We live in a fast-paced society where we often have little control over our surroundings, little time to focus on our internal and physical wellbeing, little time to engage with the communities we live in, and little confidence in the lives we lead. We often make excuses for our busy lifestyle, hoping that the money we make from our hard work is enough to justify the stress we are crumbling under.
Yet we all know that there are many things - health, happiness, connections - that money cannot buy.
The consistent global increase in chronic diseases and mental health issues only further proves that our carelessness towards our emotional and physical wellbeing may have a far more serious impacts on our health in the long term. It is easy to push the hard questions in health to the back of our minds, often realizing too late that in all our hurrying, we have neglected the most important part of our existence. Staying healthy has become more complicated than just having an apple a day, and there is no one-size-fits-all model for a long-term, sustainable lifestyle.
Figuring out how to best balance your life in a busy city requires patient and honest introspection.
Join us at the Green Drinks Septembers Forum to explore three key areas that are vital to keeping us healthy: diet, mental health and community. Some of the questions we are looking to explore in this event are:
- What is the connection between health, sustainability and community, if there is one?
- What is the minimum we can do on a daily basis to adopt a healthier diet?
- What is the relationship between the body and the mind? Is there one?
- What are the long term consequences of leading stressful lives?
- How can we find our own moments of peace and calm in busy urban lives?
- Does a lack of community have negative impacts on our overall health? What constitutes community engagement?
Let’s take the first step together to explore how we can find more balance and peace in our lives!
About the Speakers
Elizabeth Sadock, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist at Community Center Shanghai and Lanhai Medical Center
Subject: What is the connection between our mind, body, and the environment, and how do we use that understanding to stay balanced in today’s fast-paced society.
Background: Elizabeth has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. Throughout her career, she has focused on helping clients with a wide range of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment, relationship problems, weight management, smoking cessation, insomnia, chronic illness, physical pain, alcohol/substance use, and trauma. Her treatment aims to empower people by helping them develop tools to live more meaningful and fulfilling lives. Her research publications focus on the effectiveness of integrating mental health services into medical settings to provide patients with holistic care. Prior to moving to China in April of 2018, she worked as a Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR, USA.
Subject: In a world where individuals are increasingly losing 'connection' with each other, what is the role that community service, volunteering or working together towards a greater goal has in helping people achieve lasting health and happiness?
Background: Brandon is a certified Mindfulness Trainer with the Potential Project, where he delivers Corporate Based Mindfulness Training around the world. He is also the founder of Shanghai Mindfulness, China’s largest English speaking Mindfulness community with over 4,000 active members. Shanghai Mindfulness helps stressed out, overworked, and unbalanced people find balance in their lives through Mindfulness Training and Positive Habit Building. Brandon has experience in Corporate Based Mindfulness Training and Mindfulness Based Coaching with a wide range of clients ranging from many companies such as Volkswagen, Sonos, Disney, and others.
Event will be in English.