When we are feeling stressed, our ability to think clearly and rationally is often impaired. This can make solving problems difficult and we can often feel overwhelmed, unsure of what to do next. In today’s session Dr. Catherine will introduce you to a simple systematic approach to problem-solving to help you to take action and be more decisive in these tricky stressful times, where you’re not quite sure what to do. Following this approach when faced with a problem you’re not quite sure what to do about can help you to build confidence in your decision-making process.
2. Find Clarity and Focus
Stress easily accumulates when we have a long-do list, multiple deadlines and competing priorities. It’s very easy to end up living a life that is inconsistent with your personal values, spending lots of time and energy on things that perhaps aren’t what you really value as important. To help you to clarify your values, Dr. Catherine will guide you through a personal values exercise. This will enable you to clarify what is really important to you, to help you to start living more fully by your values and have a more fulfilling life.
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. Deep Breathing For Relaxation
To effectively combat stress, we need to elicit the relaxation response. This is a physical state of deep rest which involves a number of physical changes in the body - your blood pressure decreases, your breathing slows down, your metabolism decreases, your heart rate slows down and your muscles relax. In this session Dr. Catherine will guide you through a simple deep breathing technique.
5. One Minute Mindfulness - Visualization
Feeling tense and overwhelmed? Take one minute out of your busy day and join Dr Catherine for a soothing 'peaceful place' visualization. This short session will allow you to let go of any thoughts and feelings that are causing you to worry or experience anxiety today.
6. 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.
7. Welcome to Simple Stress Management
So many of us are walking around feeling more stressed and anxious. The good news is, there are a number of ways that we can reduce stress in our daily life. In this series, Clinical Psychologist and Author, Dr Catherine Wilkholm, explains simple effective ways in which you can live a healthier and happier life through simple stress management practices. With the right tools, techniques and daily healthy habits you can learn to manage the effects of stress on your physical and mental state.
8. Manage Your Stress Triggers
Stress is a natural byproduct of living a busy life in a modern world but struggling with stress does not need to define your life. We all experience stress in different ways so identifying your own personal stress triggers is key to better stress management. In this session, Dr. Catherine will discuss how you can identify your stress triggers and the key components of a stress management plan including better time management, organization, exercise, sleep and proper nutrition. She will end the session with a simple breathing exercise which you can do at work or at home to feel instantly more present, calm and relaxed.
9. Instant Relaxation Exercise
The first step to overcoming stress and feeling more relaxed is understanding why we become stressed in the first place. In this session, Dr. Catherine will discuss how stress affects the body and mind. She will explain the difference between acute and chronic stress as well the various signs and symptoms of stress. As you become more aware of the experiences, people and circumstances that are causing you to stress you can start to implement stress reducing habits and practices. The session will end with a progressive muscle relaxation exercise which will have you feeling instantly more calm, balanced and relaxed.