If you’re a fan of self-improvement books, podcasts, blogs, you’ll want to try the latest e-craze, the online workshop. I am a regular participant in these type of classes, and I am hooked! For me, online workshops are an ideal way to take a deeper dive into topics that interest you, and in doing so, connect and communicate with like-minded people. The real beauty is in that you can do all of this entirely on your own schedule, and usually at a very reasonable cost.
If you like the topics I explore on this blog, then I’m sure you’ll be interested in my newest offering, a Smarts and Stamina workshop — Safeguarding Your Health: Disease Prevention through Sleep, Food, Mood and Exercise. It begins January 14th, and is six-week, self-paced online workshop based on the Smarts and Stamina model (more about that below). The platform is very easy to use, password protected, and for anyone who’s more comfortable being incognito, you can take part anonymously (using a generic online i.d.) and can share as much or as little as you like.
- WEEK 1 – offers participants a chance to share their stories, to learn what the latest research tells us about the synergistic relationship between our lifestyle and increasingly serious burdens of chronic disease.
- WEEKS 2 3, 4, & 5 – The next four weeks explore the four key areas; sleep, food, mood, and exercise. Participants can choose from many exercises to find the ones that will help them optimize their own habits.
- WEEK 6 – The last week is all about sharing what did and didn’t work, what to do next, and how to maintain the momentum.
- ALONG THE WAY, I will facilitate online discussions, and 2 conference calls to answer questions from the group.
The model for the workshop is from a recent book by positive psychologists, Marie-Josée Shaar and Kathryn Britton, called Smarts and Stamina, The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance. I first became aware of Marie-Josée while listening to her many guest appearances on an awesome podcast, Karel Vredenburg’s Life Habits. She manages to make the neurobiology behind sleep and exercise crystal clear and fascinating. For example, “the greater or sleep deficit, the more we tend to revert to automatic behaviors, and the more difficult it is to change our habits.” She has an amazing vision of how we can strengthen our fundamental habits, each area reinforcing the other, and so creating a synergy of wellness and happiness. There’s no single solution, but there is a solution for each of us.
With the help of Kathryn Britton, she put this model into a workbook form, that has made it onto Amazon’s healthy living bestseller list. More recently the two have licensed the Smarts and Stamina model in the form of this workshop. I am so excited to offer it, and to put my twist on it — disease prevention. I’ve added some materials and resources, so that we can focus on how our positive habits directly benefit our health and well-being.
So if you feel like your destined to suffer from heart disease because of your family history, or carry extra weight because you always have, or to develop cancer because you carry the gene, there is a lot of research-based information to share that underscores the critical role each of us play in our own health. It’s not all up to medical care, prescription drugs, surgery, or even fate — it’s largely up to you.
Any questions, please leave a comment below or send me an email. Sign up before December 20th to take advantage of the early bird price of $89. I hope to meet you online in January!