Programs

Research shows that practicing mindfulness can reduce stress-related symptoms such as worry, depression and physical tension, and may help manage chronic conditions such as cardiac disease and diabetes. MSU Extension offers a variety of mental health and stress reduction programs that encourage the use mindfulness and other self-care skills to help you feel better and enjoy life more.

To learn more about any of these programs, contact MSU Extension educator Holly Tiret or check out our calendar of mindfulness events.

Mindfulness for Better Living Online One-Time Workshops 
Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally. 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. Mindfulness for Better Living includes a suite of one-time workshops to help people learn ways to use mindfulness to manage everyday stress. 

Stress Less with Mindfulness
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. Stress Less with Mindfulness is a program authored by West Virginia Extension.

Mindfulness for Parents and Caregivers 
This workshop is designed to introduce basic mindfulness concepts, activities and publications to parents and caregivers of young children. Participants will learn the benefits of mindfulness for both children and adults as well as explore ways to teach children mindfulness.  

Teaching Kids Mindful Eating 
Learn benefits of eating with mindful awareness, increase awareness in portion sizes for children and learn about competent eating. Participants will learn the benefits of eating with mindful awareness, increase awareness in portion sizes for children, learn about competent eating, and experience mindful eating.

Mindful Educators   
Mindful Educators is a workshop for teachers in elementary through high school.  Participants will get an introduction to mindfulness and learn ways to build their own mindful practice. Participants will also learn about research-based benefits of mindfulness for teachers and students. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss benefits and barriers to implementing mindfulness in the classroom and explore various programs and supportive literature.

Mindfully Feeding Infants and Toddlers
Food is so much more than just fuel. Mealtime routines not only build strong relationships with people, but also a healthy relationship to food. During this workshop, participants will explore research on parenting styles, mindfulness and temperament and learn how those factors can lead to responsive feeding of infants and toddlers.

RELAX: Alternatives to Anger for Parents and Caregivers
RELAX: Alternatives to Anger for Parents and Caregivers is a workshop to help adults support young children’s development of self-control and dealing with strong emotions. Participants will learn about anger triggers for adults and children and explore ways to calm down.

Maintaining Health During Challenging Times 
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, physical, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel & act. It determines how we handle stress, relate to others & make choices. Maintaining health during challenging times includes recognizing all the ways our health is being affected mentally, socially, and physically and finding ways to take action to assure optimal health.

Caring for the Caregiver 
During this workshop we explore the many ways informal caregiving affects a caregivers mental and physical health. Learn the importance of self-care for caregivers. Practice some strategies for self-care. Find out resources for learning more about self-care for caregivers.

Begin with a Breath   
Begin with a Breath introduces participants to the experience and practice of mindfulness, with a goal of reducing stress. Stress Less with Mindfulness teaches and encourages the use of mindfulness self-care skills to help one feel better and enjoy life more. Stress Less with Mindfulness is a program authored by West Virginia Extension.

Mindful Eating   
Mindful Eating explores ways mindfulness can improve your relationship with food. Stress Less with Mindfulness teaches and encourages the use of mindfulness self-care skills to help one feel better and enjoy life more. Stress Less with Mindfulness is a program authored by West Virginia Extension.

Mindful Walking   
Mindful Walking introduces the benefits of slowing down with moment to moment awareness walking to connect body and mind and explores ways to ride out waves of strong emotions through thought surfing. Stress Less with Mindfulness is a program authored by West Virginia Extension.

Be Kind to Your Mind   
Be Kind to Your Mind explores techniques to learn to be a detached observer of your thoughts using the power of acceptance and gratitude. Stress Less with Mindfulness teaches and encourages the use of mindfulness self-care skills to help one feel better and enjoy life more. Stress Less with Mindfulness is a program authored by West Virginia Extension.

Laughter is the Best Medicine  
Laughter is the Best Medicine explores the social, emotional, mental, and physical benefits of laughter. Stress Less with Mindfulness teaches and encourages the use of mindfulness self-care skills to help one feel better and enjoy life more. Stress Less with Mindfulness is a program authored by West Virginia Extension.

What is Anger? 
How individuals handle their anger and stress affects the people around them. This lesson includes defining anger and learning to recognize your own anger triggers. 

Calming Down and De-Stressing 
How individuals handle their anger and stress affects the people around them. This lesson includes ways to calm down during everyday anger and stress situations.

Six Principles of Problem Solving 
How individuals handle their anger and stress affects the people around them. This lesson includes skills to begin to work on problem solving during conflict.

Forgiving and Letting Go of the Past 
How individuals handle their anger and stress affects the people around them. This lesson includes ways to begin to explore forgiveness.