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How to Make Stress Work for You

Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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Trying to live a completely stress-free life is a zero-sum game. The true goal of your relationship with stress is to figure out how to manage it effectively, how to use it to build and support a meaningful, resilient life.

In these 18 enriching and inspiring lectures, discover how to manage and minimize the stress in your life. You'll explore the nuances of stress in ways you never really considered. These include types of stress (such as traumas, moderate stressors, and activities of daily life) and the idea that what you experience in life is really just your brain's response (using memory and reasoning) to raw input and stimuli. You'll also explore the relationship between emotion and stress, including the idea that expressing your rage could actually be making you angrier.

Dr. Bonura fills these lectures with scientifically backed techniques, behavior modifications, and exercises you can use to build a personalized toolkit to better manage your stress response. You'll learn about responsible detachment from stressful situations, the importance of ruminating right after a traumatic event, the ways physical affection helps with healing, and much more.

Rooted in scientific findings from experiments, research papers, and case studies, these lectures offer you nothing less than a bold new way of facing (and appreciating) daily life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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This was an incredibly interesting class combining scientific studies, medical research, yoga, mindfulness and a host of other disciplines that weave together to create a fascinating discussion about stress... her delivery is impeccable and very engaging!

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Good stuff.

Now to apply it! Everyone can use this even the kids. Especially the ones surviving these school shootings.

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A fantastic resource

This lecture series was jam packed with simple, effective ideas and exercises which have utterly reshaped my relationship with stress. I would recommend it to anyone who’s going through a particularly stressful period in their lives and is looking to examine the reasons why and make positive changes.

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Definitely does not match my life experience

The whole U-shape curve to happiness from mid-life to old age does not match my experience. I'd go back to mid-life and my job in a flash.

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Narration ruins an otherwise mediocre effort

Mostly banal and trite, the narrator ruins the few nuggets with a condescending and belittling tone of voice.

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  • Oshri
  • 03-10-17

The greatest book for managing stress

this book make a big change in my perspective to stress. and increase my happiness.

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  • Zishan Jiwa
  • 03-15-17

good research but interrupted by too much meditati

too many interruptions with mindfulness exercises. balanced and interesting perspective on a commonly written about subject

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  • miss
  • 03-10-17

Fantastic

Really enjoyed this course. Was unsure before purchase as other courses had more time but it will prove to be very beneficial when I need guidance during times of stress. Glad I found this!

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  • Normas Yakin
  • 08-03-19

More stars!

The narrator was so good it was a stress reliever listening to her talk.
The lecture consists of examples, references, practices good for daily use.
Best of all, unlike other lectures or books even, the chapters are titled so I can refer to specific chapters that I need to listen again without hassle, God knows I bookmarked quite a lot of places already!
This lecture is pure gold.
Especially the last chapter (no, don't skip to it, you may not get the context).

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  • Gina
  • 01-09-19

Choose your relationship with stress

Probably a 3.5 rating. I think Kimberlee is to be congratulated on making the science of stress and resilience accessible and easy to understand for a lay audience. 'How to Make Stress Work for You' is a very useful resource for anyone wanting to develop their knowledge and understanding of this important topic. There is good coverage of the empirical research and many exercises, outline of lectures below:

Lecture 1 A New Mindset about Stress .........................................................4
Lecture 2 Happiness: A Fickle Queen .........................................................12
Lecture 3 Anger: A Tyrannical King .............................................................20
Lecture 4 Swimming in an Ocean of Sorrow ...............................................28
Lecture 5 Why You Stress: Arousal and Value Judgment ...........................35
Lecture 6 Choose Your Adventure: Choose Your Stress .............................44
Lecture 7 Heaven and Hell Can Be Other People.......................................52
Lecture 8 Our Overstressed, Overscheduled Kids ......................................61
Lecture 9 Change Your Mind to Change Your Stress..................................70
Lecture 10 Emergency Stress Management .................................................79
Lecture 11 Good Stress Helps You Handle All Stress ...................................87
Lecture 12 The Stress of Learning and Mastery ...........................................95
Lecture 13 Alternative Approaches to Stress ..............................................103
Lecture 14 Mindfulness: Heart Healing to Manage Stress .......................... 112
Lecture 15 Channeling Stress for a Competitive Edge................................121
Lecture 16 Emerging Stress Management Technology ...............................130
Lecture 17 Rest, Restore, Recover Your Resilience ...................................139
Lecture 18 Learning from Your Stress .........................................................147

I can see myself returning to some of the material from time to time. The exercises (meditations, relaxation techniques) are helpful but they left me cringing slightly (the background music had an almost comical flavour for me - I prefer Headspace's style).

If approached with a desire to learn and an open mind, this course will reward you.