The University of Auckland. Managing stress, anxiety and depression.
Threshold for the amount of stress we can handle. Crossing this – vulnerable for becoming unwell. The recent NZ Mental Health Survey showed that there is a 46.6% chance for all of us that we will develop some sort of mental disorder in our lifetime. This means that there is a need to recognise when we need help, ways of coping and asking for help. Asking for help – perception that implies weakness.
Anxiety – normal but can become too overwhelming and start to affect our everyday functioning. Worrying thoughts – uncontrollable. INTRUDE on sleep, work and social occasions.
Practical techniques for managing stress. A range of audio to help meditation.
Survival tips when meditating:
- Be clear of your intention. Before you begin to meditate, say in your mind that you intend to be mindful for the next few minutes. Or, say that you intend to develop more compassion and loving kindness in the next few minutes.
- Have a half smile on your face. It makes the experience more fun rather than hard work. You are trying to be calm and peaceful, not stressed.
- When you get distracted (which WILL happen many times), be kind to yourself and say that it’s perfectly normal. Then gently and kindly bring back your attention to the object of meditation. This step is important if you are impatient or have a tendency to be hard on yourself. You are not in a competition. You are doing this to increase your happiness so learn to be easy on yourself.
- If you are a beginner, try 5 minutes a day to start with. Once 5 minutes is achievable, then try 6 minutes for a few days or a week, then 7 and so on. Regular practitioners reserve at least 20 minutes daily to meditation.
- Joining or starting a regular meditation group will enhance your practice.I have downloaded the resources that are available on this site to help with stress, anxiety, anger, meeting deadlines, preparation and different meditation techniques. There are a lot of audio tracks that discuss different issues and responses, such as – ‘Dealing With Stress – Developing a Coping Plan’. These tracks are quite long but I am going to listen to some of them and try some of the different meditation techniques to see what I get out of it and if it works for me. The tracks are made by psychologists, counselors, tutors and professors, mostly from Auckland University.
There are also 4 pdfs that outline coping strategies for exams, deadlines and lowering your stress levels.
These resources contain really useful information in helping people identify problems and develop coping strategies, but they aren’t very appealing or inspiring. The information could be made more appealing to the audience so that they want to employ the techniques.