Manage Workplace Stress & Strike a Balance

Our lives can be filled with daily stressors. Learn to manage stress and strike a better balance in your life.
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 44 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 4/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

Our lives are filled with daily stressors & high pressure situations, but it doesn't have to erode our relationships & health. Don't let stress silently steal stability & happiness for yourself or others. In this course explore the neuroscience behind stress & learn techniques to help you handle stress & bring your body back to a relaxed state.

The combination of ambition & “always on” technology is often a big source of stress & can leave us wondering exactly where to draw the line. Sometimes we get frustrated when the scale tips too heavily in one direction, but actually achieving work-life balance takes effort. In this course we'll share some tools & techniques that you can use to help you strike a better balance.

Course 1: Manage Workplace Stress

Identify & understand your stressors. Learn how to manage them with these techniques.

  • Understand what causes stress & recognize the signs
  • Stop the cycle of stress & relax
  • Get your move on & manage your stress

Course 2: Strike a Balance

Balance your life and your work by setting up your priorities and factoring in some downtime.

  • Determine your priorities & values
  • Set smart & measurable goals
  • Find the importance in down time & schedule it in

This two course bundle will teach you how to understand, manage & succeed during stressful situations & strike your best work-life balance. It includes dynamic video, interactive practice lessons, tips from industry leaders, & downloadable PDFs. Each component is designed to be completed in short time allotments, or all at once, to suit your schedule. It will take approximately 1 hour to complete both courses.

You have a lot to balance in your life & making it all happen can be a very stressful proposition. In this course, learn how to handle it all & still maintain your sanity!

What are the requirements?

  • You will need Adobe Acrobat to download PDFs
  • You will need internet access. Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari are preferred browsers to open links to interactive lessons

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn the physiology of stress
  • Practice ways to manage that stress & relax
  • Understand how to strike a better work-life balance & get things done
  • Find your priorities in life & in work

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone balancing the stresses of the job with getting things done
  • People looking to find the balance between work & life

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course 1 – Manage Workplace Stress

Most of us are so used to being stressed out that we think that we're okay, as long as we are not lying in a heap on the floor from total exhaustion. Even if you don't think that a situation is stressful, it could still be interpreted by your body as a stress inducing situation. Learn to recognize stress & its effects.

1 page

Let's take a look at some of the signs & signals that indicate you may be under stress. Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviors, thinking ability & physical health. No part of the body is immune. Recognizing typical stress symptoms can help assess your stress levels.

Section 2: Meet Your Nervous System

Understand the two branches of your autonomic nervous system & how they contribute to your fight or flight stress responses.

1 page

One of the best ways to begin combatting stress is to understand which stressors you respond to & which activities help level your stressed out states. Take a look at this list of stressors & identify those that you know you react to.

1 page

How do you respond in a stressful situation? Do you respond aggressively from your fight response or do you tend to take passive flight? Assess your natural response style under stress.

Section 3: Break the Stress Cycle

When you are better able to regulate how you respond to day to day stress, it gives your body a break from elevated cortisol levels. Learn more about cortisol & how to keep it at bay.


Try out these strategies to reduce stressors in your workplace. When you activate “rest & digest” you deactivate “fight or flight.”

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There are several techniques you can try when the squeeze of work-related stress hits home. In her article for DBusiness, Megan Torrance suggests 3 ways you can find some zen in your workplace environment.

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Kelly McGonigal takes us on a journey to find out how stress can actually make your body healthier. What if you viewed stress as your body's response to help you meet that challenge? Participants of a study learned to view their stress response as helpful. Explore what this might mean for you.

Section 4: Find Stress Relief

Meditation is a simple & inexpensive technique you can use to increase self-awareness & reduce negativity. Meditation activates the parasympathetic nervous system. Learn more about all of the benefits this can bring.

1 page

Neuroscientist, Sara Lazer, dives deeper into the scientific research to support the claim that meditation can actually change your brain. Consider her advice & give meditation a try.

Section 5: Try Movement-Based Stress Relief

Movement based stress relief also activates Parasympathetic benefits. Sometimes movement based mediation can be an easier starting place for people with busy, active minds. When we get our bodies moving, it gives our minds something to think about. Take a yoga pose to quiet your mind & body.

1 page

Author Bernie Clark explains why yoga turns off the fight-or-flight system & activates the rest-&-digest system. Feeling good is the end result. Practice this breath work & notice what happens in your life.

1 page

Stress often builds in small moments until the proverbial “last straw” sends us over the top. How you handle that last moment of pressure can make a difference. Try these useful tips from Rebecca Knight to stay calm.

Section 6: Put It to Work

Think about this final piece of advice & control worry by changing your internal self-talk. It's time to be good to yourself & manage workplace stress.

4 pages

Use the tips & tools in this printable PDF to help you manage workplace stress.

4 questions

Assess your readiness to manage workplace stress. You need an 80% to pass.

Section 7: Course 2 – Strike a Balance

What does work-life balance mean to you? Use these best practices to put your personal & work life in sync.

Section 8: Start with What You Know

The best balance between work & your personal life is something that you get to decide based on your own individual priorities. The good news is that you can get some help putting all of the pieces together.

1 page

Work through this helpful chart to identify all of the important things going on in your career & lifestyle. It's your first step to finding your perfect balance.

Section 9: Define Work-Life Balance

Take a look at what you value & redefine balance as the proportional fit that works best to keep your life steady & stable. Then try these tips to build in short-term flexibility. Give yourself permission to do what works for you!

1 page

Try these 5 tips from Jen Uscher to incorporate more downtime into your life.

Section 10: Establish Your Priorities

Quiet your internal over-achiever & think about these questions to help you evaluate your goals & priorities. Spend some time answering them authentically & you'll realize more happiness & less regret.

1 page

Practice setting goals that are specific, measurable, actionable or achievable, realistic or relevant & time-bound.

Section 11: Rest & Recharge

It's important that you respect your recharge time. Use these strategies to give yourself the time & space you need to be your best possible self.

2 pages

List your favorite activities for rest & recharge. These are the activities you feel great after you've spent time on them. Next, plan your time & schedule them into your calendar to make sure they don't get missed.

Section 12: Put It to Work

Think about this final piece of advice & don't be afraid to say no to the things that threaten your ability to strike a balance.

4 pages

Use the tips & tools in this printable PDF to help you strike a balance.

5 questions

Assess your readiness to manage workplace stress and strike a balance. You need an 80% to pass.

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Instructor Biography

Eleventure Team, Higher Learning. @ Work

Let's face it - a lot of elearning out there is downright boring. The truth is, everyone wants the skills they need to do their jobs well. That's where Eleventure comes in. It's critical, on-the-job skills people need. It's fast. It's fresh. It's action based & it's designed and developed by award winning and veteran author, presenter & trainer, Megan Torrance of TorranceLearning.

Megan brings over a decade of business consulting and project management experience to her instructional design and development work. She teaches LLAMA (Agile project management) and instructional design classes, kicks off new design projects and makes sure everyone's having a good time. Elearning guru by day, and ice hockey goaltender by night, Megan is devoted to not only delivering outstanding work, but also creating a top-notch work environment based on trust, flexibility, compassion, and fun. Megan and her team have developed elearning for a variety of industries and topics including food ingredients, industrial chemicals, medical, non-profit, human resources, sales, marketing, and IT. Megan holds a BS in Communications with an emphasis on Organizational Communication and Public Relations, and an MBA, both from Cornell University.

TorranceLearning's instructional design processes are designed to quickly focus on the desired performance and learning objectives, then make the most of visual and verbal techniques to take full advantage of the learning opportunity.

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