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.

As you do so, you may also like to continue doing meditation exercises you have already been introduced to if that feels appropriate for you. In particular, continuing to regularly practise the short mindful Comma exercise (either with or without the audio guide) can be useful.

You may wish to explore these meditations to start your week. Once you have, we strongly recommend that you return to this step and then continue to move through this week's learning materials.

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Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

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