Book Title: Success With Stress by Jae Ellard
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 102 pages
Publisher: Simple Intentions
Release date: March 31, 2011
Tour dates: April 10 to May 5, 2017
Content Rating: G (This is an all ages book designed to create awareness and manage stress)
Believe it or not, stress isn't all bad; in fact, it's an important part of the natural world. Stress helps us survive as a species - because of that we want the ability to be stressed. That said, being able to MANAGE STRESS WITH GREATER SUCCESS is the difference between surviving and THRIVING. Success with Stress explores five simple ideas to spark your personal power to change the level, duration, and frequency of the stress in your life. With workplace stress being linked to quality of life, health, and workplace morale, this is a must-read for any team looking to improve morale and individuals looking to improve their quality of life.
This is an excellent short, succinct, practical guide that is reader-friendly. The reader never gets bogged down with unnecessary information. Some pages consist of 1 paragraph, while others contain 1 sentence. It caused me to stop and ponder each page.
Each person's path to coping with stress is, of course, individual; this book enables the reader to customize their own response to stress. I appreciate the author's differentiation of response versus reaction to stress that I am going to put into practice.
I like the 5 Strategies for Success with Stress designed to identify the elements in life that cause stress and how to cope with them.
There is a quote in the book "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." The author refers to it as an old adage. In fact, the quotation is from the Bible, usually known as "the Golden Rule." Without a doubt, following that advice is going to honor others feelings, perspectives and opinions that will go a long way in lessening stress.
Sandra Olshaski's disclaimer: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.
Because of my psychology background and the amount of reading I've done on the topic, I found the first part that explains what stress is to be very basic, which is fine. For someone who has not read much about it, it's a great summary of what stress is. I did appreciate the 5 strategies and they were food for thought, especially at this time in my life when I am feeling more stress than usual due to a heavy workload and home renovations.
Like her previous book, you do not have to read pages and pages of a thick book and highlight its gems. Instead, you have all the gems, each one stated clearly on each page. You can use this book as a workbook, as I have done, to jot down your thoughts as you read, answer the questions, and meditate on what's being said. It's a simple book but not simplistic. Reflecting on how to apply the strategies is actually hard work as you ponder on your life, your relationships and getting clear on where your stress is coming from.
It's a book that doesn't overwhelm but it does teach you a lot about yourself if you take the time to reflect. Self-analysis is never easy but it can bring on those lightbulb moments when you discover something that can be life-changing. It's really up to you. This book is a vehicle that can get you there. If your life is filled with one task after another, this book will make you stop and think, which essentially is the first step to dealing with stress.
Jae is a columnist on workplace awareness for Mindful Magazine, as well as the author of 7 books on the topic. She contributes to the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. In 2013, she founded Seattle Wisdom, a community organization working to create and support conscious conversations in professional spaces in the Pacific Northwest. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching.
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