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Communications Lead delivers stress relief to University staff

Published: 25 March 2015

On 18 March, MEDU member John Perry ran a stress management session for 40 members of the Parents' and Carers' Network of the University of Southampton. This was the second session he offered during this academic year, with a third currently being organised due to popular demand.

John Perry is a Principal Teaching Fellow and the Lead for the Communication Skills Theme. He is also an experienced counsellor and frequently contributes to staff development events in Medicine and more broadly.

From the session summary:

Many people believe that emotional tensions are the direct and unavoidable result of adverse, challenging situations. True or false? False, according to John Perry, who will outline our deep-seated physiological responses to danger. These were very sensible when humans were surrounded by carnivorous predators a few thousand years ago. Today, our reactions to events are often less rational. This results in stress and - further along the spectrum - mental suffering and burn-out. Understanding how to change our own perceptions and beliefs and release our tensions is a key to happy, healthy survival in the 21st century jungle. Incidentally, this also explains why cats have no morals and men typically can't find stuff in the fridge.....

Further events and training opportunities can be accessed through the Professional Development Unit (PDU) and by searching under Personal Effectiveness for topics such as managing pressure at work.

Details of the University’s Parents' and Carers' Network can be found on their webpage.

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