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Ellen Synakowski: How to Return to Balanced Care When You're Worried, Stressed, and Even Scared

  • 11-Mar-2020
  • 18:00 - 20:00
  • Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation, 3182 N. Swan Rd.


  • $17 for members who pay the Monday before ($27 after and at the door). Members may add nonmember guests for $22. If you are a MEMBER and this option is grayed out, please LOG IN to access this price.
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  • $27 for non-members who register and pay at least ONE WEEK in advance. Non-members may add other nonmember guests for the same amount.
  • $37 for Non-Members who pay 1-6 DAYS IN ADVANCE ($40 at the door). Non-members may add Non-Member guests for the same amount.

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A Dinner Event with Ellen Synakowski:

"How to Return to Balanced Care When You're Worried, Stressed, and Even Scared"

7-Minute Spotlight:

Amy Kalama

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
6:00pm – 8:00pm  Dinner Event

Raffle Items

  • HeartMath Stress & Wellbeing Assessment + 30 minute phone consultation with Ellen to review your results!


When we genuinely care for ourselves and others, it feels good. It renews us, contributes to the overall wellbeing of those we give our attention to, is a way to be of service, and allows us to live the best version of ourselves we can be.

But too often balanced care moves towards overcare, which can drain our energy and sap our reserves leaving us worn out with nothing left to give.

It shows up in many ways. Maybe it’s fretting over a business that isn't growing fast enough. It might be nervousness about choices our children or grandchildren are making. And just as often that overcare is focused on ourselves as agonizing emotions creep in over health issues, bank balances, and what we’ve done (and haven’t done) with our lives.

No matter what is troubling us, the origins of our concerns can always be traced to genuine care.

The business may have started as a desire to provide well being to your community. With our children and/or grandchildren love is almost certainly beneath the fear. And our own deep desires for health, sufficiency, self esteem and contentment likely preceded all the feelings of overwhelm that now overshadow real care.

We might even tell ourselves that these burdens we carry—concern, self sacrifice, anxiety and chronic stress are signs that we really do care about something or someone.

But it’s not true.

Left unchecked, depleting emotions are unhealthy and lead to profound depletion. Maybe it shows up as anger that pushes those closest to us away. Or, perhaps, in a moment of utter frustration and fatigue we throw up our hands up in defeat for the business we were certain could have helped many.

Most of us know the feeling of caring deeply and then wondering what happened: How could something that buoyed us now hurt so much?

Simply said, overcare doesn’t feel good and benefits no one—neither the giver nor the receiver.

But recognizing that fine line as we’re crossing it can be tricky, so being vigilant about the signposts is largely what this presentation is about.

You’ll begin to identify areas of your life where genuine care exists, and we’ll consider where overcare may be lurking. We’ll mark both on a chart of emotions then learn one of HeartMath’s neutralizing tools.

In less than an hour you will:
• experience how care vs. overcare feels
• learn to distinguish between the two
• leave with an effective skill set to jump start your return trip to care

The zone of genuine care is where renewing emotions such as peace, calm, and contentment reside, and who wouldn’t value spending a little more time there every day?

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About Ellen Synakowski

"I used up a big chunk of my adult life feeling utterly depleted. Once I learned to recognize the feelings that led to stress—and dismantle them—I became passionate about helping parents and others lead their lives with ease." 

Ellen Synakowski is passionate about helping parents and families. Caring for yourself is the most loving thing you can do for your health and your family, especially if you have a child with medical issues. That’s what I learned 15 years ago while caring for my son, who was born with a medical condition that required 25+ appointments each month and multiple surgeries.

If you know a parent who is stressed out and has lost their own sense of value because of having to constantly care for a loved one, I offer a series of tools that can help them gain balance, without giving up what’s most important to their family.

Ellen Synakowski supports calm, heart-centered lives, especially for parents and caregivers. She has been a HeartMath student since 2009 and is a certified trainer and coach for both HeartMath® and the Connection Practice® as well as being a registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. She offers one-on-one coaching; live and online workshops and group coaching; and writes and speaks about engaging the heart in everyday living. 

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Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation
3182 N Swan Road, Tucson, AZ 85712

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
(doors open at 5:45 pm)

Dinner will be catered including
gluten-free and vegetarian selections.

EARLY BIRD (through the Monday before): $17*
*Includes FREE raffle ticket!
REGULAR & DAY-OF (Day Before and at the Door): $27

EARLY BIRD (through the Wednesday/one week before): $27
REGULAR (Thursday before through day before): $37
DAY-OF: $40

you can save money and we can get a proper head count.
Thank you!

Event Policies

  • Full event price is due if you wish to attend any portion of an event or if you choose not to eat dinner.  In fairness to all, no exceptions. 
  • If you've pre-registered but are not able to attend and if you email us no later than the Monday before the Wednesday event, your event fee may be applied to a future event. We are required to provide a headcount to our caterer in advance, so a credit of your pre-registration fee to a future event will only be granted during the open pre-registration period.
  • When registration closes online, payment can only be made by credit card at the event registration table.
  • No refunds are offered post-event for any reason.


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