Managing Uncertainty in Tough Times

The recent ABS National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing (July 2022) reported anxiety as being the most common group of mental health disorders in Australians aged between 16 to 85 years (3.3 million people).

In some ways, this is unsurprising given the world we live in. It’s fast-paced, there is a climate emergency, we are feeling lonelier than before, we are still living through a pandemic, and there is a great deal of uncertainty. So how do we manage our anxiety during these uncertain times?

In this workshop, you will learn • Difference between anxiety and anxiety disorders • What keeps anxiety going • Ways to manage anxiety especially during uncertainty • Common techniques and therapeutic approaches • Exercises to increase awareness of thoughts, emotions and behaviours; what is within your control and what isn’t • How to maintain your overall wellbeing in tough times

Materials required: An open mind

Tutor: Sanchana Venkatesh

Sanchana is a psychologist practising since 2008 with adolescents and adults. She has a special interest in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, chronic illnesses & adjusting to the same, PTSD, grief, life transitions (e.g. migration, career change, life stages etc.), tics and Tourettes, & overall emotional wellbeing. She is trauma-informed & compassionate & uses evidence-based therapies including CBT, ACT, DBT and Compassion-focussed therapy. She is informed by positive psychology & aims to empower individuals to flourish and live a life worth living. In addition to therapy, she also provides cognitive assessments for 6- to 16-year-olds to help identify giftedness, learning disabilities or intellectual disabilities. When not working, she enjoys writing, reading, spending time at the beach, strength-training, & doing the bidding of her two rescue cats.