A talk on ‘Stress in our lives! How to manage and cope’ will be presented by Alex Anagnostaras, senior clinical psychologist on Monday September 30 in the Parish Centre, Portlaoise from 10.30am to 12pm.
Alex has been working for the past seven years in Portlaoise with the HSE in adult mental health services and works with people who have stress related problems on a regular basis.
Alex will offer his insights into coping with stress, and will endeavour to do so in a light-hearted and conversational manner. The intention is to provide people who are subjected to inevitable stress with a basic understanding of what stress is and how to use it to their advantage - and even benefit from it.
To this end, some time will be devoted during the presentation to analysing the mechanisms of stress and the way humans tend to think about their lives. Some simple and practical stress management techniques will also be suggested that can be applied on a daily basis.
Alex will use principles of cognitive behaviour therapy during his talk and will also incorporate a philosophical approach to the business of meaningful living. Crucially, he will advocate the idea that all people experience stress, that stress is in fact a normal phenomenon, and that its experience does not imply that one is emotionally weak or compromised.
Everyone is encouraged to attend, whether they themselves experience high levels of stress or if they think that someone close to them may be struggling to cope with the demands of their lives. An assurance is also provided that attending this talk will not imply any self-disclosure or any obligation from the audience to perform in any way.
The intention is that people should attend instead on an anonymous basis and in a non-threatening environment.
Alex will be happy to answer any questions that may arise during the presentation.