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ONLINE February Programs for Library of Michigan Staff

Paid for by the Library of Michigan
Thursdays, Feb.11 & 25, 2021
2-3 p.m. EST


February 11: Maintaining Your Health During Challenging Times
Maintaining Health During Challenging Times Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, physical, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel & act. Determines how we handle stress, relate to others & make choices. Important at every stage of life. Maintaining health during challenging times includes recognizing all the ways our health is being affected mentally, socially, and physically and finding ways to take action to assure optimal health.
  • Discuss ways the current pandemic has impacted healthcare providers, systems, and patients.
  • Discuss strategies to maintain mental health.
  • Explore grief and loss.
  • Find ways to stay socially healthy.
  • Explore ways for you to maintain your physical health during challenging times.  
February 25: Changing Negative Self-Talk
Human brains have a negativity bias – which is part of our survival. Negative thoughts provide a background of constant worry that makes it more difficult to be self-aware and to relax. Research shows that having more positive thoughts can influence how you see things and how you handle stress. People who have more automatic positive thoughts tend to feel more life satisfaction, and those positive thoughts can act as a buffer when faced highly stressful events. There are techniques you can learn to move from negative to positive thinking. 
  • Learn about your brain's negativity bias.
  • Explore how you respond to stress.
  • Benefits of positive self-talk.
  • Explore tools for dealing with negative self-talk.

This series will be available over Zoom. Instructions on Zoom software and setup will be sent in the confirmation email.

This is a live class using Zoom and will not be recorded. 


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information or questions, contact Nicole Wethington at