Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stress Management

Thanks to your M.A. Representative to EGSA, Haylie, here is a post of compiled resources to help alleviate that burdensome graduate school stress. It is important to take breaks, to at least attempt to achieve a mind/body/soul balance during these rocky years of study, and to take advantage of the stress-relieving opportunities of the DC Metro Area. I would also add to this list that attending EGSA workshops for baked treats and to vent your frustrations is a great way to alleviate stress (shameless plug!).
We welcome your feedback and contributions. If you have additional stress management resources, please share with us!

Health Resources
·         Lerner Health and Wellness Center (aka the gym)
o   Location: 2301 G Street, NW (Corner of G and 23rd)
o   General hours: M-F: 6:30am – 11:30pm; Sat: 9am – 8pm; Sun: 11am – 11:30pm
o   Gym use is free for students. Costs for classes:
§  Drop-in pass: $6 per class
§  Mind & Body pass (unlimited yoga and pilates classes): $65/term
§  Full Fitness pass (all classes): $85/term
o   Other features: racquetball and squash courts, indoor track, three-lane lap pool, free weight and cardiovascular fitness areas
o   Free Mindfulness Meditation class, Tuesdays 1:10 – 1:50 pm in fitness classroom
o   Location: 2141 K St. NW, Suite 501
o   Hours: Varies daily; generally 8:30am – 6:00pm
o   Variety of services; $25 office fee per visit (waived if you are covered by GW Student Health Insurance plan)
·         University Counseling Center
o   Phone: 202-994-5300; email:
o   Location: 2033 K St. NW, Suite 330
o   Hours: M, T, Th: 8am – 6pm; W, F: 8am – 5pm
o   Offers: Individual counseling, group counseling (including dissertation support group and graduate student group), academic support services, career counseling, alcohol/drug services, referral assistance
o   Fees:
§  New this year: Up to first 6 individual counseling sessions free
§  $50 per session after initial six

Other (Vaguely Stress-Related) Resources
·         Career Center (dealing with stress by getting a job)
o   Location: 1922 F St. NW (corner of F and 20th)
o   Hours: M-Th: 8:30am – 6pm
o   Walk-in consulting hours: M-F: 1pm – 4pm
o   Offers a variety of career support services
·         Free in DC (dealing with stress by leaving the house for cheap)
o   LivingSocial (area-specific deals via email)
o   WTD Deals (basically a lot like LivingSocial)
o   Groupon (also a lot like LivingSocial)
o   Thrilllist (Information about events, artists, designers, and coupons for DC area)

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