How to cope with life's challenges

NHS Borders is running a series of weekly classes throughout September to give people practical advice on managing stress.

Coping with life’s everyday challenges can lead to stress in many different forms. To help cope with this, free classes are being run in Hawick throughout the month and will take the form of hour-long sessions, where you can learn about the common effects of stress, and get some practical advice.

The classes will be run by Sinead Murray, clinical associate in applied psychology within NHS Borders mental health service, and Vanessa Lindores, trainee clinical associate in applied psychology.

These classes are not group therapy and you will not be asked to talk about yourself or your personal circumstances.

If you feel that you need further one-to-one support then you will be encouraged to contact your GP for more appropriate support.

Support group contacts, self-help leaflets and DVDs will also be available.

Classes will take place at Galashiels Library on September 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 5.30-6.30pm. The classes are free to everyone, however, booking is required. Please contact Galashiels Library on 01896 664170.

Week one will look at understanding stress, week two is on improving sleep and relaxation, week three takes in managing thoughts that bother you, and it culminates in week 4’s lesson – feeling better about yourself.

Sinead Murray said: “Stress is a commonly experienced problem. Feeling under pressure whilst managing life’s everyday challenges can lead to problems such as disturbed sleep, an inability to relax, feeling tense, anxious or irritable, persistent worrying or loss of self-confidence.

“Our classes are open to everyone and they are free.

“You may want to come along for your own benefit, or to gain knowledge and skills to help you support a family member or friend overcome stress. In either case, you are sure to gain some value by taking part.”