Did you know that, according to Statistics Canada, nearly a quarter of all Canadian adults rate their daily stress levels as moderate to high? And, did you know that stress accounts for lower quality of life and can have significant negative impacts on your physical and mental health?
If ongoing stress is playing a role in your life, or if you would otherwise like to practice slowing down the fast pace of your busy world, then this is the course for you! Join Lindsay Dupuis, Mental Health Counsellor, for this 4-week course in which you will learn how to take control of your mind and gain energy back through a series of educational lessons and guided meditations…
Tuesdays, September 12th to October 3rd,
6:30pm to 8:30pm at Kingston Integrated Healthcare Inc. (2nd floor)
$80 plus HST
Week 1 – Going Through the Motions
This session focuses on the automatic pilot mode that we typically find ourselves stuck in, and that can ultimately lead to serious mental and physical health problems. You will learn to distinguish this from being fully present through mindfulness of routine activities, and you will learn to recognize when and how you can shift from one way of being to the other.
Week 2 – Becoming an Outside Observer
When we are stuck in automatic pilot, we tend to only know about our experiences through our unhelpful thoughts and emotions. Over time, we start identifying with them so closely that we believe they ultimately define who we are. In this session, you will begin to recognize the specific patterns in your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations that are keeping you so stuck, and you will learn how to step outside of them, viewing them as an outside observer.
Week 3 – Getting to Know Yourself Better
This week, you will learn to notice your reactions to your unhelpful patterns, which further prevents you from engaging in all that the present moment has to offer. With an emphasis on the attitudes of acceptance, non-striving and patience, you will get to know your reactive self a little bit better. You will also learn how to practice holding non-reactive attention on your negative experiences when they arise, thereby reducing their impact on you.
Week 4 – Taking Control of Your Life
In the final week, you will learn that certain situations act as triggers for your persistent, unhelpful patterns while other situations act as triggers for a healthier state of mind. In this session, you will learn how to make plans for minimizing unhelpful circumstances, while maximizing the things that make you thrive. You will also learn how to take control of your future and set yourself up for future success!
Please email Lindsay at: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please bring a yoga mat and small pillow (or rolled up towel) to the first session, as we will be practicing a body scan exercise that will require you to lie down.
Please let contact Lindsay if you have any questions and she will be happy to answer them for you!
Looking forward to seeing you soon!