Illinois Extension offering free wellness webinars
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Illinois Extension offering free wellness webinars

With most people suddenly finding themselves at home, the University of Illinois Extension quickly switched gears to present its brand of research-informed practical education programs in a virtual format.

The Extension is offering Discover Wellness At Home, a free weekly webinar series focused on topics such as mindfulness, decluttering and building resiliency.

“This series features timeless topics, developed to help individuals and families thrive during life transitions and difficult times,” said Chelsey Byers, Illinois Extension family life educator.

Caregiver Self-Care: Overcoming the Challenges of Caregiving (April 2)

Caregiving is a rewarding experience for most, but caregivers experience many difficult emotions and losses along their journey. This workshop will focus on overcoming the challenges of caregiving and will examine how to identify and prevent caregiver stress and techniques for self-care. Presented by Cheri Burcham and Tessa Hobbs-Curley.

Simplify Your Life by Clearing the Clutter (April 9)

Does the clutter in your house cause you stress? Is the mess starting fights with family members? Are you too overwhelmed to know where to start? If this sounds like you or someone you know, join us to learn strategies, develop a plan to organize your life and reduce stress. Presented by Molly Hofer and Chelsey Byers.

Who Gets Grandma’s Pie Plate (April 16)

It’s a touchy subject, but have you ever considered where your valued possessions will end up? This session features information about the importance of including personal title and non-titled property as part of estate and inheritance planning. Explore strategies for speaking with family members about distributing family items with emotional and sentimental value and preventing family conflict. Presented by Chelsey Byers and Molly Hofer.

Being Mindful During Difficult Times (April 23)

During times of stress, our mental, emotional and physical health can suffer as we disconnect from life. Mindfulness is the act of actively paying attention to the present moment. The simple practice of being present can make life more enjoyable and reduce stress. Participants will explore the benefits of mindfulness meditation and learn techniques that reduce stress and increase life satisfaction. Presented by Karla Belzer and Cheri Burcham.

Someday is Today – Live Your Bucket List (April 30)

Do you have personal goals that always end up on the back burner because “life happens?” If you say “I’ll get to that someday,” and “when things slow down,” on a regular basis, then you need to work on your bucket list. The point of a bucket list is to help you live your life to the fullest by reaching all of your goals. Join us to learn how to create a bucket list and set exciting goals to pursue your interests and fulfill your dreams. Presented by Karla Belzer and Cheri Burcham.

The webinars are free and will be 2 to 3 p.m. CDT on Thursdays. They are available to the public to view remotely online from the comfort of home or anywhere with internet access. To participate, sign up online at at least two days in advance. Participants will receive a confirmation email with webinar connection details.

Sergio Barreto

Written by Sergio Barreto

Sergio's American life began as an exchange student in Lincoln, IL. After more than 20 years living up North, writing for outlets such as The Chicago Reader, organizing & promoting cultural events and what-not, he had it with the big city and moved back to Central Illinois. He currently edits financial newsletters, in addition to designing and maintaining websites like this one.

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