"Mindfulness: The Biohack For Work Stress" - Grounds on the Go Series



"Mindfulness: The Biohack For Work Stress" - Grounds on the Go Series


Wed., Sep 6 2017 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


The Off-Grounds Conference Room on the 4th floor of Town Center Two at the [UVA Research Park|]. Ample, free parking is available in the Town Center lots.

Why is life so stressful and what can we do about it?

Dr. Patricia Jennings will explain how a biological function that evolved to insure our survival is now making us sick.

The fight or flight reaction evolved to help us adapt to real, physical threats. When we feel threatened, our brains trigger a flood of hormones and neurotransmitters that prepare our body to fight or run for our lives. However, today most of our threats are psychological, afraid our boss is judging us or angry that a colleague is being unfair. In these situations, the stress reaction does us no good and can actually impair our ability to respond appropriately. When we spend too much time feeling stressed, it can cause a slew of physical and psychological illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, anxiety and depression. Practicing mindfulness helps us hack the stress response by bringing greater awareness to how we feel and by teaching us to use our breath to calm ourselves. We can then respond thoughtfully, rather than react unconsciously. In this way we are able to build greater resilience resulting in better mental and physical health.

FREE! Includes lunch.

Space is limited - RSVP here to reserve your spot.

The Grounds on the Go Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the UVA Research Park and the UVA Applied Research Institute (ARI).