Caring for Self while Caring for Others Series
Date: October 17, 2018
Location: OMA Offices, 150 Bloor Street West, Suite 900 (NE corner of Bloor & Avenue Road)
Time: 7:30-9:30 PM – Please arrive early so that we can start on time.
Cost: No charge, courtesy of the OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health
Please RSVP by phone to: 416-229-2399, ext 125 ( Ada or Anna), or via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For inquiries only about the Caring for Self series, contact Dr. Harry Zeit at email@example.com.
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We live in an age of overwhelm, in a time when we are driven to both overdrive and distraction. How do we function in the face of unremitting stress without becoming overwhelmed in the process? And, in conditions that feature a scarcity of care and support, where can we safely discuss our sense of fatigue and fear and overwhelm?
This presentation is deeply informed by the work of Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and her most recent book: The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the Long Haul. She writes: “When we’re overwhelmed, we must, must determine how to metabolize and internally transform whatever is arising in us. Otherwise, it erodes us, or we cause external harm, or both.”
We all come with some degree of human need to be validated and held, to effectively and mindfully respond to challenges. Otherwise, we act out of mindless desperation, or numb out and don’t act at all, placing ourselves, our families and our communities at risk.
In this presentation, attendees will learn to:
Identify major factors at work in creating conditions of overwhelm.
Access more personal agency in the face of chronic stress.
Mitigate harmful effects of overwhelm while finding helpful steps forward.
Cultivate hope, well-being and integrity in the face of collective challenge.