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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.
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.
Swimming in an Ocean of Sorrow
Part of the Series: How to Make Stress Work for You
Suffering, pain, grief - how do we recover and rebuild in the wake of major trauma? Find out in this lecture on sorrow-related stress that explores our ever-shifting perceptions of trauma, the ways we make meaning out of trauma, and why simply acknowledging your vulnerability can be a vital aid.
Stress and Your Body Series
Feeling stressed? You're not alone. Stress is a fact of life. And the key to changing how stress affects you is a thorough knowledge of how it works--which you'll find in the 24 fascinating lessons of Stress and Your Body, taught by one of the world's foremost researchers on stress…
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.
Emerging Stress Management Technology
Part of the Series: How to Make Stress Work for You
Explore emerging techniques for stress management based upon up-to-date scientific understanding of how stress works. These include biofeedback to better understand and control your physiological response to stress), art therapy (for emotional healing), visualization of desired outcomes, and eye movement desensitization (to work through trauma).
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…
Channeling Stress for a Competitive Edge
Part of the Series: How to Make Stress Work for You
Performance stress can help you perform at a higher level - if you know how to control it. First, learn how to repurpose this kind of stress as excitement. Then, discover what research says about how posture and "flow" (immersion in the moment) can help you perform better in stressful…
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…
Emergency Stress Management
Part of the Series: How to Make Stress Work for You
Get a powerful toolkit for dealing with the stress of life-and-death situations while you're still cultivating a long-term approach to stress management. Exercises you'll learn including breathing strategies to stay centered, staying happy in order to regain a sense of self-control, and avoiding the dangerous cognitive distortion of catastrophizing.
Energy Give-and-Take in Relationships
Good relationships are one of the strongest ways to promote good health and reduce stress. Find out several strategies for building a strong social network as well as ways to deal with challenges that inevitably arise in your closest relationships, including marriage and parenthood. Learn a few exercises to relieve…
Choose Your Adventure: Choose Your Stress
Part of the Series: How to Make Stress Work for You
Choice and stress are fundamentally intertwined. What does learned helplessness tell us about our sense of control? Is too much choice more stressful than fewer choices? Is someone obsessed with making the best possible choice happier than someone who's not? How can you make better decisions under stress?