The Center for Parents and Teachers announces a new and innovative offering on How to Manage Stress in Uncertain Times
Please find instructions below each workshop on how to register for individual sessions.
Wish to attend all 4 sessions? Please email email@example.com and type “Series on Managing Stress” in the subject line. We are happy to announce that due to a generous grant, these programs are being offered free of charge!
About the offerings: Stress is a natural, automatic, often unconscious part of daily life. Yet its impact — on our emotions, behavior, bodies — can be corrosive to both our wellbeing and the quality of our relationships. Join us for one workshop or for all of them as we gather on zoom on 4 consecutive Monday evenings, starting October 18 at 7:30. We will explore science-backed tools and insights that calm the nervous system to better manage stress.
All sessions are held online for 45 minutes and are facilitated by our instructor, Carolyn Wilkins, who trained at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.
- Monday October 18 at 7:30 PM “Key Partners to Combat Stress: Restorative Sleep & Mindfulness”.
Pre-registration by October 11th is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and typing “October 18” in the subject line.
Only 1 in 3 adults get the recommended 7-9 hours sleep each night, with consequences ranging from impaired memory, compromised immune function to hypertension and obesity. And the throughline to stress is clear: Among over 85 sleep disorders, the #1 root cause is stress, giving us a vital key to crack this code. Join this 45-minute session as we explore the practical, behavioral, and social implications for achieving better sleep.
- Monday October 25 at 7:30 PM “Redefining Social Connections for Optimal Wellness”
Pre-registration by October 18th is required by emailing email@example.com and typing “October 25” in the subject line
After 18 months of social restriction, we’re beginning to reframe and reprioritize our social interactions. Science shows us that social connections are vital to buffering stress, helping us to modulate fear and anxiety. Join us as we explore ways to mindfully assess our social and prosocial connections as a way to enhance wellness.
- Monday November 1 at 7:30 PM “Stress Warning Signals: What are they & what can they teach us?”
Pre-registration by October 25th is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and typing “November 1” in the subject line
Stress is more than feeling distress and discomfort; it’s the root cause of 60-90% of all doctor visits, begging us to forge a healthier approach to managing daily stress. Where and how stress manifests itself in our minds and bodies become valuable data, especially when married with a science-backed toolkit of techniques to calm the nervous system and make us more resilient.
- Monday November 8 at 7:30 PM “Meditation & Mindfulness”
Pre-registration by November 1 is required by emailing email@example.com and typing “November 8” in the subject line
Developing a mentally clear and emotionally calm, stable state first requires that we acknowledge the critical role that meditation & mindfulness play in making us more resilient. Learn how developing a practice can happen, and what it can offer us as we seek to buffer the daily impact of stress.
About the Instructor
Concord resident Carolyn Wilkins is a Certified Positivity and Relaxation Training (PART) instructor trained at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. She leads (online) group stress management classes through her business, Wilkins Wellness, providing proven tools to be healthier and happier, creating greater calm and clarity in these uncertain times.
A cycle instructor, 20+ year triathlete, parent to teens and outdoor enthusiast, Carolyn draws upon her own practice that blends mental and physical wellness to provide balance and joy. She and her husband, Mike Farber, have raised two young adults in Concord and can often be found on their bicycles.