Sari, Student Counsellor, talks about the Managing Anxiety course offered by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service…
Sometimes anxiety is a massive nuisance – it stops us from trying new things, undermines our confidence, clutters up our minds so that we can’t think straight. You might have noticed the anxious ‘voice’ inside you, telling you stories about what might go wrong, and how you won’t cope if it does. On the other hand, though, anxiety is part of your survival instinct – it may be responsible for the fact that you didn’t walk into the road into oncoming traffic today, pick up that hot saucepan without an oven glove at the weekend, or do something toe-curlingly embarrassing last Tuesday. We all have anxiety, and sometimes it protects us, and sometimes it can sabotage our best efforts and even isolate us in the process.
The Managing Anxiety course explores ways we can manage anxiety, calm the mind, and focus on the things that are important to us despite the anxious voice inside us telling us what might go wrong.
What is involved?
A series of three sessions to enable you to explore and manage anxious thoughts feelings and physical symptoms, combined with the opportunity to share ideas with other students experiencing similar difficulties.
This three-week course will build your understanding of anxiety and give you some simple and effective ways to manage yourself in the face of things that worry you, make you fearful or bring you stress. From improved concentration to more rewarding relationships, having the ability to recognise and manage your anxiety will bring many benefits for your student life, and it will also equip you for many years to come. On the course you will be invited to share some of your personal experiences if you want to, but you will also have the option of staying quiet in the group and working individually if that is your preference.
The course has a friendly informal atmosphere, and runs several times during the academic year. The first one this academic year starts on 7th November 2017.
Who is it for?
The programme is for anyone who is experiencing anxiety or stress as well as those experiencing worry, low self-esteem and low moods. It is also suitable for anyone curious or interested in how the body and mind react to perceived ‘threat’ and which parts of that reaction are within our ability to control
What can I expect in each session?
Managing Anxiety is a group therapy of around 8-12 people, for 1.5 hours once a week for three weeks. It is for Cardiff University students who are also going through similar challenges. The course runs for 3 weeks, starting in November.
The sessions will include a mixture of lectures, videos and group discussion as well as individual time for reflection. There is no requirement to speak in front of a group or to join in with discussions, and you are welcome to just listen if that is what you would prefer. The group will run as an online course early in the new year, so you could opt to attend from the comfort of your own room if you’re prepared to wait for a couple of months. Alternatively, meeting with a group face to face can be a very rewarding experience, as it is usually a relief to find other people who struggle with the similar problems, and to share ideas with them.
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Counselling Health & Wellbeing Service
If you are experiencing any kind of emotional distress, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service who can offer support to anybody experiencing any sort of difficulty, however big or small.
The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service offer booked appointments via an online referral questionnaire, in which friendly, approachable staff can offer you non-judgmental support in a safe and confidential space. They also offer a daily Wellbeing Walk-In Service (3pm-3.45pm: Monday–Friday and Wednesday mornings: 9.30am-10.15am at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place).
If you are worried that you are experiencing physical symptoms that may be affecting your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have a GP, please contact NHS Wales on 0845 46 47 or check out their website.
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