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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?
Change Your Mind to Change Your Stress
Part of the Series: 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 aside a specific time each day to worry).
Learning from Your Stress
Part of the Series: 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 it truly is important to appreciate the small things.
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.
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…
Your Brain on Drugs
Part of the Series: The Addictive Brain
Shift your attention from the nature of addiction to the nature of drugs. Here you'll delve into the process of neurochemical transmission and see how drugs mimic this activity by binding to neural receptors. This process is responsible for everything from a drug's physical and psychological effects to its potency.
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…
Sleep: Your Energy 401(k)
Find out why sleep matters so much to your well-being. Research shows that regular sleep provides a range of benefits from better cognitive performance throughout the day to lower risk of disease over your lifetime. Reflect on the barriers to good sleep as well as a few things you can…
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…
Nurturing Your Energy with Diet
Gain new insight into the relationship between food and energy. The good news here is that counting calories and obsessing over dietary numbers might actually be counter-productive to good health. Instead, learn how to be mindful and follow a few sensible guidelines. The lecture ends with a powerful lesson on…
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…