Stress Coach Connects

Dal’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is offering a new program to combat stress: Stress Coach Connects is an online interactive program designed to help assess, understand, and manage stress.

The online program offers:

  • An interactive dashboard to track and view posts
  • A library of useful resources on stress, wellness, and more
  • Live professional support anytime via instant online chat
  • Much more

Visit it’s website for more information and to get started:

https://www.workhealthlife.com/Article/Read/stress-coach-connects

Mindfulness and Emotional Wellness

Molly De Shong and Lauchlan Learned will lead Mindfulness and Emotional Wellness, an 8-session program based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)Across the 8 sessions, Molly and Lauchlan will explore how the evidence-based practices of MBSR and MBCT help strengthen stability of mind and body, self-compassion, perspective, and emotional resilience.

These sessions are open to all and no experience is necessary. The sessions run on Wednesdays 6-8pm from February 17th to April 6th. The cost for the 8 sessions is $400 which includes tax, handouts and CD. The sessions are run at Saint Mary’s University (4th Floor Sobey Building). 

Visit the following link for more info and to register:

http://www.smu.ca/academics/health-and-wellness.html

Susan Pinker: Why Face-to-face Contact Matters in the Digital Age

In villages in Sardinia, 10 times as many men live past 100 than the average. Why? A key reason is that they are not lonely. Psychologist Susan Pinker on the importance of face-to-face contact in our era of disbanded families and virtual connections.

Check out the whole story here:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/20/secret-long-happy-life-mountain-villages-sardinia

Mindfulness Training Course starts January 13th

Registration is now open for this popular, 8-week, workshop-style Mindfulness training program – STARTS NEXT WEEK.

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:00pm, January 13th – March 9th (not on Feb 16 Reading Week)

Location:Dentistry Building, Room 5236

Facilitator: Dr. John Lovas

The program is free, but space is limited (to 20), so only those who can firmly commit to attend at least 7 of the 8 sessions should register by emailing the instructor at: jlovas@dal.ca.

We will learn and practice sitting, walking and standing meditation, as well as qi gong breathing.

“People who participate in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program learn through their own experience how to take better care of themselves by understanding the interplay of mind and body, allowing for greater access to inner resources for coping, growing and healing.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to participate. Those who attend at least 7 of the 8 sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

More Yoga opportunities

1) Free “Intro to Yoga Lunch & Learn” Tuesday, October 20th, 12:05-12:55 pm, at Breathing Space Yoga (corner of Coburg Rd and Oxford St)

Then continue with their 6-week program:

2) Intro to Yoga Tuesdays 12:05-12:55, October 27 – November 1, $60+tax. Register by Oct 26 : Call 902 446 9642, Drop by in person 6389 Coburg Rd

3) Yoga with Cia! on Mondays from 5-6pm at King’s Dance Studio, on Thursdays at 5-6pm at St. Andrews Church and a wonderful 50+ lunchtime dancey/fitness class at King’s on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm.

Please check out: Yogawithcia.com & kings.ciasbodyworks.com