At the level of our organs, we are creatures predisposed to stress. That we can’t sleep, feel weary, crazy or burdened by strange thoughts is not unusual or motive-less. It’s a logical outcome of, and a heavy price we all have to pay for, our astonishing psychological capacities.
We tend to think of stress as originating in external factors. We have too much to do; not enough money; conflicting demands; time constraints and lack of control. In fact, the problem is larger and a great deal more fundamental. Beyond any specific thing we happen to be worrying about, we simply are anxious, in the basic make-up of our being.
This doesn’t mean we can’t manage stress better. In this class you’ll learn to shun false cures for stress. You’ll become accurate in pinpointing the causes of your anxiety. You’ll tame your unhelpful inner voices - and internalise better alternatives. And you’ll discover how to spend time worrying about the things that really matter, rather than those that don’t.
Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.
These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture and group activity and conversation. Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.
Diego Torres Silvestre- People. Lots of them...- Sao Paulo, Brazil, Creative Commons image on Flickr
Emi Yañez, color caos, Creative Commons image on Flickr
This class is part of our EQ Certificate Programme. For more information about how to enrol at The School of Life please click here
An Introduction to The School of Life
To get an idea of what to expect from classes, workshops and events in our classroom, watch this short film.