We will all experience periods of stress throughout our lives and a moderate amount of stress can be helpful and motivating. It is when stress becomes excessive it can have a negative impact on our mental health and wellbeing. National Stress Awareness Day aims to create an awareness of how stress can be identified and managed. It was first established by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) and happens yearly, with this years date being on the 4th November.
At Derby City Life Links, Leah and Kev delivered a Stress Awareness workshop to the community via the online platform zoom. The aim of this workshop was to encourage individuals to think about their own experience of stress and ways they can manage through stressful periods. During group discussions, it was interesting to see that we share common themes of stress such as childcare, work, home life and the current stress of the Coronavirus. Following this, we looked at the difference between action and acceptance approaches to managing stressors we can and can’t control. Finally, we explored tools and techniques we can implement to manage stress such as mindfulness, grounding and the importance of self care.
The workshop was well received by the community and we received feedback such as ‘Excellent workshop with useful tools and resources. Information was pitched as a level suitable for all’ and ‘Great course, thank you for sharing. Leah is obviously very knowledgeable about the subject, and Kev was a great host. Thank you’