The Stress Management And Resiliency Training (SMART) program teaches self-care practices that help buffer daily stress, making participants less emotionally and physically vulnerable to it.
This program is designed to help participants regain control and build resilience through a variety of mind body principles and self-care interventions, leading to reduced medical symptoms and enhanced quality of life.
Benefits and Outcomes
- Reduce Stress: Mind body medicine can be an effective way to treat and reduce stress by changing our physiology.
- Stress Awareness: Learn to recognize how stress affects our thinking, our emotions, our bodies, our behaviour, and relationships.
- Adaptive Strategies for Stressful situations: learn to reframe negative thoughts to become more adaptive and positive.
- Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours: I will help you set goals of physical activity, nutrition and mindful eating and recuperative sleep.
- Recuperative Sleep: One of the most essential aspects of a healthy lifestyle is having adequate restorative sleep. The most common cause of short sleep duration is stress. Lack of sleep can lead to decreased immune function, difficulty learning new information, memory difficulties, difficulty focusing and paying attention, and poor decision making. Sleep deprivation can lead to unhealthy eating and inactivity.
- Reduce Inflammation: Stress hormones signal changes in cells, which in turn set off an inflammatory response.
- Mood stabilization: stress inflammatory molecules return to the brain and degrade the nervous system pathways necessary for mood stabilization. Research shows that the brain develops predictable, programmed responses to stress based on memory of past stressors.
- Build Resiliency: learn to adapt to stressful life situations. Resiliency is the ability to maintain a stable, healthy level of psychological and physical functioning despite exposure to extreme stressors. (Bonanno, 2004)
- Headaches or Migraines: learning to better cope with stress has been proven to decrease the frequency and intensity of migraine head aches.
- Anxiety: Fear and unpredictable outcomes can lead to anxiety. Learn how awareness can help reduce symptoms of anxiety.