Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension that can range from mild worry to extreme fear. It is triggered in response to the belief that a future event will be painful, frightening, damaging or negative in some other way. Anxiety is a normal part of life and can be useful when it alerts you to danger. However, when anxiety interferes with normal life activities such as work or sleep it can disrupt relationships and the enjoyment of life, and over time can lead to poor health and other problems.
Anxiety is considered a mental health disorder when it becomes excessive, out of proportion to the actual danger posed, causes significant distress and interferes with functioning at home, work or socially.
VVCS can assist you to manage your anxiety more effectively through both the Mastering Anxiety Group Program and counselling.
Mastering Anxiety is an educational and skills based group program assisting participants to better understand anxiety and factors that maintain it. The program aims to promote a sense of wellbeing through developing strategies to reduce anxiety and associated stress.
Through this program participants will:
- Learn to recognise and modify lifestyle factors that contribute to stress
- Identify and modify thinking styles that contribute to stress and anxiety
- Understand the signs and symptoms of anxiety
- Learn effective anxiety management strategies
- Develop strategies to help break the cycle of anxiety and avoidance.
The full program is a 2 hour session once a week for 10 weeks.
Shorter workshops are also available in some areas.
Phone VVCS on 1800 011 046 in business hours to find out what is available in your area.
See the VVCS group programs calendar for program dates in your area.
Visit the AT EASE website for more information about understanding and managing anxiety.