Mindfulness is “in the cards” thanks to RESSET Studio’s best-selling resource – The Columbia Chronicle

Columbia students who collaborated with RESSET presented their work at Manifest and Chicago’s Technology and Entrepreneurship Center. K’Von Jackson

Surrounded by friends at a barbecue in Chicago, Schmid Etienne was enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the event — namely, a kimchi-marinated steak — but it all went wrong when the smell of a piece of burnt kimchi fell into the grill. transported him back in time to his deployment.

This inspired him to launch RESSET Studio, which aims to help individuals pause, reflect, and reflect on their current moment while assessing the senses they may be feeling in that moment.

As a retired veteran and current entrepreneur and CEO, it was this exact moment that made him realize how influential the senses are in day-to-day decision-making.

“I was frozen in time and saw myself outside her house, and it wasn’t until my friend touched my shoulder and asked if I was okay that I realized I was in Chicago,” Etienne said. “And that was the biggest ‘aha’ moment for me.”

Realizing how detrimental his loss of concentration could have been had he been driving or doing something that required his attention, Etienne felt a new wave of motivation wash over him. Determined, he began to delve deeper into the concept while pursuing his mastery in Exercise Science from Northeastern Illinois University and learned more about motor control. In partnership with Lauren Ruckheim, the two have created mandatory 20-minute continuing legal education workshops to help professionals master focus and grounding techniques.

The two quickly realized that people wanted something shorter and faster than 20 minutes, so with the help of psychologists and therapists, RESSET’s card game was created.

Offered in their personal, relationship, and classic care decks, these card sets all serve as easy, mobile tools that individuals can use when feeling overwhelmed or stressed and when they may need that moment to make a pause and reflect.

“[People] We wanted something shorter, faster and more efficient, and that’s where we started to rethink our process: let’s take a part of our program and merge it into something tangible, something usable, something that can be used anytime, anywhere – no matter what the person is going through,” said Etienne. “All they have to do is grab a card, and they can actually reduce stress, which reduces environmental stimuli, and be able to be attentive and more focused.”

Combining the two main pillars of the brand, RESSET stands for “Reducing Environmental Stimuli / Self Evaluation Time”. Etienne said beyond benefit Just business professionals, lawyers, veterans and other adults, the cards can be useful for students who may feel overwhelmed or anxious and help them with stamina and retention.

Eleni Kaiafas, a recent graduate in advertising felt the cards and the brand especially resonated with her when her “Agency” class at Columbia partnered with RESSET at the start of the semester.

“I was personally very happy that we were able to work with RESSET, it was my number one [choice] because mental health is something very important to me,” Kaiafas said. “And I also agree that it’s kind of a taboo subject as people aren’t really good at talking about it, and a lot of people don’t know how to get the help they need, so I think it’s a very good start. point for them.

The class presented their deliverables at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center in Chicago on May 11, and the students also presented at Manifest, going over their entire process. Etienne said the experience of working with “Agency” was “comforting” and that he always wanted RESET to validate and support college students.

“The map is the essence of making things easy,” Etienne said. “Using the senses in so many ways that you can cut out the noise and try to just pause or be for that moment before making the next decision, before taking the next action that might either not be too big or might hurt someone.

Those interested in purchasing the cards or learning more about the brand can visit the RESSET website.

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