Try out the Stretch and Breathe Class at FitRec

July 1st, 2015 in Minfdulness.

Boston University’s Fitness and Recreation Center is offering a great (and free!) 30 minute stretching class for all BU Faculty and Staff at 12:15 pm on Thursdays until August 13th . No registration is needed, and the workout is gentle enough that you don’t need workout clothes.  Fore more info about the class, go to the FitRec website here

How to become more self aware

May 13th, 2015 in Minfdulness.

Anthony Tjan in the Harvard Business Review wrote an article that links self awareness with good leadership. In his article, he lists 5 ways to become more self aware.  His tips are good for anyone who wants to practice self-awareness.

To read the article, go here: .

The Faculty & Staff Assistance Office can help you learn techniques to practice mindfulness. If you work at BU and would like to set up a free, confidential appointment, contact us through our online form, or call us :

Charles River Campus: 617-353-5381

BU Medical Campus: 617-638-5381


Yoga is used by 21 million people in the United States

April 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

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


Dealing with Difficult Co-Workers Video

April 28th, 2015 in Workplace Issues.

Do you find your co-worker difficult? If you are struggling with how to deal with a difficult co-worker, Duke University has a great presentation that discusses how to address this issue. Click here to see the video on YouTube.

If you would like to discuss your situation and figure out a strategy for addressing a difficult co-worker, contact us or call us at 617-353-5381 on the Charles River campus or 617-638-5381 on the BU Medical Campus.  We offer free and confidential counseling, consultation, and therapist referrals for all Boston University faculty and staff.

FSAO Mindfulness Presentation

April 22nd, 2015 in BU Med Campus, Minfdulness, Resilience.

On the week of April 20th , Karen Brouhard of the Boston University Faculty & Staff Assistance Office will be presenting her workshop on mindfulness and resilience to Medical Laboratory Staff on BU’s Med Campus.  If you are interested in having the FSAO bring our Mindfulness and Resilience presentation to your department, or would like to schedule an appointment to discuss how to practice mindfulness and strengthen your resilience, fill out our online form or call us. Charles River Campus: 617-353-5381; BU Med Campus: 617-638-5381.



Come to our April 7th workshop on Caring for Elderly and Disabled Persons!

March 25th, 2015 in Elder Care.

On April 7th, Bonnie Teitleman of the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office, and Kathy Kuhn of the School of Social Work, will be presenting a workshop from 12:00-1:00 on how to care for elderly and disabled persons. The workshop is part of the BU Occupational Health Center’s Spring Health Promotions series.  As of today (March 25th) spaces are still available.  Go to the events pages of Occupational Health to register for this workshop: .

If you are BU Faculty or Staff and want to figure out strategies for caring for an elderly or disabled person in your life, or just want to talk to someone to talk to about your experience, you can contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Office to set up an appointment for free and confidential counseling. You can contact us or call us on either the Charles River Campus at 617-353-5381, or the Med Campus at 617-638-5381

Try a Mindfulness Meditation Podcast

March 23rd, 2015 in Minfdulness, Resilience.

Jon Hanc of The New York Times recently wrote an interesting article about a mindfulness awareness sessions, hosted by the Hammer Museum in California and conducted by instructors from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. The article, which you can read here discusses the benefits of the program, and mindfulness meditation in general.  The sessions are captured as podcasts, so if you are not in Los Angeles but want to learn how to practice mindfulness, you can.

For other resources on mindfulness, please see our page.

If you would like to learn about mindfulness and meditation, feel free to contact us for a free confidential appointment:

Charles River Campus-617-353-5381

Medical Campus- 617-638-5381


Join the White Ribbon Campaign

March 4th, 2015 in Domestic Violence, Interpersonal Violence.

Sponsored by Jane Doe Inc, the White Ribbon Campaign encourages men to rethink concepts of manhood and masculinity, and speak out against domestic and sexual violence.  Join the campaign and demonstrate your commitment to end violence against women:

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

February 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized.

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.

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!