If you completed the first Moodwatchers Course – you may be interested in this brand new course. New topics. New ideas. It consists of 5 weekly classes starting on Tuesday 20th October at 8.30 p.m. Click on the link below for more information or to register
FIVE WEEKLY ONLINE CLASSES OVER FIVE CONSECUTIVE TUESDAYS FROM 8.30 PM-9.30 PM STARTING ON TUESDAY 20th OCTOBER 2020
This course is not being publicly advertised and only people who completed the first course were circulated with a link to this Eventbrite Page.
The topics are new (see below) and potentially deeper and more challenging than those covered on the first course. I’ve selected them because I feel that they are key areas that need exploration when it comes to pursuing better health outcomes, a more sustainable inner-happiness and a more robust resilience during these challenging times. I have also included a class on how to manage anxiety better because it’s the prevalent emotion of this time. We all need to learn how to get to grips with it because it will be a part of lives for the foreseeable future.
I am more comfortable with Zoom nowadays and aim to make this course more interactive. There will be 15 minutes allocated each week for questions/discussion. You will also have some worksheets to complete weekly. The purpose of these worksheets are to help you think about how to apply the information to yourself – to help make you think ‘outside the box’. No one will be obliged to share personal information but it should prove interesting to hear how people are finding the course, the sharing of ideas and perspectives and to potentially learn from each other.
A special library of resources (currently being compiled) will be opened up to participants and a recommended reading list will be circulated. The evenings will be getting shorter and this course should give us all (including myself!) a much needed distraction from the doom and gloom around us.
I am only delivering this course once before Christmas 2020 and you are welcome to register for it here. It consists of 5 weekly classes starting on Tuesday 20th October at 8.30 p.m.
Recording of the seminar is strictly prohibited. All the material is strictly copyrighted. You will be required to complete a registration form accepting specific terms and conditions in this regard.
What software will I need?
Zoom video-conferencing software is used. Participants will need to have Zoom installed on their computer or laptop beforehand. Zoom is very easy to use and free to download. Each Monday I will email you a registration link for the Tuesday class. When you register via this link you will receive an automated email with the actual link for the class and a password that will be required
Is the course suitable for people with mental health difficulties?
Moodwatchers is not specifically designed for people with mental health difficulties. It does not address symptoms or treatment for mental health conditions. Its purpose is to educate around general well-being and is aimed at a general audience.
The cost of the course is €65 (inclusive of Eventbrite processing charge). The fee includes access to the classes, resources and certificate of completion. The fee can be paid through Eventbrite. If you would prefer to pay weekly (€13 per class) this can be arranged through PayPal. Please email me to organise this for you. It is important that in such circumstances that the fee is paid two days before each weekly class.
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What will the classes cover?
Class 1: Optimism
A huge new study in the US found that optimists were less likely than pessimists to develop coronary heart disease and less likely to die of any cause over the course of the eight-year trial. Research has shown that optimists tend to have better physical health, greater success at school, work and sport, and more satisfying relationships. They also report less depression and anxiety, and live longer than pessimists. So does optimism improve one’s life, or is it the other way around? Do people become optimistic or pessimistic depending on what they have experienced in their lives? Can we become more optimistic?
Class 2: Managing Anxiety
There is a lot of stress and anxiety around in recent months. We humans like to plan. We like to know what is happening next. It’s very hard to plan anymore. Our world has entered a period of upheaval and uncertainly. It can be unsettling – even for the most resilient people.
However, excessive anxiety can hinder our preparations and impact on performance. It’s vital that we do not become engulfed by it. Learning to cope with anxiety ensures that we stay motivated and in control. An awareness of coping strategies for times of challenge and upheaval would be extremely useful and empowering.
Class 3: Meditation
You cannot see or touch stress, but you can feel its effects on your mind and body. In the short term, stress quickens your heart rate and breathing and increases your blood pressure. When you are under constant stress, your adrenal glands overproduce the hormone cortisol. Overexposure to this hormone can affect the function of your brain, immune system, and other organs. Chronic stress can contribute to headaches, anxiety, depression, heart disease, and even premature death.
However, the good news is that you can minimise its effects on your body. One of the easiest and most achievable stress-relieving techniques is meditation. We will explore the science behind meditation, various relaxation techniques and some breathing and mindfulness exercises. I will demonstrate them and you will try them out for yourself.
Class 4: Forgiveness
Sometimes we harbor hidden resentments or hurts from the past. Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. Internalising anger and resentment can have serious implications for our mental and physical health. What is forgiveness? Is it a strength or a weakness? Is it the enemy of assertiveness? How does it help us to practice it? Should we work on it?
Class 5: Meaning
A meaningful life is associated with life satisfaction, enjoyment of work, happiness, enhanced mood, hope and in general a higher level of well-being. Psychologist Martin Seligman defines the meaningful life as “using your signature strengths and virtues in the service of something much larger than you are.” According to a research, living a meaningful life is one of the several enduring pathways to a sustainable happiness. Can we make our lives more meaningful?
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