The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook —Martha Davis, PhD, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, MSW, Matthew McKay Ph.D.
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook was first published in 1980. It details easy, step-by-step techniques for calming the body and mind in an overstimulated world. Now in its sixth edition, each chapter features a different method for relaxation and stress reduction to support you to curb stress and cultivate a more peaceful life. “Not all stress is bad. In fact stress is not only desirable it is also essential to life. Whether the stress you experience is the result of major life changes or the cumulative effect of minor everyday hassles, it is how you respond to these events that determines the impact that stress will on your life.” “Chronic or persistent stress can occur when life stressors are unrelenting, as they are, for example during a major reorganization or downsizing at work, while undergoing a messy divorce, or coping with chronic pain or disease or a life-threatening illness. Chronic stress also takes place when small stressors accumulate and you are unable to recuperate from any one of them. If your stress response remains turned on, your chances of getting a stress-related disease may be increasing.” “The ability to recognize how your body reacts to the stressors in your life can be a powerful skill. Most people are more aware of the weather, the time of day, or their bank balance than they are of the tension in their own bodies or their personal stress response. Your body registers stress long before your conscious mind does.”