Practical Strategies for Managing Challenges

Explore the latest research and practices from fields including neuroscience, positive psychology, performance psychology and nature research to help us manage and even thrive in the fast changing landscape in which we find ourselves. It is an opportunity to connect, learn, try out and develop all from the comfort of your own home. This interactive seminar series takes a group on a journey through eight key topics to explore and implement practical skills and support strategies us as we find our way in today’s world.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


  • Managing Stress: Symptoms of Stress. Fight/Flight and Rest/Digest. Inverted U model of stress and recovery. Reacting or Responding. Science of sleep. Recovery strategies.
  • Meditation & Mindfulness practices: What is mindfulness and how can it be of benefit at this time? Brief overview of latest research linking mindfulness to brain function, resilience, effective rest and stress recovery. Explore several mindfulness and meditation techniques so that participants can draw on approach which best meets their needs.
  • Working with Challenging Emotions: Difference between reacting and responding . Positive emotion, negative emotion and the amygdala. Working with emotions from an Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspective. Strategies to work with challenging emotions. Role of self-compassion.
  • Sleep, fatigue, and relaxation: Sleep as restoration, natural oscillation and even meditation. Worrying about sleep and what we can do instead. Sleep debt and light. Brainwaves and deep relaxation states. Exploring models for improving sleep.
  • Lessons from Positive Psychology: What is Positive Psychology and how can it be of benefit at this time? Understanding PERMA model of wellbeing, Unpacking Flow theory, Gratitude and Connection to support participants and their communities
  • Drawing on our Creative Strengths: What is Creativity for you? Why might Creativity be important? Exploring a Creative Practice. Finding and connecting to our own creative strengths. Relationship of Creativity to Positive Psychology through key constructs of Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow theory, Fredrikson’s Broaden and Build theory).
  • Nature research & Attention Restoration Theory (ART): Importance of nature for our mental and emotional wellbeing. Explore Attention Restoration Theory (ART) research and practice. Approaches to deepening our connection to the natural world.
  • Positive mindset and habits: Fixed versus growth mindset. Importance of routine, positive habits/rituals to support our development and quality of life. Strategies to support ourselves. Creating a Plan.

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