Sing Away Stress

 

After the success of the first course, Sing Away Stress is returning in June 2018!

Sing Away Stress is open to anyone, regardless of singing ability

Course starts:
Monday June 4th, Bunyan Room, Chepstow Methodist Church Hall, Albion Square, NP16 5DA (near Marks & Spencer, entrance at the side)

6.30-8.30pm

Course cost £90

Places are limited and must be booked in advance, please email me on abigail_seabrook@hotmail.com or contact me on 07940 215554.

Sing Away Stress is a 6 week course where you will learn the basics of singing and how to apply these to everyday stress management techniques. Each session covers a different topic and written material/homework tasks are given at the end of each session.

I’ve been both a singing teacher and assistant psychologist. Inspired by the large-scale psycho-education courses that I delivered for the Aneurin Bevan Health Board as an assistant psychologist, I realised that, in my previous role as a singing teacher, much of the work that I did with students was about managing stress, as stress makes singing so much more difficult. As an assistant psychologist, I drew on some of the lessons that I had learned as a singing teacher, which proved useful in helping people to manage their stress too. And then there are the well-documented benefits that having a good sing can bring!

What Sing Away Stress is:

A way to improve your singing and stress in a relaxed, non-judgemental setting. No one will be singled out or asked to sing on their own. No music-reading or singing ability is necessary, just a desire to improve and have fun!

What Sing Away Stress is not:

Group therapy. Sing away stress is predominantly a singing course with helpful tips on how singing techniques can be used to manage general stress. There will not be discussion of personal problems as this can make others feel uncomfortable. If you have any concerns or would like to discuss anything, you are welcome to do so with me during the break or after class.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic singing mechanics
  • The role of breathing and breath control
  • Physical relaxation
  • Posture
  • Avoidance
  • Well-being

The information contained in Sing Away Stress is about managing everyday stress. If stress has become a very big problem for you, it might be a good idea to speak to your GP. You can also contact MIND or the Samaritans.

If you would like help managing high stress levels but would rather not speak to anyone, the Aneurin Bevan Health Board runs non-interactive psycho-education courses that you can just turn up to, without having to book in advance or give your name.

The Aneurin Bevan Health Board’s Road to Wellbeing website contains information on a variety of topics relating to mental health, including information on psycho-education courses, downloadable self-help leaflets and contact details of organisations in the Gwent area.