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Actively Managing Your Mood

30 Mar 2007

An eight-week course for staff at The University of Manchester

From Monday 16 April
1-2 pm
In the Wellbeing Room. Dover Street Building, Dover Street
Do some of these apply to you?

  • "I feel guilty when I relax - I should be doing jobs"
  • "I work for longer periods but seem to achieve less"
  • "I have problems getting to sleep or I wake early and can't get back to sleep"
  • "I get irritable and impatient in everyday situations"
  • "I find it hard to concentrate, there is too much on my mind"
  • "I have frequent arguments with people close to me"
  • "I find it hard to make decisions about everyday things"
  • "I feel fidgety and can't keep still"
  • "I am smoking/drinking more"
  • "I am eating more/less than usual"
  • "My energy level is always low"
  • "I feel stiff and tense"
  • "Friends tell me to relax more"
  • "I have difficulty meeting deadlines"

This course can help you examine possible strategies for learning about and managing stress and mood fluctuations.
In this course we will be:

  • learning how to recognise stress patterns
  • learning how to maintain balance between work and other aspects of life
  • learning ways of promoting positive self-direction and self-care including setting goals, recognising unhelpful habits and monitoring change

The course gives practical help on the psychology of learning how to cope and develop resilience which is a key factor in how well we do.  The course will look at how worrying about failure, avoidance of criticism and judgement, the high expectation we have of ourselves etc can lead to habitual ways of thinking and behaving. We will discover how changes in behaviour, feeling, and thinking can help us to relate to ourselves and others in ways that are more constructive.

The course will enable you to experience the effects of mindfulness practice on your mood - in helping you to identify key patterns of behaviour - and the role that physical activity/food etc can have in managing stress and general wellbeing. In view of the potential long term benefits of managing stress in an effective way, it is important for us to develop these skills.

If you are interested in joining this course or would like more information, please telephone:

  • The Counselling Service on 275 2864