Stress Awareness Day

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Compiled by Kären Robinson, LPC, and Kathy Killian-Harmon, LMFT, RVU Mental Health and Wellness Counselors.

The best way to celebrate Stress Awareness Day is to learn and practice new ways of managing stress. Here are some resources to help you do just that!

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If you have 30 minutes to LEARN…listen to this podcast, Well-being in the time of COVID-19 from ACGME. Click here to listen.

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical EducationAccreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education online learning classes

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If you have 15 minutes to LEARN…watch this TedTalk from Stanford Psychologist Kelly McGonigal.

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken, and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive. Click here to watch the video.

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If you have 10 minutes to PRACTICE..follow along with this visual and auditory guide for deep breathing.

For 10 minutes, do nothing but breathe. Clear your head, meditate, be free of worries for ten whole minutes. Click here to watch the video.

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If you have 5 minutes to LEARN…read this article from Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital.

According to Jacqueline Olds, MD, and Richard S. Schwartz, MD, the coronavirus pandemic presents new challenges and opportunities as people try to stay connected to each other in a time of social distancing (or the term many are advocating for: physical distancing). Click here to watch the video

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If you have 1 minute to PRACTICE… follow along with this youtube video on tactical breathing.

Soldiers use this breathing technique to stay calm

Dr. Belisa Vranich, psychologist and author of “Breathe,” explains a breathing technique that will calm you down, even in the most stressful of situations. Click here to watch the video.

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Colorado students – for counseling services, click here for services available to you, including telebehavioral health counseling through RVU’s Mental Health and Wellness Counselor and a list of off-campus resources. Students can also call Student Linc 1-888-893-LINC (5462) for 24/7 support.

Utah students – please contact Kathy Killian-Harmon at kkharmon@rvu.edu for counseling needs. Students can also call Student Linc 1-888-893-LINC (5462) for 24/7 support.

RVU Employees – The EmployeeConnect program includes counseling services and online articles on various personal well-being topics. Visit GuidanceResources.com, download the GuidanceNow mobile app or call 888-628-4824.

For behavioral health emergencies, 24/7 support can be accessed by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255, texting HELP to the Crisis Textline 741-741, calling 911, or visiting your nearest emergency room.

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