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Michelle Peralta from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Wellness Hub shared science-based practices for a happy, meaningful life by exploring mindfulness, self-compassion and gratitude. Participants learned practical skills and clarified personal and professional priorities so that their current lives could become closer to their desired life. Whether it’s for today or the next five years, we all have goals we want to reach. You have immense potential to achieve your goals, and the first step is to remember this fact!
The USM Women's Forum offered a double header of webinars in the spring of 2018 for faculty, staff, and students. Kicking off in early March, Christine Barnabic, Education Program Management Specialist in the Center for Integrative Medicine at The University of Maryland, Baltimore, shared her knowledge about work, stress, and how best to manage those factors when they combine. This lunchtime webinar taught attendees how to recognize stressors that are affecting the mind and body, implement mind body strategies for stress reduction, and understand positive psychology techniques shown to increase optimism.
Our second webinar was inspired by the explosive response to the hashtag #metoo and the recognition of how pervasive societal norms have hindered people, particularly women, in sharing and reporting their experiences of sexual harassment and gender-based violence. In this webinar, Jess Myers of UMBC and Rina Rhyne of Goucher College helped participants to identify outlets, which they can use to support themselves and their colleagues experiencing sexual harassment and violence. Jess and Rina also discussed tools and options related to reporting, in addition to self-care practices.