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DILLON – This week’s women’s workshop focuses on stress – what it is, how to recognize it, how to take control of it and how to relax.

With today’s increased stimulation, such as television, cell phones and pagers, it has become increasingly difficult to prevent stress from impacting one’s life, said Barbara Leffler, a licensed psychologist and board certified advanced practice nurse.

“When (stress is) short term it can actually be helpful to us, but when it becomes chronic it can become toxic to us – both physiologically and psychologically,” she said.



Leffler, who has her own practice in Frisco, will lead Wednesday’s workshop, one of a series of women’s workshops co-hosted by the Summit County Women’s Center and Borders Books Cafe in Dillon.

“I think the combination of being a psychologist and a nurse is a unique approach to helping people deal with stress because of being able to deal with both the psychological and the physiological ramifications of stress,” Leffler said.



Leffler will help workshop participants take control of the stress in their lives by teaching them to recognize the signs of stress while also helping them identify and rank their stressful life events.

“Control is a central issue to managing stress,” she said. “The good news about managing stress is that there are many things that we can do to take control of it and they’re not complicated.”

Women seem to be particularly susceptible to stress-related illnesses, Leffler said. Not only are they typically socialized to be caretakers – and as a result, often have difficulty saying no and take on more than they can handle – but working women can exacerbate their stress levels because they leave their jobs only to go home to another list of duties such as child care or housework.

Leffler will explain ways that women uniquely experience stress and how to cope with it. She’ll also discuss specific ways to prevent stress, how to listen to one’s body and, finally, how to relax.

“It just takes commitment and work to change different parts of our lives to decrease our vulnerability to stress and also to manage our stress when it comes up.”

Women’s Workshops

This Week:

– What: Relax! Stress relaxation

– When: 7-8 p.m. Wednesday

This Month:

– What: Sports Injury Prevention

– When: 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 21

– All Workshops are held at Borders Books Cafe in Dillon

– Borders Books provides refreshments for workshop attendees and storytelling and activities for their young children. For more information, contact Terri Tobey at (970) 389-1502


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