Life often throws us unexpected things – or just lots and lots of the same old stressful things. The ability to manage stressful life events and situations, to manage our emotions, and to calm ourselves in the midst of anxiety and uncertainty is so essential to the task of being human. Equally important is the ability to increase our energy levels and to re-engage with the world around us, when we just feel like checking out and shutting down. The truth is, these human bodies and brains do not necessarily come pre-installed with the ability to manage everything life throws us, so learning and practicing skills for modulating and managing our experiences can be very helpful.
If you can say “yes” to any of the following, then this workshop would likely be helpful for you: Have you ever …
- … had a panic attack?
- … felt nervous, shaky, or jittery? Been jumpy, easily frightened, or “on edge”?
- … felt hyper-vigilant (i.e., highly alert to your surroundings with a feeling of impending danger)?
- … reacted strongly to something that, in retrospect, seemed out of proportion?
- … experienced intrusive thoughts or images that cause you to ruminate or get really down in the dumps?
- … had your mind “spinning,” through rapid thoughts, or in circles?
- … felt numb or “checked out”?
- … felt “floaty”? or experienced dissociation (i.e., a sensation like you’re not really in your own body)?
- … had extremely low energy, with difficulty moving?
- … had difficulty thinking or speaking?
- … found yourself spacing out?
On May 18, my colleague Laura Pierce and I will be presenting a workshop, in conjunction with the WINGS Foundation, on Containment and Grounding Skills, aimed at helping participants better manage their responses to stress. Based on a framework of the Window of Tolerance (Ogden, 2006), we will guide participants through practical, easy-to-approach exercises that can be practiced and used to surf anxiety and panic, manage overwhelming feelings and dissociation, and strengthen skills in grounding and relaxation.
“Containment” refers to the ability to “put away” thoughts and feelings in a safe place until we are better able to deal with them; this allows us to continue functioning despite difficult situations. “Grounding” refers to out ability to stay connected to the present moment, rather than letting past regrets and triggers, or future worries, interfere with our enjoyment of the here and now. Together, these practices can help us “surf” whatever difficulty is happening, and get us through to a place of greater calm and balance.
Participants will also walk away with a handy pocket-guide that will include all of the exercises we practice during the workshop, plus many others; because often when we are in the midst of stress, it’s hard to think straight, and having a little (pocket-size!) reminder of what to do can come in quite handy.
I teach these techniques because I believe in them; I have seen the difference they make for people, and practice them daily myself. So please join us on Saturday, May 18, 9:00 – 11:00am for a fun and informative experience!
- When: Saturday, May 18, 2013, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
- Where: Community Room at Denver District 1 Police Station (1311 W. 46th Ave., Denver, CO)
- How: Call the WINGS Foundation office to sign-up (303) 238-8660
- Suggested Donation of $10
- get the flyer here: GroundingAndContainmentWorkshopFlyer 2013_0408
Can’t make it? Contact me; I am always open and available to schedule a workshop for clinicians or clients at a more convenient time.