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Take Control of Your Stress

Posted 1/28/2016 by UHBlog

Everyone experiences stress at times, but simple practical tools can build your stress resilience. Learn how through our workshops.

Take Control of Your Stress

Did you know that 80 to 90 percent of primary care doctor visits are related to conditions caused and/or exacerbated by stress? From high blood pressure to heart disease, and weight gain to stomach problems, stress that isn't managed can lead to ill health, dissatisfaction, poor engagement and lower performance.

While it’s unlikely your stressors will vanish, you can learn techniques to control stress’ impact on your life, says psychiatrist Francoise Adan, MD.

“We know that you can’t avoid stress,” Dr. Adan says. “It’s a constant in our lives. But what is possible is to learn how to respond to our stressors differently.”

That is where Stress Management and Resilience Training (S.M.A.R.T.) can help. Developed by University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network, the eight-week interactive S.M.A.R.T. workshop helps you:

  • Develop simple practical tools to build your stress resilience
  • Learn to create an effective stress management practice
  • Improve your ability to react positively to stress to enhance your overall well-being

Stress management experts teach the S.M.A.R.T. workshops, with each session providing strategies for self-care and practical tools to help build stress resilience. Plus, the workshops are also offered for different populations, such as athletes, parents, seniors and teens.

“The stress management skills are practical, free and have no side effects,” Dr. Adan says. “While everyone needs to learn basic tools to manage stress, certain segments of our population benefit from being in a course tailored just for them.” For example, the S.M.A.R.T. Teen workshop helps teens build healthy, lifelong coping strategies while addressing their greatest stressors: school, the future (in relation to school) and concerns that are specific to them.

S.M.A.R.T. teen workshops meet at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood, on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Participant must come for eight weeks consecutively. The sessions are: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 10, 17.

For more information on any of the S.M.A.R.T. workshops, visit UH Connor Integrative Health Network’s upcoming class listing or call 216-285-4070.

Francoise Adan, MD is a psychiatrist and the medical director of UH Connor Integrative Health Network. You can request an appointment with Dr. Adan or any other UH Connor Integrative Health Network provider online.

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