Upcoming Virtual Offerings by Faculty Staff Assistance Office

Whether you are working from home or you are back on campus, caring for yourself during this time of unprecedented uncertainty is essential for physical, emotional, and spiritual stamina, and it enables you to tackle each day and help others do the same.

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation ( e.g. ASL Interpreters, Communication Access Realtime Translation CART), please email bewell@bu.edu. Please submit requests for accommodations as soon as possible, ideally, 10 business days prior to the event.

Meditation and Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Monday, July 6, 4:00 to 4:20 pm
Workshop via Zoom led by Sarah Henderson
REGISTER HERE – a Zoom link will be sent the morning of the event

Progressive muscle relaxation is based upon the simple practice of tensing, or tightening, one muscle group at a time followed by a relaxation phase with release of the tension. Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) has been effectively used to control stress and anxiety.

Managers Connect for Support – NEW!
Monday, July 6, 4:30 to 5:00 pm
Virtual gathering via Zoom led by Karen Brouhard
REGISTER HERE – a Zoom link will be sent the morning of the event

This is a 30 minute virtual gathering for managers to connect with one another. It’s an opportunity to share struggles and concerns and exchange support with others in similar situations. The discussions will be facilitated by a counselor from the FSAO who can offer tips for coping with your specific challenges.

Loving Kindness Meditation
Tuesday, July 7, 8:40 to 8:55 am
Workshop via Zoom led by Karen Brouhard
REGISTER HERE – a Zoom link will be sent the day before the event

Join us for 15 minutes of loving kindness meditation to cultivate compassion for ourselves and our world.

Managers Connect for Support – NEW!
Wednesday, July 8, 8:30 to 9:00 am
Virtual gathering via Zoom led by Karen Brouhard
REGISTER HERE – a Zoom link will be sent the day before the event

This is a 30 minute virtual gathering for managers to connect with one another. It’s an opportunity to share struggles and concerns and exchange support with others in similar situations. The discussions will be facilitated by a counselor from the FSAO who can offer tips for coping with your specific challenges.

Coffee Break!
Wednesday, July 8, 2:30 to 3:15 pm
Virtual chat via Zoom led by Colleen McGuire
REGISTER HERE – a Zoom link will be sent the morning of the event

Grab a tea, coffee or water to chat and check in with colleagues from across BU. All are welcome.

Mindfulness Sitting Practice
Thursday, July 9, 4:35 to 5:55 pm
Virtual chat via Zoom led by Karen Brouhard
REGISTER HERE – a Zoom link will be sent the morning of the event

Join us for 20 minutes of sitting meditation.

Lunchtime Chair Yoga
Friday, July 10, 1:00 to 1:30 pm
Gentle movement via Zoom led by Sarah Henderson
REGISTER HERE – a Zoom link will be sent the morning of the event

Pause mid-day to stretch and center yourself. This session will include guided meditation, gentle movement and light stretching. Best practiced on a hard chair (folding chair or any chair without arms is preferable) and a non-slip mat or surface. Please have a strap (scarf, tie, belt). No prior experience is needed.

Personal Wellness Visits – NEW!

In addition to the usual counseling, consultation and referral services, FSAO’s licensed behavioral health providers are now offering brief stress checkups. A Personal Wellness Visit provides  a 20-30 minute check-in with an FSAO counselor to pause and consider how you are being impacted by stress and whether there are additional steps you might take to enhance your resilience.  Sign up here for a Personal Wellness Visit.

Additional resources are available on the FSAO website, including Tips for Managers: Returning to On-Campus Work.

Please contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Office at  fsao@bu.edu or 617-353-5381 if you have any questions.