Mindfulness for Stress Reduction

Topic
Being Human
Audience
Beginner
Description

Stress has become so prevalent in our lives that even a vacation no longer resolves its hold on us. The growing public health crisis that is stress can be understood through research, and is now accessible to everyone as a form of evidence-based participatory medicine called mindfulness. Join a trained mindfulness teacher, Dori Kelner, as we explore the concept of mindfulness, what is it and what it is not, and how mindfulness practice can be utilized alone, or along with other modalities, to mitigate stress, anxiety, depression, and pain.

We will discuss the power of formal and informal practice, and how mindfulness interrupts reactivity and allows us to tap into our boundless ability to care for ourselves, leading to greater clarity and choice in to how to respond in our daily interactions. We will examine the impact of office culture on the stress we experience, and discuss how we might change our relationship to our work.

We will leave with an understanding of mindfulness, a toolbox of practices and resources, and an exploration of whether further reading and/or practice will be valuable for each participant.

Goals
1. Understand the definition of mindfulness, along with the research and science supporting the practice.
2. Learn several formal and informal practices for cultivating mindfulness and compassion.
3. Explore the role of perception in the experience of stress, and how we might interrupt the automatic stress response.
4. Identify and classify sources of stress in the workplace.
5. Evaluate ways to change organizational culture to support employee wellness.
6. Determine personal next steps.
Requirements

All are welcome to attend. Participants are invited to approach the training with curiosity, kindness, and compassion; speak only from own first-hand experience; not offer advice to others in the training; and keep other's shared experiences confidential.

Training Length
Half Day
Room
Craig-Lee Hall 020
Timeslot
9:00 - 12:00pm