In an Infographic from, they reported that:

  • 1 in 5 people quit because of job stress
  • 1 in 4 view their job as their number one source of stress
  • 30% of U.S. employees have high levels of workplace stress

According to the Miriam-Webster’s dictionary, stress is defined as a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc. However, research by Stanford researcher, Kelly McGonigal, shows that stress may impact us negatively or positively depending on how we view stress. Her June 2013 TED Talk has been viewed 20 million times.

This course will challenge you to think about stress differently. I’ll ask you to try and change the meaning of what stress signals.
When we experience anxiety, frustration- we think there’s something wrong with us or our lives- when actually stress is a signal that you care and that something you care about is at stake.

Just as important, you wouldn’t have a stress response if your brain didn’t believe there was something you could do to respond – to get closer to what you care about.
In addition to reframing our thinking about stress, I’ll also give you a corresponding action for the body to accompany your new way of thinking.

Course Key Concepts: Positive Psychology, Stress reduction, Positive effects of stress

Learning Objectives
  • Explore what stress means and how it can be beneficial
  • Discover how stress can help us grow, motivate us, and make us smarter, braver, and more social
  • Discover physical ways to break our habitual patterns of dealing with stress
  • Explore how to create a plan to increase mental flexibility by adopting new strategies
Last updated/reviewed: August 11, 2023
12 Reviews (50 ratings)


Anonymous Author
Great explanations and well laid out steps to manage stress in life. Thinking makes it so & body and mind intricately connected ... Julie's presentation supports all this so well. Using her techniques will definitely make my days less stress felt. Great course.

Anonymous Author
I appreciated the course and often laughed, not at the instructor, but how stressed I was about needing to finished the training. What I found interesting is using the stress techniques in the middle of taking the course. Kudos to the instructor.

Anonymous Author
This is a great course on reframing stress. Offers very good and practical suggestions on tips moving your mindset. Journaling and meditation help in several areas of ones life.

Anonymous Author
Course was obviously prepared pre covid. Smiling behind a mask or having any type of physical interaction, handshake etc. are pretty much non-starters right now

Anonymous Author
This course was informative and provided several tips to better identify triggers and manage stress more effectively. Simple content, yet thought-provoking.

Anonymous Author
I thought this course was very interesting and helpful. I thought the instructor explained the topic very well. I would recommend this course to others.

Anonymous Author
I really enjoyed this course. I definitely plan to use the "this is good because" tool. The instructor's voice was also very calming. Great class!

Member's Profile
This course works just like the title, giving the reader new ones of re-thinking and dealing with stress. Highly recommended!

Anonymous Author
Helpful course on how to feel better even during stressful situations. Humorous slides and practical applications.

Anonymous Author
This was a good course. I absolutely love Amy cuddy and Her Ted talk is amazing, I would recomend it to anyone.

Anonymous Author
I really enjoyed this course. Julie offered simple ideas to change your perspective of stress.

Member's Profile
Great information on dealing with stress and how it can affect us. Stress coping.

Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Reframing Stress for Greater Mental Flexibility5:54
  Stress Defined8:00
  Yerkes-Dodson Law3:33
  Stress and Life Events9:03
  Handling Uncertainty6:31
  Mindset Reset13:27
  Changing Our Stress Mindset & Conclusion3:13
  Reframing Stress for Greater Mental Flexibility 49:41
  Slides: Reframing Stress for Greater Mental FlexibilityPDF
  Course HandoutPDF