Life Navigation Skills Series

Sailing in Spite of Stress, Struggles, Storms and Setbacks

Six-Part Series on Thursdays from noon to 1:00 PM

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Good sailors are well-prepared for all types of weather, so as the winds change and the waves roll they can keep safe–and keep going! Life’s shifting fortunes can be managed in much the same way–when you have the skills, knowledge and support you need. This six-part series offers multiple opportunities for you to:

April 1 Understanding Stress: Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Effects

Noon to 1:00 PM in Waterman Memorial Lounge
Facilitator: Emina Burak

“Men as a rule find it easier to depend on healers than to attempt the more difficult task of living well.”  Renee Dubos

We all experience stress in our daily lives from a variety of sources: jobs, relationships, finances and daily hassles. Whether you’re dealing with a daily stressor, chronic stress or a major life challenge like illness or divorce, stress can take a significant toll on you physically and emotionally. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving us more vulnerable to anxiety and depression. How do we know when we’re dealing with a level of stress that’s unhealthy for us? This workshop will help you identify the various components of your particular stress profile. You will learn:

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April 8 Changing Your Mind About Your Self: Cultivating Positive Self-Talk

Noon to 1:00 PM in Waterman Memorial Lounge
Facilitator: Diane Freiheit

We see things, not as they are, but as we are. The extent to which we love and respect ourself has a direct correlation to how much stress we experience in our life. We talk to ourselves about ourselves throughout the day, and these thoughts are often automatic and unconscious. Cognitive restructuring helps us identify and challenge overly simplistic, negative thoughts that can intensify, and even cause our stress. In this workshop you will learn:

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April 15 Changing Your Mind About Your World:
Using Positive Psychology to Increase Resilience

Noon to 1:00 PM in Waterman Memorial Lounge
Facilitator: Diane Freiheit

"Everything can be taken away from man but one thing–the last human freedom, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances." Victor Frankl

If you are like most people, you blame events and circumstances for your stress–never realizing that your own thoughts and beliefs about these events may be the main source of your stress. How you perceive events and respond to them impacts the degree of stress that you feel. Cultivating a positive outlook and meaning, as well as flexibility of thinking can result in an improved ability to manage stress and foster emotional resilience. In this workshop you will learn to:

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April 22 Speak UP and Stress DOWN: Assertive Communication Skills
for Stress Management and Personal Empowerment

Noon to 1:00 PM in Waterman Memorial Lounge
Facilitator: Clare Evancie

“Assertiveness isn’t about building a good disguise. It’s about developing the courage to take the disguise off.” Randy J. Paterson, PhD

You may be surprised to learn that you can actually reduce the amount of distress you feel by learning how to talk and what to say to important people in your life. Communication skills such as expressing your feelings, asking for what you need, speaking up for yourself when injustice has occurred, and saying “no” instead of “yes” can all be taught, learned, practiced and mastered. In this workshop you will learn:

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April 29 Relaxation Techniques for Every Day and Everybody

Noon to 1:00 PM in John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill
Facilitator: Clare Evancie

“Tension is who you think you should be; relaxation is who you are.”  Ancient Chinese Proverb

This is indeed a stressful world we live in, and an annual trip to the beach does not provide the average person with anything close to sufficient opportunity for relaxation. We can–and must!–learn to bring about a relaxation response in ourselves, by ourselves, whenever we want or need to do so. In this workshop we will learn and practice four tried-and-true relaxation exercises that can be used in the moment–at work, at home, in traffic–to promote calmness, relaxation, and relief from tension and anxiety. This may be the most relaxing lunch hour you’ll ever spend! In this workshop you will learn and practice the following techniques:

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May 6 Creating Life Balance

Noon-1:00 p.m. John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill
Facilitator: Emina Burak

There is an ancient Native American expression that states that in order to find true happiness we must “walk in balance.” Do you find that you have little time for yourself? Are you too exhausted to truly enjoy your family when you are with them? Are you so busy “getting by,” so busy being busy, that you have let the colors fade from your life? Finding work-life balance in today's frenetically paced world is no simple task. Being pulled in many directions can lead to burnout, a feeling of general dissatisfaction and stress in your life. This seminar will help you to become aware of what keeps you off balance and how to invest yourself energetically in those aspects of your life that create a sense of life satisfaction and wellbeing. You will learn how to:

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