Success Over Stress
Success Over Stress equips students with the knowledge and skills to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress, identify triggers, distinguish adaptive and maladaptive coping techniques, and implement proactive stress prevention and management strategies.
- Stress and the body
- Common sources of stress
- Maladaptive coping
- Adaptive coping strategies
- Creating a stress management plan
What are the physiological effects of stress on the body? How do healthy behaviors help us manage stress?
- The stress process and associated physiological changes
- Various health outcomes associated with unaddressed or chronic stress
- Common overlap between stress and psychological disorders
- Benefits of healthy behaviors like proper nutrition, physical activity, and good sleep hygiene
Many of the common sources of stress for students are explored and effective approaches to stress management are provided.
- Academic and interpersonal stress
- Time management
- Financial stress
- Transitions into and out of college
- Specific strategies for each common source
Our thinking styles can affect how we manage stress. Through self–reflection, students assess their healthy and unhealthy coping behaviors.
- Automatic thoughts and cognitive distortions
- Personality and thinking styles
- Unhealthy coping behaviors, like substance use and abuse and unhealthy eating patterns
Students continue to discover individual differences in coping styles and learn new effective strategies for common stressors in college and beyond.
- Resilience research and strategies
- Perspective, gratitude, and forgiveness
- Building and utilizing a social support network
- Relaxation exercises
- Strategies for academic, interpersonal, financial, and time-related stress
Throughout the course, students reflect on stress triggers and current approaches and experiment with new strategies, both preventive and reactive.
- Readiness and the Stages of Change
- Identifying new strategies depending on the source of stress
- Goal–setting best practices
I have found many ways to relax and calm myself down when I get stressed or worked up over something.
This course allowed me to truly reflect on myself and the stress in my life. I think I developed better coping mechanisms for stress and better time management skills.
I have high anxiety and this course helped improve my skills to better manage my stress so I can be successful in life.
I think I developed better coping mechanisms for stress and better time management skills.
I have become very in tune with the ways I react to stress and monitoring and changing these when necessary.
After taking the course,*
*2014 course evaluation data from the U of MN’s Office of Measurement Services