Discover what the science of stress has to teach us about taking better care of our minds and bodies.
In this one-hour interactive talk, we’ll delve into the mechanisms of our stress response and understand how chronic stress can make us sick and unhappy.
Using tools from mindfulness and yogic breathing, we’ll uncover proven strategies to help navigate stress and stay healthy.
- Thursday 21st September 2017
- 7:30 – 8:30pm
- Braughing Community Centre
- Tickets £5
No equipment is required (feel free to bring a notepad if you’re feeling geeky). We’ll have a go at some mindfulness and breathing techniques, but no physical yoga practice is involved.
Everyone is welcome – you don’t have to be into yoga! All you need is an interest in feeling good 🙂
Stress, Anxiety And Depression – You Are Not Alone:
- In the UK in 2015/16, stress, anxiety and depression accounted for 11.7 million lost working days – nearly half (45%) of all working days lost due to ill health.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Burden of Disease Survey estimates that mental disease, including stress-related disorders, will be the second leading cause of disabilities by the year 2020.
- In a recent Yougov poll, over a quarter of students (27%) reported having a mental health problem. Six in ten (63%) said their levels of stress interfere with their day to day lives.
These figures are not just scary because of the sheer scale of mental suffering they represent. As we’ll learn in our workshop, the physical ramifications of chronic stress can be devastating. Studies have confirmed links between stress and cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, ageing, fertility problems, digestive issues and depression (to name just a few). With research ongoing, we’re only just beginning to understand the full impact psychological stress can have on our health.
The burden of stress is something I’ve experienced first hand. Two years of chronic anxiety took a huge toll on my body – the scale of which I’ve only appreciated in my recovery. The good news is, with the right tools and understanding, it doesn’t have to be this way. We have the ability to take back control and give ourselves the best possible chance of leading healthy, happy lives.