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Improving Life, Improving Experience                                  Issue 60, Oct 2016
Hove StressBusters From  talks about the brain, emotions and behaviour to practical demonstrations of different approaches giving you tools to reduce your stress level, Hove (and Brighton, actually) StressBusters is a community programme dedicated to wellbeing and stress management. 

Visit our website for the calendar of upcoming talk & demonstration evenings, classes and workshops, the StressBusters Directory, wellbeing-related articles and more...

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Hove StressBusters Talks & Demonstrations

Hove StressBusters 5th Birthday Special
   Thank you all for coming along last week to celebrate the 5th anniversary of our community programme! It was great to take stock of the different things we've done over the last 12 months and present all the ongoing activities. During the evening we laughed and played, got lulled into a hypnotic trance, learned how to let go of negative emotions and beliefs, and how to play with and transform words and concepts... we really tackled stress from several different angles!
   It was also great to chat to some of the 'usual suspects' as well as many new faces, both at the Cornerstone and afterwards during the post-event drinks at The Hove Place. :) Thanks to everyone who's been supporting us during the last 5 years and we very much look forward to the year(s) ahead!

Why StressBusters?
   During her introductory talk, StressBusters Programme Director Dr Jelena Goranovic explained the wider social context and the mental health crisis that led to the creation of Hove StressBusters.
   We live in stressful times: 26% of adults will at some point receive a mental illness diagnosis, chronic stress (the key factor in the aetiology of mental health problems) is more prevalent than ever, psychotherapy referrals don't meet the demand, and drugs (mainly antidepressants) are being dished out very unselectively to pretty much anyone who experiences any form of difficulty in life.
   The ailing NHS is investing all that money into TREATMENT but hardly any money is invested in PREVENTION. And even if there was enough investment in prevention and treatment, another massive problem is that different approaches and therapies work for different people, so a system which utilises only a handful of approaches is flawed and bound to be ineffective.
   This is where our community programme Hove StressBusters comes in: since 2011 we have been running talk & demonstration evenings presenting a wide variety of wellbeing approaches - 
both the scientifically-based and validated techniques, and those that have not yet undergone extensive controlled research. The programme's main aim is to provide people with different tools and techniques to cope with stress and improve their wellbeing, and to help them discover those wellbeing approaches that work best for them personally.

What We've Been Up To...
Introductory talk by Dr Jelena Goranovic, Programme Director    As a communication platform for mainstream and alternative wellbeing practitioners, Hove StressBusters strive to present as many diverse approaches as possible. Jelena presented an overview of all the different talks and demonstrations that the group organised over the last 12 months, which was a compelling way to illustrate the eclectic nature of the programme. Ranging from Ayurveda, Body Stress Release and Jin Shin Jyutsu, to Qigong, Craniosacral Therapy and Functional Nutrition, Hove StressBusters audiences have had a chance to learn a variety of practical tools and to gain a deeper understanding of how their body and mind work.

Tackling Stress from Different Angles
    Following Jelena's introduction, we had a chance to experience four very different approaches, each tackling stress from a different angle.
Sedona Method with Maya Zack   With the guidance of Maya Zack, hypnotherapist and one of the few Sedona Method practitioners in the UK, we practised freeing ourselves from negative/unhelpful emotions and even physical aches and pains using a ridiculously simple yet powerful Sedona Method.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy with Jo Alderson
   Hypnotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner Jo Alderson introduced us to Cognitive Hypnotherapy and guided us, using a gentle hypnotic trance, to a place in future where we were free of a particular negative issue (fear, mental block etc.) we'd like to overcome. A very relaxing experience!

Magic Words with Nikola Goranovicfter the break, NLP Trainer, Performance Coach and REM Induction Therapy co-creator Nikola Goranovic, explored our attachment to words and concepts, and guided us through an NLP-based visualisation procedure called Magic Words, which served the purpose of releasing the emotional grip that certain objects/people have over us.

Laughter Yoga with Gwyn Lewis
   Finally, Gwyn Lewis from Brighton Laughter Club ended the evening with a fantastically entertaining Laughter Yoga session. The awkwardness of doing a funny dance, singing silly chants or playing childish games lasted only a few minutes and we soon started to giggle and, at times, even howl with laughter.

   These four stress-busting segments were a perfect way to illustrate that there are so many ways to achieve the same effect (manage stress), and that it's all about exploring different approaches to discover the tools that work best for you.

What Next?
   Jelena finished off the evening by describing the various sections of the StressBusters community programme, which run in addition to the regular talk & demonstration evenings in Hove and Brighton. These include weekly Qigong classes, monthly Family Constellations and Tension & Trauma Releaxe Exercise (TRE®) workshops, as well as the exclusive Mindful Eating course and Life Strategist - Mindful Self-Development course and workshop (see calendar for dates and details).
   As a birthday present to our community, Hove StressBusters' practitioners have compiled a list of SPECIAL OFFERS: check out our website for details and feel free to share with your friends (discounts are valid for bookings taken by 31st October).

Since its humble beginnings in 2011, the Hove StressBusters programme has grown in ways we couldn't possibly have anticipated... and all thanks to the wonderful wellbeing practitioners and audiences who continue to enrich it with their inexhaustible energy, knowledge, skills and inquistive minds, and who are the heart and soul of our community. Over the years we have gathered a very diverse group of practitioners who all share the passion for helping people discover the ways to manage stress more effectively, and live happier and more fulfilling lives. We have also met many lovely people, some of whom have been coming to our events more or less regularly for several years, and whose insights, questions and jokes we've come to rely on.
We have outgrown the boundaries of Hove and Brighton, and people as far as Worthing, Haywards Heath and Eastbourne have been coming to our events, eager to learn new stress-busting tools and share their enthusiasm, knowledge and views with like-minded individuals. Thanks to everyone who's been supporting us along the way and we very much look forward to the year ahead!
Hove StressBusters SPECIAL birthday OFFERS

As a special present to the community, StressBusters practitioners are offering discounted 1-on-1 sessions, classes, workshops & courses throughout October.

20 Special Offers include:


Visit our website for offer details & booking

* To qualify for the discounts, one-on-one sessions need to be paid for in advance by 31st October.
These offers cannot be used in conjunction with the StressBusters Card discount.
Stress-Busting Tip of the Month
by Angela Abbott
Kinesiologist, Reiki & TFH Practitioner supporting both people and animals)

EMOTIONAL RELEASE POINT  In Kinesiology we use Emotional Stress Release points (ESR) a lot. ESR points are very effective and easy to use. The ESR points harmonise the brain. When we get stressed we automatically function from our hind brain, which is the primitive part that focuses on survival. The forebrain, which is our creative centre doesn’t get utilised when we are stressed. By harmonising the brain we can allow the forebrain to become engaged, so we can start to think and feel differently. This allows use to release much of the stress associated with the situation.
Simply hold the palm of your hand over your forehead using a very light pressure. Now, think about what is stressing you. If it is something that is current or has happened in the past just think about it as it is. If it is something that may happen in the future, think about it as you’d like it to be. What’s your ideal outcome of that situation/event? How would you like to think and feel during the experience and on the lead up to it?
StressBusters Event Calendar
Brighton StressBusters talks & demonstrations:
Scaravelli-inspired Yoga, EFT & Emotional Detox

Friday 21st October 7.15pm - 9.30pm @ Hanover Community Centre, Brighton
More info

Stress & Trauma Release with TRE (workshop)
Monday 24th October, 7.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
More info & booking

Mindful Eating (6 week course)
3rd November - 8th December, 
Thursdays 8pm - 9.30pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

Limited places; Included in BIRTHDAY SPECIAL OFFERS
More info & booking

Family Constellations (workshop)
Monday 14th November, 6.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
More info & booking

Life Strategist: Take Control of Your Life! (workshop)
Saturday 19th November, 10.00apm - 1.00pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
Early booking advised!
More info & booking

Qigong to Self-Heal - weekly classes with Em Burnett
Mondays 8.15pm-9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove
*** First class is always FREE to newcomers; suitable for all levels ***

More info
Stress-Busting Library

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The emergence of Prozac, the brand name for the selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine, in the late 1980’s has marked a revolution in the treatment of depression and other related disorders. Unlike its predecessors, the tricyclic antidepressants and MAO Inhibitors, which were for decades the only available antidepressant drugs, Prozac is not just a name familiar only to the long-suffering patients and their relatives – it became an über-brand, part of the mainstream vocabulary, a symbol of the quick-fix culture. ... Read more
Next Talk & Demonstration Evening
in Hove

BodyTalk with Duncan Bailey
Family Constellations
with Liz Sleeper

Wednesday, 2nd November @ 7.00 - 9.30pm
Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

Join us and bring your friends too: the more people get involved in our community programme, the more diverse and interactive our events are going to be!
Hove StressBusters Card

StressBusters Card
This card is available for purchase at our monthly talk & demonstration evenings, classes and workshops. The card costs £15 and is valid for 6 months from the day of purchase, during which time the card holder will be entitled to:
- 4 FREE talk & demonstration evenings
- 10% off all other HSB events (talk & demo evenings, classes, workshops)
10% off therapy sessions, classes, workshops with any of the
   practitioners listed in the StressBusters Directory
- Priority booking & special offers

Wishing you all a stress-free month and looking forward to seeing you at our next event!
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