Helping you cope with stress
Graham Ford • Published 10 Sep 2012 11:30
NHS Borders is running a series of evening classes to give people practical advice on managing stress.
The classes are being run in local libraries over three consecutive weeks and will take the form of hour long sessions.
People can come along to one or all of the classes to learn about the common effects of stress, and get some practical advice. Classes will be run by Helen Lynch and Rebecca Pryde, both Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology within NHS Borders Psychological Services.
These are evening classes, not group therapy. People will not be asked to talk about themselves or their problems. If people feel that they need one-to-one support then they will be encouraged to contact their GP for more appropriate support to be arranged. Support group contacts, self-help leaflets and DVDs will also be available at the classes.
The following libraries will host stress management classes on this round (classes will be run at Kelso and Eyemouth libraries at dates in the future):
Peebles Library: 16 October, 23 October, 30 October, 5.45pm - 6.45pm
Galashiels Library: 25 September, 2 October, 9 October, 5.45pm - 6.45pm
Hawick Library: 6 November, 13 November, 20 November, 5.45pm - 6.45pm
The programme of classes will run in the following order for all libraries:
Week 1: Improving Sleep & Relaxation
Week 2: Managing Worry
Week 3: Self-Esteem & Confidence
Helen Lynch, Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology and one of the organisers of the programme, said: "Stress is a commonly experienced problem. Feeling under pressure managing life's everyday challenges can lead to problems such as: disturbed sleep; an inability to relax; feeling tense, anxious or irritable; persistent worrying; or loss of self-confidence.
"Through our stress management classes we hope to educate people about the common signs and effects of stress, equip them with some practical skills and techniques to relieve the symptoms, and give advice to help manage stress more effectively in the future.
"Our evening classes are open to everyone. You may want to come along for your own benefit, or to gain knowledge and skills to help you support a family member or friend overcome stress. In either case, you are sure to gain some value by coming along. "
The classes are free to everyone; however, booking is essential. Anyone who would like to attend should contact the relevant library to book a place.
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