July 14, 2011

Stress, Worry and Optimism Class Starts Today

How often do you find yourself worrying and stewing about situations that are completely outside of your control? How often do you beat yourself up or jump to negative conclusions?

Often our tendency to worry about the future and dwell on the past can generate a great deal of unnecessary stress and interfere with our ability to make the most of the present moment. At the same time, our thoughts can sabotage our motivation for making healthy changes, undermine our confidence, contribute to unhealthy eating habits and harm our health.

The Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness is offering a six-week workshop for adults focused on managing stress and developing a more optimistic attitude (or to at least stop being their own worst critic). The workshop incorporates principles from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as the emerging field of positive psychology.

Interested participants may also receive a two-week pass to the Dayani Center to explore the physical and emotional benefits of exercise, water aerobics, yoga and tai chi.

When & Where: Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m., starting with a free orientation session July 14 at the Dayani Center.

Instructor: Colin Armstrong, Ph.D., clinical health psychologist

Fee: $216 for Vanderbilt employees and adult members of their immediate family; $300 for others.

Payable by cash, check or credit card. Payroll deduction over 12 months ($18 per month) is available for Vanderbilt employees.

Vanderbilt departments can pay for their employees to attend with a Form 1180.

Contact: To receive additional information and to reserve a spot in the free orientation session (July 14 at 5:30 p.m.) please e-mail colin.armstrong@vanderbilt.edu.