A Course to Stress Less and Enjoy More

Feeling stressed is … well, stressful. Left unchecked, stress can exhaust and debilitate. The stress response, though, is how the body’s designed—providing the resources needed to meet a challenge. Stress is not a flaw; it’s a natural response.

In this 14-day online pilot course, you’ll learn to unpack stress, understand your mindset and sensory cues, and masterfully engage with the stress response as a valuable and helpful feedback loop, rather than letting it be a show-stopper. Stress then becomes an opportunity to be with everyday challenges in a healthy way.

This course is sponsored by R3SET. Three assessments will be conducted, one before and two after. Fifty people will be given free access to the course.

Applications are now closed. But you can sign up for the next session!

Course Content
The first week, you’ll explore the nature of stress. The second week, you’ll use the R3SET stress method for a healthier, more sustainable response to life’s stressors. Here’s what to expect.
Days 1–3: Life Happens
For the first few days, you’ll explore the natural rhythm of your days, understanding when pressure points and unwinding times arise. You’ll dive into the wisdom of the body’s response to these ups and downs, look at your habituated response to stress, and track your own personal Zone of Effectiveness (which we like to call ZOE!). This builds a growth mindset.

Live webinar on Day 2, Tuesday, September 15, 2020, from 1:30–2:30 pm ET.

Days 4–7: You at Your Best
Just because you’ve had a lifetime of dealing with stress in a certain way doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it. You can move the stress response towards what is healthy, sustainable, and constructive. During these lessons, you’ll explore self-leadership, recognizing where you are now with mindful attention. This helps you see the choice point where you can grow. You’ll learn what increases or decreases ZOE, creating a positive self-image of who you want to be in relationship to stressors. The character strength of curiosity will be cultivated—a sense of “How interesting!” as you see what takes you away from you at your best.

Live webinar on Day 4, Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 1:30–2:30 pm ET.

Days 8–10: R3SET Stress
During the second week, we’ll put the previous lessons together into the practical R3SET stress method. You’ll learn and apply the three steps to recognize stress, remind yourself of you at your best, and respond appropriately. This includes asking yourself the question, What brings me towards ZOE (zone of effectiveness)?, so you can take the right action. You’ll learn about specific tools to use, including gratitute, prioritizing positivity, self-care, and connecting. You’ll also be encouraged to explore what specifically works for you, creating tools that are unique to your own lived experience.

Live webinar on Day 9, Tuesday, September 22, 2020, from 1:30–2:30 pm ET.

Days 11–14: Plan and Practice
As you near the end of the course, you make a plan, helping you practice again and again (yes, we need to practice to rewire the brain for lasting change!). Because we all fall short of our aspirations from time to time, you’ll learn the science of self-compassion—being kind to yourself as you work with your day-to-day stressors. You’ll leave with tools to use, a plan of when you will use them, and many daily opportunities to practice, making your new positive response to stress a healthy habit.

Live webinar on Day 11, Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 1:30–2:30 pm ET.


As the founder of Wholebeing Institute, Megan McDonough leads with divergent thinking and creative perspectives to build organizations and networks that harness the best in people for the greatest good. She has decades of leadership experience in diverse settings, in roles ranging from Alliance Manager of a $300 million relationship at DuPont; to General Manager of RISE at Kripalu, the largest yoga retreat center in North America; to numerous online-learning startups. As such, Megan has plenty of real-life experience with stress! A yoga enthusiast, Megan has practiced for more than 20 years and taught for more than a decade, and brings that mindfulness practice to managing stress. Her degree in biology, natural science, and nuclear medicine, along with in-depth work in positive psychology, informs her evidence-based approach to stress. She is the award-winning author of four books on living mindfully.

Dr. Michelle McCoy Barrett is a licensed psychologist with a specialization in managing stress and anxiety and teaching mindfulness and relaxation techniques. As a former associate professor and director of the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at Saint Elizabeth University in Morristown, New Jersey, she is a regular presenter to professionals, parents, schools, and agencies on understanding and treating stress and anxiety, burnout, and mindfulness. She works as a consultant and clinical supervisor, and her areas of research include adaptability and the physical and emotional health of caregivers. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at R3SET and a regular contributor to their blog and webinar series.

Eric First, MD, FAIS, is a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress and co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer for R3SET. His research began 25 years ago, in the Department of Neuropharmacology at Boston University Medical School and with researchers affiliated with the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. This early research was focused on brain-body communication pathways and neurologic conditions, especially focused on communication of the nervous system within various systems in the body which are impacted by stress. Over the last 20 years, Dr. First has held senior executive positions in various healthcare and nutrition companies and submitted close to 200 records of invention focused on stress solutions, many of which have become US and/or international patents with pending trademarks.