How To Stay Calm

How To Stay Calm

No one is calm all the time. Nor should we be; a touch of fear and adrenaline can be critical to our survival and effective performance. However, many of us will at times experience debilitating anxiety, or have a tendency to lose composure entirely. 

 This class aims to help us achieve a state of calm that fits our lives and challenges. We begin with the writings of theologians and philosophers (Soren Kierkegaard and Paul Tillich among them), who argued that anxiety is intrinsic to our existence, a natural response to freedom and the inevitability of death. We then explore two key relationships that it is within our power to improve – our relationship with the world, and our relationship with ourselves. We ask how we can achieve emotional well-being and overall calm in a world of insecurity and doubt. We follow Michel de Montaigne in his quest to learn how to 'sleep on the pillow of doubt'. Above all, we discover how accepting the intrinsic role of anxiety in our lives can be a source of liberation and equanimity. 


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, conversation and group activity.  Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.


This class has been formally accredited by the CPD Certification Service. Continuing Professional Development accreditation means this course has reached the required standards and benchmarks, and that the learning value of the class has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD standards.


This class is part of our EQ Certificate Programme. For more information about how to enrol at The School of Life please click here


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