On the completion of Understanding Stress – For you and your clients, students will have a broad understanding of the following areas.
They will gain a good theoretical grounding in the fundamentals of stress management
Understand what stress actually means and the common causes of stress.
Become aware of the physical and psychological responses and long term effects of negative stress
Become familiar with the various ways of measuring stress
Identify ways of determining how an individual experiences stress and key strategies for controlling it
Understand how to elicit the relaxation response and the benefits of doing this in building resiliency
Become familiar with various physical strategies for handling stress
Become familiar with various strategies for handling stress that involves the mind and our thinking patterns
Understand how someone can learn to manage various aspects of their life to reduce stress response
Be familiar with eating patterns that can help combat the stress response
Understand how communication by writing or talking with others and better connection with our community and our environment can reduce the effects of stress.
SECTION LEARNING OUTCOMES
1. INTRODUCTION TO STRESS
Explain the difference between positive and negative stress
Identify common factors that causes or contribute to stress
Describe typical stress responses and coping mechanisms.
2. THE STRESS RESPONSE
Understand the anatomy and physiology of the stress response
Describe the physical and psychological consequences of stress.
3. WHERE DOES STRESS COME FROM? – COMMON CRITICAL STRESSORS
Understand and describe key factors that cause stress
Recognise how our cognitions affect our experience of stress.
4. MEASURING STRESS LEVELS
Understand different ways of measuring stress.
Identify and experience a range of tools that can be used to measure stress.
5. CONTROLLING STRESS
Understand your own stress symptoms and potential sources.
Identify key strategies for managing stress.
Understand the benefits of eliciting the relaxation response
6. WAYS OF MANAGING STRESS - BODYWORK
Understand how body work can assist with stress management
Consider physical stress management options to suit individual needs and preferences.
7. WAYS OF MANAGING STRESS – MENTAL STRATEGIES
Understand the role of self-talk, beliefs and thinking styles in stress management.Describe a range of mental strategies that can support healthier cognitions to reduce stress.
8. WAYS OF MANAGING STRESS – LIFE MANAGEMENT
Understand how simplifying and de-cluttering can support stress management.
Define various life management tools and skills that can help reduce stress.
9. WAYS OF MANAGING STRESS – FUELLING YOUR BODY
Identify the ways in which stress can affect eating habits and food choices.
Consider how the different aspects of stress-related eating may affect different demographics.
10. WAYS OF MANAGING STRESS – COMMUNICATE AND COMMUNITY
Gain an understanding of why communication and community are important for health and wellbeing
Define various life and communication tools and skills that can help reduce stress.
Pre-requisites: No prior certification/qualification is required
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