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S.M.A.R.T. – Offering a Unique Program for Stress Management

Did you know that 80 to 90 percent of primary care doctor visits are related to conditions caused and/or exacerbated by stress?

Many individuals today face extreme stress levels due to ever increasing responsibilities, financial challenges, pressure to produce results and the challenges of achieving an optimal work-life balance. While eliminating stress from our lives is an unrealistic goal, we can seek to effectively manage our response to stress.

University Hospitals Connor Whole Health’s S.M.A.R.T. (Stress Management and Resilience Training) Program teaches individuals how to be smarter about their approach to stress in their lives. The program seeks to reduce the negative impact stress can have on a person’s health. We offer programs for adults to build healthy, lifelong coping strategies.

The S.M.A.R.T. Program focuses on developing techniques to minimize the physiological and emotional effects of stress. The eight-week interactive series is led by experienced stress management experts, and each session provides strategies for self-care and practical tools to help build stress resilience.

S.M.A.R.T. Program Topics

Topics/concepts covered in the eight-week series include:

  • Stress Resilience and Breathing Techniques
  • Mindfulness
  • The Physiology of Stress
  • Being Grounded
  • Good Enough
  • Immunity to Change
  • Gratitude and Positivity
  • Relationships and Connectedness

Positive Feedback for S.M.A.R.T.

Participants in S.M.A.R.T. classes have found the program to be highly beneficial. A few of the positive comments from the program include:

  • “This course should be mandatory for all human beings.”
  • “I was the cynic in the group and the small increments have made such a difference in my life. I now take two times a day, for five minutes or so, to breathe – time just for me. And I LOVE it!”
  • “I absolutely love this class. I took away so much and share the knowledge that was shared and taught to me daily.”

Learn More About S.M.A.R.T.

The S.M.A.R.T. program is currently offered to employees of University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, and corporations and organizations throughout northeast Ohio.

If you are a current UH employee, call 216-285-4070. If you would like to introduce S.M.A.R.T. at your company or organization, call Vanessa Lapohn at 216-285-4216 or email her at Vanessa.Lapohn@UHHospitals.org.

If you are interested in a one-on-one Stress Management and Resilience Training session, please contact 216-285-4070 to schedule an appointment with our Stress Resilience Specialist and Life Coach.