University Students received training on self care and how to help other people in stress reactivity

Published on 31, March, 2015, 10:25am

jpn-igihe-interview-1While the activities for the 21st Commemoration of Genocide Against the Tutsi commenced TRT Rwanda/I-UBU Ltd trained university students from the University of Rwanda Huye campus in order to enhance their skills on how to help themselves and other people who may experience heightened stress reactivity during commemoration and after.

In an interview with IGIHE newspaper, Jean Pierre Ndagijimana, the Director of UBU-Ihangamutuzo (I-UBU)Ltd and Talk Recovery® Training TRT-Rwanda, said that Ubu Training was founded to help people achieve a desirable health condition of their brain-body through coaching, educating and training in order to help people create peace and find the gap of calm from stress. In daily life it is important for well-being to learn stress regulation techniques.

He said, “Generally when we face a threat or a stressor whether in memory or in the moment our fear works as a trigger igniting stress hormones critical for focus and survival.

He continued by saying that, “When stress is prolonged and sustained the person lives in the brain-body stress reactivity for an extended period. This can be due to sustained threats or an unsupportive environment in a person’s daily life. The overload of those stress hormones over an extended period without effective intervention tools to regulate the reactivity, that can lead to dangerous health problems”.

Jean Pierre Ndagijimana, Director at I-UBU Ltd and TRT Co-founder

Ndagijimana states that Stress is ordinary in our life, however, when stress becomes chronic prolonged and sustained, it can cause dangerous problems to health, including chronic headache, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, forgetfulness, problems in the stomach, hiccups, restlessness, chronic back pains, etc.

He continued saying that TRT Rwanda/I-UBU Ltd focuses on simple skills necessary to find the gap of calm in the brain-body in order to regulate stress hormones so that people can improve the quality of their health.

Ndagijimana said that they use different strategies to help people have tools to manage their stress and thorough education and training may be able to recognize and regulate their stress reactivity both from daily stressors and stressors that may be stimulated from the past.

Ndagijimana, continued saying that “when a person faces a threat or stressor it can take time depending on the impact of the stressor and the length of time the stressor continues for brain-body to find a gap of calm moving out of heightened stress reactivity. The person’s senses sight, touch, taste, sound, smell, balance and more all are capable of stimulating memories from the past and this can triggers heightened reactivity as if the memory is actually happening in the moment.

The trainee will greatly help to manage the stress reactivity during the 21st commemoration of Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi

The Director of TRT Rwanda/I-UBU Ltd concluded that normally it is human senses which inform to the person about the information for each moment, he said “when there is a trigger to the dangerous experiences which are kept in our memories, the human senses provide information to the brain-body the same information as it did when the person met the real threat. Immediately the brain-body reacts to the imagined threat as if it is a real threat present at the moment, as if the threat is happening in the now or UBU”.

TRT Rwanda/I-UBU Ltd coaches people on how to stay in UBU (Now/in moment).

UBU TRAINING gives simple scientifically based strategies to train people how to develop successful habits of noticing and regulating stress reactivity. People can be trained to recognize the moment and the responses from memories of what happened in the past. He agree that most times if a person is given an ability to discover that a typical brain-body reaction is not based to the real threat but to the imagined threat from the past, that habit of recognizing and regulating can help to reduce or prevent the risk for heightened stress reactivity.


It is the second time that TRT Rwanda/I-UBU Ltd has trained university students from the University of Rwanda on self care and how to help others regulate their stress reactivity, as in 2014 also it offered the same training to University students from the same University. The current one closed March, 28, 2015.

UBU-Ihangamutuzo (I-UBU) Ltd provides activities that aim to offer trainings on stress regulation in Rwanda through a public health perspective.

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