Course curriculum

  • 1

    Week 1 : Introduction to Stress and How it affects the Body

  • 2

    Week 2: Meditation and Breathing

    • Meditation and Breathing

  • 3

    Week 3: Stress and Diet

    • Stress and Diet

  • 4

    Week 4: Screen time

    • Screen time

  • 5

    Week 5: Sleep

    • Sleep

  • 6

    Week 6: Exercise

    • Exercise


6 week challenge to reduce stress

Fiona P

6 weeks later I am feeling much more calm, relaxed and empowered! When I first started this webinar, I was already going through a lot of work related anxiety and stress due to the pandemic and my personal circumstances. The series was such a great way for me to reconnect with the simple basic relaxation techniques and gain a deeper understanding of myself. Dr Shami provided us with inspiring, informative content that we were able to apply in our everyday life. Every morning I challenged myself to do 10 minutes of meditation as soon as I woke up. I focused on my breathing many times during the day so that I was able to calm myself down easily whenever I felt anxious. I started eating my lunch outside instead of in the staffroom during my breaks to get away from my work environment. I became more mindful about stress eating and asking myself -am I really hungry or stressed? I stopped drinking caffeinated beverages and set myself a limit of no phones after 9pm to reduce my screen time maximize a deep sleep. I choose to be in bed by 10pm to allow myself time to fall asleep and without the distraction of my phone, this was achievable. I now wake up feeling rested and energized. I set a goal to focus more on myself and my wellbeing and this webinar series allowed me to do exactly that. Thank you so much Dr Shami, you are amazing!!

6 week challenge to reduce stress

Diana Batchelor

I had settled for a stressful fast-paced lifestyle when I stumbled across this seminar and curiously registered myself with the hope that the seminar would help me to improve my level of productivity. To say that the seminar surpassed my expectations is a massive understatement. Over the course of six weeks, Dr Shami provided me with sustainable and evidence based approaches to stress management that I initially did not even think I needed, but now feel I cannot live without. In particular, I am grateful to have learnt more about how the benefits of managing stress go beyond merely increasing productivity. This is an absolutely phenomenal 6-week seminar that I feel has significantly improved my level of happiness and problem solving skills. I cannot recommend it more highly enough.

6 week challenge to reduce stress

Steph Sta Maria

Quite possibly the best challenge I’ve signed up for this year. Each session is so well researched and Incredibly insightful. Dr Shami has a way of communicating potentially complex and/or dull topics in a way that makes it’s easy to understand and more importantly, to apply to your life. I’ve already made many little adjustments to my lifestyle from this challenge. Dr. Shami is a wonderful presenter- so warm and engaging.

6 week challenge to reduce stress


This webinar has been a really useful course in providing me with research, frameworks and practical tips to help me address elements in my life that are creating stress and undesirable outcomes. I also feel I better understand the effects of stress on my body and I realise I've had physical and mental stress, and biological responses in the past, but haven't realised. It This is not just a webinar about stress management, it is about better managing and improving your life. I've read about improving habits and mindfulness in the past however I haven't been great at putting those learnings into practice. I feel that this course has helped me unlock key issues creating blocks and given me actionable steps to create change. Dr Shami provided me with deep insights as well as a non-judgemental, enjoyable space to learn. I’ve been re-watching the webinars on my daily walks as there’s so much great info and advice.


Integrative General Practitioner

Dr. Shamistra Barathan

Dr Shami graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine in London in 2000 and worked in the United Kingdom and New Zealand before settling here in Melbourne in 2011. She has over 20 years of experience in practising medicine and has specialised in nutritional and environmental by completing a degree (FACNEM) with the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM). She also holds the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. In 2021, she joined the Board of ACNEM as their Vice-President. Dr Shami is passionate about the holistic approach to healthcare and health education. She has seen patients transform their health beliefs by managing their stress levels, eating a whole food diet, managing nutrient deficiencies, supporting their gut health, exercising more and addressing they inner needs in life. This results in long term, sustainable results. Being able to understand both sides of the health coin, namely conventional medicine and holistic therapies, Dr Shami is able to blend the best of both worlds to bring balance to your life and help you make the right choices about your health and wellbeing.