Understand strategies and therapies used to reduce and manage stress. This course will help you explore the physiological, social and psychological impacts of stress and provide you with methods to get stress under control.
Events, people, and circumstances fill our normal daily lives—along with a certain amount of stress. Stress can be positive or negative, depending on how we perceive the stressor and it impacts our physical, social, spiritual, and emotional health. Stress is also affected by the social and cultural context in which we live. However, with awareness, stress can be managed and reduced. Interventions such as nutritious food, physical activity, and social support along with modalities including journaling, massage, therapy, meditation, imagery, biofeedback, art and dance therapy, and time spent in nature can help us reduce the stress we experience and create a healthier life.
The outcome of this certificate is to for the learner to describe the physiological, social, and psychological aspects of stress; examine the relationship between stress and health, nutrition, and physical activity; identify causes and health effects of workplace stress; and explore modalities to reduce and manage stress.
(14 contact hours)
Expiration Date (Next date of course revision): 03/30/2025
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Stress is at epidemic levels in the world today. Currently, as many as 90% of all visits to health-care providers in the United States are considered to be stress-related. Stress affects every aspect of the body, mind, and spirit, resulting in a wide range of symptoms from headaches or stomach ailments to heart disease or death. Stress is difficult to define because it varies from individual to individual. What one person finds stressful might not bother another person at all. There are many types of stress, and each can result in many different physiological effects on the body.
A strong social support network is important during difficult times. A social support network consists of friends, family, and peers. Developing and maintaining supportive relationships provides feelings of belonging, self-worth, and security. Without a strong social support network, individuals can experience a sense of isolation, disconnection, and stress. Despite their initial impression of fostering connectedness, technology and social networking often increase a person's feelings of isolation because relationships established online may not be deep and real. In addition, incivility and a lack of regular contact with nature also increase stress.
Events, people, and circumstances fill our normal daily lives along with a certain amount of stress. Some of us experience psychological effects from this stress, while others seem to be unaffected or even thrive when challenged. Why do we react differently to stressors? Despite much research on the topic, the answer is not clearly understood, but key elements include personality, emotional intelligence, and gender.
Stress can dramatically affect the body and the mind to the detriment of physical and psychological health. Both acute and chronic stress, the timing and duration of stress, gender, and genetics play a role in the complex relationship between stress and health.
Most individuals enjoy sitting down and eating a delicious meal. Food provides an opportunity to socialize and, if the food is nutritious, it also supports a healthy body and mind. However, when individuals are stressed, they are not able to utilize the nutrients they eat as effectively as when they are relaxed. If stress causes an individual to eat food that is not nutritious, health issues can result. Nutrition, stress, and the immune system are closely related.
Physical activity is essential in a program for stress management and overall health. This can include activities such as walking, running, swimming, cycling, skiing, dancing, gardening, yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi Chuan, weight lifting, stretching, as well as many other practices. These activities provide an integrative, holistic, healthy way to connect mind, body, and spirit, which improve physical, mental, and emotional health.
For most Americans, the workplace is ever changing and a major source of daily stress. As a result, the economic and personal health effects of workplace stress are at epidemic levels, making it one of the most important health challenges of the 21st century.
Writing has been an important part of the human experience for centuries but has only recently been recognized as a therapeutic tool for healing. Used to document personal and historical events, describe emotions and feelings, reduce stress, and explore creativity, journaling allows individuals to develop a deeply personal relationship with themselves.
You may think you don't have a lot of control over the stress in your life, but you have more control than you might think. There are many ways to manage and reduce stress by using stress-relieving techniques and therapies. Exploring and experimenting with these techniques can provide you with many powerful tools to help you re-examine the way you respond to stress and empower you to more effectively manage the stress you have.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
You must complete all lessons to receive your certificate. You must pass the final exam in all lessons with a score of 80% or higher AND complete the Evaluation Form in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. Finals are graded as Pass or No Pass. Receipt of your certificate indicates successful completion of the course and that you have passed all final exams with a score of 80% or greater. You may retake final exams as many times as necessary within the duration of the course at no additional charge.
Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, accreditation consultation, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author (with Caroline Young) of two health care textbooks. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and has designed and developed over 300 online professional continuing education courses.
Caroline Young, M.P.H., has an extensive public health background that includes experience in research, workshop presentations in various areas of health care, and online and onsite teaching. She has expertise in holistic community health and wellness program design, development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation. She has also designed, developed, and presented integrative health programs for culturally diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. She is the co-author (with Cyndie Koopsen) of two health care textbooks. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and has designed and developed over 300 online professional continuing education courses.
Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.
I am looking forward to using all the stress relief methods in this course to help me increase resilience to work-related stress. I believe it will help me have a more positive attitude especially when the pressure and stress levels are high and improve the quality of my nursing care.
I have acquired more knowledge of the physical components of stress and will apply it in the coaching of my clients in their quest to manage their stress better.
Just having a better understanding of how stress can influence all parts of a person's life will help me to have better interactions with fellow employees and students that I work with.
As a volunteer in a Senior Assisted Community, the course content will provide me with additional tools to use in handling interpersonal verbal attacks amongst the clients.
I know that I need to make changes in my life to reduce stress. The course further brought home the connection between stress and disease, both physical and mental. This course gave me new insights into different avenues to explore and in some cases continue to explore. It is interesting to note that it was this course that helped me make the connection to some of the things I do directly to a form of stress management technique. Who knew? More specifically, I want to explore journaling. I've been doing additional reading on 'morning pages'. I also want to explore the connection between my learning style (writing notes to solidify concepts) with that of writing to release the stress.
I took this course mainly for myself. Not for the care of a patient or for a profession. I personally wanted to have a more detailed knowledge of how stress and the body function together. Everyone knows too much stress is bad for a person inside and out, but I was looking for a more detailed knowledge of it and I got it. I also wanted to know ways to remove stress from my own person and I found that as well. There was quite a bit I didn't know about stress and the effects it has but now I do. Me personally, I will (and have already) be slowing down and enjoying life. Not worry about things I can’t change at the moment. I will also be picking up my journal and writing again and doing some of the things such as dancing that I used to do. This made me think about past places in my life where
I now have additional techniques to use as a Stress Management Health and Wellness Coach. Great course, and thank you.
It gave me new sources of information on the practice of stress management and I am better able to suggest or use different modalities with my clients.
This was a great course and I really enjoyed taking it. The instructors were knowledgeable and provided a lot of references for future study and information. Thank you for a job well done.
This was an excellent course with current information. Thank you.