Do you suffer from general academic stress or test anxiety? We can help . Stop wasting precious energy worrying about school, grades, exams, and papers! Learn the awesomely powerful techniques of Mindfulness and put them to use to reduce academic stress in general and test anxiety in particular. Watch your scholastic performance improve as you learn to manage your mind and thoughts so they don’t manage you! Do yourself a great favor and take this workshop in person or ONLINE right on your laptop, desktop, or even smartphone!
Ages 12 and up! In four, one-hour sessions, students enrolled in this workshop will learn and PRACTICE classic mindfulness strategies used very successfully for years to treat general stress and manage pain. Breathing, meditation, and mental focus techniques will be taught and practiced, giving students simple and highly effective mechanism to use before and during anxiety-provoking test-taking experiences. Students will learn to use the P-E-A-C-E acronym (and carry wallet-size reminder cards in their pockets) to help focus energy and increase concentration whenever they feel the onset of academic (or any other) stress. In person classes take place in West Hartford & Glastonbury (limited to 15), and live online classes are fully interactive via screenshare and voice (using either Skype or dial-in), accessible from any browser or mobile device! Both are currently run by Dr. Michael J. Youmans. Because a premium is placed on PRACTICING THE SKILLS, students are encouraged to take more than one 4-session class, until the practice is fully integrated into their lives.
- What is Mindfulness?
- Breathing & HeartMath
- Awareness of body sensation & Compassionate concentration: Body Scan
- HW: Body Scan
- What is Test-Anxiety?
- Meditation for beginners
- Practicing P-E-A-C-E
- HW: Meditation and Practicing P-E-A-C-E
- Seeing thoughts as just thoughts
- Test-Anxiety Surfing
- HW: Body Scan, Meditation, & Practicing P-E-A-C-E
- Body Scan Revisited
- More practice with Test-Anxiety Surfing and P-E-A-C-E
- Post-Test (10 min)
- Ongoing HW: Body Scan, Meditation, & Practicing P-E-A-C-E
Dr. Yo an Channel 8 News, March 2011: “Testing anxiety and ways to relieve it“