Due to stress, trauma and elevated cortisol levels, many of us live in a continuous state of “high alert.” If left unmanaged, this continuous stress can lead to psychological and other health problems. In order to reduce stress and build resilience, we must deliberately activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This presentation will discuss how Polyvagal Theory can be used as a prevention tool to enhance mental wellness. Beyond the science, attendees will learn techniques to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Some of these techniques will even be practiced in the classroom so attendees can experience how easily and effectively the strategies can be employed.