Living Well with Stress
Everyone can feel stressed from time to time. It can result from difficulties at work, money worries, ill-health, and problems within the family or other challenging life events. This can cause us to worry and feel anxious, become less active or to experience unhelpful thoughts.
The 'Living Well with Stress' course aims to help you better understand the difficult emotions you might be experiencing and learn clinically proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques to overcome common symptoms of stress.
This is an online lecture style course where facilitators will present information and talk you through tools and techniques. You are welcome to ask the facilitators any questions about the material. However, this is not a therapy or support group therefore facilitators will not be asking you to disclose in-depth personal information and there will not be any spaces for sharing your experiences with other attendees.
· This online course runs for five weekly sessions.
· Each session is 1 hour 30 minutes long, with a 10 minute break in the middle.
· The course will be facilitated by 2 Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, who have been trained to deliver low intensity cognitive behavioural interventions for anxiety and depression.
Who is it for?
· People struggling with the emotional impacts of stress, as well as low mood and anxiety as a result of their stress.
· For those happy to attend a zoom call each week in a room where they are unlikely to be disturbed.
What's covered in each session?
- Session 1: Welcome to the Course
- How what we do and think affects how we feel.
- How stress affects the body.
- Skills around relaxation, goal setting, lifestyle changes and improving sleep.
- Session 2: Managing our Mood
- What low mood is and how it affects our behaviour.
- What actions you can take to improve motivation and boost mood.
- How to overcome common barriers to activity and exercise.
- Session 3: Managing Thoughts
- How stress can affect our thinking.
- How to identify unhelpful thinking styles and challenge unhelpful thoughts.
- How to manage unhelpful thoughts, using the STOPP Technique.
- Session 4: Managing Worry
- How to identify different types of worries and how to manage them effectively.
- The relationship between worry and tolerating uncertainty.
- Skills to refocus your attention using 'Worry Time' and 'Problem Solving' techniques.
- Session 5: Facing your Fears and Bringing it all Together
- How the role of avoidance and reassurance keeps anxiety going.
- Techniques to help you to face your fears and regain confidence.
- How to develop a future management plan and prepare for possible barriers to your progress.
What will I need to do?
· Enter the zoom call on the allocated day and time each week.
· You will not be required to say anything on the zoom call however we do welcome questions and brief responses to facilitators’ questions.
· Have a go at the exercises in the session so you can see how the ideas relate to your specific situation.
· You will get the most out of the course if you practise the skills and techniques during the week.
· Complete a weekly questionnaire so we can monitor progress & evaluate our service. This is a national standard for our service and is essential in ensuring we can continue providing free psychological therapies on the NHS.
What will I get out of it?
· New information, ideas and techniques about stress and how to manage it.
· A chance to ask questions of the facilitators.
· The opportunity to be in a virtual room with others who are going through something similar to you.
· A weekly workbook covering the session material and exercises to do in the week, which you can keep.
· Please note that facilitators cannot offer additional one to one support unless there are concerns for your safety. If you feel you need individual support, please complete the self-referral form on the contact page and a clinician will be able to review your options with you.