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Mental Health Awareness Week Stress Workshops
May 14 is Mental Health Awareness week and this year’s theme is stress. To mark the week, italk, which provides free psychological therapies across Hampshire, is running a number of FREE workshops and tips for people to better manage their stress.
Stress is part of the fight or flight response which floods our body with cortisol and adrenaline, preparing it for action. In the past this would help us hunt for food or evade a predator but in modern life we might get the same response to tight deadlines at work, debt or relationship problems. Our busy lives do not leave us with much time to relieve this stress which often results in it building up. This can eventually lead to issues such as insomnia, low mood, depression and anxiety.
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show that last year almost 12.5 million days were lost to work related stress. In fact, stress, depression and anxiety account for 40% of all work related ill health cases in 2016/17.
Learning how to recognise the signs of stress as well as the simple things we can do to relieve it can help us become more resilient and able to deal with the different pressures we encounter in our work and home lives.
With this in mind, italk is running a number of FREE workshops for people to attend during Mental Health Awareness Week. The workshops will cover a range of topics but will focus on practical tools such as Worry Management, Behavioural Activation, Thought Challenging, Relaxation and Mindfulness skills which anyone can use in their day-to-day life to manage stress.
Use the calander below to book your spot at one of our Workshops in Lymington, Gosport, Eastleigh, Petersfield and Leigh Park.