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Stress Management
We help you manage stress more effectively

Our purpose is to help you make your life less stressful.
We do this by helping you learn about cutting edge resources such as articles, books, online media, discussion areas, information, and other tools that can help you achieve a happy, healthy, and productive life.

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Are you a busy executive with big decisions weighing you down? A college student looking for some way to make it through finals? A stressed mom looking for some help with your fully loaded plate? You have come to the right place.
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There are a lot of great tools here on this site. We invite you to spend some time learning about them. As you begin to use them, you’ll notice a profound difference in how you feel, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
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Our Mission
Health is not an end ….
. …but a means to accomplishing everything else you want to do in life. We believe that individual health and wellness means being able to do whatever you want to do at the level you want to do it.

Who We Are


Dr. Michael Olpin is a professor of Health Promotion at Weber State University and is the director of WSU’s Health Promotion Program. He is also director of the WSU Stress Relief Center. He earned his Ph.D. in Health Education from SIU, and his Master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Health Promotion and Psychology from BYU.

He has taught at six institutions of higher education including Southern Illinois University, Concord Universty, West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, and BYU. He has been teaching at Weber State for 14 years. Though he has taught nearly every health course, his focus during this time has been primarily on stress management, mind/body wellness, mental & emotional wellness, and wellness coaching.

Mike has presented many classes, seminars, and workshops on stress management and wellness at the national, regional, and community level.

He has been happily married for 25 years and enjoys 4 amazing kids. Among other things, he has been basketball and baseball coach for his kids’ teams.

Mike recently finished his fourth edition of a textbook on stress management titled “Stress Management for Life: A research based experiential approach.” This text is being used by many colleges and universities around the country and Canada. He has produced a DVD, a CD and a video with guided relaxation exercises. With Sam Bracken, a FranklinCovey author, Mike recently published the ground-breaking book on preventing stress titled, “Unwind: 7 Principles for a Stress-Free Life.” Another recently published book he wrote is titled, “The World is NOT a Stressful Place: Stress relief for everyone.”

Mike’s personal website can be found here.

  • @MikeOlpin


Shanyn Olpin
Shanyn is an Adjunct Professor in the Health Promotion and Human Performance Department at Weber State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and her Masters in Community Medicine from West Virginia University School of Medicine.

She has been a community health project coordinator, grant writer, served on public grant selection committees, and a textbook reviewer. She has also been an editor for PE Central, a website for teachers. Her favorite professional focus is teaching. Some of the university classes that she has taught include Fitness for Life, Community Health, Educational Testing and Evaluation, Personal Health, Adolescent Health, Elementary Health Education, and Healthy Lifestyles.

For over 20 years, Shanyn has dedicated her professional life to become an accomplished writer, speaker, and teacher. During that time, she has researched and taught about health and wellness, gaining an extensive background in nutrition, exercise science, and the mind/body connection.

In Shanyn’s words, “I am happily married to my best friend Mike who is also a Health Professor and Stress Management Guru at Weber State University. We have four great kids and we love living in Utah. I have lived in Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, West Virginia and Utah. I love to read, write, exercise, go to all of my kid’s events, create things, and work on any of a dozen projects that I always seem to have going.”


What We Do

You have come to the right place for stress relief tips and tools.

Consider these:

  • 75-90% of adult visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems.
  • 89% of adults describe experiencing “high levels of stress.
  • 1 million employees are absent on an average workday because of stress related problems.
  • More people have heart attacks on Monday morning at 9:00 A.M. than at any other time of the week..

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