Week 1: Key Characteristics of Stress (January 2023)

Week 1 provides an overview of the key characteristics of stress and its importance in health outcomes. It presents a review of the relaxation response as the counterregulatory state to stress and teaches a simple relaxation response elicitation while detailing the evidence for its effectiveness in promoting health and helping to manage chronic stress related illnesses.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this week, participants should be able to understand the following key elements:

  • Define the relaxation response (RR).
  • Identify three landmark studies of the relaxation response.
  • Illustrate the potential influence of the RR on the individual, healthcare, and society.
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