So, you think you're stressed? At least you're in good company! Stress has become a national epidemic, but knowing everyone else around you is suffering as much as you are isn't much help when your muscles are tense, your mind is racing, your palms are sweaty, your stomach hurts, and you can't concentrate on any of the many items on your monumental to-do list.
Although you know what the experts say about stress, you don't have time for a bubble bath, you can't justify the expense of a weekly massage, you wouldn't know how to begin meditating, and, as far as a healthy diet and exercise are concerned, if you don't drive through for fast food on the way home, nobody in the family is going to get fed tonight. Is there hope for you?
Sure there is. You just need a little training in stress management, and you've come to the right place. This book will help you to sort through all the information floating around out there about what stress is, what it is doing to your health and happiness, and why you need to do something about it today. You'll find simple descriptions of many stress management techniques, from mindfulness to de-cluttering, from easy exercise suggestions to advice on how to finally get control of your finances.
You'll also find quizzes and prompts to help you explore your own tendencies for accumulating and reacting to stress, and personalized methods for managing the stress you call your own. You can keep track of your stress and of the effectiveness of different stress management techniques by using templates and a tip-filled stress management journal. It's all here.
You can manage your stress, and you don't have to do it alone. With a little guidance, inspiration, and a commitment to help yourself so that you can be your best possible self, you can be feeling better soon. So relax. Take a deep breath. Put your feet up on your desk and crack open this book. Stress doesn't stand a chance.