New stress management workshop for women during International Women’s Day

By: LPJ Social Department services - Published: March 14 Mon, 2022

New stress management workshop for women during International Women’s Day Available in the following languages:

JERUSALEM – To mark the International Women’s Day on March 8th, the LPJ Social Department invited fifteen Christian women from East Jerusalem to participate in a new Stress Management workshop held by Ms. Rhonda Amer, a social worker and wellbeing specialist, who has a passion for inspiring and motivating women, and helping them develop their skills.  

Because women face a unique set of personal and professional demands in their everyday lives, the ability to manage the stress factors at work, coupled with the stress that personal relationships and motherhood can bring, can sometimes be overwhelming. Emotions can also get in the way when one is aiming for perfection and looking to keep everyone happy, all while juggling with priorities and obligations. Thus, women need to find ways to allow themselves to slow down, to manage their sources of stress, and most importantly, to put their trust in God and to nurture their relationship with Christ.

This Monday, the workshop focused on defining stress and its physical, mental and emotional effects on individuals, in addition to identifying the appropriate coping mechanisms and practices to manage it. Ms. Amer explained the means to develop a personal stress prevention care strategy, before emphasizing the importance of managing emotional stress - as it can lead to destructive behaviors, such as eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, smoking, or becoming socially isolated. The coping plan should also include overcoming self-induced stress, the act of overthinking and perfectionism.

Among the guest speakers who were invited to the program was Sister Ghada Ni’meh, who explained how stress can derail our relationship with God, distracting us from His providence and goodness. Stress is a humbling reminder that we’re finite and fallible. Faith in God strengthens us when we’re weak, helps us in times of need and supports us when we face difficulties. Walking with Christ when we feel overwhelmed is the most guaranteed way to make us feel that we’re not alone. By saying "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30), Jesus shows us that the Lord is waiting for us to leave everything for Him and to prepare ourselves for His miracles to take place. 

At the end of the activities, Ms. Dima Khoury, director of the LPJ Social Department, shared some concluding remarks to wrap up the workshop. She first thanked the participants for attending, as well as Ms. Rhonda Amer and Sister Ghada for joining in and for adding crucial perspectives to the discussions.  “Today we have been reminded of what many women go through during their lives, and of the difficult consequences these challenges have for them,” she also added. "Let us remember what we have learnt today – and keep it on every agenda. All women and all girls deserve a life free from constant stress”.

Afterward, Ms. Khoury told the participants to always remember about their inner talents, skills, and strengths, which have enabled them to handle internal and external pressures, such as complex gendered ideals and sociocultural expectations. “We are the backbone of our family and the glue that holds society. We should always remember to appreciate, applaud, and celebrate our courage and determination as women. It is easy to feel minimized, but we are empowered by God to be who He called us to be!” Ms. Khoury added.

Testimonials

Janet

“I want to thank you for the amazing workshop that you held for women and mothers. Those who try to help women and mothers actually provide help to their whole families, because women are at the heart of these things and when they’re at peace, their whole families are at peace. And this inner peace is important as it has an impact on a woman’s relationship with her children, her family, her friends and her coworkers. Rhonda was great and the methods she used were very effective in conveying her message. Sister Ghada’s explanation was very inspiring, especially because she used parables from the Holy Bible. I’m eager to attend more similar workshops in the future. Thank you for all the hard work you do to transform the lives of women in the community.”

Sonia

"I feel infused with inspiration and moved by the vibrant connections I made with the other women during this workshop. I learned a lot from each participant. Rhonda is an amazing motivational speaker, mentor and coach. Sister Ghada’s speech left me with so much soul searching and enlightenment. The workshop was not only uplifting and encouraging, but also a great opportunity to meet powerful leaders, and build strong and empowering relationships with other women. I will encourage my friends to attend the next course. I felt truly connected, inspired, and safe to be with this wonderful group. Thank you for this great enriching experience.”