Understanding Stress








Learn about the different types of stress. How is it that some stress weighs us down and some can propel us towards greatness. The key is in understanding how to manage the good and the not-so-good. Great conversation and emotional learning.

What you can expect in this course

According to the World Health Organization, mental wellness is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Becoming educated on stress will benefit your mental wellness in ways you never imagined. Mental wellness enables us to perform at our best while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. In turn, creating a uniquely positive and productive workplace.

The common response to stress is anxiety, uncontrolled emotions, negative habit formation, and damaging communication. All of which negatively impact productivity, workplace culture, and most importantly our wellbeing.

We will help you improve your mental wellness through an in-depth understanding of stress along with new skills to manage it. This course will help you understand the role of stress in your life.


  • To teach the concept of healthy and unhealthy stress
  • To bridge the gap of education to the benefits of stress
  • To openly share what stress feels like through personal stories
  • To provide tools and ideas to create personal success strategies for yourself
  • To emphasize that self care is the most important care of all
  • To learn strategies of how to cope with our own stress at work and how to support our coworkers
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Lesson 1 – Introducing Stress

We begin the adventure with a basic introduction to the definition of stress. The personal side of this is where it starts to get your attention that something may be off a bit. Stress effects can begin to show, both positive and negative.

This first lesson gets down to the basics. A clear understanding is required to begin the education process. We strive to ensure that you fully understand what we are sharing.

It is a lot of valuable information. We have made the videos short and each lesson finishes with an assignment. Most often a reflection exercise.

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Stress overload makes us stupid. Solid research proves it. When we get overstressed, it creates a nasty chemical soup in our brains that makes it hard to pull out of the anxious depressive spiral. - Gail Sheehy

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Lesson 2 – Healthy Stress

An introduction to best practices and ideas of what you should be doing if you identified with any issues discussed in the first lesson.

This is an impactful session that will create some aha moments for you with the realization that you can overcome some of the things that you may have previously struggled with.

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Introductory Video to the course

Please take the PSS stress test. This will give you an idea of how you are managing your own stress levels.

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Course and Coaching Option


This is a great option. You take the course and then sit with one of our facilitators or counselors and discuss what you learned and we can answer any questions you may have.

Self Learning


This option is if you prefer to go through the content on your own and learn all of the valuable information of how to manage your stress.

There is no support of IGM facilitators with this option, you only receive access to the online content.