Say Nothing: Stress Management for the 50+ Crowd
As we grow older, we increasingly find ourselves in conversations with adult children, loved ones or friends where we struggle to listen with the intent to understand rather than with the intent to respond. The struggle often ends with us saying nothing, even when we have a lot to say, because it is perhaps the best approach or the path of least resistance. But where to put the emotions churned up in these conversations? Explore the difficulty and benefits of saying nothing, followed by stress management techniques which will help you deal with the emotional response of silence.
Mary O'Brien began her work as a Community Educator with a local non-profit, teaching childbirth education classes. Assisting adults during this transition encouraged her to leave the high school classroom and focus on helping families. She spent her career as: a Licensed Parent Educator at the Edina (MN) Family Center; Coordinator, then Manager of Youth and Family Services Programs at St. Louis Park (MN) Community Education; and Director of Community Education for the Hastings (MN) Public Schools.
She recently retired from her educational administration position and is now on her own road next taken. In her presentations, she utilizes both research and her life experiences to create meaningful and connected learning environments. Mary's specialty is working with others so that they can make a difference, either in their own lives or with others they work with. She has developed curriculum; influenced philosophical changes in the workplace and, most importantly, listened carefully to address the needs of those with whom she works. Mary is passionate about helping others live a very good life to the very end.