Improving Life, Improving Experience                          Issue 72, October 2017
Hove StressBustersFrom talks about the brain, emotions and behaviour to practical demonstrations of different approaches giving you tools to reduce your stress level, Hove StressBusters is a community programme dedicated to wellbeing and stress management.
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Hove StressBusters Talks & Demos

Hove StressBusters' 6th Birthday Special 

     Thank you all for coming along last week to celebrate the 6th anniversary of our community programme! 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. It was great to take stock of the different things we've done over the last 12 months and to present all the ongoing activities. 

What we've been up to...                                 
        During her introductory talk, our Programme Director Dr Jelena Goranovic explained the ideas that led to the creation of Hove StressBusters. Presenting an overview of all the different talks and demonstrations that the group organised over the last 12 months, ranging from Nutritional Therapy, Body Stress Release and Coaching, to Sedona Method, Family Constellations and Laughter Yoga, was a compelling way to illustrate the eclectic nature of the programme.
Hove StressBusters programme overview by Dr Jelena Goranovic   As a communication platform for mainstream and alternative wellbeing practitioners, Hove StressBusters strive to present as many diverse approaches as possible, both the scientifically-based and validated techniques, and those that have not yet undergone extensive controlled research. The programme's main mission is to enable people to understand the main ideas behind different approaches, the similarities and differences between various theoretical viewpoints, and to discover those wellbeing approaches that work best for them personally.
     Big news this year is that Hove StressBusters have joined forces with the Carers Card scheme operated by the Amaze charity and Brighton & Hove City Council! Since August, Card holders are entitled to the same benefits as Hove StressBusters Card holders: a 10% discount on all events organised by us (or concessionary rate, whichever is cheaper), as well as 10% off any classes, workshops, courses or one to one sessions with any of the therapists listed in our StressBusters Directory. Please help us spread the word to reach the people in our community who need stress-busting the most: those who care for a child or an adult with disabilities.

Diary of An Ex-Insomniac
'Diary of an Ex-Insomniac' author Nicki Gillard     Our special guest this evening was Nicki Gillard, author of the honest, insightful and humorous memoir ‘Diary of an Ex-Insomniac: Introducing the Insomnia Ditch-and-Switch’. In the engaging and honest talk, Nicki shared with us her years of struggle with insomnia and the ex-insomniac mind-set she eventually developed (the 'Ditch-and-Switch' method).
     Just like we don't really make ourselves breathe, we also don't need to make ourselves sleep (or get to sleep, which is another linguistic trap that implies action on our part). Sleep is a natural bodily function and our body will do it when it's ready. We can decide that we want to rest and that's absolutely fine - whether or not this ends in sleep is beside the point.... we'll sleep when we're ready and stressing about it certainly won't help! It all really comes down to labeling problems and 'trying' to do something instead of just letting the nature take its course. If we get into the insomniac mind-set, we perpetuate the vicious circle. This applies not just to sleep problems, but stress and life in general! 
     During the talk we also touched on several myths about sleep, including whether or not it's necessary to sleep for a certain number of hours or whether we need to have uninterrupted sleep at all, instead of sleeping in blocks. Whatever our natural sleep pattern is like, we need to accept it and go with the flow - instead of lying in the dark and stressing about not being able to sleep, we might as well do something we enjoy, whether it's lying in the dark and simply resting, or switching the light on and reading our favourite book. Just stop trying to sleep - it simply won't work!
     Following the publication of her book, Nicki is now dedicating her time to helping others find a way out of the insomniac mind-set. She has started running regular drop-in sessions in Rottingdean, to hear about people’s experiences of insomnia and stress, and to suggest how her approach might help - contact her for more information.

Tackling stress from different angles 
         During the evening, we had a chance to experience three very different wellbeing approaches, each tackling stress from a different angle.
EFT with Shirley Archibald
   Shirley Archibald, EFT and Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner, demonstrated the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) - a way of overcoming negative emotions as well as physical discomfort by tapping on body's energy meridians.
NLP with Niko Goranovic
     Niko Goranovic, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Trainer and Performance Coach, entertained us with some party tricks and utilized a mix of NLP-based techniques to throw us all into a relaxing trance.

Vital Dance Movement with Helen Thatcher     Finally, Helen Thatcher, a Vital Dance Movement instructor and Holding for Healing facilitator introduced the basic concepts behind Vital Dance approach and got us all moving and grooving (some ballet dancing in there too!) -  a perfect way to end our birthday celebration!

    These three stress-busting segments were the 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 Hove StressBusters community programme, which run in addition to the regular talk & demonstration events on the first Wednesday of every month. These include weekly Qigong class, regular monthly Family Constellations and Tension & Trauma Release Exercise (TRE®) workshops, as well as the upcoming Identity Constellations and Life Strategist workshops and the Improvisation Comedy course (see calendar for dates and details).
     As a birthday present to our community, Hove StressBusters' practitioners have once again 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).
This event a wonderful opportunity to catch up with many of the usual suspects (you know who you are!) and some of our practitioners: Em Burnett (who was also our photographer for the evening!), Nicki Edgell,  Emma Hiwaizi, Julie Ulbricht, Kate Collier, Leigh Martin and Anna Barrick. It was also lovely to meet many new people and to share with them the vision of our community programme. We hope you have enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing you again soon!  
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.

22 Special Offers include:


Visit our website for offer details & booking

* To qualify for the discounts, all sessions need to be paid for in advance by 31st October.
These offers cannot be used in conjunction with the 
Hove StressBusters Card discount.

Stress-Busting Library

Pregnancy and birthing can be a special and rewarding experience in a woman’s life. However the thought of giving birth is often a frightening idea to both mums and supporting partners. This fear is mostly a result of cultural conditioning having us believe and expect birthing to be dangerous as well as the most painful experience a woman can have. This is constantly communicated to us in the mainstream media; birthing portrayed as an either very comic or tragic event, but never just as a normal, calm, ‘uneventful’ one. This is then also reinforced with lack of proper education (how many of us were ever taught anything about what actually happens during the birthing process?), open conversation and support.WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY IN OUR COMMUNITY
    It's the World Mental Health Day today, so hopefully for at least the next 24 hours the fact that our society is undergoing a mental health crisis will receive proper attention.
     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. ... Read more

Welcoming the new member of our StressBusting community...

Leigh MartinMeet the new member of our community, licensed Acupuncturist and massage therapist, Leigh Martin!

Over the last 6 years our stress management programme has evolved into a vibrant community of practitioners and those interested in different approaches to wellbeing. Leigh is the latest addition to 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. :)

Visit Leigh's profile page to find out more about her work and her passion for helping others. As a member of our Directory, Kate is offering 0% discount on workshops and 1-to-1 sessions to StressBusters Card and Brighton & Hove Carers' Card holders. Leigh's acupuncture treatments as well as massage and cupping therapy are also included in our Birthday Special Offers - don't forget to book by 31st October!

Aromatherapy Tips of the Month

MARJORAM Good for people who can’t switch off and that have lots of mental chatter. It is a sedative and is good for grief and insomnia. Helpful for digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indigestion and colic. Also has pain relieving properties and can be helpful for headaches and aching muscles. Soothing, fortifying and warming.

How to use essential oils:
BATH Put 4-6 drops of essential oil into a teaspoon of oil. Add to the bath once the water has finished running
MASSAGE Mix a maximum of 5 drops of the essential oil into 10ml of carrier oil such as sweet almond oil or vegetable oil. Rub into arms, neck and temples.
VAPORISER Add 3-6 drops to water to fragrance a room.
(Based on Aromatherapy for Managing Stress by Mala Nathan)

StressBusting Event Calendar


Family Constellations (workshop)
Monday 16th October, 6.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

More info & booking

Stress & Trauma Release with TRE (workshop)
Monday 30th October, 7.15pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

The last three workshops were sold out days in advance and we have just 5 more tickets left for this month - we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.
More info & booking

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

Please note: NO CLASS on 23rd October.
More info


Early bird announcements:

New Year Intention for Myself: Identity Constellations workshop
Saturday 6th January 2018, 10am - 5pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

More info & booking

Set for Success - Achieve Your New Year Resolutions: Life Strategist workshop
Monday 22nd January 2018, 6.15 - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

More info & booking

Improvisation Comedy (4 week course)
8th - 29th March 2018
Thursdays 6.45pm - 9.15pm @ Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove

More info & booking

Next Talk & Demonstration Evening

Nutritional Therapy for Natural Pain Management with Millie Ferguson
Sedona Method and Hypnosis with Maya Zack

Wednesday, 1st 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!
Do you have one of these cards? 
StressBusters CardCarers' Card

These are just some of the things you might be entitled to:
  • 10% off all StressBusters events (talk & demo evenings, classes, workshops)
  • 10% off one-to-one sessions, classes, workshops with any of the practitioners listed in the StressBusters Directory
Click on the card image above for more details about the discounts you could be entitled to.
Wishing you all a stress-free month and
looking forward to seeing you at our next event!
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