The University of Wisconsin-Madison is known for world-class problem-solving in engineering, education, and other academic disciplines. Now the university also helps community members solve problems in their own lives.
This fall, UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies launches the second year of Living Well—Today and Tomorrow. The unique set of courses provides expertise in managing stress, coping with chronic pain, cultivating resiliency, and other skills necessary for living a well-balanced life.
“People need tools to lessen the burden of everyday struggles,” says director Lynn Tarnoff. “Whether you’re dealing with emotional stress, job changes, relationship changes, or physical problems, you can learn coping behaviors and find contentment and joy.”
Making positive changes
Living Well—Today and Tomorrow offers multiple pathways for increasing happiness and decreasing pain. Courses include Color My Life: Tools for Managing Mood & Stress; Practices for Heart-Centered Living; and Global Body/Mind Spirit Practices.
A new focus for the second year of Living Well—Today and Tomorrow is creativity. Students can learn innovative approaches to solving problems and developing a sense of purpose in courses like Creativity: Finding “Flow” and Your Artist’s Voice; Get Smart: Work Out Your Brain with Art; and Art Journaling for Relaxation and Self-Growth.
“These process-oriented classes will challenge students to grow personally, professionally, and intellectually,” says instructor Kristen Vesbach. “They can explore their creative sides without anyone judging the outcomes.”
Living Well—Today and Tomorrow emphasizes accessibility, featuring Saturday courses and one-day workshops.
“Many mindfulness and wellness courses are offered in clinical setting,” Tarnoff says. “By contrast, community members can register for the courses in Living Well—Today and Tomorrow without having to go to the doctor. They’re for people looking for a convenient way to take charge of their lives and make positive changes.”