Social and Emotional Well-Being
Lisa Tams, Extension Educator
RELAX: Alternatives to Anger is a four hour educational series designed to help adults, parents, teens and caregivers increase their knowledge about anger issues and put anger management and healthy relationship skills into practice.
How individuals handle their anger and stress affects a radius of people around them.
The goal of RELAX: Alternatives to Anger is to help young people, parents and caregivers foster healthy relationships so they can live, learn and grow in a safe, affirming and fair environment free from violence, abuse, bullying and harassment. Youth, parents and caregivers will learn to better manage their anger and stress at home and in the workplace.
Through presentations, group discussion and skill-building activities, participants will learn what anger is, what triggers anger, calming down and de-stressing methods, the principles of problem solving, effective communication skills and forgiving and letting go of the past. This multi-session program can be provided in a variety of community educational settings.
Mindfulness series introduces participants to the experience and practice of mindfulness to reduce stress. Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.
Research has shown that practicing mindfulness is effective in reducing stress-related symptoms such as worry, depression and physical tension, and may be helpful in managing chronic conditions such as cardiac disease and diabetes.
By offering alternative ways of relating to everyday life experiences, including thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and events, this program teaches and encourages the use of mindfulness self-care skills to help you feel better and enjoy your life more.
MSU Extension helps create healthy relationships between youth, parents, family, caregivers and the community. Through successful academic grades, healthy behavior, positive peer interactions and an increased ability to cope with stress, individuals will find positive solutions to negative behavior in social, mental and psychological aspects of life.
Healthy relationships are critical to the overall health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. MSU Extension works to promote healthy relationships between youth, parents, families, caregivers and the community through social, mental, psychological and spiritual aspects of an individual’s life.