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Thriving Thursday - Coping vs. Numbing

Discussion Group/Brown Bag: Personal Development; Wellness

May 13, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jenn Wiggins, MA, LPC, Wellness Advisor
This event is recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows.

This event is only for NIH Intramural Trainees currently in our postbac, graduate student, and postdoc programs.  This session will be held online via Zoom and the link will be distributed in NIH Trainee Listserv announcements. If you need the link immediately please email 

As human beings we often seek to rid ourselves of emotional discomfort by engaging in numbing behaviors. However, these behaviors do not mitigate our emotions. Numbing behaviors look different for each of us. These behaviors can look like using alcohol or other drugs in excess, spending extended periods of time playing videogames or going down a social media rabbit hole. Rather than numbing ourselves, this Thriving Thursday we will focus on coping tools that can support us in managing feelings and meeting life’s challenges. This group will be facilitated by OITE Wellness Advisor Jenn Wiggins.

To request sign language interpreters or CART Services, you can contact NIH Interpreting Services by phone at 301-402-8180 or by using the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, or by submitting a request online. If you have other, disability-related accommodation requests for this event, please contact Dr. Laura Marler at Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the Event.