Life Tapestry program assists you manage and learn to handle stress and anxiety
Life Tapestry Workshops focus on managing occupational change through the transitions of life. We explore the main threads through your life stages and look at areas of continuity and discontinuity, critical life events and things you want to see continued on. A Memory book and items of memorabilia can be put together .This is an excellent tool for those facing critical life change and the spiritual adjustments that are necessary.
Life Tapestry and Stress Management
Through a drawn exploration of the tapestry of your life’s occupations, you can learn about the colourful aspects of your past, patterns that have occurred in your life, and how you went about dealing with changes. In discussion with the Occupational Therapist you can learn new strategies to assist cope with changes better and appreciate the positive and spiritual aspects of your life.
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Relaxation Training to assist with pain and stress
The ability to relax is a skill that you can learn; competing priorities and the pressures caused by everyday living quickly overcome that feeling of emotional calm and self control that we prize. Increased muscle tension, a pounding fast heart rate and a quick breathing pattern are some of the symptoms of a stressed response. What is worse about stress is that we can learn to anticipate threats; we can fear incidents and our minds can take over and set up a stress reaction in the body. The techniques outlined on this tape are ways of correcting the bodies’ responses to a stress reaction. Threats can be to do with anticipated failures, fears of experiencing pain or hurt as well as actual emergencies or problems.
Because of this, as well as relaxation training and the use of this tape, it is wise to seek the advice of a trained therapist, to help you with the way you deal with problems and how you actually think about things. The first technique practiced is deep breathing, the second is progressive muscle relaxation, and the final technique is imagery, or mentally relaxing through the use of positive, pleasant thoughts. Set yourself a target for practicing relaxation that you can achieve- for example, three times a week, or, if possible do it every day. Practice relaxation at a time set aside when you know you will not be interrupted and in a quiet peaceful place. You may sit or lie down.
If you suffer from severe pain in a specific body part, do not, tense that body part during the progressive muscle techniques, but tense the opposite body side and omit that body part. Just a final word, Relaxation is not a way of tuning out- going to sleep, may be the result of being relaxed, but sleep in itself does not mean that you are relaxed, relaxation techniques require conscious positive self engagement through out the session. For this reason the tape lasts x minutes, after which you may decide to have a sleep, to continue with imagery further or to stop and go on with your daily life.
Resources for FamiliesThe following items are available for download as PDF.