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A New Mindset about Stress
Episode 1 of 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,…
Emergency Stress Management
Episode 10 of 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…
Good Stress Helps You Handle All Stress
Episode 11 of 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…
Mindfulness: Heart Healing to Manage Stress
Episode 14 of 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…
Learning from Your Stress
Episode 18 of How to Make Stress Work for You
Dr. Bonura leaves you with skills to learn from the stress in your life. Discover why it's important to feel a sense of purpose; how the frequency of positive experiences you have is more important than their intensity; and why…
Rest, Restore, Recover Your Resilience
Episode 17 of How to Make Stress Work for You
Relaxing is a mindset you carry with you. First, consider the physical and mental health benefits of taking a vacation. Then, better appreciate the smaller stress-reduction strategies of hot showers, and occasionally sleeping in. Finally, explore the idea of work…
Change Your Mind to Change Your Stress
Episode 9 of How to Make Stress Work for You
Changing your perception of stressful situations isn't easy. Dr. Bonura teaches you the nuances of cognitive restructuring, including how to reframe your thoughts of self-punishment (and avoid self-punishing behaviors) and how to productively face and manage your fears (including setting…
Happiness: A Fickle Queen
Episode 2 of How to Make Stress Work for You
We place so much emphasis on pursuing happiness that it often makes us less likely to be happy. Here, examine the relationship between happiness and play, why gratitude lists make you more resilient to stress, and how to train your…
Emerging Stress Management Technology
Episode 16 of 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…
Swimming in an Ocean of Sorrow
Episode 4 of 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 You Stress: Arousal and Value Judgment
Episode 5 of 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…
Anger: A Tyrannical King
Episode 3 of How to Make Stress Work for You
Expressing anger is the best way to overcome it, right? Wrong. Learn how the cognitive neoassociation theory explains why acting out on anger actually makes you angrier and that there is no proof for the common myth of anger management…
Our Overstressed, Overscheduled Kids
Episode 8 of How to Make Stress Work for You
It's not just adults who are overstressed. A hectic modern lifestyle can create a negatively stressful impact on a child's psychological well-being as well. Learn strategies for helping kids overcome stress, including scheduling down time, appreciating the importance of hugs,…
Choose Your Adventure: Choose Your Stress
Episode 6 of 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?…
Alternative Approaches to Stress
Episode 13 of 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.
Heaven and Hell Can Be Other People
Episode 7 of How to Make Stress Work for You
For many people, social situations are stressful. But our social relationships can also promote physical and psychological health. Here, learn what role social media plays in how we view relationships, understand the idea of universal irrationality, and appreciate the healing…
The Stress of Learning and Mastery
Episode 12 of How to Make Stress Work for You
Over half of Americans are stressed about their performance at work. Here, learn the importance of deliberate practice: perhaps the most effective strategy for cultivating competence at work. Then, ponder the idea of the "imposter syndrome," learn how to receive…
Channeling Stress for a Competitive Edge
Episode 15 of 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…
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…
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