5 sessions per week. You will be asked to complete 15 sessions before and 15 sessions after the MBSR class.

After completion of the first set of tasks, you will be enrolled in a MBSR course led by a certified instructor, located on the Washington University Medical School campus. The course consists of 10 sessions held over an 8-week period. Sessions are held once a week, in the evening, and last 2.5 hours each, with an additional 4-hour mini-retreat occurring on a weekend. We will work with your schedule to find a class time that works for you.

In the MBSR classes you will learn about mindfulness, or how to intentionally direct your attention to the present moment. This will include different practices to reduce stress and improve attention, such as meditation and simple yoga exercises. You will be asked to practice some of these exercises at home.

Participants who successfully complete the study will be compensated $300 total.

Contact information:

The Cognitive Control and Psychopathology Laboratory – CCP Lab
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Washington University
phone: 314-935-8547