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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 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!


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.

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By Rey L A B

Mar 14, 2021

I love this course! This is my first online course under the Coursera platform, which was recommended by our office (GSIS). I’m glad to have completed it under Prof Steve Joordens of the University of Toronto, who presented his lectures with vivid clarity. Prof Steve is one of the best lecturers I’ve heard so far in online classes. Thank you for this opportunity, sir.

By Lesley D

Jul 22, 2020

I really enjoyed the way Steve tied in what we're all experiencing in our world at the moment with how our bodies are responding both physiologically and psychologically. It really helps to put it all in context and see that we are built to respond in this way and once we know that we can work to push things back in our favour. We can learn to thrive through Covid-19!

By María A C G

Feb 12, 2021

Dear Steve Joordens,

Thank you very much for the great course. You have helped me understand many things about us and about our reactions to this difficult period of time. I am definitely going to use your tools to help myself and help as much as I can people around me.

I loved the way you explained things, I loved how accessible you showed yourself too.

Thanks so much!

By Diayan C

Sep 18, 2020

Me encantó es breve pero lo necesario para trasmitir algunas herramientas de control mental que nos darán soporte en estos tiempos de aislamiento físico, mas no social; es decir todo lo contrario incrementar la conexión social y emocional es lo que necesitamos para fortalecer a las familias y acortar los efectos que la brecha del aislamiento físico nos está dejando.

By Earl S

Feb 14, 2021

I have a different view about psychology since I've seen Dr. Joordens and others talking about the science, studies and data. Feels like a kinder profession than I recollect. I think I viewed psychologists as con artists but not today. I imagine a session might be expensive but this is a great opportunity. Thank you for the consciousness you awaken about Covid 19.

By Adar J

Oct 5, 2020

This is great! thank you for this! I was wondering of different ways I can relax and avoid social distancing. I want to interact with my family and friends but do it safely. I love how the professor talked about it being physical distancing and not so much social distancing. Thank you for this course! Definitely changes your mindset on some things during COVID-19.

By Dionamaria D T

Sep 19, 2020

This course specially on mind control during COVID 19 was worth the take. The session was both informative and thought provoking. The topics about sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems were intresting. I had now learned the trick to reduce stress and not to be anxious. To conclude the entire course was helpful. Looking forward for more of these sessions.


Feb 16, 2021

Useful internal skills for ourselves and probably we can use them to help the people who are alone and need the social connection to overcome their anxieties within the community. The ideas and knowledge in the lectures are demonstrated in a straight way allows the audience from different backgrounds to be able to understand and catch the point. Highly recommend.


Aug 11, 2020

this is a nice and a needed course at these times, it was very helpful and gave a lot of insight at things. managing emotions is one of the very important things that has to in play at such times. how to deal with our daily growing anxiety and trigger relaxation in our body is important for us to know during these times. this was a very helpful course.

thank you.


Oct 11, 2020

It's a must take course. Anyone could be going through some rough time adjusting to the current situation and the discussions on this course are just right on target. If you are not the one who is having difficulty adjusting, maybe a family or a friend is and you can be the instrument to reach out and help those of them experiencing anxiety for whatever reason.

By Anika T I

Jul 14, 2020

It was a highly informative course. It will be very helpful to someone who is dealing with mental health issues in this pandemic and also to someone who is willing to help others to overcome this tough times. Through this course I came across to some psychological terms and facts that I did not know before. The teaching method of the instructor was very good.

By Karen S

Dec 26, 2020

Professor Joordens was an excellent instructor, and even though he could have spent a little more time on the single person's mental health in the time of COVID, the course was informative and gave me a lot to think about. The relaxation audio was something I had to download because it actually works! Thank you Professor Joordens, U of Toronto & Coursera!

By Russell K

Oct 5, 2020

The lectures were all very succinct, insightful, and applicable. The lessons all have a scientific basis behind them, yet they are explained in such a way that you do not need extensive background knowledge in order to immediately apply them in your life. I am grateful that I took this course and will surely use what I learned as I cope with the pandemic.

By Umama A U

Jan 17, 2021

The course was helpful to better understanding the condition of our mental health during COVID 19. Effects of social isolation that can create devastating condition to our mental health should be minimized following the given instructions.. Overall, the more you learn about your mental health, the more you can control yourself... Thanks to the Professor.

By Al A N

Jul 11, 2020

I got a golden chance to attend the courses provide on COURSERA for free. It was indeed a great experience with Sir. This course helped me gain a broader perspective on how I can help myself and others out of anxiety and other psychological effects during this tough time. Overall enjoyed learning new things and hoping for more.


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By Mitali T

Jul 28, 2020

Professor Joordens has summed up effective ways of dealing with our anxieties in a very beautiful manner! Adding to the relevance, ease of these strategies, his voice is too soothing and calming to listen to and follow. I cannot wait to share these thoughts with my parents and better late than never, start dealing with our anxieties effectively!

By Mazi Q

Oct 18, 2020

It's the most helpful and inspiring course I've ever had I'm so grateful that I found this course, this is exactly what I need in such a difficult time. I particularly like how the course covered a few interesting experiments. I like the professor's voice too, it's so calming. I hope the course could continue to have a more detailed discussion.

By Sofía V d l T A L

Jul 26, 2020

Amazing! I was looking for something exactly like this! Simple, straight to the main ideas and, also, the Professor who gives the lectures looks like a very nice, calm and sweet person.

It's really easy to keep up the pace with the activities and, besides, I find it really helpful to understand what we're going through right now. Again. amazing!


Feb 17, 2021

El curso me gusto muchísimo, además de aprender la habilidad de relajación, aprendí a comprender el origen de mi ansiedad y controlarlo, no siempre nuestras emociones dependen de nosotros mismos sino que también el ambiente afecta en parte y es por ello que es vital saber tomar lo que nos corresponde y volverlo óptimo o simplemente desecharlo.


Aug 25, 2020

This course really help me to get control over mind & I really feel better after completing this course. I would love to share my knowledge & try to help others out with the knowledge I gained from this course. I really loved the way of teaching of Professor Steve Joordens; he really simplified the theories & make it look so easy. Thanks!


Jul 25, 2020

Fue una gran ayuda llevar este curso y aun mas en la situación que estamos pasando todas las persona, aprendí a que tengo que organizar mi tiempo, no debo ver una gran cantidad de noticias, debo interactuar mas con otras personas ya sea por una llamada telefónica y que tengo que compartir mis emociones para poder sobrellevar la ansiedad.

By Jad E C

Feb 15, 2021

It was a great class and a great subject. Thank you so Professor Steve much for making it clear and simple I was worried about disliking. Thank you for your amazing lectures. You are really a great teacher, you have your own love of learning and inspires students with your passion for education and for the course material. Thank you

By Torya W

Jul 23, 2020

Wonderful course that gives abundance of knowledge about Covid-19 and how it affects us mentally. Please engage in this course it explores what choices we have to help in our journey doing this pandemic. From the mind/body exercises to the scheduling of activities to keep us grounded and what physical/social isolation does to us.

By Leslie G

Dec 26, 2021

After being in the pandemic for almost 2-years now, I was glad to take a simple "refresher course" to see what I'm doing that I should keep doing, and where I can make more changes. I enjoyed the "back stories" as to how the brain works, why TV news is so harmful and why deep, meaningful conversations and structured days matter.

By malaya E

Nov 1, 2020

This has immense impact not only to my overall well being, but also to my community, because this course has reinforced the positive effects of social interaction amidst the time of physical distancing. I am grateful for Mr. Steve Joordens for teaching this course. If anyone has the opportunity to take this course, PLEASE DO SO.