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Do you suffer from stress?

Do you suffer from stress?

Do you find it difficult to switch off?

Do you have trouble sleeping?

Is your mind so busy that you just don’t know where to start?

Do you have trouble focusing?

Does your ‘to do’ list finish the day longer than it started?

Is there never have any time left for you?

It is generally recognised that modern life is increasingly stressful for a lot of people.

Stress can be due to work, family, relationships, moving house or bereavement, or just the pace and complexity of modern life.

This week (14th to 20th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week. The Mental Health Foundation is focussing on Stress.  Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

It is not all bad news though, there are ways to tackle stress.  As the Mental Health Foundation says ‘By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.’

Follow this link to the Mental Health Foundation web-site where you can test your stress level.  If you have a high stress score, the Mental Health Foundation suggests their on-line mindfulness course.  But did you know that we run regular 8 week mindfulness courses here at The Wellbeing Centre?  We also run ‘drop-in’ (although booking is recommended) sessions on Fridays 12-1pm and Saturdays 9-10am.

Although mindfulness does not take away the stresses of modern living, our regular attenders tell me that they leave the weekly session feeling calmer, refreshed and ready to face the week ahead.  The session also lets you try mindfulness and experience the benefits, without the commitment of a full course.

The fee for the Weekly Mindfulness session is £10.  To support Mental Health Awareness Week, the whole of each £10 for the session on Friday 18th May will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation.  Book here:

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Sheila Bond

Sheila is a Chartered Physiotherapist with many years’ experience in the NHS, mainly working with people in pain. She has always been interested in the connection between the body and the mind. She now offers both physiotherapy and mindfulness courses for stress, chronic pain and long-term health conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple-Sclerosis, Parkinsons, and Cancer.

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  • Claire Bushell Claire Bushell says:

    Great idea to run the mindfulness class this week to help raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation! We all need help reducing our stress levels at some point in our lives and mindfulness is such a great tool to help us manage those times.

    • Sheila Bond Sheila Bond says:

      Thank you Claire. The Mental Health Foundation does great work so I’m really happy to make a contribution for Mental Health Awareness Week.
      This week we’re introducing a Mountain Meditation. It can help to keep us grounded and calm when we feel our anxiety levels rising. So important to find a tool that works for us, there’s always something that can help .

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