Stress Control - Face your Fears
Added: 16/02/18 : 05:20:01
The HSE continues to roll out the highly
regarded six week Stress Control programme in Sligo and Leitrim with the
next programme starting on Wednesday the 21st February in IT Sligo at
6.30pm. 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 get despondent.
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
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
and so on…worse we may start using alcohol to help us sleep.
Sadly for many of us these consequences are
becoming all too common. Research in the UK found that almost 90%
of all visits to GP’s were stress-related, so if you are suffering from
stress you are clearly ‘not alone’, most people are struggling to cope
with stress in their lives. The research is telling us that 25% of
the population is suffering from sub-clinical stress – that’s mild to
moderate levels of anxiety or depression, and this is having consequences
on their health, 9% of these people are more likely to die from cancer,
25% are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease and for most there
will be increases in smoking, alcohol consumption and weight gain.
As a country we spend literally millions
of Euros every year on prescriptions for drugs to treat depression, anxiety
and lack of sleep. Wouldn’t it be great if we could learn to stop stress
in it’s tracks, learn how to recognise the symptoms of stress in our lives,
understand how it affects us and most importantly the simple things we
can do right now to get our lives back together and away from stress.
Stress control is a free six session programme.
Each session lasts for 90 minutes and is delivered once a week. ‘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.
People who come to Stress Control come to
learn simple strategies for alleviating stress, and the course is delivered
in a ‘chalk and talk’ format so that people do not need to interact,
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 are
given for each session, and people practice the exercises between sessions.
‘I was off work due to stress, when this
course started. Thanks to the tips I have been able to ‘face my fears’
and return to work.’ (Previous participant).
“I feel stress is an on-going problem
for most people but with the skills and knowledge I have picked up on this
course, I feel confident I will be able to manage my stress” (previous
‘The taught programme was a ‘gift’.
Knowing I could attend and just spend my time just focusing on listening’.
If you are interested in attending this course,
please send your name, email address and telephone number to: Email:
Thomas.email@example.com or Telephone: (071) 9135098
This course is free and sponsored by the
If stress is concerning you or someone you
know then come along to the Stress Control programme or talk to your GP.to
get help and advice.