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Eco-anxiety - an interactive workshop

Eco-anxiety - an interactive workshop

by Bill Sheate

Eco-anxiety workshop now booking……

Do you have a feeling of hopelessness about the world’s willingness and ability to tackle climate change and biodiversity extinction? Do you feel helpless yourself in your own actions? Do you fear for future generations? Is this anxiety or sadness affecting other aspects of your life, your motivation to do things, to interact with friends and family?

Then you may well be suffering from eco-anxiety - a fear that something bad is going to happen, not just to you, but to the world and that you (and the world) won’t be able to cope. Or, more succinctly, a ‘chronic fear of environmental doom’.

This interactive workshop provides an opportunity ……[Read more]

Worry - what is it and how to deal with it?

Worry - what is it and how to deal with it?

by Bill Sheate

When worry becomes the problem….

What is worry?

One way to look at worry is that it is the brain’s random attempt at problem solving, but to no avail. A more formal definition is the:

“Prolonged and fruitless search for a solution that will provide safety from the perceived threat of harm” (Clark and Beck, 2010)

Worry is typically future-focused; it is the opposite of present moment awareness (mindfulness). It’s about excessive thoughts that go round and round, creating stories we tell ourselves about what might happen and asking ourselves what we can do about it - ‘what-if’ questions about the future. ………..

Social anxiety in class?

Social anxiety in class?

by Bill Sheate

Ask a question - you know you want to!

Does even the idea of asking a question in class make you break out in a sweat? For some, anxiety over asking questions in class, even in small groups, let alone making a presentation in front of all your peers, triggers such a strong avoidance strategy that they can go through their entire time at university without ever asking a question, even though they often have questions they would dearly like answered…….