Get help with relaxation and stress management as you start the new year!

As you head back to work or school after the busy holiday season, consider gearing up for the new year with resources on relaxation and stress management. The following videos and books are a good way to get you started on a less stressful 2018. You can find them online or at a local bookstore.

“10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing my Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works: A True Story” by Dan Harris – After having a nationally televised panic attack on “Good Morning America,” Harris knew the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head.


10 Steps to Mastering Stress: A Lifestyle Approach” by David H. Barlow, Ph.D., Ronald M. Rapee, Ph.D., and Sarah Perini – How to identify causes of your stress, practice calming techniques, and think more realistically to reduce your stressful reactions to daily life events.

Happy-Go-Yoga: Simple Poses to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress, and Add Joy” by Christine Chen.

Relaxation Techniques: Reduce Stress and Anxiety and Enhance Well-Being” by Lillian Nejad and Katerina Volny.

Mindfulness @ Work: Reduce Stress, Live in the Moment, and Be Happier and More Productive at Work” by Anna Black – Short and simple meditations to use throughout the day to strengthen focus and concentration, enhance working relationships and improve empathy.

8 Keys to Stress Management: Simple and Effective Strategies to Transform Your Experience of Stress” by Elizabeth Anne Scott.  – Become aware of your stressors, learn to quickly reverse your stress response.

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  • Yes! Whenever there’s a chance to relax … forget everything! For me, sleep is the best relaxation. Personally, nothing beats a quality sleep. Always look on the bright side of life.

    Take 5 deep breaths, before you let each one out hold it in for a couple of seconds. Tell a close family member how you feel and they will likely try to help you or comfort you.

    After that listen to the most upbeat and/or calming song you can find. Then do something to try and distract your mind. Play video games, engage into sports, or some leisurely activity you enjoy. You can also always consult your doctor or go talk with a therapist or a psychiatrist if need to let off some steam in private.

    Basically, there are tons of ways how we can combat stress. Here, check this site if want more tips and advice on how to manage everyday stress. You can thank me later.

    For me, it is just a matter on how you view life. Don’t let life stress you out. We are in the 21st century and we have gone far more clever over time.

    Thanks for the helpful post. Just wanted to contribute.
    Keep it coming guys. Cheers!

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