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Postdoc Wellness

In category: Wellness

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) offers wellness programs for postdocs. Offerings from OPA vary across the year and are often also open to graduate students and staff.

Below find ongoing wellness activities and resources that are currently open to postdocs, as well as all upcoming OPA wellness programs.

Mental Health Resources for Postdocs:

If you are experiencing stress during these uncertain times, there are many options for care via your benefits. For a complete listing, visit this link:

  • If you think you are in crisis, call the mental health line provided by your postdoc medical plan (available 24/7): (800) 424-4047
  • If you think this is a life threatening emergency, call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone)
  • Phone support is available 24/7 via the Postdoc Assistance Program: (855) 666-0519


Stanford Recreation & Wellness: 20 Minute Drop In Meditation
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 11:30am-11:50am; Schedule an Appointment HERE
Need a break to meditate? Sign up for a quick 20 minute session with Sarah Meyer Tapia, Associate Director of Health & Human Performance and Head of Wellness Education.

Stanford Recreation & Wellness: Online Fitness Classes
Monday-Friday, Times vary, via Zoom; Info & Register HERE
Stanford Recreation & Wellness is offering a series of online fitness classes to keep you moving during these tough times. Classes include: barre sculpt, yoga, core workouts and more!

ORL: Tuesday Evening Yoga
Tuesdays, 6:00pm, via Zoom; Info & Register HERE
Tuesday Yoga explores gentle movement, breath, and mindfulness to support sleep, healthful rest, and enhanced resilience. Minimal prop use is required to allow participants to do this practice at home. Roommates, partners, children, and pets are welcome!

ORL: Wednesday Morning Yoga 
Wednesdays, 9:00am, via Zoom; Info & Register HERE
This 1-hour therapeutic yoga class focuses on enhancing physical, emotional, and mental resilience. Minimal prop use is required, a mat and 2 blocks are recommended.

ORL: Thursday YogaX
Thursdays, 12:00pm, via Zoom; Info & Zoom Link HERE
This live-streamed class explores gentle yet dynamic movement, breath, and mindfulness to enhance resilience and increase capacity for managing stress.  Minimal props use is required to allow participants to do this practice at home. Roommates, partners, children, and pets are welcome!

FSHC: 1:1 Counseling Appointments
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, via Zoom; Schedule an Appointment HERE
The Faculty Staff Help Center (FSHC) offers a variety of services for the Stanford community, including counseling sessions, which are entirely free to Stanford postdocs.

Mind Over Money: 1:1 Financial Coaching
Remote Coaching Appointments; Explore Coaches & Make an Appointment HERE
Financial coaching strives to help students and postdocs develop skills and behaviors they can improve upon independently over time. Coaching sessions are entirely free to Stanford students and postdocs. Mind Over Money also provides personal finance training with learning modules, recorded workshops, and budget templates.


Stanford Recreation & Wellness: Mental Health Resources
Stanford Recreation & Wellness has put together a series of wellness resources to help members of the Stanford community stay connected. Access past wellness webinars, meditation exercises, and the Well-Being A-Z Toolkit, to support your mental health!

Well-Being at Stanford & Vaden Health Services: Virtual Well-Being Resources
Well-Being at Stanford and Vaden Health Services have created a virtual well-being site filled with resources designed to support your well-being! Explore the robust list of virtual resources, services, and programs offered, along with general well-being tips, an adaptation of the Red Folder, and a list of virtual events supporting well-being.

BeWell: Volunteer Opportunities During COVID-19
As COVID-19 imposes limitations on everyday life, it is easy to feel powerless. Some may feel eager to contribute to the increased needs of the community, and yet it can be challenging to find opportunities. To help, BeWell has put together a list of 30+ volunteer opportunities!

National Emergency Library
To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, the Internet Archive has temporarily suspended all waitlists, allowing people to immediately check out any of the 1.4 million books currently in their lending library. Until the end of the US national emergency (whichever comes later), every borrowable book will be immediately accessible by anyone -- creating, in effect, a National Emergency Library.

BEAM: PhD & Postdoc Career FAQs
Check out BEAM’s Frequently Asked Questions resource, aimed at helping PhDs and postdocs stay active, well, and focused when thinking about the future of work.

HIP: Free Wellness Webinars
Stanford Health Improvement Program (HIP) values education and seeks to make it accessible to everybody. Explore HIP’s diverse selection of pre-recorded health and wellness webinars, free for your viewing at any time! Additionally, HIP offers a series of classes on wellness, fitness and healthy living (at an additional cost).

Stanford Recreation & Wellness: Free Virtual Yoga Classes
Take a minute to explore this hub of YogaX short guided practices. Click on any of the links to begin your journey into managing stress, creating resilience, and finding community!

Contemplation By Design: Free Guided Meditation Practices
Explore this video archive filled with guided meditation practices, based on the Contemplation By Design P.E.A.C.E. process: Pause, Exhale, Attend, Connect, Express.

BeWell and Stanford Recreation & Wellness: Workout Videos 
BeWell and Stanford Recreation & Wellness are offering a series of free online workout videos that you can do from home! Check out the “BeWell in Five” series and exercise videos from Stanford Recreation & Wellness.

Stanford Arts: Arts@Home
Features community and student resources to engage with the arts from wherever you are.

Cantor Arts Center: Museums From Home
Virtually enjoy the arts from home, by logging in at any time to listen, learn, and explore!

BeWell: Virtual Experiences to Explore From Home 
BeWell offers a list of other virtual activities to experience from the comfort of home!

Headspace: Mindfulness for Your Everyday
Postdocs are eligible for the $10 student account (full access) with the Headspace meditation app.

Cardinal at Work: COVID-19 Resources to Assist Children & Families
Cardinal at Work offers a list of resources and support to assist families and caregivers in navigating this challenging time.

WFH + Kids
Check out this helpful guide on managing working from home with kids. Explore a variety of resources including, tips on working from home, fun kids activities, education materials, and virtual tours!

OPA: Postdoc Assistance Program
Available 24/7, GuidanceResources is your one stop website for expert information on the issues that matter most to you. This service is company-sponsored, confidential, and provided at no charge to you and your dependents.

ORL: Spiritual Resources
The Office for Religious Life invites you to explore these spiritual care resources in time of crisis. These resources include: daily reflections written by Stanford students, staff, faculty and alumni; podcasts fostering hope; sermons from University Public Worship; and space to connect with other.

BeWell: 5 Outdoor Activities that Elevate Well-Being
Being outside and engaging in outdoor activities is a great way to boost your mental and physical wellness. BeWell offers a guide to five outdoor activities that can elevate your well-being!

OPA: Wellness with Sarah Meyer Tapia
Now available is Sarah Meyer Tapia’s Self-Compassion in Academia & Career wellness recording. During this session, Sarah discusses what self-compassion is, takes a look at current research addressing the ways self-compassion protects ambition, increases productivity, and decreases stress, and identifies several practical tools for how to practice self-compassion in accessible, impactful ways!