When it comes to relaxation, Emma Corrigan wrote the book - quite literally.
The Sheffield hypnotherapist has spent the last four months penning ‘QuickCalm’, an instructional guide to relaxation techniques and stress management, which is released in the city today on National Stress Awareness Day.
“People have expectations of what stress is and how it affects us, but the truth is it’s different for everybody,” said Emma.
“Stress is our body reacting primitively to a situation we see as threatening to us. In the past, this might have been animals coming after us in the wild. These days it’s more likely to be a nightmare boss, money worries or relationship problems.”
According to Emma, as many as 350,000 people in Sheffield struggle with stress every day.
The 28-year-old said: “It’s a massive number. It’s so easy to rush around and never stop to think about how we’re doing until we’re overwhelmed by anxiety. The key is learning how to better manage our own stress day-to-day and keep it manageable. That’s where the idea for QuickCalm came in.”
Emma began developing her techniques a few years ago - various breathing and visualisation exercises - and using them with her clients at her Sheffield practice.
They proved so successful that she decided to pen a dedicated guide, which includes a CD of short audio tracks to help people manage their mental wellbeing, at home and at work.
n For details on Emma’s techniques, visit www.quickcalm.co.uk