2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
    May 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

EXW 205 - Stress, Lifestyle and Health

Description: Examination of the stress process as it relates to health, disease, lifestyle, and the sociocultural environment. Emphasis is on cognitive skills, healthy lifestyle habits and relaxation techniques that may prevent and/or alleviate physical, mental, emotional, social and physiological symptoms of stress. The learning activities of the course are both theoretical and experiential.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Scientific theories and terminology pertaining to stress, health, and lifestyle habits
  2. The 7-dimensions of wellness
  3. Stress psychophysiology and systems of the body impacted by acute and chronic stress
  4. Chronic stress, illness and disease
  5. Coping strategies to prevent and/or reverse chronic stress patterns
  6. General, situational and specific interventions and techniques to manage daily stress
  7. Components, techniques and benefits of self-regulation, physical activity, adequate nutrition and mind/body practices
  8. Emerging theories and strategies for decreasing stress behavior
  9. Theories and strategies for behavior modification

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify the mind/body mechanisms and systems of the body responsible for stress reactivity and relaxation response. (1-4)
  2. Describe how the stress model can influence both the development of wellness and illness. (1-4, 6,7)
  3. Describe how perception of events and personality type influence stress psychophysiology. (3)
  4. Discuss various cognitive interventions for transforming perception in the presence of a stressor. (1, 3, 5 -9)
  5. Analyze the processes required for self-regulation of emotions. (3-7)
  6. Apply problem-focused coping and emotion-focused coping to various scenarios of stress. (5-9)
  7. Document experiences of stress reactivity and relaxation response. (5-7)
  8. Apply theories and coping skills to prevent, minimize or resolve stressful perceptions in the face of personal stressors. (1-8)
  9. Examine the role regular physical activity, adequate nutrition and lifestyle habits play in promoting health and preventing or reversing chronic stress. (5-8)