EAP Corner, Wholeness Healing Today

A Mindful Approach to Living Course

This is the time of year that we make our New Year’s resolutions.  It is also a natural time to reevaluate our previous year and assess what needs to be more of a priority.  Often, regardless of what needs more priority, stress fits into this picture.  The residue of too much stress, or not handling our stress in a healthy way can show its effects in numerous ways.

Stress can chip away at our physical health because when we are chronically dealing with a “fight or flight” reaction, our body is chronically in a hyperarousa state to make it through the situations.  This means our body is letting down and getting back  into a homeostatic place of calm and rest.  This puts our body through much more wear and tear than is effective.

Chronic stress can also impact our mental health.  We may find the first thing to go with stress is good sleep hygiene.  With the stress hormones being disrupted in chronic stressful times, our sleep gets disrupted.  Disrupted sleep impacts our mood, bringing depression or anxiety to the forefront and making us less effective in managing our days. And these two areas (physical and mental) is only the tip of the ice berg when it comes to how stress can impact our lives.

Perhaps 2019 is the year we gift ourselves with a “life-changing” course, A Mindful Approach to Living.  We offer this course two times a year.  The next course will be offered January 15th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m..  This is an 8 week course based on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.  It includes an all-day silent retreat on one weekend day.  It is well worth considering as learning how to manage our stress is really about learning how to manage our lives.  Call to register for the course.  Don’t waster time as we have limited seating.



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  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
    Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

  • Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.


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