Wellbeing

  • 2021 Nov 01

    The Climate of Consciousness

    7:00pm

    Location: 

    Online

    Zoom registration required.

    Michael Pollan has been educating us with illuminating prose on “the botany of desire” for a very long time. He will discuss his latest book This Is Your Mind On Plants and his landmark bestseller How To Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. Pollan’s call for change, restoration, and resiliency may be the very thing we need to...

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  • 2021 Nov 03

    Mindfulness and Anxiety

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Online

    Audience: All Benefits-Eligible Faculty and Staff.

    Prerequisites: Either you have attended an “Introduction to Mindfulness” workshop at Harvard; you have completed “The Basics” course on the Ten Percent Happier app (available for free to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff); or you have a well-established personal mindfulness practice. For more info about these prerequisites, visit: hr.harvard.edu/mindfulness.

    Description: Occasional anxiety is a natural human experience, but for many people, anxiety can become a source of ongoing distress, capable of interfering...

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  • 2021 Nov 04

    Flexwork Overview for Managers

    Repeats every month on the 14 of October until Thu Oct 14 2021 . Also includes Wed Sep 15 2021, Thu Nov 04 2021.
    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Online

    Harvard’s flexwork guidelines have gone through several iterations to keep them current with the needs of the University and its employees. Now, as we enter a new phase of resuming some familiar practices and experimenting with new ones, Harvard will use flexwork as a dynamic tool both to discover and invent the workplace of the future. The guidelines elaborate on a long-standing practice of flexwork at Harvard, and name emerging questions that will only be resolved over time.

    These sessions will cover information on Harvard’s flexwork policy and guidelines for managers....

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  • 2021 Nov 05

    Mindfully Caring for Elders

    10:00am to 11:00am

    Location: 

    Online

    Audience: All Benefits-Eligible Faculty and Staff.

    Prerequisites: Either you have attended an “Introduction to Mindfulness” workshop at Harvard; you have completed “The Basics” course on the Ten Percent Happier app (available for free to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff); or you have a well-established personal mindfulness practice. For more info about these prerequisites, visit: hr.harvard.edu/mindfulness.

    Description: Our parents, older relatives, and other elders in our lives provide a rich source of wisdom, comfort, companionship, and connectedness with our...

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  • 2021 Nov 08

    Mindful Movement: Yoga for the Office

    Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Dec 20 2021 except Mon Oct 11 2021.
    10:00am to 11:00am

    Location: 

    Online

    As every office worker knows, sitting for long periods can result in stiffness and discomfort. The gentle stretches and postures taught in this program are designed to increase flexibility at the joints – thereby improving one's range of motion – and also aid in relaxing the hips and lower portions of the body to increase one's ability to sit with ease. Because this practice blends movement in the body with the breath, it is an ideal extension of mindfulness practice.

    No previous knowledge of yoga is necessary. This class does not require special clothing or equipment.

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  • 2021 Nov 08

    The Climate of Resistance

    7:00pm

    Location: 

    Online

    Zoom registration required.

    Activists Aridjis and Mathai are powerful, fierce, compassionate leaders in the global environmental movement. A writer and an organizer, they are also the daughters of iconic conservation heroes: Homero Aridjis, a Mexican poet who started Grupo de Cien to save the monarch butterflies in the forests of Michoacán where he was born; and Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Mathai of Kenya, founder of the Green Belt Movement, which has planted more than 51 million trees...

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  • 2021 Nov 09

    ‘Tis the Season: Practical Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Online

    Tis the season for unrealistic expectations, hectic schedules, financial stress, unhealthy habits and unpredictable (or perhaps quite predictable!) family dynamics. The heightened stress of the holiday season impacts 8 out of every 10 Americans, so ask yourself ...is it really “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?” Perhaps your answer is an enthusiastic “yes”, a resounding “no”, or somewhere in between.

    Regardless of how you feel about the upcoming holidays, stress levels are higher for most people and this session will help you create a plan for a happy and healthy holiday...

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  • 2021 Nov 10

    Flexwork Overview for Employees

    Repeats every month on the 21 of October until Thu Oct 21 2021 . Also includes Tue Sep 28 2021, Wed Nov 10 2021.
    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Online

    Harvard’s flexwork guidelines have gone through several iterations to keep them current with the needs of the University and its employees. Now, as we enter a new phase of resuming some familiar practices and experimenting with new ones, Harvard will use flexwork as a dynamic tool both to discover and invent the workplace of the future. The guidelines elaborate on a long-standing practice of flexwork at Harvard, and name emerging questions that will only be resolved over time.

    These sessions are designed to provide a high-level overview of the new policy and updated guidelines...

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  • 2021 Nov 15

    New Employee Orientation

    Repeats every 2 weeks every Monday until Mon Dec 13 2021 except Mon Aug 09 2021, Mon Aug 23 2021, Mon Sep 06 2021. Also includes Mon Aug 02 2021, Mon Aug 16 2021, Mon Aug 30 2021, Mon Sep 13 2021.
    8:30am to 11:00am

    Location: 

    Online

    PLEASE NOTE: In keeping with Harvard’s Coronavirus Guidelines, the University’s New Employee Welcome and Orientation program has changed from being an in-person session to a virtual online session. Please use the links on the right to sign up for an upcoming Orientation session.  A few days before your scheduled session, you will be sent instructions for accessing the online Orientation. If you have already signed up for an upcoming session, no extra steps are required.

    Introduction to the structure...

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  • 2021 Nov 15

    Mindful Movement: Yoga for the Office

    10:00am to 11:00am

    Location: 

    Online

    As every office worker knows, sitting for long periods can result in stiffness and discomfort. The gentle stretches and postures taught in this program are designed to increase flexibility at the joints – thereby improving one's range of motion – and also aid in relaxing the hips and lower portions of the body to increase one's ability to sit with ease. Because this practice blends movement in the body with the breath, it is an ideal extension of mindfulness practice.

    No previous knowledge of yoga is necessary. This class does not require special clothing or equipment.

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