ACT-ion for Living - Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan
Are you finding life really difficult at the moment?
Many people suffer a great deal, experiencing emotional problems that sometimes threaten to overwhelm them. They do their best to control things and to change their life for the better, but sometimes the more they struggle, the worse things seem to get. As a result, people are left with their worries, their anxiety, their depression and their distress.
Faced with such suffering, there is a natural tendency to put life on hold - to promise yourself that you'll get back on track and start living again when you finally manage to overcome your distress. But this may take a long time, and meanwhile you have a very poor quality of life.
Struggling to get rid of an emotional problem can sap all of your energy and can make the problem worse. Putting your life on hold while you wait for the problem to go away is not good for you. So what's the answer?
The answer is to learn to live WITH your emotional problems while you still have them. Many people have found that their quality of life can be improved and their suffering reduced, by using new ideas and strategies taken from recent developments in therapy - including one called "ACT" (that stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).
ACT helps people to reduce their suffering and to get much more out of life by understanding more about how their mind works and by following two main principles: Accept the things that you can't control and Make a Commitment to do what you can to improve and enrich your life.
If these basic ideas make sense to you, and you would like to learn to use some of the new therapeutic ideas and strategies there is now an opportunity to do so. The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has developed ACT-inspired courses for groups of people who want to apply this approach to their own life. The course also introduces "mindfulness" which is a particularly powerful and effective therapy technique.
ACT-ion for Living consists of 4 sessions (we call these ACT 1, ACT 2, ACT 3, and ACT 4) We are able to offer this course both online and face to face. Although you do not need a referral you may need to register in advance due to fire regulations and covid restrictions. As ACTion for Living is an open access course it is for adults only.
Please check in advance by following the links below.
For ACTion for Living in the Vale of Glamorgan click here.
There are two videos for each of the 4 sessions of ACT-ion for Living. Simply watch and try simple activities and practice between sessions. To get started click below:
Click on the text below for each session of course: