Healthy Coping Strategies
Healthy Coping Strategies

Wellness Champion Newsletter | March 2022

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Healthy Coping Strategies

The past few years have brought major challenges and stressors, and people cope in many different ways; some are healthy, some are not so healthy. According to the NCBI, "people using maladaptive coping mechanisms are more likely to engage in health-risk behaviors than those with appropriate mechanisms. They are also more likely to use cigarettes or alcohol." 
If you're interested in using healthier coping strategies, consider some of the programs outlined below. MyWay to Health offers individual consultations to provide evidence-based behavior change guidance; Move into Mindfulness is designed to give us practical coping skills; WashU Psychiatry provides direct access to licensed psychiatrists and therapists; and Work-Life Solutions has a variety of resources to help you find healthier coping strategies. 

Stay well,
Nikki Hafner 


  1. Rally the troops and start a team for Spring into Motion.
  2. Share the Action for Happiness March calendar.
  3. Share resources to support emotional wellness.
  4. Request a wellness program for your workgroup.


Wellness Challenge

Re-engage with your colleagues with Spring into Motion, an 8-week challenge that aims to boost energy and improve health. Check out the Team Captain Toolkit designed for Wellness Champions, and encourage your colleagues to register before the challenge officially begins on March 7th. 

Smoking Cessation

To support WU employees who are ready to quit smoking, Wellness Connection & MyWay to Health have partnered with the American Lung Association to provide FREE access to their Freedom From Smoking (FFS) behavior change program. To learn more or to enroll in the program, email or call 314-286-0078.

MyWay to Health

MyWay to Health Wellness Consultants can meet with you individually to craft a personalized plan to take charge of your well-being. Schedule a meeting today to discuss healthier ways to cope with stress.

Move into Mindfulness

Mindfulness offers a way to access your inner resources and move towards greater balance, control, and peace of mind. It's designed to give you practical coping skills to deal with everyday stress.


Wellness Connection has a list of resources that departments can use to consider how they address the people, the environment, and the work culture. Check out these evidence-based resources to help promote a healthy lifestyle. 


Jennifer Byers

Department of Radiology
Since Jen Byers first joined the Wellness Champion network in December of 2019, her passion for her work and her role as a Champion has stood out to me. An active Champion, Jen participates in Wellness Connection programming, organizes events for her workgroups, and helps to connect her co-workers with WashU resources.


The Department of Psychiatry offers dedicated access for UHC health plan participants. These physicians and therapists provide specialized care for mental health concerns and are available to see new patients within two weeks for a reduced co-pay. Share the WU Psychiatry flyer and view their website to learn more about the services offered, areas of specialty, and how to schedule an appointment. 

Work-Life Solutions

Employee Assistance Program
Work-Life Solutions offers free, confidential, 24/7 support, resources, and information for every aspect of your life. Share the brochure and view flyers for their many services. 


Graduate Medical Education Consortium

Jenny Duncan, MD, Director of Wellness for GME; Associate Professor; Director of Pediatric Fellow Core Curriculum
The Graduate Medical Education Consortium (GME) that oversees training for all of the residents and clinical fellows at the medical center has compiled many resources for well-being for these trainees. While some of the resources are specifically for the residents and fellows, others are great ideas for everyone. If people have ideas or want to learn more, they can reach out to Dr. Jenny Duncan, Director of Wellness for GME. You can also submit ideas right from the wellness website.
Wellness Connection is an employee health initiative that, in partnership with Washington University experts, offers opportunities for employees to improve their physical and emotional well-being. This initiative focuses on developing evidence-based programs and making personal connections to provide employees with valuable and fun experiences that improve their health. We aim to foster a culture that prioritizes employee health and well-being as integral to the mission of teaching, research, and patient care, and create an environment where the healthier choice is the easiest choice; where employees are empowered to choose wellness.
Wellness Connection Champions help us understand the needs within different work environments, promote the importance of personal health, and encourage their coworkers to engage in wellness program offerings. 
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