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Mindful Strategies for Managing Anxiety (Drop-In, Weekly)

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.” – Stephen Covey mistakenly thinking he was paraphrasing Viktor Frankl. Stephen Covey made a mistake! If Stephen Covey can make mistakes, what kind of mistakes have you made, are you making right now, or could you make?!?

Sorry, that was Anxiety talking. Anxiety has a way of capturing our attention and forcing us to run around in circles. It tells us it’s trying to protect us, but it’s either incompetent and unable to tell the difference between possibility and probability, or it’s trying to keep us trapped in an Anxiety Spiral just so it can keep us scared and boss us around.

Either way: Isn’t it exhausting?

Mindfulness offers strategies and practices for managing the negative and sometimes relentless effects of Anxiety. In this drop-in class you can:

  • Learn some of the mechanics of Anxiety: What it is, how it does what it does, why it does what it does,

  • Learn to calm your body when Anxiety activates it,

  • Learn how to redirect attention away from the horror stories Anxiety tells you and toward something you need to focus on or something more soothing,

  • Learn how to “be with” Anxiety when you can’t get it to shut up or go away,

  • Develop your own package of practices for managing and overcoming Anxiety

Registration

Drop in. No registration necessary. This group is offered for donation only. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Suggested donation is $15 to cover costs associated with rent, teachers, administrators, outreach and covering the participation of those who will pay less.


TEACHER

FRANK BAIRD, LMFT, LPCC

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Frank Baird is a UCLA MARC Certified Mindfulness Facilitator. He has taught mindfulness to corporate staff (at Amgen, Disney, Fox Entertainment, ABC Studios and more), to therapy clients at Kaiser Permanente, and to community members in a variety of settings (including UCLA MARC’s Weekly Community Practice, The Den Meditation, Against the Stream and more). He provides group and individual instruction. He is a Mentor for MARC’s Long Distance Intensive Practice Program. He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

Learn more about Frank @ www.frankbaird.com 

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