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"Stress Busters" is an informal community course to help people understand and manage stress (an umbrella term for lots of feeling states). It aims to help people manage how they feel, rather than having those moods manage them! The latter happens when people get swept along in anxiety, stress, low mood etc.
Our Stress Busters workshop:
Everyone feels stressed at times, and managing that stress can often be pure chance or luck because managing stress is not routinely taught in schools or elsewhere, and often people are not aware of what they can do to stay well and improve how they feel.
Yet if stress stays, negative consequences can follow - time and energy get wasted, relationships become impaired, and many physical ailments or more significant emotional problems can follow. Additionally, at such times people may not always be fulfilling their potential towards optimal contentment and functioning.
This community course is for everyone who wishes to learn more about stress (tho those very depressed or at risk will be better suited to 1-1 CBT support). Stress is an umbrella term for many challenges and feelings states incl ongoing family/work/life stressors, specific stress, anxiety, low mood, worry and/or panic. Yet there is no assumption that anyone attending the course is stressed, as it is quite fine to attend for information and prevention, if not support. Attendees will be men and women of any and all ages, backgrounds, faiths and cultures.
The course is independent and stands alone. However, attendees can also use Stress Busters II to access a range of follow-up supports. Indeed, Stress Busters II may also be a foundation for further learning or support, e.g. for OCD, social anxiety, or worry.
Stress Busters is usually undertaken over one day, or weekly over 5-6 sessions. Day courses happen online or in person. Weekly sessions typically are in two parts (of around 90 mins in total):
Attendees can contribute as much or as little as they wish on courses, e.g. by posting written questions into a mailbox, or by listening rather than speaking in any discussions. This course is educational rather than counselling, so at no point will attendees ever be asked in front of others to answer a question directly, or to talk about how they are feeling. Instead, all information will be on slides and in handouts. Additionally, at all times it is quite fine simply to say “Ill pass on that” or "no comment" if you do not wish to speak with fellow-attendees.