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Success Over Stress

Course description

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.

Course themes

What are the physiological effects of stress on the body? How do healthy behaviors help us manage stress? 

Many of the common sources of stress for students are explored and effective approaches to stress management are provided. 

Our thinking styles can affect how we manage stress. Through self–reflection, students assess their healthy and unhealthy coping behaviors.

Students continue to discover individual differences in coping styles and learn new effective strategies for common stressors in college and beyond.

Students learn the strategies for helping peers in distress and reflect on various proactive approaches to certain stressors and scenarios.

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 am more forgiving to myself, and can fight off the temptations of procrastination better!

I have become very in tune with the ways I react to stress and monitoring and changing these when necessary.

Among Fall 2018 enrolled students in Success Over Stress at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities who completed their course evaluation, 98% self‐reported increases in awareness of campus services/resources and others’ perspectives related to course topics. In addition, not only did they report increased confidence in applying the information and skills learned in the course, but also actual changes in their behaviors. The degree of change—somewhat, moderately, or very—slightly differed for each of these items.


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Rothenberger Institute
School of Public Health
1300 S 2nd Street, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN, 55454 

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