Not feeling properly heard and understood by other is a common trigger for stress, and can leave us resentful and unhappy. This session will focus on improving communication skills through developing assertiveness. Dr. Catherine will introduce you a script that you can try out using to help you to communicate more assertively and express your feelings effectively.
2. Manage Stressful Relationships
The relationships we have with other people can be a major source of stress in daily life. In this session Dr. Catherine will guide you through an exercise on how we can establish healthier boundaries with people who cause us stress and limit the way in which these interactions contribute to our stress levels. The exercise will be mainly focusing on your personal relationships as opposed to your professional ones.
3. Peaceful Mind Visualization
Visualization is an effective technique for managing both stress and anxiety. With practice, this technique can enable you to achieve a sense of relaxation in just a few minutes - perfect for when you’ve had a busy stressful day. In this session, Dr. Catherine will guide you through a visualization where you can imagine yourself in a peaceful and safe environment, somewhere that makes you feel calm, happy and relaxed. The more you practice this exercise, the more naturally you will be able to imagine yourself in your peaceful place, and the greater the relaxation effect will be.
4. Mindful Body Relaxation
When we are feeling very stressed, it’s easy to feel ‘stuck in our head’ and disconnected from our physical selves. In this session Dr. Catherine will guide you through a mindful body scan. This is a practice that aims to increase your awareness of the whole of your body to help you to feel calmer, more centred and grounded. You can do this any time of day, but you might like to try it when you’re lying in bed at night, or upon waking in the morning. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing.
5. Stress Relief Through Gratitude
Cultivating gratitude is one of the simpler routes to a greater sense of emotional well-being, higher overall life satisfaction, and a greater sense of happiness in life. In today’s exercise you will learn to shift your mind out of stress mode through a regular practice of gratitude. You can do this exercise at any point during the day, but the best time to do it may be before you go to bed. All you need for this exercise is a pen and a notebook or journal.
6. Learn to Let Go Of Stress
When we are feeling stressed, it is important that we have a way to let go of unhelpful thoughts. In this session, Dr. Catherine will lead you through a mindfulness exercise which will enable you to step back and observe your thoughts, rather than being so caught up in them.
7. Change A Negative Mindset
When you’re feeling stressed, low or anxious, it’s common to experience negative thoughts. Once you start dwelling on one of these negative thoughts, it often leads to another, and before you know it, you’re stuck in a cycle of negative thinking that ends up making you feel even more stressed out and worried. In this session, Dr. Catherine shares a mindfulness technique that can enable you to respond to negative thoughts in a different way. Practicing this technique can help you to feel calmer, less overwhelmed by negative thoughts, and more able to cope with stressful situations.
8. One Minute Mindfulness - Deep Breathing
When you are feeling stressed deep breathing is the fastest way to calm you down and find focus. Join Dr Catherine for this short and simple deep breathing exercise that will instantly calm your nervous system and relax the entire body. In less than one minute you can completely transform for physical and mental state for a more productive, focused and happy day.
9. How To Do a Digital Detox
Are you ready to invigorate your life by taking a digital detox? The average person spends a significant amount of time each day checking their devices and this often leads to overwhelm and mental stress. The good news is, we all have the power to limit the amount of interruptions caused by our digital devices. In this session, Julie shares her advice on how you can kickstart a 'digital detox' and reap the benefits of having more time and energy throughout your day.
10. Daily Habits for Stress Relief
In order to make long-term change, we need to commit to daily practices that will allow us to clear our minds, feel more in control, and adopt a more positive, capable outlook.Changing our patterns of behavior can feel challenging at first but there are a few ways you can make it easier. In this session, Dr. Catherine will discuss how we can better manage stress long-term by learning to become more decisive, streamlining our schedules, decluttering our environments and becoming more focused on our physical health and wellbeing. The session will conclude with a guided 'Peaceful Place' visualization that you can practice whenever you start to feel anxious or tense.