Stress Management Skills for Real Life: Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life

with Julie Peters

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12 Audio Lessons

6 Exercises

8 Hours To Complete

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Practical skills and guided meditations for managing the inevitable stresses of life.

Stress is a common problem for everyone, and it’s estimated to cause 99% of our illnesses. We can’t eradicate stress from our lives, but we can learn to manage it. 

In each lesson of this course, you will learn a practical tool or skill that you can immediately apply to your day-to-day life to create a calmer, more resilient pattern for when stress arises. We’ll talk about mindfulness, the functions of the nervous system, and how to manage emotions like shame, anger, and joy, which can each create their own forms of stress. 

 

Course Highlights

When you sign up, you’ll receive:

  • Six audio lectures you can listen to at your own pace

  • Six separate guided meditations you can do as often as you wish

  • Weekly homework to integrate new stress management skills

  • Written PDF material for reference for each lesson

When you sign up, you’ll learn:

  • What stress is and how it works in the body

  • The difference between positive stress and toxic stress

  • Practical skills for detoxifying the stress in our lives

  • Daily practices you can do so that you can train your nervous system to operate at a calmer, healthier day-to-day level

  • How to work with emotions like anger and sadness to improve your connection with others rather than feeling isolated

  • An introduction to the skills of cognitive behavioral therapy, which has been shown to greatly improve outcomes for people with depression and anxiety

  • How to work with food less as a stress coping mechanism and more as a relationship practice, which can help with digestion, weight maintenance. This may be especially helpful for anyone who has a history of disordered eating.

  • Practices for joy and sweetness so that you can not only stress less but actually enjoy life more.

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Course Outline

Introduction:

What is stress and why should we learn to manage it rather than try to get rid of it?

Lesson 1: Mindfulness.

Guided Meditation 1: A simple mindfulness practice working with the body.

Lesson 2: Understanding the Nervous System.

Guided Meditation 2: A calming meditation and breath practice that can be used anytime, including in going to sleep at night.

Lesson 3: Core Beliefs.

Guided Meditation 3: A guided heart-centered practice to help us develop a loving, compassionate relationship with ourselves and our bodies.

Lesson 4: Befriending Darkness.

Guided Meditation 4: A meditation that allows us to learn to feel and accept anger in our bodies without needing to react right away, thus giving us a chance to channel the energy in a more generative way.

Lesson 5: Food as a Relationship Practice.

Guided Meditation 5: a meditation for listening to, honoring, and loving the belly.

Lesson 6: Moments of Sweetness

Guided Meditation 6: A sweetness practice that allows us to feel pleasure simply and easily and really let that sweetness in.


Who is this course for?

  • Anyone who feels stress sometimes overwhelms them.

  • Anyone who wants to stop using coping mechanisms that have negative consequences and find healthier, more sustainable coping skills.

  • People who sometimes find themselves going numb due to the stresses of life.

  • People who want more richness in their relationships and a more loving connection to their body.

  • Anyone with a difficult relationship with food.

  • People who find they get sick all the time without any underlying medical reason--a weak immune system may be due to a lack of appropriate rest.

  • People who are exhausted.

  • People with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, or other mood disorders who would like to complement the work of their medical and health professionals.

  • Anyone who would like healthy, practical, useful skills for managing the stresses of their lives.

  • People who would like to live their lives more fully, with more joy and less anxiety.

  • People who are ready and willing to make a change in their stress habits in exchange for a fuller, brighter life.

Meet the Instructor

Julie is a writer and yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) and co-founder of Ocean and Crow Yoga. She has a biweekly column on yoga for Spirituality and Health Magazine called "Downward Blog: Writings on a Life in Yoga." She is the author of the book Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses: Meditations on Desire, Relationships, and the Art of Being Broken (SkyLight Paths 2016). Learn more about her at www.jcpeters.ca.

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