October Workshops! Learn Mindfulness: Simple Strategies for Everyday Life

A Mindful Walk at the Audubon, Natick, MA Photo by Sofia Reddy

Mindfulness means being here in the moment by using all of your senses. You see, taste, sense, smell and hear everything happening right here, right now. Research shows that a daily mindfulness practice can help you calm down the areas of your brain that activate the “fight, flight or freeze” response. This activation of your sympathetic nervous system is helpful when there is real danger, but it’s not so helpful if it’s an imagined threat. Severe to toxic stress also triggers the stress response. Chronic exposure to severe-toxic stress can impact your immune system and make you more vulnerable to illnesses and chronic health issues such as migraines, digestion problems and muscle tension.

Mindfulness helps strengthen the parts of your brain responsible for executive functions such as, thinking, planning, organizing and problem solving. When your mind and body are calm, you’re better able to manage daily life activities and feel energized rather than depleted by them.

Source: van der Kolk, B. A. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. New York, NY, US: Viking

Join me this October for three mindfulness workshops focused on how to lower your stress levels and improve your well-being. Each session will cover a specific category and includes interactive exercises focused on mindful communication and grounding techniques to help you calm down. I’ll share tips and resources for practicing self-care to stop stressing and start flourishing at work and at home. Register for all three sessions and bring a partner to the third session for free.
A52-19 $25/1 session; $40/2 sessions; $60/3 sessions

Sessions take place in Medway, MA and are offered through Medway Community Education at the local high school.

Session 1: Mindful Self-Care – Learn how to prevent burnout at work and in your everyday life. Thursday – 1 session High School Rm. 119-2 October 10 6:30-8:00 pm

Session 2: Mindfulness with Children & Family – Learn how to stop stressing and start connecting. Thursday – 1 session High School Rm. 119-2 October 17 6:30-8:00 pm

Session 3: Mindful Communication – Learn the importance of emotional support in intimate relationships. Thursday – 1 session High School Rm. 119-2 October 24 6:30-8:00 pm

Register Here!

See what others are saying…

I’ve had the privilege of working with Sofia for a number of years. She is a skilled clinician, generous meditation instructor and a genuinely kind human being. She is a shining example of how a meditation practice can change one’s life and enable them to help others in a unique way by sharing that practice.

~Anthony A. Cernera, M.Ed, founder and lead instructor of New Leaf Meditation Project

This workshop helped to add a more involved view of mindfulness, something I can see myself using. 

~Cindy Apgar, Education Professional
Workshop attended – Mindfulness in the classroom: how to reduce stress & promote well-being

Workshop was very helpful. All of your practices would be great to incorporate into the classroom.

~Alexis Spallone, Education Professional
Workshop attended – Mindfulness in the classroom: how to reduce stress & promote well-being

Loved her kind demeanor and helpfulness. Her practice of mindfulness was refreshing. Class discussions were engaging and didn’t feel like someone was speaking at you the entire class.

~Former graduate student, MSW program @USC

Instructor Reddy’s teaching effectiveness would improve even more if she were to teach a mindfulness course. She regularly led the class in mindfulness practices, and now I’m eager to continue the practices in my personal life and hope to one day use them in a professional setting.

~Former graduate student, MSW program @USC

The mindfulness moments are my favorite! Although some people feel uncomfortable I think it’s extremely valuable because I think moving through that discomfort is part of the process to a better state of mind.

~Former graduate student, MSW program @USC

Please note: the information presented on this site is not meant to replace professional healthcare. Always consult with a healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns regarding your health. The views expressed here are solely my opinions and suggestions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the mental health or educational facilities in which I work.

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New Mom Self-Care Support Groups – Accepting Referrals!

A mindful moment in the garden
Photo by Sofia Reddy

I have been a working mom for the last 10 years and a clinical social worker since 2004. I have worked with hundreds of clients to help them manage stress and overwhelm in their lives.

Being a mom has been a humbling experience for me and one of the toughest jobs I ever had. In 2011 I started practicing meditation and mindfulness and teaching it to my clients with positive results. I then started practicing mindfulness at home and noticed how it helped me and my kids calm down and enjoy each other’s company more. I want to share what I have learned in my practice with other moms.

Studies show that mindfulness practice is effective in managing stress and improving well-being. Mindfulness is a practice we can use to help us (and our kids) calm down, manage stress, relax, improve sleep and increase problem solving abilities. When we practice mindfulness we can teach our kids these skills by example so they reap the benefits too.

You will participate in interactive exercises focused on mindful communication and grounding techniques to help both yourself and your kids calm down from difficult emotions.

Topics include:

  • Mindful body scan to let tension go
  • Breathing techniques to calm your nervous system (and your kids’)
  • Visualization exercises that promote peace and tranquility
  • Mindful activities to help you stress less and connect more with your family

You will leave with practical tips and additional resources for practicing self-care to stop stressing and start flourishing!

To RSVP email me sofias.sanctuary@gmail.com

Groups will meet in the evening or on Saturday. Please specify your preferred days/times.

We will meet online via the Zoom platform (easy to use!) or we will identify a location in the Holliston, MA area for an in-person meeting. Meetings are 1 hour long. Cost is $20 per session.

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