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Holistic Stress Management

3.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the concept of stress and describe holistic stress management techniques.
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Stress affects each of us every day and while some of us rise to the occasion, others experience myriad physiological, psychological, and spiritual effects. How we cope with stress can determine the current and future state of our health and well-being. Our bodies react to the signals sent to us by our brains during stressful episodes and these signals affect every system, especially the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. There are many holistic stress management techniques including self-awareness, cognitive restructuring, effective communication, guided imagery, social support, art therapy, and journaling.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the concept of stress.
  • Identify the stages of the general adaptation syndrome (GAS).
  • Describe types of stress.
  • Explain the role of stress on the individual.
  • Describe the physiology of stress.
  • Explain the concept of psychoneuroimmunology.
  • Identify the ways self-awareness can help an individual manage stress.
  • Describe the roles of cognitive restructuring and effective communication in stress management.
  • Explain the role of imagery in stress management.
  • Describe the impact of social support on health.
  • Describe art therapy and its role in stress management.
  • Explain how journaling impacts health and can address stress.

Are you stressed? If you are like most individuals, the answer is probably “yes.” You would not be alone. More than half of working adults say they are concerned with the amount of stress in their lives (American Psychological Association [APA], 2018a). Stress is a global epidemic. From events such as tsunamis, to devastating hurricanes, the events of September 11th, the economic crisis, job losses, credit card debt, and health concerns, the world is an increasingly anxious and fearful place. Global problems intensify personal stressors and it doesn’t matter if you are a high school student or a corporate CEO, “stress is an equal opportunity destroyer!” (Seaward, 2011, p. 4).

For many of us, the words stress and change are interchangeable. Change has always been part of the human experience. However, the rate of change in today’s world is so fast and furious that, “without an adequate reference point to anchor oneself …stress holds the potential to create a perpetual sense of uneasiness in the hearts and minds of nearly everyone” (Seaward, 2011, p. 4).

Events, people, circumstances, concerns, and a certain amount of stress are also part of our normal daily lives. Some of us rise to the occasion and thrive in these situations. Others experience a combination of negative physical and psychological effects. Why do we react differently to stressors? Despite much research on the topic, the answer is not clearly understood, but a key element is how we manage the stressors we face.

Stress is a reaction to any stimulus or challenge that upsets our normal function and disturbs our mental or physical health. Stress is brought on by internal circumstances (such as illness, pain, or emotional upset) or by external circumstances (such as death, family or financial problems, or job challenges). Attitudes, beliefs, and emotional states ranging from love to anger can trigger chain reactions that affect blood chemistry, heart rate, and the activity of every cell and organ in the body (Seaward, 2011; Seaward, 2017).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


Practice Level:


Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

September 11, 2021

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.