Three-part “Writing for Stress Management Series” debuts at RRMC

Thursday, Aug. 18—RUTLAND—Research has shown that as little as 15 to 20 minutes of expressive writing can yield emotional and physical health benefits. Writing and journaling can help during stressful or emotional times as well as help individuals face difficult challenges with past or present experiences. In fact, expressive writing can help transform our health by lowering blood pressure, improving self-esteem, decreasing the heart rate and much more, according to a Rutland Regional Medical Center news release.

Drawing on this research, as well as the popularity of a previous course presented at Rutland Regional, the hospital’s Community Education team is offering a new three-part “Writing for Stress Management Series” beginning Thursday, Aug. 18 with two additional sessions on Thursday, Sept. 15 and Thursday, Oct. 20.

On Aug. 18, “ Lower Your Stress the Write Way,” is a hands-on workshop that will provide writing and doodling tools to help manage stressful situations and long term worry.

On Sept. 15, “Self-Care and Well-Being the Write Way,” is a meditative practice. Personal writing has been shown to aid in feelings of well-being and promote self-care. Using simple writing exercises, participants learn to nurture themselves from within.

On Oct. 20, “Personal Growth and Healing the Write Way,” will conclude the three-part series with practice using tool learned.  Research has shown that healing and personal growth come when life experiences are seen from a new perspective. Participants will use writing exercises to share their story as they journey toward understanding and healing.

Joanna Tebbs Young, MA-TLA, a certified instructor through the Center for Journal Therapy, will coach participants in each of the sessions. Participation requires neither any prior writing experience, nor aspirations to become a writer.

Classes are a part of Rutland Regional’s Community Education outreach and are designed to help individuals lead a healthier life.

Each class takes place at the CVPS/Leahy Health Education Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen Street, Rutland. The classes run from 6-7:30  p.m. The fee for the series is $25 or each individual class is $10. Space is limited. To register for the class visit rrmc.org or call 802-772-2400.

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