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'Mind-Body Month' offers self-care, stress relief tips

With economic issues constantly in the news and other seasonal stresses taking their toll, MIT's "Mind-Body Month" -- being held now through March -- aims to enhance community members' well being, health and relaxation.

"Stressful times require deliberate measures, and we'll present some of the most effective stress-reduction skills," said Susanna Barry, a program manager in MIT Medical's Center for Health Promotion and Wellness. "Participants will come away with concrete tools to manage their stress and tap into their natural relaxation response."

Some of the events currently scheduled as part of Mind-Body Month include meditation classes, sleep and mindful-eating workshops, chair massages, yoga and more. Most are free of charge, but some (including the chair massage) do require a fee. Workshops can be scheduled for your area, at lunchtime or otherwise.

For more information on Mind-Body Month, visit http://medweb.mit.edu/about/news/article/mind-body-090126.html, or contact Susanna Barry at 617-253-1316 bars@med.mit.edu.

The program is co-sponsored by MIT Medical, the Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation (DAPER), the Board of Chaplains, Student Life Programs, the Student Activities Office and lgbt@MIT.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 25, 2009 (download PDF).

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