The countdown is on - there are less than 100 days until Christmas. The next three months will be jam-packed with holiday parties, family visits, shopping, cooking and more. Feeling tense yet? The health experts at Saint Louis University's Medical Home want to help you enjoy the holidays this year by helping you learn how to manage your stress at home and work.
|William Manard, M.D.|
Following the success of the Healthy Lifestyle Group, SLU's Medical Home will offer a seven-week Balancing Life and Work group.
"There couldn't be a better time to offer this group series. For many people, the additional demands of the holiday season make it the most stressful time of year. We hope group participants will use the practical tips they learn to reduce their stress and enjoy the holidays this year," said Mary Moore, group coordinator and SLUCare social worker.
The group will meet from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Oct. 12 through Nov. 30, in the Allied Health building. It is open to SLU employees and their family members who are enrolled in the Medical Home. There is no fee to participate, but enrollment is limited to 15 people. To register, call (314) 977-4440.
"Chronic stress can wreck havoc on your mental and physical health. It's linked to everything from headaches to heart disease. It's really important that people who are feeling overwhelmed at work or home find healthy ways to deal with that stress," Moore said.
Group topics will include work place stress management, ergonomics (designing work and home environments to meet an individual's unique needs), organizational tips, the importance of sleep, meal planning and how to avoid holiday weight gain, and managing holiday stress. Participants will be encouraged to set goals for themselves and to track their progress. They also will have the opportunity to practice relaxation techniques such as yoga and deep breathing each week.
Like previous Medical Home groups, the Balancing Life and Work group will be led by an interprofessional group of health experts including a family physician, social worker, nutritionist, physical and occupational therapists.
"Managing stress, losing weight, chronic diseases - these are complex problems that are best managed by a team of health care professionals who can address the problem from every angle," said William Manard, M.D., SLUCare family physician at the SLU Medical Home.
Manard also says that group dynamics have played a role in the success of previous groups.
"In the weight loss group, for example, group participants encouraged each other and brainstormed solutions to common problems that prevented them from losing weight. In the end, nearly every participant in that group lost weight," Manard said.
The SLU Medical Home and its groups are offered exclusively to SLU employees on the University's health plan and their family members. Click here to learn more about the SLU Medical Home.
Read a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article about SLU's Steve Magoc, professor of aviation science, who used the Medical Home's Healthy Lifestyle Group to boost his weight loss effort.
SLUCare, the physician practice of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is the only academic medical practice in St. Louis that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. This accreditation is a voluntary process through which the quality of SLUCare services and performance is measured against nationally recognized standards. To schedule an appointment, call 314-977-4440 or 1-866-977-4440. More information is available at www.slucare.edu.