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Stress Management

Title: The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook, 5th edition
Author: Martha Davis, Matthew McKay and Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman
Publisher: New Harbinger
Publication Date: 2000

This workbook offers clear, concise, step-by-step directions for mastering a wide range of relaxation skills. Many people experience stresses differently, and therefore, need different skills and strategies to help manage stressful times. As such, this book offers a variety of techniques for readers to sample to find what will work for them. Stress-reducing strategies discussed include:

Title: The Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Workbook: Exercises, Questions, and Self-Tests to Help You Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life.
Author: Richard Carlson.
Publisher: New York, NY: Hyperion.
Publication Date: 2008

"Think about it. Your to-do list will never be complete. Why fool yourself into thinking that someday your life will be calm and blissful? Instead, discover how to find inner peace today.

The Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Workbook is a lean, insightful guide full of proven methods that gently encourage you to change your attitude, day by day. Tune in to your moods and observe your actions. Let go of the little things, and hold fast to what is truly important: the people you love, the person you want to be, the positive effects you can achieve. Discover, with a hundred inspiring exercises, questions, and self-tests, how fleeting those stressful moments can be." --publisher

Title: Undoing Perpetual Stress: The Missing Connection Between Depression, Anxiety, and 21st Century Illness.
Author: Richard O'Connor
Publisher: New York, NY: Berkley Books.
Publication Date: 2003

"The author of the acclaimed Undoing Depression presents an effective, commonsense approach to modern anxiety, and shows how we can recognize—and rescue ourselves from—its pervasive and pernicious effects.

Our brains weren't built for this.

You don't have to be old anymore to look back on "the old days." Our world seems to evolve on a weekly basis—as we struggle to keep up. Whether it's technological developments like cell phones and the Internet, or global changes like the rise of terrorism, we are forced to adapt. But unfortunately, our nervous systems cannot evolve at the same frantic pace.

In this groundbreaking book, psychotherapist Richard O'Connor explains how a wide range of ever-more-common problems—both emotional and physical—are in fact side effects of twenty-first-century life, and how we can undo the damage. When our ancient fight-or-flight response is stuck in the "on" position, the overstimulation and complex demands of the modern world can have severe long-term effects on our health and well-being, sometimes in ways we don't even recognize until it's too late. Combining expert authority with down-to-earth language, O'Connor illustrates the factors that contribute to what he calls the Perpetual Stress Response—a condition that results in tangible, structural damage to our brains, minds, and bodies. The good news is that brain science and psychology are showing us how the damage can be reversed—and O'Connor points the way.

Undoing Perpetual Stress reveals how we can put an end to this mode of existence, replacing our anxious responses with a new and more effective set of skills. You'll learn how to regain a measure of control over your environment; cope with stressors calmly, constructively and effectively—and make your health and happiness a daily priority even in this difficult, high-speed world. We already know how to "do" stress. With the help of this wise and clear-thinking book, we can undo it too." --publisher

Title:Take the Stress out of Your Life: A Medical Doctor's Proven Program to Minimize Stress and Maximize Health.
Author:Jay Winner
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo.
Publication Date:2003

"The majority of doctor visits are for stress-related disorders, which can include obesity, heart disease, chronic pain, depression, and infertility. Drawing from more than two decades treating the physical and psychological effects of stress, Dr. Jay Winner clearly lays out how to control the condition through a series of lifestyle modifications, simple mental exercises, and relaxation techniques-without resorting to pills or overwhelming life changes. With two CDs that walk you through stress-reduction exercises, implementing these techniques is fast, effective, and easy to do. For anyone suffering from negative stress, Take the Stress out of Your Life is the ultimate guide for coping with unanticipated stressful situations and creating a long-term plan for permanent stress relief." --publisher

Reviews completed by the University Counseling Center staff.

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