Groups and Series

Mindful Meditation

In a fast paced world, it can be difficult to bring ourselves into the moment and slow down.  Mindfulness practices are simple yet powerful techniques to increase our connection to our immediate experience.  These practices have very practical benefits in our lives such as improved concentration, increased energy, and better overall mood.  EAP is offering guided mindfulness practices via the Zoom platform each Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm-5:15pm. Join us as we guide and instruct in mindful exercises that will help you feel more fully aware and present in the moments of everyday life.

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Living Solo Support Group

A support group for individuals living solo is currently being offered through the EAP. The group offerings are taking place either on Mondays from 1pm-1:50pm or on Tuesdays from 2pm-2:50pm. Understanding that disrupted routines, remote work, and social distancing in all areas of life can present unique challenges for those that live solo. This weekly virtual support group is to offer connection with others in a similar situation, to share common experiences, to support each other, and build strategies to navigate living solo during this time. EAP needs you to fill out some information prior to attending your first meeting with the group.

Call 512-471-3366 or email eap@austin.utexas.edu for more information. 

Parenting in Challenging Times

A weekly discussion/support meeting, called Parenting in Challenging Times, is being offered virtually each Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. to support those that are caring for kids during these challenging times. Each meeting has a brief (10 minute) presentation on topics such as self-care, balancing the demands of work and family, UT resources, and parenting strategies. Participants will then join small group, break out rooms with those caring for kids of similar ages to share their struggles, support each other, and exchange helpful strategies. All UT employees and their partners/spouses that are caring for children are welcome to join.

For more information or to join the weekly meeting, specify which ONE discussion break-out group you wish to join (Under 2 years old, Preschoolers, Elementary Aged, Tweens/Teens, Solo Parenting, or Caring for Kids with Special Needs) with an email to eap at eap@austin.utexas.edu.

Yoga for Anxiety

The series is led by Jamie Justus LCSW, a counselor at EAP and a yoga teacher who has facilitated the Yoga for Anxiety series for many years. When these series are offered at UT, they fill up in minutes and have a wait list of over 200 people. Now, the EAP is putting videos online that have components of Yoga for Anxiety, with physical sequences, breathing techniques, yogic philosophy, and meditation and mindfulness exercises. The videos will be listed in an order, but you can also skip around the video offerings.

Click here to view all Yoga for Anxiety videos.

Eldercare Support Group

This group offers employees who provide care for aging family members an emotionally supportive, small group environment for exploring the challenges of the caregiver role. Participants will learn about community eldercare resources, strategies for providing care, and approaches for maintaining work/life balance. The group will focus on the self-growth opportunities of caregiving through the shared experiences of group members facing similar issues.  Pre-registration through TXClass is required.

Upcoming Classes: UTLearn

Mood, Food, and Groove

Come join us for an eight-week series to explore the mind body connection and learn methods to improve and manage your mood. Key points in the class will be awareness of the effect of diet on mood, exercise, personal goal setting and more!

Call 512-471-3366 or email eap@austin.utexas.edu for more information.