Asking Your Feelings to Tea: Coffee and Connect Takeaways

Asking Your Feelings to Tea: Coffee and Connect Takeaways

This was the final Coffee and Connect of Season 2 (Season 3 to start this fall!). Patricia began by asking us to list some of our current feelings:  tired, excited, relaxed, hopeful, anxious, stressed.  These are all typical feelings at the end of a long work day.  She then asked us where we felt these feelings physically- something we don’t often realize, even though we feel it every day.  Some felt relaxed in their shoulders and lungs, some felt anxious in their stomachs, others felt stress in their head and neck.  These sensations are not new to us, yet it was interesting to connect inner-emotion with physical feeling and truly understanding the effects that our emotions can have on our bodies. 

Patricia then asked us to list our least favorite feelings: angry, sad, disappointed, underappreciated, overwhelmed.  Then, we drew these feelings.  At first, it was a little hard to know where to start, but soon the feelings took over and we had some great pictures.  Some were optimistic and some were upset, but it was cathartic to be able to put a “face” to the feeling. 

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Coffee and Connect April 2018

Coffee and Connect April 2018

Join LEAD Pittsburgh on April 12th at 6:30pm at the Oakland Starbucks on Forbes and Atwood for a discussion about the “asking your feelings to tea”. Through the discussion, we will learn more about how to look our feelings in the eye and the necessary and informative role that emotions play in our lives.

The event will be hosted by Patricia Boswell, a Licensed Professional Counselor with 37 years of experience. Patricia understands it takes courage to feel what is real

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Coffee and Connect March 2018

Coffee and Connect March 2018

Join LEAD Pittsburgh on March 20th at 6:30pm at the Oakland Starbucks on Forbes and Atwood for a discussion about the Drive to Motivate. Through the discussion, we will learn more about how to find what makes us go and how to help others do the same.

The event will be hosted by Dan Esterly, M.S., MBA- Behavioral Economist and Ph.D. student. In addition, Dan is the host of “Behavior Business,” a radio show on WPPJ radio and 670 AM through Point Park University that connects mental health with the business world. Dan serves on the board of directors and board of development committee for the Glade Run Foundation, and also is advising on the Education Workforce Development Committee & State of the Practice Committee sponsored by the Arm Institute and U.S. Government.

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The Three SC’s of Wellness: Coffee and Connect Takeaways

The Three SC’s of Wellness: Coffee and Connect Takeaways

Wellness is so much more than physical fitness and general health.  Mental wellness also falls into this category.  In this Coffee and Connect, we discussed the 3SC’s of Wellness: Self-Care, Self-Compassion, and Support Circles.  We often get so caught up in daily tasks that we often forget to take care of our own mental health, and we discussed why that happens and how we can combat those issues. 

Self-Care

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Doing More to Feel Better: Coffee and Connect Takeaways

Doing More to Feel Better: Coffee and Connect Takeaways

It is easy to get lost in the after-holiday buzz of back to work or back to school chaos.  There are tasks that need to be completed, and they often take precedence over our own self-care, until we often find ourselves feeling down or depressed.  So why don’t we allow ourselves to make the time to do things for ourselves in order to feel better? 

During this Coffee and Connect, we took the time to write down some of our own “Personal Medicines,” or things that have importance and bring structure to our lives in order to feel better, such as exercise, volunteering, or a little pampering.  Then, we identified the “Active Ingredient,” the reason this activity helps us, whether it be a reward for a job well-done, or a way to stay grounded. 

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Coffee and Connect February 2018

Coffee and Connect February 2018

Join LEAD Pittsburgh on February 27th at 6:30pm at the Amos Hall Starbucks on Fifth Avenue for a discussion about the three SC’s of wellness. Through the discussion, we will learn more about self-care, self-compassion, and support circles.

The event will be hosted by Julius Boatwright, the Founding CEO of Steel Smiling (steelsmilingpgh.org). In addition to being a Licensed Master Social Worker, Julius is certified in Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Behavioral Health. Among Julius’ various credentials and accolades, he was honored as a 40 Under 40 Awardee by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP. Julius obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Master of Social Work degree with a Certificate in Human Services Management from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Coffee and Connect January 2018

Coffee and Connect January 2018

Join LEAD Pittsburgh on January 24th at 6:30pm at the Oakland Starbucks on Forbes & Atwood for a discussion about an easy New Year’s Resolution. Through the discussion, we will learn how simply doing more can make you feel better.

The event will be hosted by Vicki Fetterman, a licensed social worker with a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the ENGAGE First Episode Psychosis Program TeamLead for Wesley Family Services and a Housing Coordinator for Family House. Ms. Fetterman has previously worked at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and Carlow University.

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Coffee and Connect November 3

Coffee and Connect November 3

Join LEAD Pittsburgh on November 3rd at 6:30pm at the Oakland Starbucks on Forbes & Atwood for a discussion on becoming a “transition magician.” Through the discussion, we hope to learn how to decrease anxiety when faced with difficult transitions.

The event will be hosted by Sara Kyles and Jaquala Lowrey. Sara is a child and behavioral health therapist at the Children’s Institute and a LEAD Pittsburgh fellow. She holds a masters in clinical-community psychology. Jaquala is an integrated school outreach specialist at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. She holds a masters in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.

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