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Build Resilience During COVID-19 and Beyond

From the Show: HER
Summary: How can you truthfully answer someone's inquiry of "How are you doing?" when it feels like this crisis will never end?
Air Date: 5/21/20
Duration: 29:36
Host: Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Jennifer Wegmann, PhD
Dr. Jennifer Wegmann is a professor in the Decker School of Nursing, department of Health and Wellness Studies at Binghamton University. She teaches a variety of classes including Stress Management, Contemporary Health Issues, and Women’s Wellness and in 2012 Princeton Review named Professor Wegmann one of the top 300 professors in the country.

She received a bachelor’s degree in Biology, a masters in Human Development, and an interdisciplinary PhD, from Binghamton University. Her area of research and expertise lies in stress, eating disorders, and body image. Professor Wegmann’s current research focuses on the influence stress mindset has on relationships between personality, stress appraisal, and college student well-being.

Professor Wegmann presents regularly for many business and schools on topics such as stress and body image. She also consults with teachers and guidance counselors to help provide resources and education to prevent and deal with eating disorders. Her research examining the desire to be thin and pathological weight management behaviors was accepted at the World Congress of International Public Health Conference in Istanbul, Turkey and at the American Public Health Association Conference.

Professor Wegmann is passionate about increasing awareness as it relates to healthy living. After two decades of teaching and research, she has seen first-hand how people struggle with stress in their lives. She has made it her mission to help individuals not only effectively manage their stressors but to actually use their stress to be more productive and healthier.
  • Book Title: Resilience: How to Master Stress, Reduce Anxiety, and Live Well
Build Resilience During COVID-19 and Beyond
In the middle of this global pandemic, it's understandable that people are experiencing fear, anxiety, and uncertainty.

How can you truthfully answer someone's inquiry of "How are you doing?" when it feels like this crisis will never end? And when so little is known about the future?

According to Dr. Jennifer Wegmann we all have resilience within ourselves that we simply need to know how to "reveal."

Dr. Wegmann is a professor in the Decker School of Nursing, department of Health and Wellness Studies at Binghamton University. She teaches a variety of classes including ones on stress management. While there is no magic way to overcome our feelings during this stressful time, she explains that there are tools available that anyone can implement. We're all designed to adapt, no matter of socioeconomic status, education level, or demographic identity. 

She joins Dr. Peeke to share some of those tools and ways to tap into our resilience capabilities. 

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