"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 may 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.
Talks about stress can be fitted into to whatever time slot is available. Stress Busters II is usually undertaken over one day, or weekly over 5-6 sessions. Day courses happen anywhere in the UK, or on the island of Ireland - based on invitations from groups and organisations. 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.
We believe learning should be fun and ongoing throughout life, particularly when people live busy lives and we do forget things or priorities simply change. For these reasons, and because we like to think of ourselves as "the personal development people", we aim to offer a range of no-obligation follow-up supports and at low / no cost:
Those completing this "Stress Busters II" can take Stress Busters I (if they wish to learn techniques to self-care), OR go straight to others supports and courses incl "Stress Busters III" (available from Jan 2020). People will always be able to attend our courses even for information and prevention. And at no point will anyone be asked to talk about their particular issues; instead, slides and handouts will have all the information needed.
Stress Busters also allows entry to other follow-up peer supports and community workshops (see "additional Information" section, and be sure you are on our mailing list).
From evaluations and self-report we know that attendees tend to value and enjoy our community Stress Busters course very much:
- "Great that this information I available in the evening. Ann – very enthusiastic, really interested in her subject and knows subject well."
- "Liked all the information offered; everything was interesting. Great to have notes given in the course to read over."
- "Enjoyed the interaction and meeting others in the group. The thought examples were really useful."
- "I liked everything about the sessions – it was all v interesting and I look forward to future courses."
- "Really enjoyed Ann’s course - you couldn’t meet a nicer, warmer lady."
- "Really enjoying learning more about myself and to laugh life off!"
- "I'm learning how to change behavioural habits and to stop being a ‘yes machine’. All was very relevant to me."
- "My mood feels lifted after each session. I can feel very tired after work, but have a burst of energy after each stress busters session. Thumbs up!"
- "I really liked that it was all so informal, and that no one is ever asked any direct questions."
- "I just feel way more knowledgeable and confident now about how to manage mood – thank you!"
- "I have been re-educated about mood and am applying what I have learned to my life. I am able to cope with stress much better and I find that I am happier in myself. This course has changed my life. I know that is a cheesy statement, but it sums up how I feel."