Tribune columnists host 'Beat Anxiety Bootcamp'


TRIBUNE Positive Psychology columnists Imelda Ferguson and Julie O'Flaherty are hosting a 'Beat Anxiety Bootcamp' in Mucklagh Community Centre on Saturday, June 1 next.

The Tullamore-based chartered clinical psychologists, who write a fortnightly column in the Tribune (turn to page 19 this week) say that while everyone experiences anxiety at times, it becomes a problem when if affects a person's day to day wellbeing and ability to function.

“Many people struggle with anxiety yet there are now well researched methods which significantly help in both managing and reducing anxiety,” said Imelda.

At the bootcamp, which is a one-day intensive workshop, the psychologists will present a range of self-help techniques drawn from cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness and compassion-focussed therapy (CFT).

Julie said all of those techniques have been proven to be powerful in tackling anxiety.

“The workshop is suitable for anyone who has a genuine interest in anxiety management, anyone who is struggling with an anxiety issue or who has a loved one who does,” she said.

The workshop will address the question of what anxiety is and and what a panic attack is, in addition to explaining how to reduce the fear by understanding what is going on.

Furthermore, the workshop will examine myths about anxiety and unhelpful attitudes, it will outline the three-pronged approach to managing anxiety and will examine the importance of being aware of personality traits that perpetuate anxiety.

Deep relaxation will be included in the workshop, as well as means of coping with and reducing anxious thoughts and worry.

Finally, those attending will learn how mindfulness and compassionate mind thinking can help.

The workshop will begin at 10am and conclude at 3pm and the cost is €80 (there is an early bird fee of €70 for those who book and pay before May 24).

The fee includes a folder with handouts on all areas covered in the workshop, worksheets and a CD with relaxation exercises and meditations. There will also be tea/coffee and a light snack.

For further information or to book a place, contact Imelda on 087 2271630 or Julie on 087 2399328 or send a private message to the Facebook page Mind Your Self Midlands. Advance booking is essential.

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