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Thriving Thursday - The Coping Crisis

Discussion Group/Brown Bag: Wellness

Aug 18, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speaker(s): Sara Hunter, OITE 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

Do the tools you’re using to manage the stress of a hard day or difficult week actually work for you? Do you sometimes wonder if what you’re doing is really just some form of avoidance disguised as “self-care”? If you answered yes to either, you’re not alone. Many of us have a variety of ways we deal with stress – we exercise, we read, we talk to friends, we bake, we binge watch Netflix, we scroll social media, we stay busy at work or volunteering. On the surface, none of these things are inherently bad, but how do we know if they’re really helping us deal with what we need to deal with? Join us this Thriving Thursday as we discuss the common tendency to cope with stress by embracing comfort in the immediate, with little self-awareness of its impact on us in the long-term, and the costs this has for our well-being. We will learn about ways to recognize unhelpful, patterned responses to difficult situations in our lives so that we can begin to use more effective tools to manage the mounting stress we all experience, both in the short and long-term. 


American Sign Language interpreting services, CART services, and other reasonable accommodations are available upon request. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, should contact or the NIH Interpreting Office directly, via email, at Requests should be made at least five business days in advance, when possible, in order to ensure interpreter availability.