How to Make Your Stress Benefit You

An online course in 5 steps that shows you how to make the best of your stress

The World Health Organization says that stress has become a ‘worldwide epidemic!

How do you experience stress in your life?

It’s all too easy to feel overwhelmed by the barrage of work, family, paying the bills and just coping with everyday life. There’s always so much going on, so much noise and hassle and all the things we need to take care of clamouring for our attention.


It can be hard to find enough time

to look at how we manage it all

The five steps we work through on this online course
will help you to break free of your stress.


Understanding our stress

Taking a step back

Adopting a new perspective

Exploring our habits our habits

Taking action

Not only that, you can learn to use your stress to enhance your wellbeing, and increase your resilience.

How do we do that?


Through meditation



Working with our habits



Practicing compassion


So, although stress can be challenging and uncomfortable it encourages us to look at ourselves more closely and then there is a real chance that we can transform our stress into something which brings us benefit.

How does this online course work?

  • The seven sessions of How to Make Your Stress Benefit You are all online with easily downloadable reflections, exercises and quotes.
  • There a bonus session to help you to plan for how to continue when the course ends.
  • As long as you have an internet connection you can access the content anywhere and at any time.
  • A new lesson will be made available each week giving you plenty of time to work with each one.
  • This is self-paced course, so you can catch up and review past materials at any time.
  • You still have access to the course materials even when the course has concluded.
  • You can add comments and ask questions as you go through the materials.


Would you like to try the first lesson of the online course for free?

Sign up through this link and you will have access to all four activities that make up STEP ONE


Meet Maureen, your course designer and facilitator

Hello there 

Thanks so much for checking out this course. This is a special one for me. It is based on my first book, The Compassionate Mind Approach to Reducing Stress.

Since the book was published in 2013, I have held numerous workshops on how to transform your stress. My approach is very practical and focused on helping people find tools that they can start to work with straight away.

As stress seems to play a part in most peoples’ lives, it seems that we can’t avoid it, but we don’t need to be afraid of it. It all comes down to learning to work with it in a way that makes it manageable.


Hope to see you in the course!

Enrolment is open now

You can join the course whenever you are ready!

Session 1: Getting started

We will take good look at the kinds of stress we are facing, as see if we are being a good friend to ourselves as we try to cope.

Session 2: Understanding our stress

Here we get to grips with how stress works in our bodies and what that means in everyday life. If we feel we have little or no control this adds to our stress. We look at a fresh approach that enables us to have a different kind of control that will help us to manage stress.

Session 3: Taking a step back

This is where we make a start with meditation and seeing how that can help us become more aware of ourselves and others as we work with stress. Understanding how our minds work is the basis for meditation and we will cover that in this session.

Session 4: Adopting a new perspective

This is a critical session that explores how we can change our point of reference and greatly reduce our sensitivity to stress.

Session 5: Examining our habits—our habits that can lead to stress

After spending some time exploring how habits work, we will go through three major habits that lead to stress:

  • Wanting things to stay the same
  • Not seeing how connected things are
  • Chasing happiness and avoiding suffering

Session 6: Examining our habits—new habits that help us with stress

In this session we will come back to meditation and investigate some of the research into its effects on the brain. Then we will move on to the importance of connection, kindness and compassion and a brief look at self-compassion.

Session 7: Taking action

We will look at some examples of how not to work with stress and see what could have been done differently. People have a chance to make an action plan and discuss it with other members of the group.

Bonus concluding session

In this wrap-up session, we’ll share some resources that could be useful and look at the best way for you to continue with what you have been learning on the course.



Course fee $90.00

This includes:

  • Lifetime access to content, activities and exercises for 7 lessons and one bonus completion session
  • A personal workbook that can be downloaded and printed out
  • A variety of downloadable reflection and meditation exercises in written and/or audio format
  • Unlimited interactive emails with the course facilitator throughout the course


Course + coaching option

Course fee $150.00

  • Lifetime access to content, activities and exercises for 7 lessons and one bonus completion session
  • A personal workbook that can be downloaded and printed out
  • A variety of downloadable reflection and meditation exercises in written and/or audio format
  • Unlimited interactive emails with the courses facilitator throughout the course
  • 2 individual coaching sessions by SKYPE with course facilitator during the course and/or within one month of completion of the course.

(Normal price for coaching alone  $135)

What people have said about the course

This course really enabled me to understand the causes of my stress, but also gave me the tools to work with it most effectively, in a manageable and fun way. The course is extremely well resourced and materials can be kept for future reference. I can see myself reaping long term benefits from what I have learnt.

 Adele Hersey

Burn out, chronic life and work stress? At points in our lives I think we’ve all been there to some degree and unfortunately there is no quick fix. Learning to meditate and developing self-compassion, I’ve found, are the few sustainable tools to ground and build resilience to these strains of daily, modern life. 

Maureen’s immense meditation experience and knowledge expertly knits together a plethora of science, psychology and meditation practice to create a course that’ll resonate with us all – newcomers to experienced meditators alike.

Matthew Arscott

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