Help for Difficult times

The Intentional Caring Committee offers these resources for those moments when you need a few moments of respite. 

Recognizing the unique challenges of the healthcare field, Sentara Martha Jefferson’s Intentional Caring Committee has put together a playlist of meditations to help our team find a few moments of calm, solace, and balance during difficult times. 

Check out this Meditation playlist 


Our healing environment is a resource for all of us, not just patients! It's easy to get outside for a quick break or a longer walk through our beautiful grounds.

Campus walking trail map

Or if the weather is bad, you can take a self-guided walking tour through our art collection. 

Art Collection Walking Tour 

Or tour our neighbor's aboriginal art collection:  Kluge-Ruhe

We've all been there.

Anger. Anxiety. Compassion fatigue. Fear. Stress. Hard emotions are a natural response to the challenges of caregiving, and sometimes they are difficult to manage.  Optima EAP counselors offer free, confidential support 24/7. Please reach out whenever you need them.  We have two EAP support options available: 

EAP Call to Care Coaching:  Life coaching provides innovative ways to access convenient support, tools, and resources to build resiliency.  Simply scan the QR code on this flyer to sign up. 

EAP Live Counseling & Support: Optima EAP (Employee Assistance Program) provides confidential, short-term, and solution-focused services. You can confidentially turn to Optima EAP even before an issue or concern severely impacts your home life or work performance. Through Optima EAP, you and your dependent family members have access to unlimited virtual and in-person visits per incident per year at no cost.  Call Optima EAP at 1-800-899-8174. 

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Here are a few resources to help you ground yourself in a crisis and build healthy habits for the future.   

Stress First Aid : a framework for peer support and self-care to support health care professionals in dealing with the inevitable stresses of the job. 

One Wellbeing Practice a Day: Explore some new strategies for grounding yourself in the moment. 

Build Your Resilience in the Face of a Crisis ( : excellent, succinct summary of how to train in mental resilience

WaveNet | We improve health every day. ( a compendium of resilience resources 

OPTIMA EAP Resilience Summary :  useful explanations of resilience in the face of stress and how to cultivate it

Respite spaces are a network of quiet areas available to our Sentara Martha Jefferson team. They are open 24/7 and are intended as a place to find a few moments of calm to tend to your physical and emotional needs.

Consult the map linked below for locations and information about which areas are staff-only.

Respite Space Map

This three-tiered training program is designed to build the capacity for resilience and peer support at the individual, workplace/practice setting, and institution levels. The approach has three core concepts, or "pillars" that distinguish it from others you may have encountered.

Pillar 1: Enhance individual resilience and interpersonal communication skills.

Pillar 2: Identify and reduce unnecessary stressors (what we call "the stupid stuff").

Pillar 3: Recognize peer stress and know how to respond effectively.

Training Modules | Wisdom, Wellbeing & Peer Support Training (


Tell Us Your Favorites!  Here are a few of ours: 

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos on Apple Podcasts

You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale -- the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history -- Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness.

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