Practical Strategies for Managing Challenges

This series of six seminars explores skills and strategies to help us manage and adapt to challenges which life inevitably brings. It is an opportunity to connect, learn and develop all from the comfort of your own home.

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.
  • Drawing on our Creative Strengths: What is Creativity? Why might Creativity be important in times of challenge? 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.
  • 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
  • Creating key rituals/positive habits: Importance of routine, positive habits/rituals in times of increased stress, Role of nature in challenging times, Strategies to support ourselves, Managing uncertainty, Creating a Plan

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