This interactive course features over 15 modules for you to read at your own pace. The readings include science-based learning about stress, various stress management techniques, and interactive questionnaires to help you learn more about yourself. The modules include:
- Introduction – An introduction to the course and discovering the reasons you are taking it
- Why Are We So Stressed Out? – A deeper look into how humans keep getting busier and the impacts it has on our health
- Stopping Behaviours That Make You Stressed – Why people need to stop their bad habits before they can improve their quality of life
- Stress or Anxiety? – Learn how to distinguish a life threatening situation from unnecessary stress
- Self Check – An interactive section to help you understand how bad your stress levels are
- Panic Attacks – Learn the signs of a panic attack and see if you’ve ever experienced one
- Dealing With Panic Attacks – Healthy coping mechanisms for before, during, and after a panic attack
- Calming Yourself With Visualization – Ideas to help you cope with stress without the need for medication
- Using Music to Beat Stress – Learn how the music you listen to at work can affect your anxiety levels
- Self-Hypnosis For Stress – Small exercises that might be a fun experiment for you
- Stress Management – Over 30 tips for how to deal with stress healthy throughout your day
- Lean to Say No – Learn how to say no and not feel guilty about it
- Take a Break – Great tips on getting yourself to stop and recharge throughout the day
- Relaxing at Work – Specific tips to apply to your work life
- Conclusion – Looking back at the last few weeks to see what improvements you’ve made
Interactive Course Tools
The success of our course is attributed to the interactive tools that we’ve provided to be supplementary to the reading material. Many of our participants have success by tracking their happiness throughout the course and finding what habits inhibit their happiness and what habits promote their happiness.
Daily Happiness Survey
At anytime during the day, take the happiness survey. This survey takes 2 minutes a day and collects basic data on how much sleep you got, what foods you ate, who you spent time with, and how you felt overall. This technique forces you to think about how your actions changed your mood. This is a proven way to get people thinking more about their habits and discovering what habits are good for their happiness. For example, some of our participants realized their diet filled only with junk food was causing them to spiral into a bad lifestyle of stress eating and weight gain. If they could work towards small changes in their eating habits, many people found their happiness increased.
The brain log is a summary of the data collected from your happiness surveys. It helps course participants find correlations between their habits and happiness. If you notice that hanging out with a certain person makes you feel unhappy, maybe it’s time to say no to that friendship. If you notice that you’re happier on days you sleep longer, maybe it’s time to wiggle in an extra 30 minutes of sleep per night. Before you
Being the most used feature, the brain journal is a proven way to help you unravel what’s making you unhappy. It’s a personal and secure place for you to vent your good and bad thoughts. Participants find it amazing looking back at past journals and laughing at the silly things they were stressed over.
A place to set goals and mark them off as completed. Some participants have small goals such as ‘Go for a walk this afternoon’, while others strive for bigger one. A fundamental part of removing bad habits and replacing them with good ones is making small, attainable goals for yourself. You should strive to have one or two daily goals, a few goals that take you a week, and a more long term goal. Lots of people get into the habit of making goals for themselves that sound like ‘I will be happy when I become a NHL player’. This causes a problem because you’ve told yourself that you can only be happy if you reach this extensive, unrealistic goal. Our course teaches you to focus on changing small things in your life that will help you change huge things for yourself in the long run.
Research shows that when a group of people work towards a common goal together, they’re more likely to achieve it than if they were going at it alone. Our course allows for communication among fellow users who are all striving for a stress free lifestyle. Every course member has a private inbox where they will receive notifications and private messages from other users.
It’s like your Facebook news feed, but people post about stressful issues they need help with. You can post anonymously or using your username (this is great for letting people visit your profile page so they can become friends with you and start a private chat). Whether you’re looking to comment on other users’ posts, post a personal issue that you need advice on, or ask a question about the course, this is the place to do it. This community is a safe space for you. Don’t be shy.