Author: Emma Kane

iDisorder: Our Obsession with Technology and Understanding Its Hold on Us

WelLU is excited to present, Dr. Larry Rosen of California State University, a research psychologist, computer educator, keynote speaker and internationally recognized expert in the psychology of technology.

With the ever-increasing presence of technology in our lives (and our subsequent dependency on it), it is important to take a look at the role we are allowing it to play on a day to day basis. This event is open to Lawrence staff,faculty, students and our friends in the surrounding community and promises to be insightful and applicable to all ages.  There is no admission cost.

Here’s a sneak peak from his book “iDisorder”, which is the launch point for this talk:

“Many of us are on the verge of an iDisorder as our daily interactions with media technologies may be imbuing us with signs and symptoms of one of many psychological disorders, including narcissism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addiction, attention-deficit disorder, social phobia, antisocial personality disorder, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder, schizo-disorders, and voyeurism… Luckily for us, our brains are constantly changing. Neuroscientists call this ‘neuroplasticity,’ which is basically a consta

nt process of strengthening and weakening neural (nerve cell) connections in the brain as a function of our experiences…. Given that our brains are inundated with stimuli all day long and that the digital content currently available in our world is the equivalent to everyone in the world tweeting or blogging constantly for a century, neuroplasticity is a brain-saver.” 

iDisorder will be presented on February 18 at 8:00pm in the Warch Campus Center Cinema at Lawrence University. We hope to see you all there.






GPS for the Soul — Solutions for Stress

A NEW and FREE iPhone app that helps you be in-sync, stay focused and boost energy.

This app allows you to measure your stress level -right from your phone- then guides you through effective steps to manage stress and re-center yourself. To learn more and download the app, visit: 

Oh, and did we mention it’s FREE!? Check it out today.


Upcoming Workshop

Compassionate Communication

A one day interactive workshop

Compassionate Communication is the 4-part process that allows empathetic communication in even the most challenging situations. In this interactive workshop, Kristy will introduce you to tools that will create harmony in how you express yourself and hear others. You will develop a vocabulary to express feelings and needs that simply and effectively help you build satisfying and peaceful relationships.

Compassionate Communication is aligned with Marshall Rosenberg’s body of work, Nonviolent Communication, which has been adopted around the world by Fortune 500 companies, government offices, schools, hospitals, universities, community mediation centers, anger management programs, peace advocates, inmate rehabilitation programs, and families.
Using Compassionate Communication creates personal and professional relationships grounded in mutual respect, emotional safety, and empathy. You’ll experience greater authenticity and deeper human connections.

Simply put, there is nothing, nothing in the world, that can take the place of one person intentionally listening or speaking to another. ~ Jacob Needleman

Workshop is Saturday, January 26, 2013
9:00—3:00 Lunch included
Location: Touchmark Retirement Community
2601 Touchmark Drive (off Prospect at Hwy 41)
Investment: $89 before December 15th
$95 after December 15th
(Mention Lawrence and receive early registration pricing!)
To Register: Contact Judy Owen
Phone: 920.540.6852

In partnership with Compassionate Fox Cities
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to benefit the events of Compassionate Fox Cities

Learn more at

Tis the Season to Stay Fit!

Form a team of 3 people to join the Holiday Trimmings Club


The goal is for you and your team to maintain your weight or even lose a little during this time of the year when we are surrounded by goodies.


Call or e-mail Erin Buenzli for your confidential team “weigh-in” from today until Nov. 21st at 2pm.. If your team maintains or loses you will be eligible for the drawing.

“Weigh out” will be held the week of  Jan. 7th by scheduling with Erin Buenzli. x7190 or


Prizes include free 1 hour massages and gift certificates to downtown Appleton. Open to all Lawrence students, staff and faculty. 

Tips on Keeping Your Spirit Healthy from ERC Work/Life Balance

People talk about the importance of keeping their lives in balance. But when it comes down to it, few people really know how to achieve it.

“When you’re stressed, taking steps to strengthen your personal integrity can bring you back to a sense of balance that restores a sense of inner peace and harmony,” says Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D., author of Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart. “The human spirit is composed of free-flowing energy. But unresolved anger, fear and other negative emotions can choke the spirit by creating stress.”

According to Dr. Seaward, you can reduce stress by understanding the unique relationship that exists between less stress and more spirituality in your life.

“For many people, spirituality has been the missing link in strengthening the mind-body-spirit continuum that’s the basis of a healthy life,” he says. “People who have healthy minds and bodies but still feel stressed or uneasy haven’t satisfied their spiritual hunger because it can’t be satisfied by material things.”

The following strategies can help you change or modify behaviors that increase stress and replace them with behaviors that promote harmony.

Keep everything in perspective

When you’re stressed by a particular event, it’s easy to lose perspective, particularly of how good your life is overall.

“When you find yourself focusing on the foreground of a problem or a crisis, take a step back and look at it in the context of the big picture of your life,” says Dr. Seaward. “Doing so helps you realize that in many areas of your life things are going well.”

Establish healthy boundaries

Boundaries let other people know how far they can go before they infringe on your personal integrity. Setting clear boundaries helps minimize misunderstandings between friends, family and coworkers.

Manage anger

Keep anger under control by changing your expectations. Many episodes of anger in day-to-day life are the result of unmet expectations. By lowering your expectations, especially about things you can’t control, you can reduce angry and stressful responses. For instance, plan in advance to let go of things you know will drive you crazy, such as traffic delays.


Be thankful

Adopt an attitude of gratitude by directing your thoughts away from negative thought patterns that are common when you’re stressed.

“When you’re feeling as if nothing is going right, stop and make a list of all the things you’re grateful for or take for granted,” says Dr. Seaward. “Start with simple things, like being able to see and breathe. Then move on to personal things, such as family members and your job. Don’t stop until you reach 100 items.”


Turn off the TV

Prolonged TV viewing increases stress because of violent or disturbing content and the constant visual stimulation. Not to mention, studies show a 200% decrease in movement while watching TV, as compared to sitting down doing nothing.


Forgive others

Carrying the weight of a grudge becomes immobilizing over time. But when you forgive someone, you bring light into your heart and the whole world benefits.


Seize the day

Choose one of your unmet personal goals and map out a strategy to make it happen. Fill in the specifics, identify the resources you need and come up with an estimated completion date.

“Human behavior is slow to change, but it can be done,” says Dr. Seaward. “Start by selecting one strategy from those above and incorporate it into your life for several weeks. Then try another one for a while. Over time, you’ll feel more whole and less stressed because you’re consciously seeking balance in your life instead of imbalance.”

Mental Skills and Toughness Training

Mental Skills and Toughness

Tuesday October 30 | 7-8:30 pm | Lawrence University Warch Campus Center, Esch Hurvis Room

WelLU and Peak Performance are proud to sponsor Mental Skills and Toughness Training with renowned speaker and trainer, Spencer Wood. While the presentation will focus on the 21st-century athlete, everyone can benefit from ways to perform more consistently and maintain poise under pressure. The event is open to the public – tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door; free with a valid Lawrence student id.

Advanced registration is recommended. To secure your spot, contact Erin Buenzli.

Need a New Work Out?

As the end of the month, and WALKTOBER draws near, you may be getting tired of your same old workout routine. offers some great information on how to add some new flare to your boring  routine. The Workout Generator will help you plan a workout to reach your fitness goals, and maybe even log a few extra hours on your WALKTOBER calendar.


Don’t forget: log your physical activity during the month of October and be entered into a random drawing.
Prizes to be awarded include 2 free massage certificates, 10 WELLU sport bags, and 10 “The Culprit & The Cure” books.

Turn your sheets into Erin Buenzli, Lawrence University Director of Wellness and Recreation by November 5. The drawing will take place November 7.


Need a new calendar? See below.

Community Health Connection

Osteoarthritis: How to Soothe the Joint Pain

ThedaCare offers a free session to help understand arthritis.

Wednesday, October 24 | 6:30-8:00 pm
Theda Clark Medical Center, Beltz Memorial Classroom
Presented by Robert C. Wubben, MD, Orthopaedic Specialists, SC

This free session explores the most common form of arthritis. You’ll learn the ins and outs of this debilitating joint disease – its causes, symptoms and treatments. Have questions? We’ll wrap up the evening with a helpful Q&A.

To register for this free presentation, visit or call ThedaCare On Call at (920) 830-6877 or (800) 236-2236 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each person must register separately.

Breast Cancer Wellness



This week, WelLU highlights Breast Cancer Wellness. The website offers support and information for survivors and patients, with the goal of moving beyond breast cancer to live a fulfilled life. Featuring links for ways to “Grow”, “Nourish”, “Renew”, “Inspire” and “Connect”, the site is a great resource for anyone affected by a breast cancer diagnosis. The site also publishes a quarterly magazine which you can subscribe to, or view online. The Fall 2012 edition boasts articles about “Financial Wellness After Breast Cancer,” and stepping into the role as caregiver for a loved one who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Both the magazine and website have much to offer and can serve as a beacon of hope for anyone experiencing the disease. Check it out today!