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Nurturing Your Emotional Health

Week of February 8, 2020

A Mindful Approach to Stress

Stress is a part of daily life, yet many people struggle to understand that stress can be both a positive and motivating force as well as a detriment to physical health and emotional wellbeing.  During this presentation, participants will learn about signs of stress related to four dimensions of personal energy: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.  Research in the field of positive psychology will be highlighted and participants will be introduced to several natural antidotes to stress as well as pathways to cultivating happiness.

Natural Pathways to Well-being

The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, however it is left to individuals to determine the meaning of happiness.  Researchers have provided varying definitions of what it means to be happy, but many people struggle to feel a sustained sense of overall well-being.  This presentation will focus on providing strategies to not only cultivate happiness, but to improve physical health and emotional wellbeing.  The benefits of expressing gratitude, engaging in acts of kindness, and the importance of connection will be highlighted.  Participants will learn ways to develop a positive mindset and will participate in a mindful practice.

Boosting Resilience

Resilience is the ability to successfully bounce back from change or misfortune.  When people face adversity whether big or small, they need to apply their mental, physical, and emotional energy to adjust to new circumstances.  A set of five characteristics have been associated with people who adapt well to stressful situations and life-altering events.  These five attributes will be reviewed and participants will have an opportunity to assess their current level of resilience and ideas for boosting resilience will be presented.

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You?

What is emotional intelligence? How does it impact your relationships with family and friends, partners, and co-workers?  During this session, you will learn about the components of emotional intelligence (EQ) and participants will complete an EQ assessment to determine their areas of strength as well as areas for skill building.  The benefits of increasing your EQ will be highlighted and strategies for strengthening your EQ will be provided.


Gyll Turteltaub, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in Oakland, California.  She works for Kaiser Permanente as The Permanente Medical Group Regional Director of Employee Engagement and Resiliency.  Gyll works with regional and medical center leaders to help foster a culture of engagement and resiliency for all staff and physicians in support of enhancing joy and meaning in work.  Prior to taking on this role, Gyll worked as a manager and consultant for Kaiser Permanente’s Employee and Physician Assistance Program, providing counseling for physicians, nurses and medical staff, consultation for managers, coaching on effective leadership, workgroup assessments, critical incident stress de-briefings, presentations and organizational trainings.  Additionally, Gyll maintains a private practice, providing psychotherapy for individuals and couples.  Her areas of specialty include compassion fatigue, burnout, improving mindful living and work/life balance and treating anxiety and depression.  Gyll has presented workshops internationally on a variety of topics including mindfulness, resiliency, communication effectiveness, burnout, and emotional intelligence.