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Actively Managing Your Mood.

08 Oct 2008

Eight-week lunchtime course for staff of The University of Manchester.

There are some places available on the Actively Managing Your Mood course run by the University of Manchester Counselling Service.

It will start on Monday 20 October 2008, 1-2pm, in the Well Being Room, Dover Street Building, Dover Street.

In view of the potential long-term benefits of managing stress in an effective way, it is important for us to develop possible strategies for learning about and managing stress and mood fluctuations.

Most of us have emotional ups and downs both in our personal lives and at work. Our moods may be affected by a great variety of factors and most of us can't avoid occasional bad moods. We may not always be able to prevent them from occuring, but we can control how we respond to them. We can keep our moods from affecting our well-being and performance, and our overall sense of well-being, by being aware of our moods and how to manage them.

Some of the indications that you might benefit from the course:

  • 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

The aims of the programme are:

  • to learn new ways to handle our moods and our emotions;
  • to gain insight into the ways in which we see ourselves and others.

What does the course involve?

  • 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 and how this helps us to feel less anxious.
  • 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 well-being.


  • e-mail
  • Telephone 275 2864
  • Call into the Counselling Service, 5th Floor, Crawford House, West Entrance, Booth Street East