Mindfulness for Engineers with Elyssa Dixon

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Stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues have been around for some time. And the last couple of years haven’t made this scenario any better — just the opposite. So today, Elyssa Dixon from fleeceandforests jumps on the show to discuss an alternative, easy way to deal with this situation.

An engineer by training and with experience in the field, she had her share of struggles with anxiety and depression throughout those years. The solution that worked best for her was not usual antidepressants, though; it was mindfulness practices. Tune in to learn what it is and how it can help you navigate those tough, stressful periods.

As Elyssa puts it, “If you do any mindfulness practice, you can change your brain in the same way that stress is changing your brain.

Elyssa Dixon is a registered Professional Engineer, mindfulness and meditation coach, and founder of fleeceandforests, LLC. She graduated from Cornell University in 2012 with her BS in Environmental Engineering and worked in consulting for almost 8 years before realizing that her passion lies in helping others succeed.

Elyssa's mindfulness practice profoundly changed her life by improving her wellbeing, making her a better leader and team member, and strengthening her purpose. She trained as a meditation and mindfulness teacher and developed and presented leadership training sessions focused on personal growth and leadership skills utilizing her unique understanding of the engineering world coupled with mindfulness.

What You’ll Learn:

  • What mindfulness is all about
  • Elyssa's path into mindfulness practices — and why she focuses on helping engineers
  • Science-backed effects of mindfulness on your body & mind
  • How mindfulness can give you the additional skills you need in your engineering job
  • Potential tools you can explore to help you with mental health struggles
  • How to get started with mindfulness practices today
  • Elyssa's mindfulness resources to help you in your personal and professional life

Resources Mentioned:

Career Coaching Services – Engineering Our Future
Newsletter – Engineering Our Future
EOF #61 – My Struggles with Mental Health
EOF #68 – Mental Health with Gina Moreno
Permission to Feel, by Marc Brackett Ph.D.
Full Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Make Time, by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky
Cornell University
Harvard University
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program – Harvard University

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