Protecting the health and well-being of those who protect our own.

As an employee of the Department of Anesthesiology and Washington University, you are a priority in everything we do. You are essential to achieving our missions of research, teaching, and patient care. WashU strives to provide a valuable employee experience – one that helps you thrive at work and outside of work.

The majority of the resources below are organized by WashU’s Human Resources office. Those featured here are key resources for members of our department. Visit the HR website for additional resources to support your health, mental health, wellness, learning, and financial wellbeing.

Featured Resources

There are many apps, mindfulness resources, online support groups, and other tools to help you cope with challenges. Below are some featured resources to find the support needed.

Resource of the Month: Introduction to Yoga for Wellness and Resilience

Dr. Susan Mackinnon, a well-known surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery at WashU, is also a yoga teacher and she responded to Dr. Clare Ridley’s request to help health-care workers deal with the stress of COVID-19.

These short videos (segmented by chapters below) focus on yoga, posture, and resilience and show us how to achieve wellness now, not in the future or with special equipment or circumstances.

Video Chapters
  • Introduction (00:00)
  • Tara Brach – Radical Compassion How can you introduce a sense of lightness so you are not weighed down by your thoughts or circumstances? (00:34)
  • Breathing Exercises How to stop your mind from churning. (2:24)
  • Breathing and Warm-up and Stretching Exercises Susan introduces breath awareness and stretching for calmness and flexibility of body and mind. (8:35)
  • Yoga Exercises Explore some exercises that you can perform in the office, operating room, ICU, and any other location without a mat or special equipment. (12:29)
  • Professional Timeout How do we turn a professional encounter like an OR case (or rounds) into a chance to practice professionalism and compassion? Enter, the “Professional Time Out.” (16:42)
  • Posture If you’re tired of being tight and sore at the end of the day, check this one out. It also changes the way you feel. (19:31)
  • Resilience Learn how to build the resilience back so that life doesn’t feel as challenging. (23:45)
  • Yoga Practice Yoga involves motion, but you can also do yoga just by breathing. The philosophy and practice of Yoga–or just feeling better without having to think about it so much. (31:22)
  • Q&A: Activity to Help Fall Asleep How do you go to sleep if your body and mind don’t share your plans? (41:48)
  • Q&A: Posture Assist for Long Periods at the Desk How can I feel good after sitting at the desk all day? (44:35)
Apps for Self-care

App for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. It has simple meditation tools that can make you feel relaxed, calm, and peaceful. Download it at Google Play or Apple’s App Store. Calm is also available in a web version at

Meditation app that teaches people the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes to help people stress less and focus more and even sleep better. Headspace now offers free premium access through 2020 for healthcare providers, sign up with your individual NPI at

How Right Now
An initiative to address people’s feelings of grief, loss, and worry during COVID-19.

Sanvello gives you clinically proven therapies for dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or whatever you may be going through.

Simple Habit
Free meditation collections designed specifically for stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Topics include self-care, easing fear, mindful communication with family, and guided yoga. Listen for free here.

Additional Resources

Happiness and Health: Resilience in Trying Times (Grand Rounds video)
Presenter: Afton L. Hassett, Psy.D, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, Director of Clinical Pain Research, The Back & Pain Center, University of Michigan

Journey to Well-being Video (Missouri Botanical Garden)
The Journey to Well-Being is an intentional walking program, encouraging participants to slow their pace while paying particular attention to natural elements. This virtual version is designed to allow the same type of experience for people from afar. The Missouri Botanical Garden created this in hopes for viewers to benefit from taking this time to slow their pace for a few minutes and connect with the serenity of the Japanese Garden.

Managing Stress and Anxiety (source:
Learn ways to manage and reduce stress for yourself and others.

COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit (source:
Ensuring children and young people’s social, emotional, and mental well-being.

COVID-19 Well-Being Resources (source: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists)

Guidebook for Promoting Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic (source: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education)

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Health & Wellness at WashU

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