Grease and Oil Change is back in 2022, but again it looks a bit different as organizers look to ensure it’s available to as many people as possible.
The 2022 Fat and Oil Change Workshops – brain and body workshops for rural people – marks the event’s seventh consecutive year.
These non-profit gatherings were started by Cherie Quade in Trundle, in 2015, to create a conversation in our community about mental health, well-being and lived stories of how people in rural communities stay at home. afloat when the rest of the world seems like a lot.
She started these conversations as a way to help her manage her own mental health.
This year, she says, it seems really relevant, once again, to share stories and find out how to take care of ourselves so that we can also support each other.
Rather than having one large gathering, there will be several smaller workshops.
Every offering is free – thanks to awesome funding and community support – and we’re encouraged to jump online and join.
The workshops were set up in response to community needs and requests identified in a recent survey and the next – coming next weekend – is with relaxation expert Amanda Bainbridge.
This is an online event on Sunday evening, May 8, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
This workshop is designed to teach us how to turn off the fight or flight reflex and treat the symptoms of your stress. This covers:
- Stop taking in new information and give yourself time to process the backlog;
- Slow your blood pressure with focused breathing;
- Relax your back with a few simple stretches;
- Release the tension in your tired muscles with a massage of the neck, shoulders, arms and hands;
- Put an end to stubborn headaches by bringing blood back to the scalp by stimulating nerve endings in your scalp and face;
- Open your eyes to what is happening around you.