Feeling stressed or burned out? We’ve compiled some resources to help you relax, reset, and manage everyday stress during the workday.

Mindfulness meditation

This technique combines concentration and awareness to help calm both your body and mind. In mindfulness meditation, you pay attention to your thoughts as they pass through your mind, but you don’t judge the thoughts or become involved with them; you simply observe and take note of any patterns. You may find it helpful to focus on an object or your breath while you observe any bodily sensations, thoughts, or feelings.

The good news is there’s no wrong way to do it, but some tips can help you get started:

  • Find a quiet place to meditate and get comfortable — you can sit, stand, or lie down.
  • Focus on your breathing and your body. Do not worry about distractions. Clear your thoughts and think deeply about where you stand at this very moment.
  • There is no specific timeframe for how long you should meditate — even short bursts can help! — but the more time you can dedicate to it, the better.

Need a little guidance or an immediate distraction? Check out these resources:

Mindfulness meditation videos

Take a few moments to recenter and refocus with this playlist of short meditative videos curated by The Wellness Council or choose individual videos:

Or check out these 10-minute meditations from Daily Calm

Other helpful resources

Calm App (for MVCC Professional Association/NYSUT members)

Employees who are members of the MVCC Professional Association are eligible for a premium subscription to the Calm app as a free benefit for all NYSUT in-service and retiree members. Calm is a self-guided digital app to help manage stress. The premium subscription provides unlimited access to the full library of content at calm.com and in the Calm app, which can be utilized via desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device (iOS or Android). Members also can add up to five dependents (age 16 or older) to receive their own premium Calm subscriptions. Find more information here.