Is there anyone who doesn’t feel stressed these days? Next to loneliness, it’s got to be one of the biggest public health challenges facing our modern society.
At times our stress levels can feel overwhelming, but there are ways to deal with them.
According to a survey commission by the Mental Health Foundation, a massive 74% of adults in Britain reported feeling extreme and overwhelming levels of stress in the past year. And of these, 51% reported feeling depressed and 61% reported feeling anxious as a result.
It’s a story that’s all too familiar to leading health and fitness champions Dr Jessicarr Moorhouse and Eirian Collinge, both of whom have significant experiences of living (and dealing) with stress.
Dr Jessicarr Moorhouse, who has recently named physical activity champion for North West England, started her pioneering group fitness brand TRIBE.MCR last year in response to her own feelings of stress and anxiety at work.
“Whilst working as a doctor in A&E […] I found that the long hours and high-pressure environment had begun to affect my sleep, my eating patterns and my overall self-confidence,” she tells us.
“Exercise was a huge help and I found that sweaty high energy workouts would leave me feeling refreshed and energised.”
“These intense workouts can, however, have a detrimental effect on my mental health. I sometimes feel so energised after a workout that I actually feel more anxious. In these cases, it is best for me to do some yoga or mindful movement.”
Eirian, meanwhile, worked in high pressured roles throughout most of her 20s and struggled to cope. This ultimately triggered stress-related IBS, acne and insomnia before leading to her being signed off work with burnout in 2013.
It was at this low point that she was introduced to regular meditation practice, which in turn lead her to pursue her teacher training as a yoga instructor in 2015.
She now hosts specialist workplace wellbeing workshops across the UK specifically for stress and burnout, as well as leading a number of public Vinyasa and Yin classes as Cariad Yoga.
The pair are keen to share their experiences with others and have teamed up to host an open discussion alongside a series of practical workshops that will explore techniques that can be used to help you manage stress
Combining restorative yoga, mindful meditation and other workout techniques like HIIT, the three-hour wellness session will also include a discussion that will coach you on how to identify your stress symptoms and triggers and identify different types, from circumstantial to psychosocial.
Accompanied by sweet treats and herbal teas, you’ll learn how relaxation can help recalibrate and heal as well as why you should create time to exercise.
The event will be held at Space at the Mill on Ducie Street on 29th September. Tickets cost £30 per person plus booking fee.