Employee Assistance Fall 2018 Newsletter
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Positive App. for Daily Use
Waking up easy is all about timing. Sleep Cycle alarm clock tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during light sleep. Waking up during light sleep feels like waking up naturally rested without an alarm clock.

Book Recommendations 

The Sleep Solution is an exciting journey of sleep self-discovery and understanding that will help you custom design specific interventions to fit your lifestyle. Drawing on his twenty-four years of experience within the field, neurologist and sleep expert W. Chris Winter will help you...

* Understand how sleep works and the ways in which food, light, and other activities act to help or hurt the process
* Think outside the box to better understand ways to treat a multitude of
conditions-from insomnia to sleep apnea to restless leg syndrome and circadian sleep disorders
* Wade through the ever-changing sea of sleep technology and understand its value as it relates to your own sleep struggles.


"I so appreciate de Marneffe's thoughtful and compassionate book. She makes complex psychological theories about attachment and projection come alive with clear and concise prose. The book is fundamentally hopeful about couples' capacity to grow and evolve, and become more intimate, through the rough patch. But she doesn't offer pat solutions that are simplistic or formulaic. Nor does she judge couples that are, for a variety of reasons, not able to weather the rough patch."

Leslie Bell, Ph.D, LCSW - Be Well at Work Employee Assistance

What We Do

Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance provides no cost, confidential counseling and referral for UC Berkeley faculty and staff and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory employees.  


Employee Assistance is confidential.
 Our counselors and administrative staff do not share information about you or your visits with anyone outside of Employee Assistance without your consent, except when required by law.



Welcome to a new semester!

We hope you had a tranquil and enjoyable summer. Hopefully, you were able to take some much needed time to nurture your well-being after an active workload last year.

As we embark on this new semester, we suggest setting some intentions for taking breaks and mindful moments in order to ease your stress as work projects accumulate. A simple breathing exercise or short walk outdoors can promptly rejuvenate your energy and mindset.

Employee Assistance is here to support you with your stress management, and can provide guidance to you and your dependents through short-term counseling, assessment, referrals, and workshops. Please call 510-643-7754 to set up an in-person or phone appointment.


Employee Assistance Fall 2018 Workshops 

 To learn more about these upcoming workshops, additional information about the speakers, and registration details, see our Employee Assistance workshop page.

Wednesday, September 26th; 12:10-1:30 pm
Speaker: Eve Fine, Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic

The importance of sleep is, perhaps, a given. Sleep is critical not only to our physical health, but also to our ability to solve problems, make decisions, and regulate our emotions. Yet for many of us, knowing how important sleep is simply increases our worries that we're not getting enough. And, frustratingly, these worries can keep us up at night! Drawing from sleep science, this workshop will explore ways to develop healthy habits in the evening, in the morning, and during the day in order to improve sleep. The workshop will also address sleep-related worries and offer suggestions to help worriers "rest easy."

Wednesday, October 3rd; 2 - 3 pm
Panelist: Leslie Bell, Ph.D. LCSW, CEAP

Insights for Your Retirement Transition: Panelists will provide insight into opportunities to consider in the transition of retirement, including practical tools that can help. 

Thursday, November 8th; 12:10-1:30 pm
Speaker: Genee Jackson, Ph.D. CEAP Employee Assistance

The quality of our relationships can influence our personal and professional success.  Our ability to effectively manage relationships both at home and at work is a determining factor in our overall health and happiness.  This research-based class explains why, and offers information on how to maintain healthy bonds in all areas of your life.
Wednesday, December 6th; 12:10-1:30 pm
Speaker: Nicole Sudduth, LCSW, Employee Assistance

During the holidays, we are more likely to be stressed out and overwhelmed by obligations, errands and high expectations. Our "to-do" lists increasingly grow, leading us to race through each day in an effort to complete holiday shopping and errands. And while family time for some of us is joyous, for others of us it can bring added stress and feelings of disappointment and anger. This workshop will explore triggers that can lead to the "holiday blues," look at ways to increase mindfulness by bringing you back to the present moment, and give practical stress management tips that may help reduce stress levels and allow you to enjoy the holidays more thoroughly.

Visit the  Elder Care Workshop page  to learn more about these upcoming workshops, including more about the speakers, dates and times, and registration information.

Be Well at Work Fall Programs

As part of University Health Services, Be Well at Work offers faculty and staff an array of services that will help you lead a healthy and balanced life. These services include employee assistance, elder care, ergonomics, wellness,occupational health and work/life services and workshops. Click here for a list of all upcoming workshops.

Mindfulness Meditation Group
Take some time out for you, and try the free meditation group led by staff members who meet during lunch hour every Tuesday at the Tang Center.

Where: Tang Center, 3rd Fl. Conference Rm (3110)
When: Every Tuesday, 12:10 - 12:50 pm
Format: Drop in - no registration necessary.

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 

In this fun and interactive class, learn why mindfulness is such a powerful tool for personal transformation and lasting change. The class includes findings from the latest research on mindfulness, a video of Jon Kabat-Zinn, pioneer of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and some sample meditation techniques.

When: Monday, September 17th
Where: Harmony Yoga, 1533 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Cost:  Free

Silence Emboldens: A Weekend Meditation Retreat to Reconnect and Rejuvenate

This two-day retreat is dedicated to deepening your meditation practice through cultivation of mindfulness and loving awareness. Reconnect and rejuvenate with two days of noble silence retreat (held in) to support the practice of going inward and focusing the mind/heart on the present moment. We will devote time to mindful movement to support the release of accumulated stress and tension in order to identify and release body-held stressors through practices of trauma-informed and access-centered body kindness.

When: August 25th and 26th
Where: East Bay Meditation Center, 285 17th St. Oakland
Cost: Free (donation based)

Breema: The Art of Being Present 

Breema supports vitality, health, and wholeness through moving from complication towards simplicity and from separation towards unity, with the aim of being present. The more you are present, the more you can connect with others, and with all life.

No prior bodywork experience is necessary, but please be comfortable sitting and working on a padded floor.

When: Saturdays, September 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Where: The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Avenue, Oakland
Cost: $10 drop-in