In the complexity of life, we often find it difficult to know how to care for ourselves, or what the balance of care between ourselves and others ought to be. We stress about not being there for others, and yet know that we cannot be present only to the needs of others, else we experience fatigue and resentment. And we also worry about being only present to ourselves, because we understand that we must include relationships (work, home, community) in our attention in order for this to be a life worth living.
This class looks carefully at these questions of balance and addresses how to best support and nourish ourselves while attending to the responsibilities and obligations we carry. From this place of improved balance, we are able to consider how a consistent investment in masterful care elevates well-being, even in the most trying of times.
Maria Sirois, Course Instructor
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.
Over the four weeks of the course, we will:
✦ Examine how older models of self-care are insufficient
✦ Work through my positive psychology–based model, which brings both depth and efficiency to our self-care practices
✦ Consider how we build daily nourishment and increase our self-respect and confidence
✦ Look at how to set and maintain healthy boundaries and the value of saying “yes” to what we love to do and who we love to be with
✦ Discuss multiple options for caring for our bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits, and develop individual, purposeful templates for the unique journey each of us faces
✦ Get super clear on what no longer works for us, clearing the dross within us and around us to achieve a healthier balance.
Each webinar will present research from the fields of positive psychology, authenticity, mind-body medicine, and well-being. You’ll learn tools and practical skills to support your inner wisdom and help you recalibrate your daily experience to build vitality, health, and clarity. And you’ll take away a clear sense of where to invest energy, what to let go of at this time, and what focus of care offers the greatest leverage in difficult moments.
✦ If we wish to live a healthy life, we must care for ourselves and be attentive to the balance of care of self vs. other.
✦ At each moment in life, we have a choice about where to invest our energy—and older models of self-care have given us insufficient understanding about what really works for most of us, most of the time.
✦ As we activate a better balance of attention toward ourselves and our care of others, we elevate the prevention of illness, distress, burnout, and/or meaninglessness in our lives.
✦ Bringing together research from the fields of positive psychology, mind-body medicine, self-compassion, self-esteem, and goal achievement can support us in building a more defined and more inspiring model of self-care.
Who This Is For
This course is for all who seek to strengthen their ability to respect themselves; build an inner, resonant health; clarify what healthy investment in self looks and feels like; and learn to let go of practices and habits that do not serve our well-being and may also cause harm to others.
Dr. Maria Sirois , Psy.D is a master teacher, facilitator and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and a work that embodies health, passion and success. As a positive psychologist (Psy.D.) and 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 humor, she brings a wealth of perspective from decades of study in the mind/body medicine and resilience disciplines. Maria is a longstanding faculty member at Wholebeing Institute and offers a number of courses, including the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology. She 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). Her home is in the Berkshire Mountains where she attempts on a daily basis to love her children well enough so that they too find a way to embrace the world with a grounded optimism and a sense of their own strengths. And on most days, she remembers to feed the cat. www.mariasirois.com
Wholebeing Institute uses state-of-the-art, user-friendly webinar technology that allows you to see the faculty via video, watch the slides during the presentation, and participate during the live events, through your computer or your mobile device. Presentation materials will be available in advance, and recordings will be posted following each session for students who are unable to join live or would like to review the material again.
Online engagement is also fostered in the discussion forum, where students and faculty connect for questions and conversations about the course material.
Need help navigating the online educational experience? Our Student Support and technology team are here to assist you.
Schedule and Time Commitment
✦ Participants will be invited to complete pre-work, which may consist of readings, videos, and/or journal questions. Homework prompts will be given at the end of each session; homework is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. Lessons will be 90 minutes each; pre-work, homework, and recommended readings may take another one to two hours, at most, per week.
✦ Online engagement is also fostered within the discussion forum, where students and faculty connect for questions and conversations about the course material.
✦ Live sessions are on Tuesdays from 12:30–2:00 pm ET. The course includes four live webinars, with recordings available for anyone unable to join live.
Tuition for this course is