Stress Relief

Stress ReductionUAMS Therapy and Fitness Program would like to extend an invitation to UAMS employees to join the Mindfulness Meditation class on Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Reynolds Institute on Aging room 1160.

Dr. Denise Compton, Neuropsychologist/Clinical Psychologist, UAMS Reynolds Institute, leads a Mindfulness Meditation session every Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Jo Ford Auditorium.

Meditation is simply purposeful concentration and involves learning to focus your attention—directed onto an object of your choice, such as your breath, a phrase or a word repeated silently, a memorized inspirational passage, or an image in the mind’s eye.


12:00 p.m. Introductory thoughts about meditation

12:10 p.m. Meditation practice (doors closed to late-comers)

12:25 p.m. Debriefing

Call 526-5779 for more information


Meditation Room

A Meditation Room is available for patients and staff on the second floor of the PRI building. The room features comfortable chairs, windows, a water feature and individual thermostat.

Other places on campus for relaxation and stress relief:

  1. Legacy Garden near the College of Health Professions
  2. The Medical Center Rooftop Garden
  3. The Healing Garden at the Cancer Institute
  4. The Chancellor’s Garden


ACH Relaxation Rooms – Locations

1. Emergency Room – K1425-1 – This is located by Triage desk and is only
available to ED employees only. Key pad access – Team Leader has to let them in.
2. PICU – H3245-1 Located in hallway across from Red Elevator on 3rd floor.
Sign on wall says “Sports Medicine Coordinator” – Key access – must get key from
IMU team leader or PCM. Available for PICU employees and IMU employees.
3. CVICU – HC4615-1 – This is located in CVICU office area. It is unlocked
during the day. They must sign in to use. At night/weekends, team leader or PCM
will get key to let employees in office area and relaxation room. For CVICU
employees only.
4. NICU – H3708-1. This is located down the hallway in PICU, past the Pink
Elevator. It is key locked. Must get key from Team Leader or PCM. For NICU
employees only.
5. 3E – Closed during renovations


More Mindfulness References and Resources


The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, Ron Siegel, PsyD (2010).

Guilford Press.  Meditations online, available to download free.

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. Second Edition, Revised and Updated. Jon Kabat-Zinn (2013). Bantam/Random House. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) CDs and MP3s available to purchase.

Real Happiness at Work, Sharon Salzberg (2014). Workman Publishing, New York.

A Mindful Nation, Congressman Tim Ryan (2012). Hay House.


UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

Mindfulness bibliography of citations for peer reviewed journal articles and book with publication dates between 1975 and 2009; includes citations on the effects of mindfulness-based treatments on many medical conditions and mental disorders.

American Mindfulness Research Association

The Mindfulness in Education Network

The American Institute of Stress

Vallecitos Mountain Refuge and Retreat Center

Mindfulness 101

Applied Mindfulness Skills Training for Physicians, Nurses and Health Care Workers

Rick Hanson, Ph.D 10/26/2010, Confronting your Negativity Bias

Greater Good, The Science of a Meaningful Life

Niroga Institute


Beach, M.C. et al. A multicenter study of physician mindfulness and health care quality. Annals of Family Medicine 2013, 11(5): 421-428.

Danielwitz, M. et al. A pilot feasibility study of a peer-led mindful program for medical students. Canadian Medical Education Journal, 2016, 7 (1), 31-37.

Editorial: A prescription to talk: How doctor-patient dialogue improves health outcomes. (2015) Bangor Daily News, Bangor, ME.

Hölzel B.K. et al. How does mindfulness meditation work? Proposing mechanisms of action from a conceptual and neural perspective. Perspectives on Psychological Sciences, 2011, Nov 6(6):537-559.

Vargo, D.R.  Mapping modalities of self-awareness in mindfulness practice: a potential mechanism for clarifying habits of mind. Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences, 2014, 1307(1): 28-42.

Warnecke, E. et al. A randomized controlled trial of the effects of mindfulness practice on medical student stress levels. Medical Education 2011, 45: 381-388. 




Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes in Little Rock and Hot Springs

Compassion Works for All  – weekly meetings at Little Rock libraries and other locations