Beating and dealing with stress was the focus for the latest Riverland dinner for the Women in Business Regional Network.
The guest speaker was Waikerie’s Jo-anne Cain of Soul Essence Therapy & Life Coaching.
Jo-anne helped those present to understand the reasons why they react the way they do to stressful situations and challenges.
And she pointed out that the current pandemic was making it even harder to cope with stress, particularly as some people shut themselves away when under pressure, suffer anxiety which can be made worse by mask wearing and can even become angry when frustrated about changes.
Jo-anne said we each needed to drive our own bus and be responsible for our own feelings and actions, and also to fight off negative voices in our heads which can make dealing with stress and crises more difficult.
Those at the dinner were given a range of tools to assist including learning to refocus their thoughts, to enjoy time in the outdoors, practice gratitude for the good things in life, focus on breathing, have a mantra and even undertake some basic yoga moves.
At the dinner network founder Carolyn Jeffrey outlined the latest steps for the network which included offering group coaching and learning resources for members, as well as the forthcoming launch of a new online magazine to showcase regional women in business.
The next Riverland dinner is scheduled for November 10. The subject and venue is yet to be finalised.