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How to Find Calm

This two-hour workshop will give you tools and strategies for working with and moving through anxiety into a calmer, gentler way of managing panic and stress.

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Big Self School

Live Class

$ 37.00 USD

December 15, 2020

6:30-8:30pm EST

2-hour Live Class
Live, Expert-led Instruction
Workbook
Access to Online Community

Class Overview

“Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case.” — William Sharoyan

Our modern lifestyle packs a punch when it comes to stress. We are bombarded with ideas that we can control the uncontrollable, bend reality to meet our expectations, and twist other people's wills to meet our needs. We have an arsenal of irrational thought patterns that don’t jibe with our lived experience and that dissonance we feel is anxiety showing up. As comedian William Sharoyan once quipped, “Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case.”

Even in the best of times, our anxiety can run amuck. But in times of intensity and heightened stress, our desire to stay calm, patient, and unruffled is tested to the max. It feels almost impossible to find the calm we so badly want. Our brains are hard-wired to scan for impending threats in order to keep us safe, and the body automatically keeps score. We can’t escape this.   But we can learn to work with what is naturally happening so that it doesn't pull us under. 

This two-hour workshop will give you tools and strategies for working with and moving through anxiety into a calmer, gentler way of working through panic and stress. These ideas will serve you well during the Covid-19 pandemic, but the skills you learn will stay with you far beyond this current crisis. 

Anxiety always starts as a mental phenomenon, so to understand and quiet it, we have to do some mental heavy lifting. While long baths, hot tea, and restorative yoga can enhance our work to become more calm, they can’t get us there alone. The scaffold you build now will serve you well as you encounter moments of agitation and panic in the future. In fact, this is some of the greatest self-care you can give yourself. 

We can’t expect our lives to be free from angst or 100% wholly serene all of the time, but we can commit to building our own raft of calming ideas and practices to call upon when life gets rough.    

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The value and necessity of moving toward your anxiety, and how to do it skillfully.

The unhelpful beliefs that stoke your anxiety.

How to identify and shore up unrealistic expectations that are keeping you in the clutches of anxiety.

How to navigate fears that don’t have a fix.

How to restore your perspective even in a crisis.

Insights & Clarity

Insights and clarity into yourself from the stories you unearth.

Calm

An easy, accessible way to increase your calm and energy levels.

Focus

Ideas for improving your focus and concentration.

Self-confidence

An increase in self-confidence.

Empathy

More empathy for other people.

Your Teacher

Dr. Shelley Prevost

Shelley is a licensed therapist, educational psychologist, and experienced workshop facilitator. After working as a business psychologist and startup executive for the past 10 years, Dr. Prevost has come back to her roots in positive psychology and promoting her belief that psychology is “soul work.” Modern psychology, in its attempt to systematically diagnose disorders and quash symptoms, has divorced the soul almost entirely from understanding psychological health. Through the Big Self School, Dr. Prevost hopes to change that. She believes that we experience life as whole humans and that arbitrary barriers exist between the roles in work and life and parenting and friendships. The goal of our human experience is an authentic integration of all these parts of ourselves, which begins in a deep and abiding sense of self. Only when we know and appreciate ourselves can we rejoin our soul with our roles.

Your Teacher

Dr. Chad Prevost

Chad has advanced degrees in creative writing, literature, and theology. Being married to a psychotherapist has been another education. A workshop leader and entrepreneur, he has started and participated in writing and literary arts communities in New York, Austin, Atlanta, and Chattanooga. He also has experience writing as a journalist for startups in tech and logistics. He is the author of several books of poetry, as well as interactive-fiction for youth. Over the years, he has innovated writing processes to foster reflection and insight, narrative strength, and authentic voice.

Our modern lifestyle packs a punch when it comes to stress. We are bombarded with ideas that we can control the uncontrollable, bend reality to meet our expectations, and twist other people's wills to meet our needs. We have an arsenal of irrational thought patterns that don’t jibe with our lived experience and that dissonance we feel is anxiety showing up. As comedian William Sharoyan once quipped, “Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case.”

Even in the best of times, our anxiety can run amuck. But in times of intensity and heightened stress, our desire to stay calm, patient, and unruffled is tested to the max. It feels almost impossible to find the calm we so badly want. Our brains are hard-wired to scan for impending threats in order to keep us safe, and the body automatically keeps score. We can’t escape this.   But we can learn to work with what is naturally happening so that it doesn't pull us under. 

This two-hour workshop will give you tools and strategies for working with and moving through anxiety into a calmer, gentler way of working through panic and stress. These ideas will serve you well during the Covid-19 pandemic, but the skills you learn will stay with you far beyond this current crisis. 

Anxiety always starts as a mental phenomenon, so to understand and quiet it, we have to do some mental heavy lifting. While long baths, hot tea, and restorative yoga can enhance our work to become more calm, they can’t get us there alone. The scaffold you build now will serve you well as you encounter moments of agitation and panic in the future. In fact, this is some of the greatest self-care you can give yourself. 

We can’t expect our lives to be free from angst or 100% wholly serene all of the time, but we can commit to building our own raft of calming ideas and practices to call upon when life gets rough.    

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