Stress Buster

Did you know that listening to music can relieve stress? Research shows that listening to relaxing music can help the body recover faster from the stress response. Even just a few minutes of focusing on soothing sounds can reduce anxiety and improve mood.   Slow music has been shown to lower your heart rate.  This makes music great for helping you calm down when feeling upset or overwhelmed. This is just one of the many benefits of listening to music—it has also been shown to improve healing, learning, and creativity! Feeling overwhelmed? Turn on some soft music while you work.

Listen to a soothing soundtrack on your next break. Download these free soothing sounds.

Don’t forget that you can use your Working Well incentive points toward the purchase of concert tickets at Emens Auditorium on campus—a night of live instrumental music is a great way to unwind  and relieve stress!

Sharpen Your Colored Pencils

Do you remember the fun of coloring as a child?  It turns out that coloring is still fun as an adult — and it can be a great stress relieving activity!   Coloring mandalas has specifically been found to help people enter into a meditative-like state and may help lower anxiety levels.  Mandalas are intricate geometric patterns that are often quite detailed.   Ball State’s own Jeff Brackett, PhD, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, is partnering with Working Well to make a few of his mandala drawings available to employees for our upcoming wellness program. 

Starting in February, Working Well will introduce Stress Busters, a series of resources for Wellness Ambassadors to share that focus on stress management.  Stress Busters will introduce employees to a variety of techniques that can help calm the mind and sooth the body.  An individual and community coloring activity will kick off the series! 

Interested in joining our Coloring Contest?  Wellness Ambassadors will receive a free mandala drawing, drawn by Dr. Jeff Brackett, to share with interested employees.   At the end of the month, Working Well will display colored mandalas that are submitted for a fun Coloring Contest!  There are no rules when it comes to coloring the mandalas except to let yourself play and have fun. 

Watch for more information from your Wellness Ambassador and Working Well!!