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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 by University of Toronto

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About the Course

Never in the history of humanity have so many people been feeling intense anxiety related to COVID-19 and the world it will leave in its wake. The intent of this course is to give you a deeper understanding of the anxiety reaction as it relates to various aspects of our current life, ranging from our consumption of news to the way we talk to our children about this. I will also give you clear strategies for managing and, in fact, turning off the anxiety response at least for short periods. My sincere hope is that you will leave this course with a better understanding of how your brain reacts to crises, along with some powerful tools for managing it before it manages you. In this course we will cover: 1.1 Introduction and Overview 1.2 Understanding the Anxiety Response 1.3 The Necessity of Strategies to Manage Anxiety 1.4 Achieving Relaxation: A Skill We All Need to Learn Now 2.1 Why Watching the News is Addicting and How to Manage Your Consumption 2.2 The Critical Art of Mental Distraction to Crowd Out Stressors 2.3 How We Think About Physical Distancing and Explaining it to Our Children 3.1 The Effects of Isolation 3.2 Some Strategies to Make Isolation More Tolerable 3.3 The Importance of Social Connection in a Physical Distancing World 4.1 The Need to Guard Against Depression: The Importance of Control 4.2 Bring it Together: Practice Makes Proficient 4.3 Invitation to Suggest Additional Videos...

Top reviews


Jul 19, 2020

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.


Jul 17, 2020

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!

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By Lizy.J

Aug 3, 2020

Mind control: managing your mental health during COVID 19 ,was an absolutely fantastic course. Wow! I did the entire course in the 3hours duration as i was eager to learn all at once, professor. The course was eventy paced and easy to understand. I loved the guided relaxation and have been practicing it severals time a day and seeing immediate benefits this was my every first course by course. Earned I am inspired to take more courses and especially ones though by this professor,thank u so much.


Jun 28, 2020

This course is really very informative and practical in nature. I am really impressed by Professor Steve Joordens style of teaching. The course is very beneficial in all respects, For me as well for my family and others related to me. Please send me more list of professor Steves Joordens courses in Coursera. I want to learn more from him and practice it in life.

He is an excellent teacher.

Thank you professor Steves for sharing your knowledge with us.

Best Wishes and Kind Regards

Saima Ehsan


Apr 16, 2021

Curso excelente!! Amei, sou profissional da saúde no BRASIL e a ansiedade é algo que vem me acompanhando a alguns meses, esse curso me ajudou muito, muito obrigada professor por disponibilizar do seu tempo para compartilhar conhecimento conosco. | Excellent course!! I loved it, I am a health professnal in BRAZIL and anxiety is something that has been with me for a few months, this course helped me a lot, thank you teacher for taking the time to share knowledge with us. (Google translator)


Mar 23, 2021

I enjoyed the pace and the way it was explained. I am always looking for information on how to not only help myself, but also share with others what I learn and what helps me. This course is one of the best ones I have seen. The only thing I could not access was the e-mail and other information of the professor to ask questions because it was blocked by his video speaking, but I hope to be able to get the information as I search the course again to look for things I may have missed.

By Lerato M

Jun 26, 2020

this was a very helpful and skill asserting course that assisted me in being able to deal with the anxiety and depression caused by the pandemic , it really opened up ways to ensure i be able to manage isolation as well as helping those who are lonely and not social connected ..the idea is to connect, re-invest and re connect with people socially dispite physical distancing we are facing and making better things of the free time we have in hand and also keeping healthier and better .

By Kim C

Jan 15, 2021

Really got a lot out of the course. A healthy mix of information, advice and science.

Professor Joordens presented it with warmth, professionalism and healthy humor.

Covid isolation has triggered some challenging emotions in me this last year. This course gave me tools to face the challenges.

The only issue was technical - the low volume sound quality. I remedied that by using a small external bluetooth speaker.

Hope that Professor Joordens will consider doing a follow up course!

By Kristine R C

Jul 15, 2021

This course has definitely helped me a lot as an individual encountering stress and anxiety and also as a helping professional assisting people manage their mental health in this time of pandemic. I salute our professor, Mr. Steve Joordens, for guiding us very well in this topic. I will definitely attend his course in Psychology too. Likewise, thank you, Coursera, as always. Fantastic way of reaching out to people, learning with one another. More power and God bless you all!

By Zaina L

Jul 23, 2021

ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS COURSE!!! One of the best lectures I've ever attended. The professor is highly talented and the way he explained everything from ground level was so impressive. All the modules were extremely informative and interesting, and SO SO HELPFUL! I'm so glad I took this course because these are tough times we're going through and this course has definitely boosted my mental strength. Highly recommended for anyone suffering mentally in the COVID pandemic.


Jul 18, 2020

The time i take to complete a week's task like watching the lists of videos and then solving those tricky problems to get the solution of the assignments, In the mean time I eventually completed this course on Coursera. This course is truly motivating at times and situations like this. I would really like to appreciate the initiative of the course instructor and salute to all the frontline worker out there working day and night for safety from this human malware.

By Ayana S

Aug 10, 2020

I found this course really interesting and useful. I gratefully appreciate the efforts taken by Prof. Steve Joordens, and he did his best. His session was very interesting. Many around the world suffer from anxiety and depression, with a majority committing suicide. In that context, this topic seems extremely relevant, so that I can also help myself and others who are suffering from the same. Thank you to the entire team of Coursera and SNM Training College.

By Madrid S A

Jul 31, 2020

This 'course' is FANTASTIC. Short, sweet, to the point, chock full of very doable tips for managing anxiety, and 'putting together' a plan/approach for getting through, in positive, self affirming ways, this current situation we're all dealing with. Mr. Joordans is an empathetic, funny, and warm teacher. This is a great course...and let's you jump right in and grab some easy, helpful 'coping' skills. Thank YOU, Mr. Joordans for putting this course together!

By Rini L

Sep 19, 2021

I love this course, it's help me to understand my condition right now. This course make me realize that connect with other can help me to survive in this condition. It's hard for me and of course for other to, so I don't need to feel lonely again. This moment will be the past and I just have to adaptation and made some change. This course are really recommended for all people. Last, I want to say Thank You Steve Joordens, you have given great things to me.

By Johnalyne S T

Feb 21, 2021

This course enlighten me in matters of importance of social connection especially in this pandemic time. It is not just helping yourself to be out of anxiety but also helping others as well to help them cope with thia kind of situation. Emotional connection is the key in helping others to let them feel that someone has concern for them especially those who are in isolation. Thabk you Coursera and Sir Steev for this very informative and helpful course.

By Mary M H

Aug 6, 2020

I love the course because aside from it's timely, it is very helpful to me and I think to all learners because all of us need to manage our mental health in order to control our decisions, emotions and interactions towards everyone. I look forward to share this learning to my colleagues at work so that they may also experience the positive impact of controlling one's mind during this trying times. Thank you for the great learning opportunity.

By Elif A D

Oct 8, 2020

It was a great course for me to handle better with the situation we are all experiencing. I wish I had taken the course earlier days of quarantine, but my university will be online for months. So I will spend more time at home to not spread the virus. And the things I learned from this course will help me, I'm sure. Our teacher was excellent and I felt really comfortable while watching the videos and trying to understand. Thank you all!

By Yasemin K

Sep 29, 2020

It was a great experience for me. Currently, we face a very hard situation, and it all new to us. I didn't know what to do with new extra hours, anxiety, uncertainty for two months. This course gave me a better understanding of what I did in isolation that I normally do is okay and I can have control over my stress. It seems not a big deal but I needed this course. I think all people need to learn about mind control during tough times.

By Daniella D C

Aug 8, 2022

Really helpful. I have been really depressed and anxious lately (and in the past 2 years lol), this course has help me a lot with managing my mental health. I even wrote some keywords on a piece of paper and pasted it on my wall so that I'll remember to do guided relaxation, sing!, and do some physical activities like dancing and aerobics exercises. I'd definitely go back to this course refresh what I learned here. Thank you so much!

By Dr. F M

Sep 25, 2020

The instructor was very organized. I became more impressed as the course went on.

people often wonder why I am not anxious. This course help me to understand myself better. Many of the suggestions I’ve been doing for 50 years, such as singing as soon as I wake up, meditating on Scripture, exercising, dancing and trying to be nice to others and engaging them.

Thank you very much. I’ve already suggested other people to take the course.

By Shayne Z

Oct 24, 2020

Steve, thank you for sharing your expertise with us. It helps to know the science behind what we are feeling and how do we get to manage that, and eventually help others deal with anxiety. Your voice alone is a different level of relaxation, like your audio guided relaxation. It's soothing and calming. Thanks a lot, I enjoyed this course and I'll be checking out your other Psychology courses. Lots of love from Manila, Philippines.


Oct 13, 2020

This course was amazing for me! I joined Coursera because my university here in Brazil offered a three-month trial to all the students who wanted to keep studying in the pandemics, so I saw this course and I thought to myself: "I think it will be interesting!" And it was! I learned a lot about anxiety and physical distancing (not social distancing hahaha), and I'm very thankful about it! Congratulations, professor Joordens :)

By Dr M K

Jun 29, 2020

I enjoyed the course. Really involved in watching the videos and clearly understood each and every point. I always use the word physical distance from the beginning of COVID19 problem in India. This was emphasized by the speaker continuously. I was completely elated. I am insisting on my friends and students use the words physical distance and social connectivity. I also follow it. Simply fantastic course, I have taken.

By Bruce W

Aug 29, 2020

An excellent course, I wish I had found it sooner! Professor Joordens passed on his knowledge extremely well, with just the right amount of humour, which I now know to be invaluable, thrown in. I have a longstanding interest in psychology, which has been enhanced by this course. Added to that, it will enable me to, hopefully help my work colleagues who are still on furlough, as well as those now back at work. Thank you.

By Koketso C K M

Aug 8, 2020

I believe this is a valuable course to take especially in a time of such uncertainty. I find it important to go through courses like this before attempting to up-skill so that you go into other courses without any hindrances that might affect the learning process. Thank you Prof for breaking it down in a way that makes it easy to understand the topics and helped me to reflect on what my own mental health in this time.

By Desiree C

Oct 5, 2020

I find this course very helpful. How I wish I took it sooner. I'm grateful to have been a part of this class and I look forward to more content regarding coping with anxiety and how to better connect with other people during this prolonged state of community quarantines at the time of COVID. I would like to extend my thanks to our lecturer, Prof. Joordens, to Coursera, and all my fellow learners. Keep safe, everyone!

By Freda W

Aug 23, 2020

This was much needed, practical advice at a time when even small things may aggravate the persistent feeling of anxiety about doing the right things well at work.Working in health care one is constantly concerned about the accuracy of putting on and taking off protective gear.I wish there were more lectures to follow.It adds to the structure of feeling like you are doing something which is also relaxing the mind.