Our lives can be so hectic, work, family, household, deadlines, childcare... the pressure can often build, and we do not realise the impact it is having on our physical and mental wellbeing.
Relaxation often is seen as a luxury, an activity we do not have time for and has little importance in our life; yet five minutes of relaxation, taking ourselves away from the hubbub can give us the energy we need to move forward!
Stress isn’t all bad! A certain amount of stress is necessary to deal with difficult situations in our everyday lives. Physical changes in our bodies occur enabling us to act, which fades quickly once the problem encountered has gone. However, if we stay in a state of high stress for too long, it can be damaging to our health.
Physical symptoms such as headaches, tension in the neck and shoulders, dizziness, fatigue and poor sleep can all be a result of stress overload. Stress can affect our mental state too as it elevates levels of cortisol; a hormone that affects the function of the brain. This can result in worrying, poor concentration, difficulty in making decisions and uncontrollable thoughts. And to add to the list, emotional symptoms can present as irritability, feelings of being overwhelmed, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression. A person in a high state of stress can cause aggressive or defensive behavior, avoiding situations, poor communication, drinking and eating and smoking in excess. We are not always able to avoid stress, but the key is learning to manage it!
Practicing ‘relaxation’ is paramount to managing stress. When we relax, the flow of blood increases around our body giving us more energy. It helps us to have a calmer and clearer mind which aids positive thinking, concentration, memory and decision making. Relaxation slows our heart rate, reduces our blood pressure and relieves tension. It also aids digestion as we absorb essential nutrients more efficiently when relaxed, which helps to fight off disease and infection. The Wellbeing Relaxation Course will teach you skills to reduce stress and increase positive thinking and behavior.
The Course can be used as stand alone sessions if you cannot commit to each week. Each session will focus on a different issue. The session includes forty minutes of deep relaxation and twenty minutes of focused disscussion. The elements for each week are:-
Location, Prices and Booking.
Healing Flow Clinic, Norton, TS20 1BN.
Tuesdays, 6.30pm - 7.30pm.
Ananda Wellbeing, Middlesbrough, TS1 1QA.
Fridays, 11.30am - 12.30 pm.
Complete six week course, - £30
Single session, - £7.
Monday to Friday.
8:00am - 8:00pm.
Sunday. 8:00am - 5:00pm
Stockton, Thornaby, Yarm, Billingham, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Stokesley, Hemlington, Thirsk, Sunderland, Saltburn and all the Teesside area.
The Rings Community Hub, Ingleby Barick. 6pm - 7pm.
* 26 September, 3, 10, 17, 31 Octpber, 14, 28 November, 12 December.
* 2, 9, 16, 23 January, 6, 20 February, 5 19 March.
The Rings Community Hub.
7pm - 8pm.
* 26 December, 9 January, 6 February 5 March.
* 2, 16 April, 14 May, 11 June.