Stress, Self-Care and Mindfulness
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- 11 Jul 2022
Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
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Upon completion of this subject, the student should be able to:
- Explain key concepts relating to stress and psychological well-being.
- Discuss approaches to managing stress and enhancing well-being, referring to theory, evidence base and practice
- Apply techniques to manage stress and enhance well-being in a self-care context, and reflect on your experience.
- Stress and coping
- Happiness and well-being
- Behaviour change
- The Fs: Forks, feet, and fingers
- The Rs: Rest, relaxation and recreation
- The Os: Outside, offline and with others
- Everyday mindfulness
- Formal mindfulness
- Compassion and self-compassion
- Acts of kindness
- Character strengths
- Flow and creativity
- Wrap up
No eligibility requirements
No additional requirements
In this online subject you will learn about a range of contemporary approaches to managing stress and enhancing wellbeing which can be applied by individuals. As a foundation, you will learn about stress, coping, well-being and happiness, considering different models used in psychology to explain these concepts. Then you will explore the theory, evidence base, and practice of a range of approaches used to manage stress and enhance wellbeing within a self-care context. These approaches are grouped into three themes:
1. lifestyle (nutrition, physical activity, sleep, leisure and relaxation, social connections, digital health)
2. mindfulness (everyday mindfulness, formal mindfulness and meditation, compassion and self-compassion) and
3. positive psychology (gratitude, acts of kindness, character strengths, meaning, flow and creativity).
Throughout the subject, there is a focus on learning to adopt healthy thoughts and behaviours as part of a self-care approach, and developing skills in applying the scientist-practitioner model to reflect on claims regarding approaches to managing stress and enhancing well-being. In each weekly online module, content is presented via text, images, videos, and audio recordings, along with interactive online learning activities. Readings focus on research articles and reports which provide an evidence base for the approaches discussed in the subject. There are multiple opportunities for both structured and informal interactions with your teacher and peers throughout the semester, in both synchronous and asynchronous modes. In practical activities and assessments, you will discuss, apply, and reflect on the techniques discussed in the subject content.
- Contribution to the online learning environment (10%)
- Presentation (45%)
- Reflective journal (40%)
- Online Quiz (5%)
Current study term: 10 Jul 22 to 16 Oct 22
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