Personal Wellbeing

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We each face our own, ever-changing set of personal and work-related challenges and opportunities. These interactive webinars 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 HR Center for WorkLife and WellBeing

Stress Management Skill-Building Workshop (A Six-Part Series)

Monday, September 20, 2021 - 12:00pm to Monday, November 1, 2021 - 1:00pm

Facilitator: Lauren Dumont, Psy.D.; Clinical Psychologist, Kendall Psychological Associates

Stress management skills require cultivation and practice. This six-part interactive series will draw on learnings from Coping with Worries: Emotional Survival Strategies to help us delve deeper into the roots of our stress and build meaningful practices for increased coping and resilience. Each session will use empirically backed modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to guide group discussion and help each participant develop an individualized stress management toolkit. This workshop may be for you if you are:

  • Impacted by daily stress and anxiety
  • Willing to commit to every session in this six-part series
  • Ready to learn and actively apply skills throughout each week
  • Open to working with your peers in a supportive and collaborative capacity

Before you register for this workshop, please note the following:

  • Due to high demand, this workshop series is only open to members of the MIT community
  • It is essential that you commit to all six sessions of this Workshop Series, which will be held from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. on the following Mondays:
  1. September 20
  2. September 27
  3. October 4
  4. October 18
  5. October 25
  6. November 1

Cultivating Healthy Relationships During Stressful Times

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Presenter: Michael Marquez, Psy.D.; Psychologist

As we transition into new ways of working, we may find ourselves facing pressures that impact our relationships at home and in the office. This session will illustrate how pandemic-related burnout and chronic stress have changed social interactions, and provide strategies that promote healthy communication and stronger, more satisfying relationships during challenging times. This interactive session will help attendees:

  • Understand attachment theory and how individual attachment style can impact relationships
  • Learn effective communication strategies to incorporate when feeling burnt out or stressed
  • Develop techniques for managing difficult conversations, personalities, and situations
  • Navigate peaceful disagreements with anyone, including colleagues and family members

New Ways of Working: Coping and Adapting to Change (for All Employees)

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Presenter: Rahul Kulkarni, M.P.H., M.B.A.; CEO and Co-Founder, Sukhi

As a collective workforce, we have experienced unprecedented challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, as we face a mix of both excitement and hesitation about the prospect of being together again, it is important to acknowledge that each one of us has different comfort levels with the situation. This workshop will help attendees:

  • Avoid dwelling on future unknowns;
  • Manage stress related to new work arrangements; and
  • Engage in calmer, more productive thinking patterns and behaviors.

New Ways of Working: Fostering a Supportive Workplace Culture (Managers)

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
New Ways of Working: Fostering a Supportive Workplace Culture (for Managers)

Presenter: Rahul Kulkarni, M.P.H., M.B.A.; CEO and Co-Founder, Sukhi

Managers have experienced a unique set of work challenges and opportunities during the Covid-19 pandemic. This workshop will provide a toolkit for evolving leadership needs during a transition to new work arrangements. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Promote self-care among team members;
  • Build an inclusive culture in a hybrid work setting; and
  • Provide effective and supportive feedback.

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Presenter: Heidi Roth, R.D., L.D.N., B.S.; Owner, Heidi Roth Nutrition

Maintaining a nutritious diet doesn’t need to be expensive! Learn how to make healthier choices at the grocery store while saving money in the process. This seminar will:

  • Answer questions such as, “What does ‘healthy’ eating really mean? Should I buy all organic? Should I buy more produce?”
  • Provide practical tips for optimizing your nutritional consumption while on a tight budget
  • Cover shopping strategies that can save you time and money and reduce food waste

MIT MyLife Services

Feeling stressed? Wondering what community resources are available to support your family? Consult confidentially with a master- or Ph.D.-level counselor around how to manage stress and personal, family, or work concerns. Also available: a network of legal, financial, and other experts who provide personalized consultations and referrals.

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