The NPS team had a break over August, giving us a chance to do some planning and recruitment of some new volunteers. However, we are all pleased to have returned to the weekly zoom sessions and fingers crossed we will be getting back to some normality with the group sessions. Obviously the government guidelines are ever changing so please bear with us and keep checking the website for any updates. Below is the latest in regards to the self help meetings:
Quaker Meeting House is still closed and looking to (hopefully) open at the end of this month/ beginning of October. Thursday morning sessions have temporarily stopped whilst we look into in person meetings.
Sessions which are via Zoom are every Wednesday 6:30pm-8:30pm. If you wish to attend). We welcome new members, you can attend as many or few as you want and there is no waiting list.
At Wednesday's session we covered Health Anxiety, it was a really interesting session that was created by one of our wonderful facilitators- Natasha. We had some really good participation from our members, leading to interesting discussions. There was a very supportive feel from the members, which helps make the zoom sessions feel more connected.
The session covered;
What is health anxiety; symptoms; causes HA components; how to break the cycle; focus of attention and challenging your thoughts; testing your beliefs and mindfulness.
For a lot of people who suffer from health anxiety, it is a very challenging time at the moment with Covid-19 and all the uncertainty. A great activity that we did at this session was to challenge your thoughts.
By writing things down on paper it is useful for getting these thoughts out of your head. It structures the different aspects of health anxiety to break it down into more manageable thoughts, rather than having multiple racing thoughts of continual worry. You can learn to see things in a more realistic light which can help to improve your mood and reduce your anxiety or stress levels.
We look forward to another great session this Wednesday at 6:30pm - 8:30pm, where we will be discussing Perfectionism.