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How to Make Stress Work for You
Discover how to finally manage and minimize the stress in your life with these inspiring lectures. Packed with scientifically-backed behavior modifications and cognitive exercises, popular Great Courses instructor Dr. Kimberlee Bethany Bonura's course helps you build a personal stress management toolkit so you can better manage your stress response.
Energy, Emotion, and Loving-Kindness
Stress. Anger. Anxiety. Too often people try to repress or medicate away emotions, which treats the symptom but does nothing for the root problem that's draining life-sustaining energy. Instead, Dr. Bonura shows you a strategy for managing negative emotions into positive energy, as well as a loving-kindness meditation to build…
Good Stress Helps You Handle All Stress
Part of the Series: How to Make Stress Work for You
Can stress be good for you? How does stress help us become healthier, happier, and more resilient? Why should we seek out mild discomfort? How does one researcher's "toughness model" explain how good stress works? Learn to use stress to strengthen your resilience.
Boost Your Energy with Breath
Your energy level is deeply linked to your breathing, so becoming more aware of how you breathe--and performing a few simple exercises--can truly change the way you feel in your day-to-day life. Here, learn by doing as Dr. Bonura takes you through five breathing exercises to help you regulate your…
How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy Series
Wouldn't it be great if you could wake up every morning full of life and enthusiasm for a new day? Most of us no doubt feel energetic some of the time, but the stressors and responsibilities of life inevitably take their toll, leaving us feeling worn out. But what if…
Mindfulness: Heart Healing to Manage Stress
Part of the Series: How to Make Stress Work for You
There's a lot of misunderstanding about meditation out there. Learn how to leverage mindfulness as a tool and a practice. From mindful breathing to mindful eating to loving-kindness meditation, find out why being mindful can help you build a more positive relationship with stress.
Awareness of Energy with Mindfulness
Mindfulness--living in the present moment--can have a dramatic impact on your energy levels and how you feel about the world around you. Dr. Bonura helps you increase your sense of inner awareness with a series of breathing and meditation exercises. Discover where you spend your energy--and where your energy is…
The Energetic Life You Choose
In this final lecture, review key concepts from what you've learned to build a personal action plan for living a more energetic life. As Dr. Bonura explains, an energetic life is a purposeful life, so think about your life's purpose and what success means to you. Then work to create…
Boost Your Energy with Happiness and Play
George Bernard Shaw once said, "We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing." In this lecture, Dr. Bonura explores the connection between play and energy. See how to add more fun in your life--and why physical play is such a profound source of…
A New Mindset about Stress
Part of the Series: How to Make Stress Work for You
Start the course with a reversal of common perspective: that stress is actually correlated with having a sense of meaning in your life. Along the way, learn a more holistic definition of stress, explore the idea of a stress continuum, and learn the difference between major traumas and everyday irritants.
Why You Stress: Arousal and Value Judgment
Part of the Series: How to Make Stress Work for You
Arousal plus your value judgment equals your stress level. And what you respond to in life isn't the raw stimuli you experience (like a traffic jam) but your perceptions of these stimuli. Explore this idea in a lecture that recasts the stress continuum as a positive-negative curve instead of a…
Alternative Approaches to Stress
Part of the Series: How to Make Stress Work for You
Dr. Bonura introduces you to a range of alternative care strategies that have proven benefits for stress management. These include spending time outside in nature, the mind-body technique of self-hypnosis, a fatigue-combatting diet, acupuncture, and massage.