Get the stress out

Benefits’ Mary Todd and Wellness Office’s Jeanne Koester.

The Wellness Office’s Jeanne Koester and Benefits Office’s Mary Todd wrote this article.

Work can be a stressful place, even in the best financial situations. To help you manage your stress level in these transitioning times, the Workforce Development and Resources Section has a few things to offer.

The Wellness Office will offer free 10-minute massages to assist employees with relaxation and stress relief. These will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, in Wilson Hall. Contact Jeanne in the Wellness Office at x2548 to schedule your stress relief massage.

You can also take advantage of Fermilab’s Employee Assistance Program. The EAP offers confidential and voluntary professional assessment, short-term counseling and referral services for you, your co-workers and family members 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For confidential assistance and resources contact Ginny Stack directly at x3591, or toll free 1-800-843-1327. You can also go to Use the login: Fermilab and the password: EAP.

Physical activity also helps to lift your mood and beat stress. The Wellness Office offers Yoga, Muscle Toning, Butts & Guts and Kyuki-Do Martial Arts classes. Visit the Wellness Office page to learn more.

Qigong, Mindfulness and Tai Chi Easy for Stress Relief is a free wellness class that features moving meditation practices for stress reduction, vitality and health. Classes are offered from 7 – 8 a.m. on Wednesday mornings in the Auditorium from noon – 12:45 p.m. on Fridays. No registration is required.

You can find other resources for stress relief through your health care plan. Both Blue Cross and Blue Shield and CIGNA offer free stress management programs to participants.