Skip to main content

Watch Preview

Stress is Optional

with Cynthia Ackrill

Log in or Sign up for FREE and get full access to these and thousands of other Open Lessons in our catalog! Watch 2 Lessons For Free

  •   01 Know What's Really on Your Plate

    48:48
  •   03 Guided Visualization of Stress

    13:00

Class duration: 15h 2m

See all 32 lessons
  • 8K students

    100% satisfaction guaranteed

  • 100% recommended

    12 student reviews

  • Access anytime

    OFFLINE SYNC WITH iOS APPS

Get the Pass

starting at $25/month*

$299/year or $39/month

Unlock this class plus 1500+ more >

Watch Now

You already have access!

Buy Class

$99

About The Class

stop the cycle.

Panic, anxiety, and stress are paralyzing emotions that can stand in the way of the life you want. Freeing yourself from the grip of these toxic thoughts and feelings will give you clarity you can use to make better business and life decisions. Join nationally recognized stress expert Dr. Cynthia Ackrill for a course that will give you powerful tools to relieve stress and develop greater emotional resilience.

Everyone has to negotiate difficult life circumstances – financials problems, conflicts, and business challenges are woven into the fabric of everyday life. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are especially vulnerable to feeling overwhelmed. Learn how to manage life’s ups and downs using insights from stress management research and positive psychology and you will bounce back more quickly from life’s inevitable setbacks. In this course, you will develop a framework for evaluating your stress levels and your behavioral responses, and then identify cues you can use to get back on course. Dr. Ackrill will explain the physiological impact of stress and offer techniques for minimizing the disruption it can have on your body and life.

Stress, worry, and anxiety lead to procrastination and burnout, which cause more problems--and more worry. You can stop the cycle. Join us for Stress is Optional and learn an effective, proven approach to relieving stress for good.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Know What's Really on Your Plate

    48:48
  2. 02

    Recognizing Your De-stressers

    42:43
  3. 03

    Guided Visualization of Stress

    13:00
  4. 04

    What Exactly Is Stress?

    20:37
  5. 05

    Why Does Stress Fry My Brain? And Q&A

    21:32
  6. 06

    Awareness is the First Step

    28:40
  7. 07

    Know Your Stress Dashboard

    26:21
  8. 08

    Tools for Cooling Down

    31:14
  9. 09

    Put Yourself on the Calendar

    49:00
  10. 10

    Student & Web Questions

    13:24
  11. 11

    How to Create a Successful Strategy

    17:10
  12. 12

    Using Your Strengths to Ease Stress

    36:56
  13. 13

    Knowing You: What's Your Vision?

    23:12
  14. 14

    Balancing Your Energy: Delete

    37:44
  15. 15

    Balancing Your Energy: Delegate & Defer

    28:42
  16. 16

    Shifting Your Perception

    23:20
  17. 17

    Choosing Your Mindset

    30:08
  18. 18

    Create Habits of Mindfulness

    31:37
  19. 19

    The Human Operating System

    20:02
  20. 20

    Training for Resilience

    25:36
  21. 21

    Voicing Out Our Needs

    30:01
  22. 22

    Creating New Habits to Fight Stress

    18:09
  23. 23

    Be Aware: Sustaining & Derailing Habits

    26:23
  24. 24

    Being Empowered With Mindful Habits

    39:12
  25. 25

    Why We Fail

    26:14
  26. 26

    Having the Optimal Mindset

    37:54
  27. 27

    Succeeding With Your Goal(s)

    19:51
  28. 28

    S.M.A.R.T. Goals

    28:03
  29. 29

    Building Up Your Confidence

    35:08
  30. 30

    Why You Should Put Up Guardrails

    31:00
  31. 31

    Fine Tuning Habits of Resilience

    21:12
  32. 32

    Celebrate Your Successes

    19:07

Meet Your Expert

Cynthia Ackrill

Cynthia Ackrill is a physician, stress expert, and leadership coach, passionate about the connecting the dots between how humans live, behave, and think, and how effective, happy, and healthy they are. She is on a mission to keep dis-stress from ... read more

See instructor's Classes

Bonus Material

Access your course materials here!

Get access to exclusive bonus content when you purchase this class.

  • pdf Cynthia Ackrill - Keys to Creating Strategies to Ease the Drain of Stress.pdf
  • pdf Cynthia Ackrill - Stress Is Optional Workbook Parts 1 and 2.pdf
  • pdf Cynthia Ackrill - Stress Is Optional Workbook Part 3.pdf
  • pdf Cynthia Ackrill - Apps Resource List.pdf

100% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Creativelive Student

    July 2014

    Thanks so much for this free class, as a Naval veteran and cancer survior now dealing with female infertility and graduate student I needed this so much!!!!!! THANKS THANKS!!! Very educational. I loved the mindfulness and caring for yourself first! So many good things! I wish I could afford to buy it so I could share with friends and family!

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    July 2014

    Cindy is a woman of integrity. She is one of the most inspirational" healing to the soul" speakers that I have listened to in a very long while. There were so many beautiful nuggets of wisdom that changed my thinking. So thankful for the blessing she has been in my life today!!

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    July 2014

    Very informative, relaxing, and encouraging. I hope to see more courses from her in the future and hope to do her course materials justice! Thank you!

    Similar classes you might like

    You know who’d love this class...?

    When gift-spiration strikes, grab it. Give this class to a friend who’d love it. For their birthday or just because. (Or just because you missed their birthday.)

    GIFT THIS CLASS