To support the Mount Sinai Health System community with their self-care efforts, stress management and work life balance, free and confidential consultations are available in person or via phone. Consultants assist faculty and staff members with the design and implementation of personalized self-care action plans that combine on-campus and community resources.
"I have gratefully incorporated meditation and mindfulness as a new personal behavioral mode, and now eagerly look forward to each weekly offering. Acquiring a new perspective has certainly made smiling easier.” - Carmel Cohen, MD, ISMMS
To set up a personalized consultation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Take Time to Meditate” is a meditation workshop designed to introduce Mount Sinai staff, faculty and students to mindfulness-based meditation techniques. Each workshop session focuses on a specific meditation topic.
“I'm in the habit of working straight through the day without a break for as many as 10 hours at a stretch. The Take Time to Meditate provided me a much-needed opportunity to refocus and recharge. Remembering to breathe deeply and remain mindful and present require attention and practice, which the Take Time to Mediate provides. Learning how to meditate is something I've wanted to do for a long time, now the convenience of having the course in the workplace on a lunch hour finally motivated me.” - Ann R.
One-hour sessions combine interactive presentations and group discussions with guided meditations that focus on a specific topic. Weekly sessions are not sequential therefore participants can join anytime.
Registration is not required.
Session 1: Meditation/Concentration and Mindfulness
Session 2: Mindful Body Scan
Session 3: Mindfulness in the Workplace
Session 4: Thoughts and Emotions
Session 5: Compassion and Kindness in the Workplace
Session 6: Mindful Eating
Session 7: Mindful Walking
Session 8: Equanimity and Balance
Take a mindful pause during the day with a 2 minute guided meditation by Take Time to Meditate facilitators on a telephone recording.
Please dial 4-CALM (4-2256) or 212-241-CALM (2256) to access the recording.
In collaboration with The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, music therapists facilitate stress -reduction workshops for Mount Sinai staff, faculty and students. In the music and meditation workshops participants learn to use music for fun and self-care.
Workshop topics include:
- Meditative Drumming: Relax and de-stress through drumming
- Mid-Afternoon “Play” Break: Recharge through music-making
- Relax and Release Through Vocal Toning: Use vocal toning to feel energized and grounded
- Melodic Soundscapes: Achieve relaxation through melody
- Visualization and Music Imagination: Listen, color, reflect and transform stress
- Sidenote for Self-care: Tap into resiliency through music and breathing
- With a Little Help from My Friends: Sing and play The Beatles for relaxation and fun
For more information about Tuning into the Mind-Body-Spirit workshops please email 4CALM@mountsinai.org.
Yoga classes are offered throughout the Mount Sinai Health System in person, on line, and on demand.
For more information on all the Yoga offerings, or to be added to the Yoga Program mailing list, email email@example.com.
Slow Flow Meditative Yoga Class
The Slow Flow Meditative Yoga Class, which emphasizes integration of breathing and yoga postures at a relaxed pace, is designed for first-timers and beginners. Taught by Nina Yousefzadeh, each session begins by introducing students to a specific yoga topic and concludes with students going through a meditative relaxation exercise. The class is open to all employees, students, and faculty.
Mount Sinai Hospital
Tuesdays, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Annenberg Building Room 18-85
Mount Sinai St. Luke's
Tuesdays 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Open Level Vinyasa Yoga Class
Vinyasa is a form of yoga in which poses and movements create a flowing sequence that is coordinated with the breath. In this alignment-based class, participants are encouraged to tune into the body, mind, and breath.
The class will be taught by Nina Yousefzadeh on Mondays, Danielle Wheelwright on Thursdays, and is appropriate for employees and faculty at varying levels of practice. Many variations and modifications are offered.
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Annenberg Student Lounge
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Mondays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Employee Gym Yoga Room, 3 Linsky
Open Level Flow and Restore Yoga Class
The Flow and Restore Class aims to help students release tension and stress in the body and mind. In addition to developing strength in the core and back, the class focuses on relieving pressure in the shoulders and hips.
The class is taught by Brendan Rooney. Open Level Flow and Restore is free and open to all employees, students and faculty. All levels are welcome.
Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring their own yoga mat to class.
Wednesdays, 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
Mount Sinai Corporate Offices
150 East 42nd Street, Room 4-A.8
Yoga Classes on Demand
Mount Sinai Health System offers yoga classes on demand through a collaboration with New York Yoga.
To access a variety of classes for all levels of practice, go to http://newyorkyoga.com/index.php?content=ondemand and follow the instructions provided.
Email Address: MountSinai@newyorkyoga.com
The Mount Sinai Employee Wellness Program sponsors a free weekly Pilates class for employees, faculty, and students.
Pilates is a series of nonimpact exercises designed by Joseph Pilates to develop strength, flexibility, balance, and inner awareness. Recent research indicates that Pilates can be effective for alleviating back pain, decreasing stress, improving posture, and overall well-being. The weekly Pilates class at Mount Sinai integrates exercises from the Pilates method with mindfulness meditation to promote inner awareness and stress reduction.
All levels are welcome. Attendees should bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable, loose clothing. Space is limited and registration is required.
For more information, class location, or to register please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Sinai Parent (MSP) aims to provide faculty and staff with a forum to obtain support, education and additional resources for working parents, as well as an opportunity to network with other working moms and dads.
To join the MSP email list, email email@example.com. Employees may also join the MSP Facebook Group by searching “Mount Sinai Parent”.
The Mount Sinai Employee Family Caregiver Program aims to help, support, and educate family caregivers who are providing care to an aging or infirm family member. The program serves as a resource for information, support, and guidance around elder care and provides opportunities to network with other working caregivers through group programs and educational workshops.
For more information, please send an email to 4CALM@mountsinai.org.
The Mount Sinai Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free, confidential, short-term counseling for employees and their family members.
The program deals with common issues that may affect job performance and impair emotional health. Concerns include stress or burn-out, depression, anxiety, marital difficulties, divorce, financial stress, problems with substance abuse, eating disorders, and interpersonal conflict.
There are no fees, insurance claims, or co-pays associated with EAP services.
Mount Sinai Upper East Side
19 East 98th Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10029
Mount Sinai Downtown
317 East 17th Street, Room 312
New York, NY 10003
ICARE provides emotional support and counseling for staff who have been involved in an adverse event or workplace crisis.
To learn more, call 212-241-8989. We have a confidential voicemail system available 24/7.
The Center for Spirituality and Health at Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine is dedicated to providing compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advancing spiritual care through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve. Chaplains help people of all faiths find meaning, healing, and hope while experiencing the challenges of life. Staff support is a fundamental component of the care Chaplains provide.
Chi Time™ is a staff support program of the Center for Spirituality and Health which helps employees draw on their own spiritual and emotional resources by creating a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. In the Chi Time Program, chaplains and/or volunteers visit hospital units to engage staff with the Chi Cart™ which includes herbal teas, snacks, and essential oils.
For more information on the Center for Spirituality and Health, call 212-241-7262.
Mindfulness and Meditation App
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Bibliotherapy: Reading as a Self-Care Tool
Visit The New York Public Library Reader Services Department Blog for two lists that will help with reading as a self-care tool:
- A Little Light Bibliotherapy by Gwen Glazer, Librarian, Readers Services
- A Little Self-Help by Lynn Lobash, Manager of Reader Services
Music for Stress Management and Self-Care
Self-care with music tips and strategies…
- Listening to upbeat songs while exercising.
- Listening to softer tones when a deeper state of relaxation is needed.
- Listening to lively music to relieve stress.
- Listening to songs with positive lyrics and uplifting messages to help increase energy.
- Developing your own music playlist as a self-care strategy.
Take advantage of attending classical music and dance performances in NYC.
Check out the Recreation Office Website for discount tickets and other opportunities.