HOW CAN THE STILL METHOD HELP ME?
Anxiety is a bit like that annoying, overly cautious friend. Everyone has one; you know that they mean well, but they can also be a bit of a downer. The first thing the STILL Method can help you with is identifying when anxiety is useful, and when it's ok to ignore its overly cautious advice - be afraid, but do it anyway.
The other thing to remember is that anxiety doesn't discriminate based on age. That horrible feeling you had in the pit of your stomach when you were little and your teacher asked you a question in front of the whole class, is the exact same feeling you get as an adult. Only this time, you are probably sitting opposite an interview panel when your palms start to sweat. It doesn't matter how old you are, it still feels the same.
We will all experience anxiety to varying degrees and experiencing it in excess isn't a character flaw, it's your brain trying to keep you safe. Unfortunately, that deep rooted evolutionary instinct that kept us alive thousands of years ago doesn't always know the difference between a scary sabre tooth tiger and that job interview panel. Which is why it tells you to respond as though you are facing a hungry tiger, instead of Janet from HR.
If you'd like to do some work on retraining that instinct, so that you can feel more in control, the STILL Method can help you do it. Below you will find an outline of the programme and what you can expect to cover during each session.
So, what actually happens in the STILL Method Programme?
This session is designed to help you develop an understanding of what anxiety is and how it forms. During the first session you will be introduced to techniques which give you control of overwhelming emotions.
You will be encouraged via visual aids, to talk about emotions and feelings in others and then recognise some of those states in yourself. This session focuses on building confidence.
In the first part, the session games are played, exploring confidence and how that feels. The second part of the hour introduces states of anxiety and how to recognise them. You will then learn how to use state changing activities.
By session 4, you will be encouraged to share your experiences. The session ends with a short, guided meditation, which encourages the use of holding onto and recreating positive emotions.
Two techniques are introduced. One encourages listening to physical feelings and grounding, whilst the second supports you in learning how to reframe negative thought processes. The session aims to allow you to have the tools to control your own happiness.
In the final session, we will revisit the techniques and interventions learned in previous weeks, whilst being encouraged to explore the learning. The session closes with exercises which encourage you to build up your confidence around giving and receiving compliments, which is an ability that is fundamental in building self-esteem.
THE STILL METHOD FOR ADULTS
The STILL Method runs over a series of six sessions, either face to face or on Zoom. The fee of £270 is inclusive of all time and materials.