What is TAO?

TAO includes over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues. TAO Includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals.

Apps to De-Stress

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Sanvello

Sanvello gives you tools to address anxiety based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, relaxation, and health. It’s a simple app that encourages you to track your daily activities and asks how they might relate to your stress.

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Calm

Calm is the right app for you. It can help you meditate, sleep, relax and much more. By downloading this neat little tool, you’ll discover how meditation can improve your mood and your life.

Happify

How you feel, matters. Whether you’re feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or you’re dealing with constant negative thoughts. Happily brings you practical tools to take control of your emotional wellbeing.

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Relax Melodies

Relax melodies is a fantastic sleep aid app that will help you get a full night’s sleep. Select sounds and melodies that you like and combine them to create a mix.

Headspace

Meditation made simple with guided meditations suitable for all levels from Headspace. Meditation can help improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety and reduce stress.

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Personal Zen

Playing Personal Zen restrains your brain to lower stress and anxiety. Just like exercising for physical health, we can exercise our brain for better mental health and wellness.

Free Yoga Classes

Fundamentals of Ease

35-Minute Home Yoga

Yoga for Renewal

45-Minute Home Yoga

Meditation for Learning

Under 15-Minute Meditation Session

How To Start Meditating

Breath

Don't try to "calm your mind."
Instead, appreciate the sensations of your breath in the same way that a wine snob tastes a cabernet. When your mind starts wandering away into thoughts, just recognize that you're thinking. Then return to appreciating the sensations of your breath.

Emotions

Long-term mediators show increased size in brain regions associated with emotional regulation. "Larger volumes in these regions might account for mediators' singular abilities and habits to cultivate positive emotions, retain emotional stability, and engage in mindful behavior," according to a UCLA study.

Arms / Hands

Relax your shoulders and arms, letting your hands rest on your thighs. Alternately, place one hand on another in your lap.

Eyes

Decide what you're going to do with your eyes. If you want the experiences to be more body-based, close them. If you want to feel more anchored in the space you're in, keep them open.

Legs / Feet

If you're sittin in a chair, keep your feet flat on the floor and your spine straight. If you're sitting cross-legged on a cushion, the important thing is to have your knees below your hips. If you need a higher seat, make one.

Time

Mediation isn't about length; it's about frequency. In the same way you don't get strong by lifting one giant weight one time, you should try and sit regularly. Five or ten minutes a day is a great start.

Feeling stressed?

If you are feeling stressed & need to talk with a professional, please reach out to the Student Wellness Staff at cresswellt@lackawanna.edu.