Express: I’m so Vulnerable! How to Become Resilient in a Chaotic World (7/15-8/28/20)

Express: I’m so Vulnerable! How to Become Resilient in a Chaotic World (7/15-8/28/20)

Jul 15th

Resiliency is the ability to recover quickly from life’s problems. Psychological resilience is the ability to emotionally cope with a crisis or to return to pre-crisis status swiftly. In order to do that, we humans have to dig deep into our coping skills and internal strength and safeguard and defend ourselves from the negative impact of tension and strife; and, tension and strife can get pretty horrible.

As adults, we deal with the aging process in ourselves and our parents. We deal with each developmental level our children go through and hold on for the long ride through their adolescence. It’s tough enough when things go right, when we are healthy, our children are healthy and our parents are healthy. It is a real balancing act when things go wrong and we are caught in the cross fire of dual or even triple tragedies.

How do resilient people, adults and children, make it through? Why do some people get through trauma relatively unscathed and others end up with a life time of debilitating mental and physical problems? We will explore these questions and more in this class.

I’m So Vulnerable: How to Become Resilient in a Chaotic World is a class designed to help participants define what it means to be vulnerable and how to achieve resiliency. The class will explore:

*Basic brain functioning and how neurons and synapses work to form our habits, as well as the neuroscience behind our thoughts.

*The key elements for building a healthy self-image and creating a resilient and strong self.

*Managing anger, calming our minds and bodies, and using the red zone vs green zone strategy to understand how to control defensiveness.

*How to fine tune and enhance our emotions for the positive with special attention given to how to deal with our negative thoughts and our inner critic.

*How to build on the characteristics of compassion, mindfulness, grit, gratitude, confidence, motivation, intimacy, courage, aspiration and generosity within ourselves.

The world can be chaotic. Our lives can be chaotic. Teaching can definitely be chaotic! Life can throw us off our balance, make us feel ungrounded — vulnerable. Make your self-care a priority this summer by doing something for yourself and taking a step towards living your best life.

This course is presented in a modified, self-paced format. Participants are expected to access the course and post regularly (at least once a week) and make reasonable progress, but there are no due dates attached to individual assignments. Instead there are 2 absolute due dates (mid-term and the last day of class) to provide flexibility and to better accommodate participants’ busy schedules.

Required Text:

Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness (2020), By Rick Hansen, Harmony Publishing, NY, ISBN-10: 0451498860 ISBN-13: 978-0451498861