Stress and Meditation

Ref: C2524913

You will learn to become aware of situations that may cause you to become stressed. You will learn how to change your breathing to reduce the effects of stress, and progressive muscle relaxation to help you relax when feeling tense or having difficulty falling asleep. You will practice your breathing and muscle relaxation exercises before being taken through a guided meditation which will help you to become familiar with both the technique and effects of meditation in a safe and supported environment. You will share your meditation experience with the group, if that feels comfortable, and be encouraged to personalise your meditation journey. You will use a personal journal to help you record your progress and to identify any difficulties encountered with the techniques. You will move on to practising on your own without a meditation guide. You will learn a simple, but effective, method to prevent or reduce the severity of an anxiety attack.

Course aim

To learn simple meditation techniques which, once mastered, you will be able to use independently to help you relax and reduce your stress levels. These methods are not dependent on faith or religious beliefs and require no special equipment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use simple meditation techniques
  • Carry out stress reducing breathing techniques
  • Use progressive muscle relaxation techniques
  • Recognise stress inducing situations and stress related signs and symptoms within your body
  • Carry out a simple technique to help prevent an anxiety attack

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Throughout the sessions the tutor will be mindful of students’ mental and emotional wellbeing and will advise professional medical intervention if it is thought appropriate. The exercises can be done seated or bring a mat or blanket if you prefer to lie down. Bring notebook & pen for journal.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Take a little time to make note of any specific situations that you find particularly stressful, and any area of your body where you hold your stress (eg. Do you have tight shoulders, a stiff neck or suffer from headaches).

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Continue to practise meditation independently.

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Stress and Meditation

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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