Published: 2 February 2021
A short course on managing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic has been developed by the Department of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health in St James’s Hospital.
The course, which can be found on the HSE YouTube channel here, was developed as a new initiative during the current public health emergency primarily for service users within the Dublin South City / St James’s Hospital Mental Health Services - and anyone else that may find it beneficial.
“The purpose of this course is to help you become more aware of the signs and symptoms of stress and how it might be affecting you. The course will also give you practical tips and strategies to help you cope, stay well and look after your mental health during this difficult time,”
explained Riona Nolan, Senior Occupational Therapist, Dublin South City / St James’s Hospital Mental Health Services, who is responsible for the development of the course.
The course is 40 minutes long and is broken down into four parts:
Part 1: Introduction, what is occupational therapy, what is stress and anxiety?
Part 2: Feelings - identifying and coping with them
Part 3: Thoughts - identifying and coping with them
Part 4: Behaviours - identifying and coping with them and a note on goal setting