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About the SMART course

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for: 18-year-olds and over Anyone who has experienced stress. Anyone with a health condition that may be influenced by stress.

What is included in the price of the course?

When you sign up for this course, you will receive three private consultations to discuss your personal goals and progress (before, during, and after the program), in addition to eight group sessions each lasting 2 hours where you will learn concrete skills to improve resilience.

How long is each class?

Each class will take two hours.

How much time do I need each week to practice?

We recommend you set aside at least 20 minutes every day to practice the skills you will learn in each session.

Do I have to share private information with anyone?

This is a skill-building class, not a group therapy session. You will not be asked to share any private information that you are uncomfortable sharing with the group. If you do decide to share anything personal, anything you say will be held in the strictest confidence.

How many people are in each group?

Each group is capped at a maximum of 10 participants.

Is this a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course?

Is this a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course? This course is not an MBSR course. Like MBSR courses, it has a strong focus on the practical and is 100% non-religious. We highly recommend MBSR courses. They are a great follow-up to the SMART course.

How do I get the most from the course?

Resilience is like physical fitness; it requires commitment, practice and time to work. In order to get the most from the course, we recommend: -Attending every class -Practicing for at least 20 minutes every day, with the guided activities for the length of the course -Reading the guidebook and completing the assignments in the boo

What happens if I have to miss a class?

If you have to miss a class, we will make arrangements for you to make up the material by either joining a different group for the corresponding session or watching a recording of the session material.

Stress and Resilience

What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to mentally or emotionally cope with a crisis or to return to pre-crisis status quickly. Some people can handle more stress than others - this is because they have psychological and behavioral tools that allow them to remain calm during crises/chaos, and to move on from the incident without long-term negative consequences. In other words, resilience means the ability to handle challenges and bounce back from painful situations.

What is the stress response?

The stress response is another name for the fight-or-flight response. First described by Dr. Walter B. Cannon at Harvard Medical School in the 1920s, the fight-or-flight response evolved as a survival mechanism. When we encounter a life-threatening situation, a surge of stress hormones prepares us to fight or to flee. As a result, our hearts pound, our muscles tense, and we are suddenly on high alert.

What is the relaxation response?

The relaxation response is a way of undoing the fight-or-flight response, so we can slow our breathing and heart rate, relax our muscles, and rebalance those stress hormone levels. Repeated practice of the relaxation response is one way to help build resilience. Like any skill, the more you practice it, the easier it becomes.

What are the benefits of resilience training?

Resilience training has been proven to: 1. Reduce stress and anxiety 2. Reduce depression 3. Increase your feeling of well-being 4. Improve sleeping patterns and the immune system. Read more about the benefits of SMART.

What kinds of health conditions can this program help with?

Research has shown that regular use of the Relaxation Response can help any health problem that is caused or exacerbated by chronic stress such as fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal problems, headaches, infertility, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety disorders, autoimmune disease, and others.