The opening session looks at the nature of coping and explains how we can all improve in this area. The next session, "Be Still", looks at promoting relaxation while session three, "Do not worry", helps with anxiety management. Session four gives some techniques useful for managing strong emotions and the fifth session gives guidance on managing difficult relationships. The course ends in the final session by focussing on goal setting and each course member will finish with a realistic and manageable plan to bring about a positive change in their life.
I will be leading the course and so just to introduce myself, apart from being the minister of St Peter and St John's Church, I have a background in education, training in counselling and have authored a number of books.
Please note that this course does not offer therapy but is more along the lines of training in skills we can all develop to help ourselves. One of the strengths of the course is the sharing of the experience and wisdom that all of us have gathered already on our life's journey. It has been written with a Christian foundation and so it will point to spiritual resources from time to time but it is for people of all faiths and none and there is no agenda other than helping ourselves to live more positively.
For more information about the charity that produced the course please see www.keepinghealthinmind.org.uk