... Creating the Life You Want to Live

We each face our own, ever-changing set of personal and work-related challenges and opportunities. These interactive seminars can inform, inspire, and support you in this process, with research-based strategies, tips, and information to help you be better prepared for whatever life presents next.

Presented by The MIT Work-Life Center

Fixing Our Broken Sleep

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Rick Clerici, C.Ht., C.S.E.; Director, Clear Mind Systems

Do you struggle to get a good night’s sleep? If so, you are not alone. Recent studies suggest that we are experiencing a worldwide epidemic of insufficient sleep, with 60 percent of Americans reporting difficulty sleeping nearly every night. In this interactive seminar, attendees will learn techniques for overcoming common sleep problems; examine sleep from a scientific, historic, and traditional perspective; and learn the connections between sleep and health. This presentation has helped many people begin to get better sleep almost immediately. Some sleep concerns that will be addressed include:

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Excessive thinking
  • Waking too early
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Sunday night insomnia
  • Chronic insomnia

Perimenopause to Menopause…Everything You Need to Know

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building:46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Cecilia Warpinski Stuopis, M.D.; Gynecologist and Medical Director, MIT Medical

You’re sweaty, irritable, and fatigued (or maybe this describes someone you know). Is it a bad day, or just a normal aspect of mid-stage life? During this seminar, we will take a second to pause…and talk about what’s up with perimenopause and menopause. You will leave knowing:

  • The definitions and symptoms of perimenopause and menopause
  • Options for managing the symptoms
  • What you should do to stay physically and emotionally healthy during this stage of life

Practicing Mindfulness for Awareness, Wellness, and Connection

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Gretchen Ki Steidle , M.B.A.; Founder and President, Global Grassroots and the Conscious Social Change Initiative

Do you ever feel like you’re on autopilot—that your past experiences and anxiety about the future can sometimes dictate how you navigate the world? Join us for a seminar that will teach you about mindfulness—a practice that will build your presence of mind, increase your capacity to cope with life’s stressors, and help you engage in more thoughtful discourse and decision-making. This practice-based seminar will leave you feeling more balanced and relaxed, and will provide you with:

  • Information that will help you identify negative coping mechanisms, including unconscious patterns of thinking and behavior
  • Mindfulness and breathing practices for mental, emotional, and physical well-being
  • Proactive strategies for coping, building deeper self-awareness, and enhancing your capacity for self-care

The Power of Resilience: Inspirational Stories of Overcoming Hardship

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building:  NE49-5000 (5th floor, L-Lab)

Presenter: Daniel Jackson, Ph.D.; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

This presentation will highlight the stories of individuals from the MIT community who have found a sense of purpose and meaning in the midst of emotional or physical hardship. Dr. Jackson will speak about the evolution of his photo essay, Portraits of Resilience, which was born following a spate of suicides on the MIT campus in 2015, and from his wish to capture the stories of those who have overcome mental health challenges. The purpose of this seminar is to leave you with a sense of hope, connectedness, and inspiration.

Boost Your Resilience (Webinar)

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Stress is a part of everyday life. Since we can't eliminate it, learning how to recognize the signs of stress overload and boosting our ability to handle stressful situations can help. Understanding our own reactions to issues and planning ways to boost resiliency can help us thrive in the midst of stress.  Join us and learn ways to build your personal resiliency by cultivating a positive attitude, practicing healthy habits and using self-care to stay mindful. Join us for an interactive discussion about:
  • Recognizing stress symptoms to prevent burnout
  • Characteristics of resilient people
  • Ways to boost your own resiliency to stress