By Teresa Snow, MU Health Care, Women’s Network Chair
I feel like an expert on stress! I’m a married mother of four young adults with a fulltime job and an aging parent. Any working woman probably has a similar list of potential stressors. I had years when I complained a lot, years when I fell silent thinking no one would understand, and now have felt almost guilty feeling stressed compared to women with young children.
It is these feeling about stress and the conversations we have about our stress that are the focus of study by psychologist and author Tami West. I’m excited to hear her speak at the next professional development luncheon Thursday, September 16 at 11:30 a.m. at Stoney Creek Conference Center. You’ll get a copy of her book, The Stress Club, with your registration.
I’m about a third of the way through reading the book and have found myself rethinking how I talk about stress. The book has me thinking about how I can stay out of the competition to see who has the most stress and the trap of thinking there is no way out. I’m eager to hear her in person and know I will find much more than one thing to take away from our time together.
Oh, and when it comes to our hashtag for the year, #OneThing, I have found it difficult to find one thing at the last two luncheons…I have found so much more! It’s not too late to sign up for our Spotlight luncheon, and if registration has closed by the time you read this, you can also join us as a walk-in. I hope to see you there and see what #OneThing you share on social media as a valuable take away.