Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsCRAIG HASSED: Increasingly, stress is becoming a almost normal part of day-to-day life. We get hassled over things-- the pressures, the time pressures. The way that technology intrudes on our personal life, and we take work home with us. There are so many more things that we have to deal with that can increase the pressure and stress of modern life. And then some of the ways we try to deal with that don't necessarily help. Sometimes we use substances, or abuse them. We get angry and frustrated. We sometimes withdraw. And so clearly we need to find better ways to deal with that.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 secondsAnd that's one of the main reasons that people are interested in mindfulness is to deal with the stress of day-to-day life.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsRICHARD CHAMBERS: Yeah. So this week we're going to look at what stress is, and how we create it in our mind through certain mental habits and behaviours and reactions. We're also going to look at how mindfulness can help us with that-- help us to reduce it, to notice when we're inappropriately activating the fight and flight response. We're going to look at the science behind mindfulness and mindful stress reduction, and also some of the cognitive practises-- looking at how certain ways of thinking can actually lead to stress and other behaviours and emotions.

Skip to 1 minute and 12 secondsCRAIG HASSED: So there's a fair bit to cover this week, and we don't want you to get stressed about the amount of volume of things we need to cover in our stress management. So you go at your own pace and you'll be as if you were going in as much depth as you want to. But at the same time, just remember that mindfulness is awareness. So it will make us more aware of stress, which can feel sometimes a little bit uncomfortable at first. So just be gentle with yourself. Realise it's a process and it takes time, and we'll try and guide you through that.

Introduction to Week 2

Watch Craig and Richard introduce the topic for this week, improving work and study performance.

We refer to work and study throughout this week and the course as a whole, but we recognise that a lot of our learners are older and no longer in full-time work.

We also recognise that work doesn’t just include paid employment, but can also include volunteering, caring and working around the home. Learning can also include learning for personal and professional interest and not just at a school or university.

This week’s meditations

This week you’ll have the chance to practise and experiment with Training the puppy and Cultivating curiosity meditations. We encourage you to work through the steps preceding these meditations to better prepare you for and support you with these practices.

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In this course, we’ve provided Spanish-language translations of course content, including steps, videos and meditation transcripts. We’re doing this to welcome a group of Spanish-speaking learners taking their first steps on their mindfulness journey.

It’s worth noting that English subtitles for videos and transcripts for meditations and feedback videos are also available on steps, like normal. On video steps, a time-stamped transcript is located just below the video and captions can be displayed using the video play controls. Transcripts for each feedback video are available from the Download section of the step.

We understand that this course attracts learners from all around the world, and although we have provided Spanish-language translations in the course, it’s worth remembering that English is still the specified language of the course, and as stated in the FutureLearn Code of Conduct, learners “will communicate in English only (or the specified language of the course).”

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Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

Monash University

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