Offaly class to help people with anxiety and stress

Charlie Flynn


Charlie Flynn

Offaly class to help people with anxiety and stress

Course on the management of anxiety, stress and worry


A practical course over three evenings on how to manage and reduce anxiety, stress and worry using mindfulness and positive psychological strategies is scheduled for next month.

'Mindfulness and Positive Psychology – for anxiety, stress and worry management' will take place on Wednesday, October 3, Wednesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 17 (7-9.30pm) at Mucklagh Community Centre.

The course facilitators will be Imelda Ferguson and Julie O'Flaherty, both of whom are chartered clinical psychologists (in private practice) with extensive experience in the adult mental health field.

The first evening of the course will examine the psychology of anxiety, stress and worry addressing questions like “Why do we become stressed, anxious and worried?” and “What is mindfulness?”

The attitudes, principles and practices of mindfulness will be outlined and how to mindfully manage awareness and attention to reduce anxiety and stress will be explored.

There will also be experiential exercises and guided practice.

The second week will look at mindfulness for managing and reducing worry; typical negative (distorted) thinking patterns; using mindfulness to reduce the distress caused by negative thinking, along with experiential exercises (including body scan meditation).

Finally, the third evening will examine the links between stress and low mood and self-confidence and using mindfulness and mindful compassion to manage low mood and self-confidence. There will again be experiential exercises and guided practice.

The cost will be €120 for the three-week course (there is an early bird fee of €100 before September 21) and the fee includes course materials, reading lists etc. Contact Imelda on 087 2271630 or Julie on 087 2399328. Advance booking is essential.