The course is very insightful. The topics were carefully and simply taught by Prof. Joordens. It's easy to understand and has helped a lot in understanding how our minds work esp during this pandemic.
So grateful that a course like this exists. I found the information that was presented easy to understand and in such a way that small changes to my daily routine seem manageable. Thank you very much!
by Khandaker M A•
This is my first course on coursera and I really liked it
by Muhammed S•
It's help how to live and oppos the corona virus
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by eshan p•
Wonderful short course , learned alot.
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by Robert C•
He seems like a very nice man and was well intentioned however this "course" was a complete waste of time. The entire course could have been completed in a single 30 minute video as there was really no homework from week to week and in fact "week 4" was just a small video recap of the first 3 weeks. He suggests using social media more without warning that it has been proven to negatively affect users emotional wellbeing and doesn't offer any suggestions to counteract the affect. He suggests watching as much as 3 hours of news a day, that is almost 20% of a persons waking hours. There are almost no tips or tricks on how to get yourself into a routine or schedule or into a "Jedi" mindset. The only real activity was the "guided relaxation" in week 1 but it was so uncomfortable I would never like to do it again. There is also a very weird part where he appears to almost be "victim blaming" the victims of mass shootings as he said the shooters weren't included in their lives enough; it was uncomfortable to watch. There are too many issues to talk about more in-depth here but some include, animal welfare concerns, out of order course materials and misspelled words. As I said at the beginning, the professor seems to be well intentioned but the "course" is really just a mess with very little takeaway.
Lot's of speaking rather than visual explanation
by Bestin S•
I didn't get certificate.
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by Laila k k•
Professor Joorden, your course has been tremendously enlightening. I am pleased to see the emphasis placed on empathy, Also, to see the positive side of our changed situation, such as quality time with family, walks in nature, and connecting on an emotional level with loved ones. The recommendation of being in touch with the elderly lonely souls too is highly commendable. I wish your course had a website that in fact allowed us to daily connect with homes to give solace, comfort and love to those most in danger from the virus, given their age and illnesses. I for one would daily spend some time chatting through zoom or whatever, learn its workings, and take such an endeavour very seriously, if the platform existed. No other place better than your course. Thank you for your immensely humane ways, sharing them with us, your purpose in life has brought purpose to us as well..
If I may say so, your email was covered by your image in the last lecture.... Wishing you the best, and your wife and doggie.... Laila Khan: email@example.com
PS: I retook the whole course just now, as I was informed I needed to complete it. If I recall, when I took it last, there were no quizzes.... it was a pleasure returning to it, and I shall do so again to better absorb all the good sense recommended here...
by Davin P S•
As a law enforcement officer, this course has added to my mental repertoire on how to deal not only with physical but also mental isolation. A lot of us have deleted our Facebook and social media profiles after being attacked by the public, but seeing this course brings to light that it is more likely just an anxiety reaction that's doing it vs. global reaction over the George Floyd case. We had become a target for those we swore to serve, and because of that...we hide in plane site when not on duty. The only scrapings of sympathy we can get are from each other and health care professionals we work with. A lot of our friends and family turned against us over a period of a few short months. This course has helped me get through that a little better. The old world is gone, but with a proactive mentality I can create a better one for myself with a much better outlook. I will recommend this course to my fellow officers and my department. Thank you for allowing me to participate.
by Veronica A•
This course overpassed my expectations , it was just awsome. I learned important concepts about how our body in its two systems sympathetic ( anxious respond, fight or flight) and the parasympathetic with the relaxing mode. Explains why we feel now through this pandemic , like we need to do something to fight as a respond to the uncertainty that cause our anxiety . Great , strategies for coping anxiety and stress. Techniques as the guided relaxation , aerobic exercises, singing and more important, to better understand that in this covid-19 time, we should keep physical distance but be socially connected , not to loose our identity based in the reflect -self that give us that sense of empathy which builds the emotional connection that holds us together as humans . Thank you ,Professor for all the knowledge you have shared with us in a mindful and clear way , that now I feel I can contribute sharing this with others and applying the techniques learnt to help people in need.
by Karen H•
What a wonderful professor and course. I recommend this course. It is put together with care and concern, backed by a solid foundation of multiple principles of self-awareness and self-care pointers. Anyone who struggles with the care of their workday, their family, their own mental attitude in the harsh demands of a virus pandemic in the middle of a city (or anywhere for that matter!) will find this a breath of fresh air: serves you a palette of common sense, solid facts, and gentle prods to get your house in order - Trains you to relax yourself so you can be your best for yourself, your work, your family, your community. Everything is covered. Not a stone is unturned. Professor Steve J is the BEST.
This is a course that will stay on your mind and you will retain the tools (once learned) for life.
Thank you, Professor Steve J. - Student Spring/Summer 2020, Sacramento CA
by Sue N•
Instructor: Dr. Steve Joordens was beyond wonderful at teaching this class. Not anyone can do it. I learned a great deal and have reduced my anxiety by using the techniques we were taught.
Dr. Joordens did such a great job teaching this class. His calm, caring attitude helped a great deal. Techniques for surviving a pandemic include: reducing stimuli - such as overusing social media can be beneficial, planning our day helps us to remember to use our techniques such as meditation and exercise to make us feel more motivated and healthy, and remembering to social distance etc. but also to make sure we have contact with other people to help us feel better mentally - we can use the telephone to have conversations with people who are alone or to call a friend and ask how they are doing. This class was wonderful and anyone would benefit from it.
by Kimberly D•
This course is very timely and relevant! I personally struggle to manage my own thoughts and emotions these days, so when I came across to this course, I got myself enroll right away. My personal take away is its better to feel anxious than to feel nothing at all. We can manage our emotions and thoughts by identifying our own "triggers", with practice, the reaction to our emotional triggers could subside, but they may never go away. The best we can do is to quickly identify when an emotion is triggered and then choose what to say or do next. Let's always choose to do what would be the best for us and for others as well. I pray to everyone who's having a hard time coping up with the new normal. We're all in this together! Thank you so much, Professor Steve. God bless you.
by Aedrian A•
This is a much-needed course for everyone regardless of whether you feel anxious of the current social climate. For those who feel emotionally drained by the COVID-19 pandemic (and its consequences) and other socio-political issues, this short course can provide tricks and tips in taking care of your mental health on a daily or sub-daily basis. For those who feel emotionally secure amidst the "chaos," the material can help you in taking care of people around you. Dr. Joordens does a great job in creating a "cozy" and validating setting for all learners here, emphasizing that we are all in this together and that most (if not all) of us are susceptible in feeling anxious and/or depressed during this pandemic (regardless of one's prior mental "preparations" or "training").
by MB L•
My deepest gratitude for this wonderful course. It has empowered me to empower others who are in single isolation as myself. I've taken up a bit of language teaching via ZOOM in my community. I've started doing the relaxation exercise and meditating on a daily basis. I'm still fighting the fridge since I do open it more often than I should, perhaps you could share some ideas on distracting from eating snacks, while learning something, while watching a funny film (?) Lastly, I was given two budgies on my birthday to take care of. These tiny animals have certainly helped me feel accompanied in a way and I have a real routine since I have to feed and take care of them on a daily basis. FAZIT: This has been a brilliant, helpful course. Well done, thank your!!!
by Kathya E B S•
Fue un curso muy bueno, detallado pero simplificado en toda la información vista. Me ayudo mucho a entender mi mente, mi cuerpo y mis emociones en estos momentos de pandemia. Le agradezco infinitamente al profesor de la Universidad de Toronto por compartir ese sentido de vida, positivismo y objetivo de hacer algo en el día con nosotros. He aprendido mucho y lo recomiendo.
It was a very good course, detailed but simplified in all the information seen. It helped me a lot to understand my mind, my body and my emotions in these pandemic times. I am infinitely grateful to the professor from the University of Toronto for sharing that sense of life, positivity and goal to do something in the day with us. I have learned a lot and I recommend him.
by HAEJIN B•
This is a good course. I personally do not know what to do during pandemics. Last year when WHO announced COVID-19 as a pandemic, I just worked. Non-stop working.. I worked 28 days out of 31 days in a month. never experienced lockdown at my work before.. and airborne protocol, etc. I did not have even personal time to take care of myself last year. I recently moved to a new workplace and this work does not give me a lot of work times so I needed something to distress at me. I did not have any idea last year for sure. I just worked. This course is just good to refresh my mind out how to deal with my anxiety. I was a little bit depressed before taking this course, but now I know what to do. I will try to do something to make my mood better.
by Lakisha C H•
The instructor was very insightful, shared personal experiences, and gave several definitions to points he want the learned to really know. He took his time in presenting the information, although I wish there were move end summarization. He gave material to use as you went thru the course as an outside, outward benefit for the learner. I liked the course specifically because you went at your own pass, took me a while to finish and process the information, and the instructor didn't force you to do discussion board or had in graded assignment as par for this course. Its a mentally confusing ad challenging time for many. This course was a break in some of that as the instructor talked to you and gave you some tools to get you thru it.
by Arvind G•
I have given 5 stars to this amazing course because it helped me to understand my mental state in the COVID-19 period. This course boosted my confidence to step ahead in my life. Due to social isolation, I was depressed and anxious. I had lost my confidence. But this course guided me very well to bounce back. I learnt some of the valuable tips from this course which are healthy food which will nourish my mind. Truly helpful course for anyone how wants to develop their mental strength. Videos were too simple to understand. Course instructor Steve Joordens explaining technique is mindblowing. He can teach anybody. Hat's off to his teaching. Thanks, Steve for your immense guidance. I am very much happy to complete this course.
by Kathleen C•
Professor Joordens was so easy to listen to. After taking the course I realized that I have been doing many of the things mentioned. What is going to be helpful is the guided relaxation strategy. I will be integrating that into my daily routine. I also will be limiting my news consumption. I have connected with friends via ZOOM through most of the pandemic, but as things have eased up we have let that go. I think that was a mistake and I will suggest that the group get back to meeting on zoom if not every week perhaps twice a month. From this course, I realize how important that Happy Hour on Zoom has been to me. The connections with life long friends actually became deeper. Thank you very much.
by KOPPARTI S S•
This course is something really something everyone should do not just during this lockdown but at any point of time, the content of this course helps one to realize certain things about the mental health and also it really helped me come out of the anxiety that I have not due to COVID but some personal things. This short and sweet course really helped me get out of it. I'd like to thank the professor for his time to make this course and surely this is bringing a positive change for people like me. I strongly recommend this course for anyone and everyone out there and I believe that the things that you are going to learn out of this course are going to help you somewhere in your life if not today.
by Shalina D•
I found this course very relevant, easy to follow and understand. I have done a few readings about this subject so I was familiar with most of what he brought to the table and completed this before 4 weeks; but still he did it brilliantly. Prof. Joordens had a beautiful natural way of talking and very personal approach. He was not typically lecturing or dominating - very light hearted with simple, basic life examples and a little old school but I appreciated it and felt I could relate, trust and have confidence in his approach. He was very respectful and did not use slang or negative insinuations. His final dedication to all the health workers worldwide was touching!