The Mindful Stress Management Program

managing stress at work

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Mindful Workplace Study

I implemented mindfulness programs in four companies from varying industries. Participants reported a 35% increase from pre-program to post-program in their ability to manage stress.

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Participants will learn how to reduce stress with mindfulness.

Life’s events often cause stress. But the way people respond to these events can compound the stress. Meditation trains people to become mindful—so they can respond to life’s events consciously, rather than react unconsciously. Simply put, becoming aware of tension can help you release tension.

Adults learn best when they’re involved in the process.

The Mindful Stress Management Program is presented with simple concepts, experiential practices, and lots of group participation. People gain the greatest benefits when they have a first-hand experience of what they’re supposed to do. I present a variety of techniques, so participants have an opportunity to discover techniques that resonate with them—while having some fun along the way.

My intent is to shorten the learning curve for people. 

I’ve condensed thirty years of practice into mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that are simple to understand and easy to practice. People are often surprised at how quickly they can learn how to meditate.

Want to find out about booking a program for your group?

I’d love to hear from you! The basic program format consists of four one-hour sessions; we meet once a week at your location for three weeks, with a follow-up session approximately four weeks later. If you’d prefer a different schedule, no problem. Or, if you’d like a one-time presentation for meetings, conferences, or special events, let’s talk! I’m happy to customize a program to fit your needs.

Mindful Stress Management Program FAQs

What’s the difference between meditation and mindfulness—and which do you teach?

Mindfulness is a state of being aware of the present moment, rather than caught up in regrets about the past and worries about the future. Meditation is a technique that’s practiced to help people become more mindful. I teach both, since they’re closely related.

What type of meditation do you teach?

The style of meditation in the Mindful Stress Management Program consists of material I developed, along with material synthesized from many different sources. I consider this style of meditation to be restorative meditation, since it can help restore the mind to a more balanced state. The program is designed to be easily understandable and accessible to the general public—and is presented using a combination of ancient wisdom, stories, and a bit of humor, so the material is memorable. Participants are instructed that there is no right or wrong way to meditate, and that it’s important to practice in a way that resonates with them.

Can a four-week program really help reduce stress?

Yes! In The Mindful Workplace Study that I ran, participants reported a 35% increase from pre-program to post-program in their ability to manage stress. In the program, participants are given accessible tools so they have a full understanding of how to practice meditation to reduce stress. They also receive a link to free short guided meditations to make it easy to practice. People have said that even a one-hour program has made a profound difference for them. My intent is for people to be inspired to integrate meditation and mindfulness into their lives. Those who do so realize the greatest benefits. Want to find out about booking a program for your group? Let’s talk!

More workplace studies

There was a statistically significant benefit of mindfulness training for employee health and well-being.
Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, September 2016

Mindfulness makes employees more resilient in the face of challenges, and increases task performance.
Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, 30, 115-157

Mindfulness interventions at work decrease not only reactivity to stress but also the risk of burnout.
Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 2015

The cost of stress in the workplace

Stress has been called the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization and is estimated to cost American businesses up to $300 billion a year.


40% of job turnover is due to stress.

Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress.

More than 60% of employees report difficulty focusing on tasks at work because of stress.

Replacing an average employee costs 120-200% of the salary of the position affected.

The average cost of absenteeism in a large company is more than $3.6 million per year.


The programs Joy provides convey an “attitude of acceptance” and are very inspiring at the workplace and in every day life. I highly recommend Joyʼs training program and was especially impressed with benefits I experienced from the breath awareness meditation.

Judith DauschPh.D., R.D. Consumer Safety Officer at US Food and Drug Administration / Program: Stress Management through Meditation

Joy was a featured speaker at our conference, MindSpring Metro DC’s 2015 Helping You Grow Conference. Participants thoroughly enjoyed her session on the benefits of meditation, many telling us that they left the session refreshed with several strategies to use in their busy lives. Thank you Joy!

Christina EanesSenior Partner, MindSpring Metro DC

Joy was the keynote speaker at our hospital for Nurses’s week in May, 2017 and 102 Nurses attended the event. Joy captured the full attention of every nurse in the room as she guided us through a mindful meditation exercise. Weeks later, we are still talking about Joy and how she inspired us to all to calm our busy minds through the power of meditation. It really works. Thanks Joy!!!

Denise Rouse-Meekins, MSN, RN, PCCNNurse Outcomes Educator at Sinai Hospital
Mindfulness Training for the Workplace, Healthcare, and the Community