This may feel like the worst, most selfish moment to focus on self-care. The world needs so much of our attention; suffering, conflict, illness, and disintegration are everywhere. Here is what is also true: we do little good, and sometimes cause great harm, when we fail to find a healthy balance between care for the self and care for others. Discover how a change of mindset, to include a wiser activation of care for our bodies, minds, spirits, hearts, and relationships, can allow us to be more useful to those we love, mentor, and hope to inspire. Learn how to let go of the perfectionism, martyrdom, and victimhood that keep us trapped in unhealthful patterns, and examine the benefits of saying yes to what you love… Explore how small shifts in attention and in daily practice can pay large rewards in terms of renewed energy, well-being, and love of life isn’t that where we would all like to be for the transitions ahead?
Dr. Maria Sirois is a master teacher, facilitator, and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and work that embodies health, passion, and success. As a positive psychologist (PsyD) and international consultant, she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit, particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change. Known for her wisdom, authenticity, and rampant humor, Maria brings a depth of experience in personal and leadership development for corporate and nonprofit professionals, as well as community members and those who serve in the health and wellness arenas. For those who seek personal transformation and an increase in meaning, happiness, and health, she brings a wealth of perspective and research from decades of study in the mind/body medicine and resilience disciplines. Her first entree into the territory of wellness was as a volunteer at the then-groundbreaking Benson-Henry Mind/Body Institute in Boston, where she learned to offer mindfulness practice and stress-reduction techniques to those suffering from chronic and acute pain. Her work today integrates this perspective with the tenets of wholeness found in positive psychology. With world thought leader Tal Ben-Shahar and WBI CEO and cofounder Megan McDonough, Maria co-leads a year-long certificate program for executives, educators, entrepreneurs, counselors, and the general public. In addition, Maria is the author of two books, A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts (Lessons in Love, Faith and Resilience from Children Facing Illness). For more about her work, visit mariasirois.com.