Protecting Yourself From Stress: A Plan for Resilience

We all juggle personal, family, social, financial, and work demands. Most of us do well, but any of us could be blindsided by an unexpected crisis or overwhelmed when stressors start to pile up.

Some stressors may diminish over time, while others may become more prominent. Stressors aren’t always bad and don’t necessarily lead to negative feelings. Sometimes what appears to be a crisis can lead to post-traumatic growth by helping us learn, evolve, or choose a more positive path. The more resilient we are, the more likely that we’ll be able to benefit in this way.

During this session, you’ll explore factors that could test your resilience and cause stress. The protective strategies suggested can help protect you from the harmful impacts of stress and enhance your ability to cope when a crisis does occur. Brainstorming options to overcome challenges, taking action when you feel paralyzed by fear or worry, learning from your mistakes, and building a network of support are just some of the protective strategies to consider.

Creating a plan may not help us avoid the crisis but can make it easier to get through it. Join us for this interactive session.

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Student Sessions (UG & Grad)

Protecting Yourself from Stress: From Surviving to Thriving

Not being offered in Spring 2024.

Employee & Post Doc Sessions

Protecting Yourself from Stress: A Plan for Resilience

Not being offered in Spring 2024

For additional information, please contact the Community Wellness Team.

Facilitator - Renate Donnovan

Renate Donnovan

Renate Donnovan works and studies at the University of Waterloo. Renate is the Community Wellness Officer for the Faculty of Engineering, as well as a PhD Candidate and past lecturer in the School of Public Health Sciences. Her research interest is focused on how moral distress and injury impacts undergraduate student mental health. Renate supports the Engineering community through a range of resources, initiatives, recommendations, and program development, including the creation and delivery of wellness content as part Engineering courses and an assortment of workshops for both students and employees. Renate is passionate about mental health and well-being. She has dedicated most of her life to studying and teaching about mental  health and well-being. Renate has been often heard warning others, “If you ask me about well-being I WILL tell you about it—for hours!”

The Faculty of Engineering would like to thank Mindful Campuses for making these workshops possible. The Mindful Campuses grant is provided by Mindful Employer Canada and Canada Life

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