Dr. Michael Olpin is a professor of Health Promotion at Weber State University as well as the founder and Director of the Stress Relief Center at WSU. He has studied and researched the science of stress management for over 30 years. Dr. Olpin has authored and co-authored several books on stress management including Unwind!: 7 Principles for a Stress-Free Life, The World is NOT a Stressful Place: Stress relief for everyone, and Stress Management for Life: A researched based experiential approach. Along with countless presentations, workshops, and seminars on stress management, Dr. Olpin also coaches on a one-on-one basis. His life’s work was driven by a specific event:
“When I was 25, I was diagnosed with High Blood Pressure. I had hypertension and my doctor told me I would need to be on medication for the rest of my life. I was frustrated with this diagnosis because I thought I was doing the right things: I was exercising regularly and I was eating pretty well, most of the time. Isn’t that the ticket to a long life of wellness? As I investigated this condition, I learned that part of the problem had to do with my stress. I learned that chronic stress can turn into a whole host of problems. In my case, it was something that, if I didn’t manage, could have devastating results.”
Dr. Olpin discovered stress management, specifically meditation and deep relaxation,was the best way to cure his hypertension. Chronic stress can cause many ailments including frequent headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, mood swings, and hypertension. The tools found on this website were created to help those who recognize stress is a problem and want to manage their stress and, ultimately, their life.