How to Make Stress Work for You

How to Make Stress Work for You
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18 episodes in this series

Episode 1 A New Mindset about Stress
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…
Episode 2 Happiness: A Fickle Queen
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…
Episode 3 Anger: A Tyrannical King
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…
Episode 4 Swimming in an Ocean of Sorrow
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…
Episode 5 Why You Stress: Arousal and Value Judgment
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…
Episode 6 Choose Your Adventure: Choose Your Stress
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…
Episode 7 Heaven and Hell Can Be Other People
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,…
Episode 8 Our Overstressed, Overscheduled Kids
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…
Episode 9 Change Your Mind to Change Your Stress
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…
Episode 10 Emergency Stress Management
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…
Episode 11 Good Stress Helps You Handle All Stress
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"…
Episode 12 The Stress of Learning and Mastery
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…
Episode 13 Alternative Approaches to Stress
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,…
Episode 14 Mindfulness: Heart Healing to Manage Stress
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…
Episode 15 Channeling Stress for a Competitive Edge
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,…
Episode 16 Emerging Stress Management Technology
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…
Episode 17 Rest, Restore, Recover Your Resilience
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,…
Episode 18 Learning from Your Stress
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…

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