With uncertainty currently at the center of everyday life, managing stress is critical to helping both ourselves and those around us navigate the challenges of the ‘new normal.’ Brie Williams, Global Head of Practice Management for SPDR ETFs, has partnered with Dr. Leo Flanagan and Dr. Roger Sherman, experts in crisis response management at The Center for Resilience, to teach us how to identify, manage, and reduce stress in our lives.
Just as we are told to put on our own oxygen masks first on an airplane, we must address our own responses to stress before we are able to better serve those around us. Over the course of three sessions, learn how to become more adaptive to stress, develop pragmatic optimism and mindfulness, and agility amidst turmoil.
Rewire Your Brain for Stress Management
About the Class
In the first class, you’ll hear the experts talk about the science behind our body’s response to stress and how we can begin to build new connections in our brain that promote healthy responses to stress. Learning to identify stress in ourselves, be more attuned to its impact, and develop the skills to proactively reduce that stress can help us become more adaptive to stressful situations.
Once you’ve listened to the class, you can access the practice coursework: Waking Up to Manage Stress . This checklist is a structured but simple process to help you enter the day with your anxiety under control. Practice each morning to reinforce healthy habits.
Build Empathy and Resilience
About the Class
In the second class, Dr. Flanagan and Dr. Sherman walk through building resilience by looking at how we can ‘keep our tanks full’ so that we are better prepared to deal with the stress around us, and cope with the loneliness and grief that naturally accompanies situations like the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the current environment, many people are experiencing grief in myriad ways—loss of our former life, possible loss of a job and, sadly, losses related to the pandemic. By acknowledging that many are working through different phases of grief, we can use techniques that develop our empathy and compassion for those around us.
Once you’ve listened to the class, you can access the practice coursework: Staying Calm During the Day . This is a list of techniques to incorporate into your mindfulness practice. Add these into the daily practice you began as part of the first session.
Agility Amidst Turmoil
About the Class
In session three, we bring all of the learnings together and examine how we can use the skills and stress management techniques covered in classes one and two to find resilience and agility amidst ongoing turmoil.
Dr. Flanagan and Dr. Sherman sit down with Brie Williams to continue their conversation about stress management, looking at fact-based decision-making, the role that sleep plays in stress management, and finding agility in an ever-changing environment. How can we more adeptly solve new problems, reframe our point of view, and evaluate options in a less biased manner?
Once you’ve listened to the class, you can access the practice coursework: Winding Down to Sleep . This is a list of tips to help you continue to reduce your stress levels by getting a good night’s sleep. Add this into your daily practice formed as part of classes one and two.
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