Stress Management and Prevention, Second Edition offers a fun and exciting way to learn about stress, its causes, and ways to deal with and prevent it. Not only will you enjoy reading it, but you’ll also find yourself motivated to continue incorporating what you learn into your life long after your class is over. You’ll explore both Western and Eastern views of stress to learn about its nature, what can trigger it, and the impact it can have on your body and your life. Numerous coping strategies are explored, including problem solving and time management skills, psychological and spiritual relaxation methods, and healthy nutritional and lifestyle choices. Self-reflection and self-awareness exercises, activities, and hands-on techniques will show you how to effectively and easily manage your stress and, most importantly, prevent it from reoccurring.
A collection of 17 videos to accompany the text are available here: www.youtube.com/user/routledgetherapy.
"So many texts on stress management and prevention come from the same old mold and offer limited new information. This book has broken that mold so to speak and presents answers to questions that only these authors dared to address." - Christopher J. Rasmussen, Texas A&M University, USA
"As a classical text in stress and health, its strong point is the anatomy and physiology of stress. A must for first-year freshman students, examining the question of 'what is stress and how can I master the situation before it gets out of hand?'" - Linda R. Barley, York College, CUNY, USA
"Stress precedes many of the common chronic diseases in medicine today, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. The use of preventive techniques to manage the lifestyle behaviors that contribute to these diseases would appear to be a beneficial approach in the control of their effects and incidence. The stress management techniques and principles in Kottler and Chen's text provide individuals with the knowledge to achieve the sense of control and autonomy that result in enhanced quality of life and health status. I highly recommend this text." - Ellen Lee, California State University, Fullerton, USA
"I believe that undergraduate students will embrace this book as a source of knowledge, but will also be able to really use the information in the book and the exercises in the activities manual to better their lives and manage their stress effectively." - Steven J. Radlo, Western Illinois University, USA
"Kottler and Chen address the many forms and facets of stress in a reader-friendly manner. The text is educational, informational, and a rich resource for anyone seeking guidance and support in managing the stresses of life." - Kathleen Grace Santor, Stress Management Center of Nevada, USA
"Stress Management and Prevention: Applications to Daily Life has several features that merit serious consideration for adoption as a text or as a resource for providing stress management interventions. The treatment of stress across the Lifespan provides a context for applying the intervention and prevention strategies at alternative developmental levels. There is also an excellent treatment of individual and cultural differences in the way stress is experienced. The organization of the material reflects the extensive background in stress management." - Keith W. McCoy, The University of Texas at Tyler, USA
"This book is a cut above traditional books largely because of the inclusion of the 'resilience and stress chapter' as well as the 'optimal functioning to make your changes last' chapter. Both of these chapters bring the positive approach to stress management in a world that overly focuses on problems rather than strengths." - Glenn E. Richardson, University of Utah, USA
A Personal Introduction: From the Authors to the Readers. About the Authors. Part I: Understanding the Nature of Stress. The Meaning of Stress. The Body’s Reactions to Stress. Sources of Stress Across the Lifespan. Adaptive and Maladaptive Behavior. Individual and Cultural Differences. Part II: Strategies of Stress Management and Prevention. Challenging Stressful Thinking. Problem Solving and Time Management. Psychological and Spiritual Relaxation Methods. Physical Methods of Stress Reduction. Preparing for the Future: College and Occupational Stress. Care of the Self: Nutrition and Other Lifestyle Issues. Stress and Conflict in Relationships. Part III: Strategies of Synthesis and Prevention. Resilience and Stress. Optional Functioning to Make Your Changes Last. Glossary. Index.