Life is a constant balancing act between daily pressures and our ability to cope with them. A certain amount of stress is natural and acceptable, but it becomes harmful and counter-productive when life’s demands are excessive or constant, and beyond our ability to cope. 

When stress is manageable, it can be considered positive and motivational, because it stimulates and energizes us. Sometimes we even surprise ourselves by what we can achieve. We thrive on a challenge that gives us a buzz or a sense of purpose and achievement, even when it involves an element of risk. However, if the pressure falls outside the range that feels comfortable, the resulting strain or worry starts to affect our performance. Stress can affect your physical and mental health. If prolonged, chronic stress can have a life-changing impact such as burnout and even post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). 

This course provides you with the practical steps to understand your own unique stress profile and monitor your stress levels, based on 30 years of experience with clients and delivering stress workshops and seminars. You'll learn what the early warning signs are, and what to do about them. If you've gone past that point and stress is already a burden you are struggling with, you'll get guidance on how to protect yourself.

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Who is This Course for?

  • This course is for anyone who needs to learn about the creeping effects of pressure that result in feeling stressed, and how stress can affect health, wellbeing, and confidence. It covers prevention, how to recognize and avoid the impact of stress, and the actions to take if you are already suffering from the negative effects of stress, whether acute or persistent.
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What Will I Learn?

Meeting any challenge produces a certain amount of stress, apprehension, uncertainty, and fatigue. Understanding how your mind and body react to pressure is an important step toward managing the harmful effects of stress.

Identifying the triggers

To manage stress well we must first become aware of how pressure affects us. No two people are the same and our responses and reactions are unique to each of us. Increasing our awareness of how we experience stress is the first step in doing something about it.

Knowing your stress profile

Each person's stress reaction is unique, depending on their make-up. Everyone has a threshold at which the pressures become too much, and this is different for each of us. This varies between individuals and also within the same person at different times and in different situations.

Taking control and building confidence

Stress is a universal syndrome, but it’s how we perceive and respond to life’s pressures that affect our stress levels. When our efforts are channeled and we feel in control, despite the potential risks involved, we flourish – it builds self-esteem and confidence and the result is better emotional and physical health. The more we feel in control, the less likely stress is to affect us badly.

Developing stress-reducing habits

Developing wise habits, self-awareness, and a degree of self-protection – by managing boundaries and appropriate assertiveness, for example – can help to balance the negative side-effects of modern life that threaten health and performance.

Knowing how to care for yourself

Unfortunately, faced with urgent demands or increasing pressure, it’s easy to lose sight of the very things you need most to protect yourself, with predictable results. This course will encourage you to set 'punctuation points' to act as reminders for self-care.

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Barry Winbolt

Psychologist, Coach, Therapist, and Writer

Barry is a psychologist, therapist, and coach. He has built his career around sharing information that helps people sort out the things that trouble them.

There's always something to do if you have the right information and the right guidance. So, he provides personal and professional training that will help you get a better handle on yourself, a relationship, and life in general.

Barry's strapline "Life doesn't have to be ...

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What Others Have to Say

  • The course is jam-packed with tangible tools and I will definitely go through it again as I'm sure I've missed nuggets. ~Nicola

  • Excellent material presented in an effective way I could relate to. The presenter comes across as highly skilled and his style is measured, informative and makes you feel confident you can master the skills.

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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Understanding Stress

    • 1. Welcome to the Course Video (2:43)

    • 1a. Before You Dive In Workbook

    • 2. What is Stress? Video (4:55)

    • 2a. Quiz - Your Stress Profile

    • 3. Act, While you Still have Control Video (6:12)

    • 3a. The Stress Curve Video (2:51)

    • 3b. The Fight or Flight Response Workbook

    • 4. Two Types of Stress Video (2:26)

    • 5. Recognising the Signs Video (3:06)

    • 5a. Recognise Your Stress Signals Workbook

    • 5b. The Stress Gauge Video (2:26)

    • 6. Some Common Stress Myths Video (5:57)

    • Quiz 1: Test your Understanding

  • 2

    Acting on the Signals

    • 7. Corrective Actions: Lifestyle Video (7:22)

    • 8. Corrective Actions: Immediate Steps Video (7:49)

    • 8a. Protect Yourself from Stress Workbook

    • 9. Corrective Actions: Chronic Stress Video (5:43)

    • Quiz 2: Corrective Actions

  • 3

    Moving On

    • 10. You Are Not Alone Video (3:21)

    • 11. Closing Summary Video (4:48)

    • 12a. Bonus - 9 Steps to Resilience Reference Guide

    • 12b. Bonus - 7 Ways to Change Your Thinking Reference Guide

    • 12c. Bonus - Emotional Balance Checklist

    • 13. Your Feedback

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start and finish?

    The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course—you decide when you start and when you finish.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you are a Blisspot Subscriber—across any and all devices you own.

  • What if I am unhappy with the course?

    We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.