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Conversations with Your Elder Loved Ones

January 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized 0 comments

Bonnie Teitleman, LICSW, will present this topic at the Women’s Guild luncheon February 11, 2015 12-1PM Photonics Building

The New Work Life Balance

January 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized 0 comments

Bonnie Teitleman, LICSW will lead an interactive presentation to Graduate Students January 29, 2016 Sargent College Room 200

Yoga is used by 21 million people in the United States

April 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized 0 comments

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the amount of people in the United States who are practicing  yoga has increased from 5.1 % in 2002 to 9.5 % in 2012. To see statistics on this and other Mind and Body Practices, go here .

We have a great Chair Yoga printout on our Resources for Mindfulness web page that can help you stretch out during long days at your desk.

If you want to make an appointment to discuss how to incorporate mindfulness techniques into your life, contact us using our online form or call us:

BU Med Campus- 617-638-5381

Charles River Campus-617-353-5381


Come to our Resilience and Mindfulness Workshop on March 18th!

February 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized 0 comments

Karen Brouhard will be presenting a workshop on Resilience and Mindfulness at the BU Fitness and Recreation Center on Wednesday, March 18th at 12:00 pm. The workshop will help you learn ways to develop and maintain resilience, and try mindfulness techniques to help build your resilience. To register for this workshop and to see and other upcoming Fitrec events, go here.


How to Cope with Winter

February 19th, 2015 in Resilience, Stress, Uncategorized 0 comments

Let’s face it- winter in Boston can be hard.  The lack of sunlight, the cold, and the letdown from the holidays can really do a number on our sense of happiness and well-being.  Add record-breaking amounts of snow to a typical dark and dreary season, and we are bound to find ourselves experiencing high levels of  depression, stress and anger. How can we cope with the effects of a winter that does not seem to end?

U.S. News & World Report has an article about how to deal with snow rage.  The author, Angela Haupt, breaks down the symptoms of snow rage and lists some things that you can do if you find yourself  more short-tempered than usual. Many of her suggestions also work for the more general stress and unhappiness that occurs during this time of year.

Be aware of your emotional and physical state.  If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, anxious, or angry, take a break from what you are doing. If your body is tensing up, or you can feel negative emotions building to a boiling point, looks for ways to calm yourself.  Try to take some slow, deep breaths. Think about something that you find calming, or that makes you happy.

Now is a time to find activities that you enjoy. Find a good podcast, or listen to some music that outs you in a good mood. Watch a movie, TV show, or video that you enjoy. Read a book or magazine that eluded you during the warmer months.  Talk to a good friend or someone positive in your life- even if it is a short conversation, it can brighten your day, and may help the other person as well.

Take care of yourself.  Lack of sleep can exacerbate irritability. It can be challenging, but try to get enough sleep.  Food can affect your mood; try to eat healthy.  When you are stuck indoors and might have trouble getting to a grocery store, that can be hard.  Don’t give up completely and use the bad weather as an excuse to eat food that might make you feel good now, but  will make you feel worse later on. Try to get outside, even if it is cold and the sun does not appear to be out. Open up your shades and blinds to bring as much natural light as possible into your house.  If you can exercise safely, continue some version of your regimen.  If your typical exercise routine is not viable, now might be a good time to try something different.

If you feel as though you have Seasonal Affective Disorder, here is some information from the Mayo Clinic on what it is, and how to manage the symptoms.

If you work at BU and would like to talk to someone in the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office about winter stress, or stress and anxiety in general, feel free to contact us for free, confidential counseling. You can or use our contact  form, or call us:

Charles River Campus: 617-353-5381

BU Medical Campus: 617-638-5381

Stay safe and warm!



Come to our Holiday Stress Workshop on Tuesday December 9th!

December 4th, 2014 in Minfdulness, Stress, Uncategorized 0 comments

The BU Occupational Health Center is hosting a great Coping with Holiday Stress workshop presented by our own Karen Brouhard on Tuesday, December 9th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Boston University Occupational Health Center room ( 930 Commonwealth Avenue, West Pleasant Street entrance) .  As of December 4th, there are still some seats left. To see more info and to register for this and other events, see the info on the Human Resources Health Promotions Page.

If you would like to figure out some ways to deal with Holiday stress and can’t make it to the talk, feel free to call us and make an appointment to talk to one of our counselors. If you are on the Charles River Campus, you can call us at 617-353-5381. If you are on the Med Campus, you can call us at 617-638-5381.

We have added information to our website about interpersonal violence

December 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized 0 comments

We have just added information in our services section about interpersonal violence. If you would like to learn more about what interpersonal violence is, what some of the warning signs might be, and how the Faculty and Staff Assistance Office can help you, please go to our page here: . There is also information for supervisors on how to interact with and assist people affected by interpersonal violence .

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment to talk to a counselor, feel free to call us at 617-353-5381 or 617-638-5381.

Can Stress Be Useful?

June 12th, 2014 in Uncategorized 0 comments

We don’t ususally think of the stress in our lives as a good thing. But this HBR blog post by David Brendel suggests that we can use stress as a tool, rather than be driven by it. Brendel discusses ways that people have re-worked their relationship to stress, and used it to their benefit. Take a look and see if you agree with the post.

Can Job Performance Be Improved by Reflection on One’s Work?

May 20th, 2014 in Uncategorized 0 comments

This post by Carmen Nobel on the Harvard Business School “Working Knowledge” website discusses recent research into the positive long term effects of reflection in the workplace.

Caring for Elderly Parents

May 20th, 2014 in Uncategorized 0 comments

Bonnie Teitleman of the BU Faculty & Staff Assistance Office wrote about caring for elderly parents. You can read her article here on the BU Be Well website.