October 28, 2010

Stress and Optimism Class Starts Tuesday, Nov. 2

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

Maya Angelou

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 about others? Often our tendency to worry about the future and dwell on the past can generate 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 presenting a six-week workshop for adults focused on managing stress and developing a more optimistic attitude (or to at least to stop being our 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 and Where: Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m., starting with a free orientation session on Nov. 2 at the Dayani Center. (This class will not meet the week of Thanksgiving).

Instructor: Colin Armstrong, Ph.D., Clinical Health Psychologist.
Armstrong has provided stress management workshops and seminars for a large number of corporations including Marriott, Whirlpool, Central Parking, AT&T, Caterpillar, Ingram Industries, Gaylord Entertainment, Saturn, Louisiana Pacific (LP), The GAP, Deloitte & Touche, and Hertz.

Fee: $150 for Dayani members, patients and for Vanderbilt employees and adult members of their immediate family; $250 for others (payable by cash, check, or credit card).

Payroll deduction over six months ($25 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 (Nov. 2 at noon) please e-mail Armstrong at colin.armstrong@vanderbilt.edu.