HSE CHO Area 1 in association with Community and Statutory Partners are running the highly regarded six week Stress Control programme online in November.
Stress affects people from all walks of life. Although no two people will have exactly the same problems, we all have a lot in common when we are feeling stressed. We can find it hard to relax, we can worry a great deal, we can lose confidence and a sense of control and feel despondent.
According to Dr Aedamar Bergin (Principal Psychologist) and Dr Christina Corbett (Senior Clinical Psychologist) with the HSE, “whilst it’s normal to have a certain degree of stress in our lives, for many of us the stress has become too much, whatever we do we can’t seem to get on top of it. When stress is running our lives there are inevitable and often serious consequences – our health may begin to deteriorate as our immune system becomes compromised by stress hormones continually flooding our body, physical tension becomes the new normal and we no longer know how to relax or even what being relaxed feels like.
Our relationships at home or at work may suffer as we become more snappy and irritable, our thinking becomes less clear, more confused and consequently we may make poor decisions in our day to day affairs.
“We may find ourselves with high levels of anxiety or depression that we can’t seem to shift. All of these consequences develop into vicious circles in our lives, we get stressed during the day, we find we can’t sleep because of worrying and then we are exhausted the next day and even more prone to getting stressed by the slightest things”.
Stress Control is a free six session programme. Each session lasts for 90 minutes and is delivered online. ‘Stress Control’ was devised by Dr. Jim White, a clinical psychologist in Glasgow, to help the large number of people who complained of stress and who were keen to learn how to tackle their problems themselves. Through research, this evidence-based course has been improved over the years and Stress Control is now available in many different countries.
Dr Bergin and Dr Corbett point out that people who attend the online sessions about Stress Control will learn simple strategies for alleviating stress. The course is delivered such a way that people do not need to talk, this makes it less stressful for participants, there are no embarrassing exercises, just simple information explained in such a way that people learn over the course how to become their own therapists. Handouts and relaxation CD’s are provided.
If you are interested in viewing a session check www.stresscontrol.ie
Last updated on: 08 / 11 / 2021