Helping you cope with stress

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FOLLOWING a successful launch programme, NHS Borders is running another series of evening classes to give people practical advice on managing stress.

People can attend one or all of the classes to learn about the common effects of stress, and get some practical advice.

Classes will be run by Helen Lynch and Rebecca Pryde, both Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology within NHS Borders Psychological Services.

These are evening classes, not group therapy.

People will not be asked to talk about themselves or their problems. If people feel that they need one-to-one support then they will be encouraged to contact their GP for more appropriate support to be arranged. Support group contacts, self-help leaflets and DVDs will also be available at the classes.

Galashiels Library will host the stress management classes on the following dates: December 5, 12 and 19, all from 10am – 11.30am. Information on dates for other libraries will be issued soon.

The programme of classes will run in the following order: Week 1 - Improving sleep and relaxation; Week 2 - Managing worry; Week 3 - Self-esteem and confidence

The classes are free to everyone; however, booking is essential. Anyone who would like to attend should contact Galashiels Library to book a place.