The aim of this session is to support delegates to learn how and enable them to manage our emotions rather than have them manage us
What you’ll learn
By the end of the session you’ll be able to describe:
- What emotions are; how we construct them; what they can do for us, and to us, and how they’ve enabled us to survive and thrive
- How to change how you feel – ‘rewire’ your brain – if you’re experiencing unpleasant feelings/emotional responses (e.g. fear and anxiety)
- The stress response – physical, mental, emotional, behavioural – and typical symptoms
- How and why we experience anxiety
- Thinking our way into, and out of, trouble (with helpful thinking skills)
- How we can develop a ‘mindful’ attitude
- Several practical stress management techniques and strategies
- How you’ll implement your learning: at least 3 techniques/activities from the session
Why you should attend
- This session is about how to use our emotions to best effect – in terms of thinking, feeling and behaving – to help us make the most of ourselves and situations.
- We’ll be asking the question: ‘How can I prevent emotions getting in the way/stopping me doing what I want to do and being who I want to be’ because of for example stress, worry and anxiety?
- Stress, worry and anxiety are not really emotions, strictly speaking, they’re FEELINGS, mental associations we make cognitively, and we’ll be exploring the two ways we can experience anxiety via the thinking, cognitive route and via the amygdala, the emotional route.
- If we can get our emotions right – not too strongly, too often, not too weakly – much else tends to follow. This won’t solve all our problems, or the world’s problems, but we’re likely to be okay with who we are; to behave in ways that are congruent; to think in helpful ways and to keep things in perspective.
- Emotions are our friends. They’re the tools we use to survive, adapt, navigate, motivate us. No emotions = no movement
- So, our goal is to experience and produce the relevant emotion
🪧at the appropriate time
🪧to an appropriate degree
We’ll be identifying and finding ways to practice short-term techniques – both behavioural and in terms of our thinking – to improve how you feel in the moment if you’re starting to feel stressed, to worry or to feel anxious. Having experienced how it feels/having practiced and benefitted from the practice, we’ll be encouraged to continue the practice in real-life situations. The more we can practice and gain the benefit, the less likely it is that we’ll get these feelings, and if and when we do, we’ll be better equipped to deal with them.
For further information, please email me, or call 0118 3283246