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Weathering Cumulative Grief

We experience cumulative grief when we encounter one consecutive loss after another, where a previous loss is left unaddressed (not grieved) before the next experience of loss surfaces. Take a moment to review these methods of processing cumulative grief. 

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Clarity . Connection . Comfort

Conquering Imposter Phenomenon in the New Year

The term "imposter phenomenon" was first coined in the 1970s by clinical psychologists Pauline Clance, Ph.D. and Suzzanne Imes, Ph.D. to refer to pervasive feelings of self-doubt, insecurity, and incompetence despite contrary evidence of skill and success. Take a moment to review different approaches to working through imposter phenomenon.

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Mental Health Corner

Mental Health Trends for 2022

A recent poll by the American Psychiatric Association showed that one-quarter of Americans made a new year’s resolution to improve their mental health in 2022. Keep an eye out for these emerging trends and exciting new research developments in mental health in the new year.

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Guest Article

What can music do for you?

Learn about the positive impacts of music on human physical and emotional wellbeing in Dr. Mary Adelyn Kauffman's article. 

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Walk yourself out of that bad mood

A well-known research study at Duke University showed that going for a brisk 30-minute walk three times a week is as effective as taking antidepressants to improve your mood. Exercise increases the release of endorphins and the mood enhancing neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Researchers also discovered that during exercise there is an increase in the brain’s emission of alpha waves that are associated with a relaxed, meditation-like state. This feeling appears about 20 minutes into a 30-minute exercise session. Step outside, and walk, walk, walk into a good mood.

Source:  The Bounce Back Book by Karen Salmansohn

Did You Know?

Prioritizing Exercise Can Contribute to Improved Brain Function

Your brain’s decision-making abilities can be affected by just one workout session. The research by J. Carson Smith, associate professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Maryland, and his team found that the brain’s performance of executive function improves with a single session of exercise. He adds that the best kind of exercise is the kind that gets you moving over and over again. Strive for a moderate intensity workout doing something you enjoy. Prioritize your brain’s health to ensure you can achieve your goals as you age. 


Virtual Wellness Webinars

(1 hour)

Supporting Faculty and Staff Mental Health during Times of Uncertainty

Develop your capacity to support the basic needs of co-workers during times of uncertainty. Gain an understanding of our basic mental health needs during challenging times, review tips for meeting those needs and identify resources already in place to support UM faculty and staff.

(1 hour)

Bouncing Forward 2022 - Recovering from the Emotional Trauma of Covid-19  

Learn healthy coping strategies and the benefits of our inherent resilience to achieve calm amidst the chaos of COVID-19. This session is presented by Carisk Behavioral Health as part of the Monthly Educational Webinar Series.

(20 minutes)

Take a Deep Breath

Focused breathing activates the body’s natural relaxation response. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body and brings awareness away from worries to quiet the mind. Let’s take a deep breath together. 

(30 minutes)

A Work in Progress

Embracing the notion that human beings are “works in progress” aids us in welcoming continued growth and challenges, no matter our age or station in life. Begin the new year by letting go of the beliefs and illusions that no longer serve you. Explore this subject matter and be led through a guided breath meditation meant to support this mindset.

(1 hour)

Relationship Building

The benefits of realizing successful relationships are countless and long-lasting. Review techniques used to establish respect, build trust, convey empathy, and decrease reactivity.  Achieve more satisfying solutions when interacting with partners, family, friends, colleagues, and even those we meet casually. 

(1 hour)

Keep Calm and Carry On

Learn simple techniques that can help to lower stress, shift mindsets, and eliminate unhealthy habits. Participants will practice effective relaxation and stress reduction techniques.


Quote by Which to Live

"Every day is a new beginning. Take a deep breath and start again."

— Tiny Buddha