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Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service

Psychological Wellbeing when living with a Cardiac or Respiratory Health Condition

Important Information

All of our group classes are now running online, and how we monitor your progress is online too. You are required to complete a mood measure questionnaire prior to each session. You will receive a text reminder and link to the questionnaires 48 hours before your session starting. You must complete your online questionnaires at least 2 hours before each session of your group to receive an invite.  

Amy, our of our class facilitators, walks you through completing the questionnaires and joining the group online in this short video...

Click here for more information about how our online courses work

Course Overview

Being human can feel really difficult at times; sometimes this might be occasional days or in specific situations, but sometimes we can struggle for prolonged periods of time, and it feels like it is never ending. Receiving a diagnosis of a Cardiac or Respiratory Long Term Health Condition can be an additional stressor that makes life even harder; and therefore, puts further strain on psychological wellbeing.

Everyone’s experience of life is unique to them, in the same way that living with a Cardiac or Respiratory condition is a unique experience. However, we can say that the experience of being human and the emotions we feel are often similar; and we can use evidence-based information and techniques to start to manage the difficult emotions in an individualised way.

The Classes

Week one: Understanding the impact of living with a Cardiac or Respiratory Long Term Health Condition on Psychological Wellbeing

An introduction to the course: There will be time for personal reflection on how your health condition impacts Psychological Wellbeing and how Psychological Wellbeing may impact on your management of the condition and quality of life. We will look at stress and also introduce the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; we will look at how we get trapped in vicious cycles, and start the process of understanding what we can do to break the cycle. In week one, we will also look at a principle that can help with motivation for change.

Week two: Physical Symptoms and Relaxation

This week we will look at the physical symptoms of stress; anxiety & depression. We will then discuss the overlap of physical symptoms triggered by psychological stressors, and the physical symptoms that may be caused by your health condition. We will talk about panic from a psychological perspective to help alleviate the fear that people living with cardiac and respiratory conditions often report. We will then introduce breathing and relaxation exercises; and talk about sleep and diet from a psychological wellbeing perspective.

Week three: Worry and Rumination

This week we turn our attention to worry and rumination. When you are diagnosed and living with a long term condition, it is understandable to feel that everything is out of your control; that you are relying on others for your understanding of your situation and quality of life. We can look at how you can take a step back from feeling like this and change your focus. We will look at how to identify when you are worrying and ruminating, and how you can learn how to manage this. We will then practice re-focusing and learn how to stay in the present moment.

Week four: Identifying and Challenging Thoughts

This week focuses on thoughts. We will explore negative thoughts related to living with a cardiac or respiratory long term health condition, and identify some unhelpful thinking habits you might be falling into. ​We will then use a technique called ‘Cognitive Restructuring’ to help challenge negative thoughts. This is not about positive thinking or denying the difficulties you may be faced with; but rather balanced thinking. We do this by stepping back from the emotion that is fuelling the thought.

Week five: Behaviour and Motivation

This week focuses on understanding how behaviour affects the vicious cycle. We will introduce you to techniques that will help you identify personal changes in your abilities and behaviours that may have become unhelpful with regards to keeping that cycle going. We will look at techniques to help you to identify what is possible for you, and how you can increase your confidence and motivation to re-engage with meaningful activity.

Week six: How to maintain change and manage setbacks

In the final session of the course we will recap on each session and the techniques we have learnt. ​We will discuss how to maintain change and prevent a setback.

If you feel that you would like further support following the course, we will offer a telephone call to review how you are feeling and agree on next steps.

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Psychological Wellbeing when living with a Cardiac or Respiratory Health Conditions

Event starts: 27th May 2021 10:00am

Event ends: 1st Jul 2021 11:30am

These classes are held online.

Classes will run every Thursday morning from 10-11.30am starting on the 27th May, for 6 weeks. Information on how the groups work, instructions for attending, and the class content can be found above. Please do not book onto multiple groups as you will only be able to attend one.

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