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Building Stress Resiliency Into Busy Lives

Dilip Mathur

Chinmaya Mission is offering programs of wide community interest this spring and summer in their newly completed Center at 1 Union Street in Andover.

Among these new programs are three evening workshops on Building Stress Resiliency on April 6, May 4, and June 1.  Also planned is a special weekend program on “Tips for Happiness”  in July.

“Many people are not aware that our Center offers programs for people of all backgrounds, not just for the Indian community,” said Suresh Sundaram, the coordinator for these programs. “We think these programs of broad interest will enable us to serve the general community.”

Presenting the workshops will be Pamela Katz Ressler, RN, BSN, HN-BC, founder of Stress Resources, a firm specializing in stress management and holistic healthcare consulting for healthcare providers, community organizations, businesses, and individuals.  Ressler is a frequent speaker to local, national and international audiences and serves on the board of directors of the Integrative Medicine Alliance.  She has received advanced clinical training in mind/body medicine from Harvard University’s Mind Body Medical Institute, as well as the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She is an adjunct faculty member at UMass Boston in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and a consultant on a federal grant addressing stress resiliency for new graduates.   Ressler is a featured contributor to various print and online journals on issues related to stress resiliency.
“The Stress Resiliency workshops are for people who feel overwhelmed, overworked, or stressed out at work or home,” commented Pamela.  “Research has shown that individuals who perceive themselves as resilient are healthier, happier, and more productive in their lives.”

During the series of three workshops, participants will learn practical techniques to promote stress resiliency in their busy lives.  Participants will explore breath and body awareness exercises to increase the mind/body connection, learn about current research on stress and health, and study ways to integrate  stress resiliency tools into the workplace.

The April 6 workshop will focus on “Breathing into Stress Resiliency “ - Stress response versus Relaxation response, using the breath to respond versus react to stressors in our lives, and breath and body awareness exercises to promote resiliency.

The May 4 workshop is on “Walking into Stress Resiliency “ - Current research on mind/body connection, use of mindful walking as a method of increasing stress resiliency, and introduction to labyrinth as a tool for stress resiliency.

The June 1 workshop is on “Moving into Stress Resiliency “ - Body focused awareness exercises, gentle stretches to increase concentration and efficiency, and developing a plan of action to continuing building resiliency.

All workshops are in the evening from 7:30 – 9:00 pm.  There is a charge of $35 per workshop or a total of $100 for all three. Details and registration are at www.chinmaya-boston.org or contact Suresh Sundaram at (617) 388-6841 or e-mail spiritualcmb@google.com.

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