A stress management course is being launched in Levenmouth to provide practical support and advice in coping with stress.
‘Step on Stress’ is a free course developed by the NHS Fife Psychology Department and aims to help people to understand stress, providing practical tools that can be used in everyday life. The course operates on a self-referral basis and is open to any adult.
The classes are due to start this month and will take place at the Leven Campus of Fife College, as well as locations in Kirkcaldy, Lochgelly and Dunfermline.
Running over three weekly sessions, the course begins by examining the impact of factors like diet and sleep on mood and offers simple lifestyle tips so participants can start tackling stress immediately. The course also looks at how stress can affect physical reactions and thoughts, and provides relaxation techniques to help participants to deal with their worries.
Dr Marie Ferguson, clinical psychologist, said: “Everyone feels stressed from time to time but it can become a problem when we can’t shake it off. Stress has many causes and so it is important that we learn to manage it, not only for when we are feeling the strain but to help us recognise the early signs of stress and prevent it from taking hold.
“Thankfully, there are lots of things that we can do to help - basic changes in lifestyle like cutting down on caffeine or alcohol can help to reduce the physical symptoms of stress and helping you sleep better.
To book a place, visit www.moodcafe.co.uk, email fife-UHB.SteponStress@nhs.net or call 01383 565442.