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Exam stress-buster special offer

Exam stress-buster special offer

by Bill Sheate

A 2 hour personalised, individual session on exam stress - now available for May and June 2019 only

  • Stressed out by exams?

  • Worried; wracked by self-doubt?

  • Tired from revision, but can't sleep?

  • Fearful; anxious about the outcome?

I'm offering - for a limited period only - a 2-hour one-off, personalised, individual session on exam stress at a highly discounted special student fee of £60 for the full 120-minute session. ……. read more

Anxiety, Stress, Worry? A 'Personal Resilience Skills' Taster Session

Anxiety, Stress, Worry? A 'Personal Resilience Skills' Taster Session

by Bill Sheate

Imperial College Union - ‘Under Pressure’ campaign  - Wednesday 20 March 2019

As part of ICU’s regular ‘Under Pressure’ campaign, I’m offering this free taster session ‘Anxiety, Stress, Worry?……’ for Imperial College London students that introduces some simple, practical techniques for understanding and dealing with stressful situations, anxiety and worry.  Common for many students studying at Imperial (as elsewhere) are problems that arise in dealing with issues like perfectionism, and academic deadlines, workload and exams (at all levels - UG, PGT & PGR), as well as many other personal issues. …….

Procrastination - a waste of time?

Procrastination - a waste of time?

by Bill Sheate

Why do we do it?

Surprisingly, perhaps, procrastination is often used as a coping strategy; procrastinating - delaying doing something you need to do - in order to reduce the anxiety you might feel as you contemplate doing a task that might appear to be overwhelming, e.g. an essay; a group project; or revision for an exam. Procrastination is typically an avoidant behaviour, ……..

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. ………..

Tension: a physical manifestation of anxiety?

Tension: a physical manifestation of anxiety?

by Bill Sheate

Tension: a physical manifestation of anxiety?

Do you find yourself feeling tense at the end of a day, or even from the very start? Maybe this tension is accompanied by headaches or other muscle aches, or grinding of your teeth. What's going on with tension?

Tension in the body - tightness and contraction of the muscles -  is often a physical manifestation of stress and anxiety ……….

Mindfulness workshop now booking

Mindfulness workshop now booking

by Bill Sheate

Practical Mindfulness for Everyday Living workshop now booking for 15 October 2018 6.00-8.30pm

An evening (2.5 hours) practical workshop that introduces you to simple mindfulness techniques and practices that you can integrate into daily living, and that doesn't require you to meditate every day! The workshop complements the self-hypnosis half-day workshop that was run earlier in September, but is also standalone……..

University staff suffer stress too!

University staff suffer stress too!

by Bill Sheate

Stress is rife throughout universities

Rightly, student mental health is often now making headline news, with the need for better provision for students' well-being as they move from home to university settings, and throughout their time at university and in response to the demands and expectations upon them.  Sometimes forgotten in all this is the fact that university staff - academic, research and administrative staff - also suffer from stress, anxiety, depression and a host of other mental health issues………

Twelve simple steps to mindfulness

Twelve simple steps to mindfulness

by Bill Sheate

Mastering mindfulness is key to reducing anxiety

Mastering mindfulness is a key technique in helping to reduce anxiety, but is surprisingly simple to do, if you understand some basic principles. It should never be a chore. Here are 12 simple steps to mindfulness: .........

Do you suffer from insomnia?

Do you suffer from insomnia?

by Bill Sheate

I was awake half the night......

Insomnia is often linked with stress, anxiety or low mood/depression, but not always.  It can exist as an ongoing chronic problem which can seem quite unresolvable, going on for many years despite numerous attempts to find a solution.  A defining feature of insomnia is the sense of having slept badly and of suffering as a result....... 

Understanding stress – what is it?

Understanding stress – what is it?

by Bill Sheate

What do we mean by ‘stress’ and how does it relate to ‘anxiety’?  Are they the same thing? Actually, no they’re not, but they are related.  There have been a number of approaches to understanding stress over the years, but it is Richard Lazarus’ transactional model that is the most widely accepted.  It involves three key elements:
•    a stressor, 
•    appraisal (primary and secondary), and
•    response (problem-based or emotion-based)......