Emily Jones

August 28, 8:00am - 10:00am CDT. Hosted at Online

part of a series on Stress

About the speaker

I was born and raised in Western Kentucky. My husband was active duty in the U.S. Army, so (lucky me!) I’ve spent time in Korea, Washington, and Kansas. My experience as an army spouse is what drove me to seek a degree in social work. I finished my bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University in 2013 and immediately began working in child protection for the state of Kansas. When we moved to North Dakota I had the experience of working in mental health and chemical dependency case management for Sanford in both hospital and emergency room settings. I returned to graduate school in 2015 at the University of North Dakota. Immediately out of graduate school I had the opportunity to work in both inpatient and partial-hospitalization settings for adolescents at Prairie St. John’s. This is where I discovered that middle school kids are my passion population. Since 2017 I have worked in an outpatient setting providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. In 2019 I became an adjunct teacher for the NDSU-Minot State collaborative social work program. I have a passion for advocacy and a drive to serve those who may not have a voice.

I am the mom to two wonderful, quirky, crazy boys. I am very proud and humbled to be the wife of an active duty army veteran. I appreciate my three “therapy dogs” beyond words. In my spare time I enjoy baking, creating art, and making music.

Additional details

Stress, in its most basic form, is a response.

The feeling of stress can often manifest as a palpable tension flowing through your body. Stress can creep into the corners of your thoughts and decisions — eager to cloud your clarity and take power away from you.

As a popular saying goes, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom,” * What can you do to when stress manifests itself in your body, mind, and spirit?

Create your own mantras, get fresh air, meditate, write, play music, sleep, or stay still. Push away from the habits that add stress to your life. Get more familiar with the feeling of calm, so that when stress arises, you can gently guide yourself toward it. As Shannon Lee teaches us in her CreativeMornings talk, it is possible to “create and restructure life,” for yourself, based on how you’d like to live.

In the space between the stimulus and response, take some of the spotlight away from stress by calling in your breath— and ask it to walk out the door.

Our Warsaw chapter chose this month’s exploration of Stress and Shanee Benjamin illustrated the theme.