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Stress Management

Course CodeVPS100
Fee CodeS1
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Learn to Control Stress 

  • Get some balance into your life, at work, home and play.
  • Understand stress and discover techniques for managing stress
  • Help others as a health or fitness professional, life coach, manager or friend 
  • Become more productive at work and happier all the time.
This is a flexible and comprehensive learning program that develops not only knowledge of stress, but a capacity to better manage stress. It is nominally a 100 hr study program. You can study at your own pace; taking as little or as long as you wish to complete the course.

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Body changes caused by stress.
  2. Developing an easy going lifestyle.
  3. Pills & alcohol abuse.
  4. Building self esteem.
  5. Career management & achieving work satisfaction.
  6. Security & Decision Making.
  7. Relaxation - massage, meditation and diet.
  8. Evaluating & developing your own personality.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Identify changes that occur to the body as stress develops.
  • Identify the relationship between lifestyle and stress.
  • Discuss the impact of legal drugs on the psychology of a person.
  • Discuss the importance of self esteem in minimizing stress.
  • Determine options for career management that will minimize potential for stress.
  • Identify and address security issues that impact on stress levels.
  • Identify aspects of relaxation and nutrition in a person’s life that may impact upon
    • stress levels.
    • Identify the relationship between stress and personality type.

Tips for A Less Stress at Work

  • Find a better balance between career demands, family needs and personal desires.
  • Understand where you really are today.
  • Separate work/life worries so that they can each be dealt with more effectively.
  • Establishing what you can do to be less reliant on your employer for career progression.
  • Deciding what you want the future to be like.
  • Enjoy your job more.
  • Remove personal doubts and uncertainties about my career direction (self-esteem and decisiveness).
  • Assess your work skills, capabilities and talents.
  • Know your weaknesses, then work to improve them
  • Find alternative ways to progress and grow personally.
  • Increase your self confidence in my work activities.
  • Decide what is between where you are now and where you want to be.
  • Anticipate the future – don’t just wait for events to occur or crises to befall you.
  • Identify and schedule realistic personal goals.
  • Evaluate whether the best course is to seek promotion or transfer, resign, retire early, or change careers all together
  • Establish a deeper, more worthy meaning in my work.
  • Spend time thinking carefully about what you want to do for the remainder of your working life


What is an Appropriate amount of Sleep?
Research has shown clear links between sleeping difficulties and health e.g. poor sleeping habits can lower the immune system and make a person more susceptible to health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, stroke and depression. Poor sleeping habits can affect mood, energy levels, the ability to concentrate and ability to function at work and to sustain good relationships with friends and family.  Research has shown that between a third and a fifth of the population is affected by poor sleeping patterns which can mean that they are unable to get enough sleep, waking for long periods at night or waking too early/un-refreshed after a nights sleep perhaps as a result of snoring (sleep apnoea). The exact amount of time required to prevent sleeping problems is difficult to define. Some people can function well with as little as 4 hours of sleep a night while others need much more than this e.g. 8-12 hours. Generally people need less sleep when they are older e.g. people in their 70s often sleep for less than 6 hours. Poor sleep may be temporary for example as a result of stress or a change in routine or due to the effects of stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine and nicotine, or may become longer lasting e.g. with sleep apnoea or longer term stress/ depression. Treating poor sleep requires a regular pattern of sleeping and relaxation should be undertaken.  This allows the body to restore and repair, and enables mental stresses to be analysed and dealt with. Some general types to aid sleep include reduce intakes of caffeine, stopping or reducing smoking, exercising earlier in the day rather than a few hours before bedtime, having a lighter evening meal creating ideal conditions in the bedroom e.g. adequate darkness and an ideal temperature, getting into a routine where bedtime is at the same time each day and practicing relaxation techniques.
 We also offer a range of other courses that may interest you. Please follow the links below for more information -
We also offer a range of eBooks written by our highly qualified and experienced tutors.  You may find them interesting reading -
Full of interesting case studies, this ebook is a wonderful introduction to the complex world of the human psyche. Expand your mind and learn about what makes people tick. - The Counselling Handbook

Why Study with ACS?

  • Our graduates are extremely successful.
  • All our courses are unique (and to be successful in today's need to be unique… doing a standard course that is taught by many different colleges may in fact restrict your opportunities for employment.
  • Our standards have not been degraded in recent years, like many other colleges.
  • Flexibility – you can study when and where you want, choose what to study, mix and match an extremely wide range of modules in a way to suit you.
  • Tutors are highly qualified and experienced - more so than for most other colleges (our minimum requirements for tutors are set higher than some other vocational colleges.
  • Service to students is more immediate than at other colleges – Tutors are on duty 5 days a week – on call as you need them, this type of service is virtually unheard of elsewhere.
  • Service is guaranteed, because unlike most, it isn't subject to changes in government funding or policy.
  • Internationally recognised and accredited courses (through International Accreditation & Recognition Council).
  • Recognition through various industry bodies.
  • Arrangements through other institutions leading to higher qualifications.

Meet some of our academics

Denise Hodges Promotions Manager for ABC retail, Fitness Programmer/Instructor, Small Business Owner, Marketing Coordinator (Laserpoint). Over 20 years varied experienced in business and marketing. More recently Denise studied naturopathy to share her passion for health and wellness. Denise has an Adv.Dip.Bus., Dip. Clothing Design, Adv.Dip.Naturopathy (completing).
Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.
Tracey JonesWidely published author, Psychologist, Manager and Lecturer. Over 10 years working with ACS and 25 years of industry experience. Qualifications include: B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), Dip. SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies).

Check out our eBooks

Working With PeopleA job and careers guide for people who like working with people -covering everything from counselling and personnel management to marketing, health and education
Counselling HandbookFull of interesting case studies, this ebook is a wonderful introduction to the complex world of the human psyche. Chapters include: Using Counselling, Seeing Behind the Mask, Emotions and Attitudes, Communicating Better, Theory vs Practice, Diffusing Difficult Situations and Golden Rules for Counselors. 43 pages
How to be a Life CoachLife coaching is a relatively new profession - although coaches have been around for a long time in the guise of trainers, instructors, managers and tutors for various professions and disciplines. Life coaching is not easily defined, but it is a type of mentoring which focuses on helping individuals to achieve what they would like to achieve and thereby to lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike other forms of coaching, it takes place outside of the workplace and is concerned with all aspects of a person’s life.
Nutritional TherapyDiscover how the way you eat can impact upon the affects of an illness. This book is unique, written by our health and nutritional scientists. Chapters cover: “Scope and Nature of Nutritional Therapy”, “How different factors Interact with Nutrition”, “Different Ways” and “Appropriate Therapeutic Responses for Different Health Issues” Thirty different conditions are covered from Mental Illness and Gastritis to Coeliac Disease and Osteoporosis.