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Course Co-ordinated by IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Rajlakshmi Guha
IIT Kharagpur


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Stress is a part of daily living and each individual responds to stress differently. Thus there’s no “one size fits all” solution to managing stress. Stress management techniques can teach an individual healthier ways to cope with stress, help reduce its harmful effects, and prevent stress from spiraling out of control again in the future. The goal of stress management is not to eliminate all stress. This course aims to teach the student how to limit the harmful effects of stress while maintaining life’s quality and vitality.






  • What is Stress?
  • Sources of Stress
  • Types of stress
  • Personality factors and stress
  • Stress and the college student
  • 2.

  • Stress and Nervous System
  • Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis
  • Effect of stress on Immune system
  • Health risk associated with chronic stress
  • Stress and Major psychiatric disorders
  • 3.

  • Understanding your stress level
  • Role of personality pattern, Self Esteem, Locus of control
  • Role of thoughts beliefs and emotions - I
  • Role of thoughts beliefs and emotions - II
  • Life situation intrapersonal: (assertiveness, Time management)
  • 4.

  • Developing cognitive coping skills
  • Autogenic Training, Imagery and Progressive relaxation
  • Other relaxation techniques
  • Exercise and health
  • DIY strategies stress management
  • Basic knowledge in communication and a good understanding of English

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