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Stress Reduction Techniques and Therapies

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to provide an overview of the techniques and therapies to reduce and manage stress, which include self-awareness, cognitive restructuring, sound healing and music therapy, meditation, nature, imagery, biofeedback, art, and dance.
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You may think you don’t have a lot of control over the stress in your life, but you have more control than you might think. There are many ways to manage and reduce stress by using stress-relieving techniques and therapies. Exploring and experimenting with these techniques can provide you with many powerful tools to help you re-examine the way you respond to stress and empower you to more effectively manage the stress you have.

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

  • Identify how self-awareness can help an individual manage stress.
  • Describe the roles of cognitive restructuring, cognitive behavior therapy, and effective communication in stress management.
  • Identify the ways sound and music therapy affect the body and reduce stress.
  • Examine the effects of meditation on stress.
  • Discuss the stress-reduction benefits of interacting with nature.
  • Describe the stress-reduction benefits of biofeedback.
  • Describe the benefits of art therapy in reducing stress.
  • Identify the benefits of dance therapy in stress management.
  • Explain how imagery can be used to manage stress.

Are you stressed? If you are like most individuals, the answer is probably yes. More than half of working adults say they are concerned with the amount of stress in their lives (American Psychological Association [APA], 2006). Stress is a global epidemic. Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life and taking steps to reduce and manage these stressors. You can change the stressful situation or change your reaction to the stressor. This can be accomplished by using a variety of techniques and therapies that help you feel calmer and more relaxed.

While the body’s reactions can vary, there are four types of stress (Trivieri & Anderson, 2002):

  • Physical stress can include trauma, illness, intense physical labor, environmental pollution, inadequate light, childbirth, noise, toxins, inadequate oxygen, hypoglycemia, hormonal or chemical imbalances, dietary stress, substance abuse, and dental problems.
  • Psychological stress can include fear, resentment, information overload, worry, shame, guilt, jealousy, self-criticism, and anxiety. It can also include the loss of a sense of control, beliefs and attitudes, and a worldview.
  • Psychosocial stress can include relationship difficulties, a lack of social support, and isolation.
  • Psychospiritual stress can include a joyless life; meaningless work; and a crisis of values, meaning, and purpose.

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:

October 07, 2019

  • 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.