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Managing Stress

Most of us will feel stressed at some point in our lives. Our Managing Stress online course can help you better understand stress, what causes it and teach you helpful techniques to improve how you are feeling. 

The course is free and runs for five weeks, with a 90 minute online session each week. 

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  • I want to learn techniques to manage stress  
  • I am happy to attend a lecture style course 
  • I am aged 18 or over  
  • I can attend all sessions   
  • I am willing to practice some of the techniques at home between sessions 

A bit more about the course 

The course is run on Microsoft Teams. All of the content of the course is evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and delivered by experienced staff.  

During the sessions you won’t be asked to share anything, you can just sit and listen to the information on offer and try some of the practical techniques we will introduce. 

You may find it useful to make some notes and take some time to practice some of the techniques discussed in the session.  

Each session is 90 minutes long with a break half way through. 

Below you can see the different topics we will cover each week. 

Submerged in Stress

Our first session will provide an introduction to stress and the topics that we will cover as part of the course, including a session by session breakdown. We will begin by trying to understand what stress can look like and when stress can become a problem for us. We will end the session by starting to consider personal goals, and offer some helpful techniques to start fighting back against stress.

 Stress and the body

In the second session we will try to better understand the role that our body plays in stress. We will explore both the short term, and longer term impacts that stress can have our body and how we feel physically. In the second half of the session, we will look at different relaxation techniques that can be used to calm our bodies, and there will be an opportunity to practice some of the techniques in session.

 Stress and our thoughts

Becoming more aware of our thoughts can be an important part in understanding and managing our stress levels. In this session we will focus on unhelpful ways thinking and learn techniques to balance our thoughts. We will also look at the role of worry in stress and learn techniques to gain more control of worries. 

 Stress and our behaviour

In this session we will focus on common things we do when we are feeling stressed and the impacts this can have on our stress levels. We will also learn some techniques to help increase motivation levels and regain balance and structure in everyday life, as well as top tips for overcoming procrastination and avoidance.

 

 Sleep, taking stock and moving forward

In the final session of the Managing Stress course, we will start by looking at how stress affects sleep. We will learn about what happens when we are sleeping and different ways to make it easier to get a good nights sleep. To end, we will take a look back over the course and create a plan for continuing to manage stress after the sessions end.

Course dates

Our Managing Stress courses run throughout the year, with courses starting on the following dates. 

Course sessions
Date Time Location
04 June 2024 - 02 July 2024 17:30 PM - 19:00 PM

Online - Microsoft Teams

27 June 2024 - 25 July 2024 17:30 PM - 19:00 PM

Online - Microsoft Teams

09 July 2024 - 06 August 2024 17:30 PM - 19:00 PM

Online - Microsoft Teams

01 August 2024 - 29 August 2024 17:30 PM - 19:00 PM

Online - Microsoft Teams

How do I book a place? 

If you would like to book a place on this course all you need to do is fill in our online referral form

Select the ‘Managing Stress’ course as your preferred treatment option. 

You can also call us on 0114 226 4380 and speak to one of our team. 

Once you have completed your referral you will be invited for a short assessment call with one of our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.   

Feedback from attendees

Hundreds of people attend our Managing Stress course every year. Here’s some of the feedback they have shared about the course: 

“Found it helpful to see how many people attended and know that I wasn’t alone in what I’m feeling.” 

“The content was great and it was so good having the discipline of the sessions to pick up the different layers. I knew a lot of the content but you forget to use it.” 

“Did feel it was helpful and gave lots of varying techniques to take away that were well explained.” 

“Course was not too overwhelming, well presented and I looked forward to each session, I will definitely be thinking over the work I have completed in the work book and notes I have been taking.”

Frequently asked questions

We know that coming to a course like this for the first time can be quite daunting and you’ll have lots of questions about what to expect.  

Below is a list of some of the most common questions we are asked and some answers to help put your mind at ease. 

If you have filled in a self-referral form or booked over the phone you will be offered an assessment call with one of the course facilitators. 

You will receive a link via a text message to choose a day and time that works best for you for your assessment.  

During the call you will be asked some questions to help us make sure that the course is the right one for you. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions you have.  

Please note you will receive this call from a withheld number.  

Two days before each course session you will receive a text or an email (depending on your preference) with a set of questionnaires. The text will be sent from ‘SHEFF NHS’, and the email will be sent from webform@myprogress.info please add this to your contacts so the email doesn’t get lost in your spam.  

These questionnaires will ask you about depression and anxiety, and what symptoms you have noticed over the last two weeks. It is really helpful to complete them each week, as they allow both you and us to keep a track of any improvements in your mood. 

In the week before your course is due to start you will receive an email from our administration team. The email will provide you with a link to the meeting, instructions on how to join it and a downloadable copy of your workbook.  

This email will come from sheffieldtalkingtherapies@shsc.nhs.uk, please add this to your contacts so the email doesn’t get lost in your spam. 

We hope you will find the course helpful, but sometimes it can take time to put the techniques into practice and notice improvements in your mood. We would encourage you to keep using the techniques in your workbook and give yourself a chance to practice them after the course. 

We will contact you if you are still struggling with symptoms of low mood or anxiety to see if our service can offer any further treatment or recommend any other services to help support to you.  

If you did not attend the whole course we may also contact you to check in. 

Your telephone review will be booked with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and will give you a chance to discuss the course, give you an opportunity to ask any questions and discuss further options for treatment. 

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