Understanding Stress








Gain a deeper understanding of how stress can both destroy and create. Great conversation and emotional learning.

What you can expect in this course

We are excited to have you here for this course. It is an informative discussion that will help you understand the role of stress.

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.

The common response to stress is anxiety, uncontrolled emotions, negative habit formation, and damaging communication.

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


  • 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 of creating success strategies for yourself
  • To emphasize that self care is the most important care
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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 starts to get your attention that something may be off a bit. It can begin to show both positive sides and negative ones.

This first part is to get it 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 times it is reflection exercises.

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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 and that you can overcome some of the things that you may have struggled with.

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You can't just declare that you have a growth mindset. Growth mindset is hard. - Carol S. Dweck

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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.


Introduction Stress Course with support


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.