- Andy can barely suppress feelings of anger whenever he encounters rude customers at his workplace, and he often gets into trouble because of this. He has also missed out on several promotion opportunities.
- Carol often feels anxious, tense and constantly worries about her job, finances, health and her family. She frequently worries about what they think of her, and whether she is doing her work well. She has difficulty sleeping, and experiences heart palpitations and stomach upsets.
Andy and Carol both have difficulty in managing their distressing emotions, affecting their work performance and relationships with others, and results in a loss of opportunities in their career and personal life. In addition, their inability to cope with challenging emotions, could negative impact their physical and mental health.
An individual who has healthy emotional and psychological wellness is able to contribute more productively to the workplace. Employees who have difficulty in managing their distressing emotions (such as anger and anxiety), may affect their work performance and relationships with other co-workers. These challenges may also have a negative impact on employees’ physical and mental health, resulting in increased absenteeism from work, as well as decreased productivity and effectiveness. Hence, emotion management, or the ability to master our own emotions, is an important skill for a successful career and a happy life. Learning how to manage our emotions effectively can lead to practical benefits, such as an increased effectiveness in managing challenging situations, higher resilience, better collaboration among colleagues, and improved physical and mental health.
The AHA Emotion Management programme will be jointly conducted by our registered psychologist, Joy Hou , as well as natural health specialist, Lee Hui Fang, of YounGoGo. The programme aims to help employees to develop more adaptive ways of managing negative emotions, specifically, Anger and Anxiety, and improve their levels of Happiness and life satisfaction.
The AHA programme consists of topics related to anxiety, anger and happiness. As we understand that employees generally have a busy schedule, hence the duration of each workshop is a short 1-hour, and workshops can be conducted during lunch breaks. Simple, easy-to-learn strategies to manage emotions will be shared with the employees during the interactive and experiential sessions. We aim to help employees take away practical tools which they can use in their daily life.
To help employees and individuals to develop more adaptive ways of managing negative emotions, specifically, Anger and Anxiety, and improve their levels of Happiness and life satisfaction.
Individuals who would like to gain a greater understanding of anxiety and anger, and learn effective ways of managing these emotions.
Format of Programme
- Workshop 1: Building Success through Calming the Anxious Mind (1 hour)
- Workshop 2: Looking Beneath the Anger Iceberg (1 hour)
- Workshop 3: Discovering and Utilizing the Keys to Happiness (1 hour)
Each workshop aims to be interactive and experiential, and will include various hands-on learning activities to engage the participants.
Duration of Workshop
The duration of each workshop is typically 1 hour, but it can also be tailored to the needs of the organization.
Workshop 1: Building Success through Calming the Anxious Mind
Anxiety is a normal reaction to challenging situations, such as exams, job interviews or public speaking. A moderate level of anxiety can be beneficial, as it alerts us to dangers, helps us to stay focused and motivates us to solve problems. However, when anxiety becomes excessive, persistent and overwhelming such that it affects a person’s daily functioning, that is when the individual experiences an anxiety disorder. It is hence important for us to learn how to manage our anxiety, so that we can lead productive and fulfilling lives.
In this interactive and educational session, the following topics will be discussed:
- What is anxiety? When does anxiety become a disorder?
- Risk factors of anxiety disorder
- Strategies to manage our anxious thoughts
- Relationship between anxiety and our physical body (especially the stomach and spleen)
- Simple self-acupressure massage therapy to manage anxiety
- How can we support or help someone who experiences anxiety?
Workshop 2: Looking Beneath the Anger Iceberg
Anger is a normal emotion. However, many individuals have difficulty in managing their anger. When uncontrolled, anger can result in various negative effects on a person’s physical, social and emotional well-being. Learning how to manage frustration and anger appropriately is hence an important emotion regulation skill.
In this interactive and experiential workshop, participants will be introduced to practical strategies to manage anger more effectively. The following areas will be discussed:
- What is anger? Is anger always a bad thing?
- Psychology of anger: Looking beneath the anger iceberg
- Simple strategies to manage anger
- Relationship between anxiety and our physical body (especially the liver)
- Effective self-acupressure massage therapy to manage anger
Workshop 3: Discovering and Utilizing the Keys to Happiness
Most of us want to be happy and live a satisfying life. However, many people frequently are overwhelmed with negative emotions, and do not seem to be able to overcome the stress associated with daily life.
What would life be like if, instead of feeling negative and stressed, we felt more positive, engaged and resilient?
How can we experience more happiness and inner peace in our lives?
In this workshop, participants will discover the keys to increase their happiness and life satisfaction on a daily basis.
The following areas will be explored:
- What is happiness? How does happiness relate to life satisfaction?
- Habits of a happy person
- Creating a happy mind
- Self-acupressure massage for a happy heart and body
AHA program is a series of 3 x 1 hour sessions which can be conducted at your workplace.
Connect with us to bring it to your workplace!
Special 3-hour session on 3rd Sat of every month (9am to 12pm). Upcoming AHA workshops on
20 Oct 2018
17 Nov 2018
15 Dec 2018
To register: bit.ly/AHAProgram2018