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Learn to stop stressing over stress

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019 4:32pm

Stress is an integral part of modern life. The demands of relationships, work expectations and the more subtle impact of social media put us under stress in new ways.

The sense of having to achieve or be seen to achieve can have a detrimental impact upon both of our physical and emotional well-being.

In a research paper by Madhu Kalia entitled Assessing the economic impact of stress - the modern day hidden epidemic, the author points out that the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Burden of Disease Survey has estimated that mental disease, including stress-related disorders, will be the second leading cause of disabilities by the year 2020.

The impact of stress has shown that individuals with stress and related disorders experience impaired physical and mental functioning, more work days lost, increased impairment at work, and a high use of health care services.

The author adds that the disability caused by stress is just as large as the disability caused by workplace accidents or other common medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis.

One of the fastest growing areas for education is in the area of mindfulness and stress management. Northridge House Vocational Training Centre, part of St Luke’s Home in Mahon, has offered opportunities for Corkonians in the past to explore how their stresses may be addressed through mindfulness mediation and other avenues.

One of their stress management champions Colette Culver is presenting a full day workshop entitled Stop Stressing over Stress on two alternate days – Saturday 26 or Thursday 31 January. Those attending will have a chance to explore the stressors of life and how they are experienced, how to manage time and how to let ourselves enjoy life more. Bookings can be made for either day (9.30am–4pm) to Claire at 021-4656551.

Stress, of course, can be a positive force for change and opportunities to review our stressors can enrich our lives. Reviewing how we manage our time and set helpful goals can liberate us from the treadmill of our own expectations.

This one day course, costing €35 including lunch, may help those of us overwhelmed by stress to see our situation in a new light, to reprioritise what we do and to ensure we enjoy life to the best of our ability.

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