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Easy Does It Yoga
by Christensen, Alice

9780684848907Alice ChristensenEasy Does It Yoga: The Safe and Gentle Way to Health and Well-BeingRegain your health, vitality, and independence through this age-old approach to fitness! Whether you're an older adult just beginning to exercise,you're physically weak due to an illness or injury, or you haven't worked out in a while, The American Yoga Association's Easy Does It® Yoga is a safe, easy-to-use guide to renewed physical and emotional wellness. For thousands of years people have turned to yoga to enhance their quality of life. Yoga gradually builds physical flexibility and strength, improves concentration, relieves stress, increases energy, and develops the ability to relax at will. Easy Does It® Yoga, a nationally recognized fitness program, adapts traditional yoga techniques to make them safe and easy for people who may face physical limitations. But, although it is a gentler form of yoga, it is just as effective as more strenuous fitness programs for getting and staying in shape. Alice Christensen, founder, of the American Yoga Association, guides you through the program, showing you: -The basics of yoga exercising, breathing, and meditation with specific, easy-to-follow illustrations throughout -Specific postures such as the Gentle Full Bend, the Easy Sun Pose, and the Elbow Twist to help you target your weaker spots and increase your overall flexibility -The unique benefits of Yoga for alleviating chronic health conditions ranging from arthritis to depression -A six-week program to get you started and to help you develop a basic understanding of essential movements -Specially designed sequences to boost energy or bring calm, depending on your specific needs -Strategies to incorporate the yoga lifestyle into your daily routine, not only with exercise, but also with tips on creating a healthy diet and ways to develop a more peaceful, positive mental attitude Regardless of your age or physical condition, The American Yoga Association's Easy Does It® Yoga will inspire you to awaken your body and mind and experience the well-being and fulfillment that yoga brings. - Description from Syndetics

Stress Management for Dummies
by Elkin, Allen

9781118523926Allen ElkinStress Management for DummiesTired of letting stress have a negative impact on your life? Easy. It's impossible to get through life without encountering stress. And unfortunately, most of us learn the incorrect ways to cope with it. Thankfully, Stress Management For Dummies gives you trusted, time-tested guidance on teaching your body and mind to properly cope with stress while keeping your sanity intact. Whether it's love, work, family, or something else that has you in the red zone, this updated edition of Stress Management For Dummies will help you identify the stress triggers in your life and cut them down to size ? all without losing your cool. Shows you how to use stress in a positive, motivational way instead of letting it negatively affect your life Teaches you to retrain your body and mind to react positively to stress Helps you overcome common stresses faced in modern life If you want to manage stress and get back to living a normal life, Stress Management For Dummies has you covered. - Description from Syndetics

Oxford Handbook of Stress, Health, and Coping
by Folkman, Susan

9780195375343Susan Folkman (Editor); Peter E. Nathan (Series edited by)The Oxford Handbook of Stress, Health, and CopingFew publications have changed the landscape of contemporary psychology more than Richard Lazarus and Susan Folkman's landmark work, Stress, Appraisal, and Coping. Its publication in 1984 set the course for years of research on the dynamic processes of psychological stress and coping in humanbeings. Now more than a quarter-century later, The Oxford Handbook of Stress, Health, and Coping pushes the field even further with a comprehensive overview of the newest and best work in this dynamic subject. Edited by Susan Folkman and comprising chapters by the field's leading scientists, this new volumedetails the expanded knowledge base that has emerged from extensive research on stress and coping processes over the last several decades.Featuring 22 topic-based chapters -- including two by Folkman -- this volume offers unprecedented coverage of the two primary research topics related to stress and coping: mitigating stress-related harms and sustaining well-being in the face of stress. Both topics are addressed within their relevantcontexts, including chronic illness, calamity, bereavement, and social hardship. The Oxford Handbook of Stress, Health, and Coping is an essential reference work for students, practitioners, and researchers across the fields of health psychology, medicine, and palliative care. - Description from Syndetics

The Stressed Sex: Uncovering the Truth About Men, Women and Mental Health
by Freeman, Daniel; Freeman, Jason

9780199651351Daniel Freeman; Jason FreemanThe Stressed Sex: Uncovering the Truth about Men, Women, and Mental HealthEvery day millions of people struggle with psychological and emotional problems. The Stressed Sex sets out to answer a simple, but crucial, question: are rates of psychological disorder different for men and women? The implications - for individuals and society alike - are far-reaching, and todate, this important issue has been largely ignored in all the debates raging about gender differences.Now Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman present a ground-breaking combination of epidemiological analysis and evidence-based science to get to the bottom of what's really going on. They discover which mental health problems are more common in men, and which are seen most often in women. And, in afinding that is sure to provoke lively debate, they reveal that, in any given year, women experience higher rates of psychological disorder than men. Why might this be the case? The Stressed Sex explains current scientific thinking on the possible reasons - and considers what might be done toaddress the imbalance. - Description from Syndetics

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Mindfulness
by Ihnen, Anne; Flynn, Carolyn

9781592577675Anne Ihnen; Carolyn FlynnComplete Idiot's Guide to MindfulnessWhether you can meditate or not, you can always be mindful! Mindfulness embraces a Buddhist concept of living in the moment. Using mindfulness for everyday living is a powerful tool for adding meaning to life, for solving problems both physical and emotional, and for increasing self-awareness. When a person lives mindfully, he or she is open, honest, and active-there is no room for passivity or holding back. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Mindfulness is a complete guide for the many people turning to mindfulness as a balancing force in their lives as a way to cope with bombarding information, anxiety, stress, and pressure in their 24-hour, real-time days. Increasing studies of mindfulness techniques show that they can reduce physical pain and alleviate stress, and those techniques can be practiced anywhere-at home, at school, or at work. Mindfulness is more than mediation, and you don't have to be a Zen master to practice it! - Description from Syndetics

The Worry Cure
by Leahy, Robert L

9781400097661Robert L. LeahyThe Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping YouThe comprehensive approach to help you identify, challenge, and overcome all types of worry You wish you didn't spend as much time worrying as you do, but you just can't seem to help it. Worrying feels like second nature. It's what helps you solve your problems and prevents you from making mistakes. It's what motivates you to be prepared--if you didn't worry, things might get out of hand. Worry protects you, prepares you, and keeps you safe. Is it working? Or is it making you tense, tired, anxious, uncertain--and more worried? For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Robert L. Leahy has successfully helped thousands of people defeat the worry that is holding them back. This empowering seven-step program, including practical, easy-to-follow advice and techniques, will help you: * Determine your "worry profile" and change your patterns of worry * Identify productive and unproductive worry * Take control of time and eliminate the sense of urgency that keeps you anxious * Focus on new opportunities--not on your fear of failure * Embrace uncertainty instead of searching for perfect solutions * Stop the most common safety behaviors that you think make things better--but actually make things worse Designed to address general worries as well as the unique issues surrounding some of the most common areas of worry--relationships, health, money, work, and the need for approval-- The Worry Cure is for everyone, from the chronic worrier to the occasional ruminator. It's time to stop thinking you're "just a worrier" who can't change and start using the groundbreaking methods in The Worry Cure to achieve the healthier, more successful life you deserve. - Description from Syndetics

How to Stay Sane
by Perry, Philippa

9781250030634Philippa PerryHow to Stay SaneTHE SCHOOL OF LIFE IS DEDICATED TO EXPLORING LIFE'S BIG QUESTIONS IN HIGHLY-PORTABLE PAPERBACKS, FEATURING FRENCH FLAPS AND DECKLE EDGES, THAT THE NEW YORK TIMES CALLS "DAMNABLY CUTE." WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT WE WILL DIRECT YOU TOWARDS A VARIETY OF USEFUL IDEAS THAT ARE GUARANTEED TO STIMULATE, PROVOKE, AND CONSOLE. An Economist Best Book of the Year Everyone accepts the importance of physical health; isn't it just as important to aim for the mental equivalent? Philippa Perry has come to the rescue with How to Stay Sane -- a maintenance manual for the mind. Years of working as a psychotherapist showed Philippa Perry what approaches produced positive change in her clients and how best to maintain good mental health. In How to Stay Sane , she has taken these principles and applied them to self-help. Using ideas from neuroscience and sound psychological theory, she shows us how to better understand ourselves. Her idea is that if we know how our minds form and develop, we are less at the mercy of unknown unconscious processes. In this way, we can learn to be the master of our feelings and not their slave. This is a smart, pithy, readable book that everyone with even a passing interest in their psychological health will find useful. - Description from Syndetics

Food and Mood
by Somer, Elizabeth

9780805062007Elizabeth Somer; Nancy L. Snyderman (Preface by)Food and Mood: The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your Best Food and Mood will help you balance your moods, boost your energy level, and take back your life now! Why do you feel tired after eating a full meal? Why do you have so much trouble concentrating? Why do you crave chocolate? Can diet affect depression? Is there a natural cure for insomnia? Nutrition expert Elizabeth Somer answers all these questions and more in this completely updated and revised second edition to her nutritional guide Food and Mood . The result of research encompassing thousands of the most up-to-date scientific studies, Somer explains how what we eat has a direct influence on how we feel, think, sleep, look, and act. She addresses specific food-related issues including health conditions, food cravings, diet struggles, stress, PMS, winter blues, energy levels, depression, memory, and sleep patterns, as well as tackling the issue of supplements and providing the real story on those you need and those you don't. This entirely new edition covers the latest information on how to: - naturally fight fatigue and stress - boost brain power and improve memory with the latest supplements - fight depression with exercise and special dietary fats called omega-3 fatty acids - satisfy your cravings for chocolate, ice cream, potato chips, and steak without sacrificing your waistline - sleep better naturally - and much more! Included is Somer's revolutionary Feeling Good Diet, a program that shows you how to take control of your eating habits to benefit mood and mental functioning now. - Description from Syndetics

The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living
by Sood, Amit

9780738217123Amit Sood; Mayo Clinic StaffThe Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free LivingHave you ever driven several miles without noticing anything on the road, or read a page in a book without registering any of it? Do the day's worries and disappointments crowd your mind as you're trying to fall asleep at night? Do you feel stressed much of the time and aren't sure how to find peace? In this book, Amit Sood, M.D., M.Sc., a Mayo Clinic specialist in stress and resiliency, reveals how the mind's instinctive restlessness and shortsightedness generate stress and anxiety and presents strategies for living a more peaceful life. The book is based on the highly popular stress management program offered at Mayo Clinic that Dr. Sood developed after two decades of work with tens of thousands of people. Drawing on groundbreaking brain research, Dr. Sood helps you understand the brain's two modes and how an imbalance between them produces unwanted stress. From this basis, you learn skills that will help you: Develop deep and sustained attention Practice gratitude, compassion and acceptance Live a meaningful life Cultivate nurturing relationships Achieve your highest potential All of these concepts are weaved into a practical and fun journey that has been tested in numerous scientific studies, with consistently positive results. Take the first step to discover greater peace and joy for you and your loved ones. "Dr. Sood has put together a simple, secular and structured program that is anchored in science, is free of rituals and dogmas, and is accessible to everyone. This book can change your life."--Dr. Andrew Weil "An important innovative approach to well-being, one we all should know about."--Dr. Daniel Goleman - Description from Syndetics

Bounce: Living the Resilient Life
by Wicks, Robert

9780195367683Robert J. WicksBounce: Living the Resilient LifeStress is a fact of modern life. And as more and more people face greater financial insecurity, longer work hours, and the increasingly complex personal and social demands of our fast-paced, multi-tasking, high-tech lifestyle, finding healthy ways to handle stress is more important than ever. In Bounce: Living the Resilient Life, Robert Wicks shows you not just how to manage stress, but how to transform stressful situations into opportunities to live a more meaningful, self-aware, and compassionate life. Wicks makes available to everyone techniques he has used for over 30 years inhelping physicians, nurses, psychotherapists, educators, social workers, ministers, and relief workers not only survive but flourish in highly stressful occupations. You'll learn a wide range of methods--normally reserved for those in helping and healing professions--to help you bounce back fromstress and live life to the fullest.Bounce shows you how to: * Recognize the insidious nature of denial and avoidance as responses to stress* Employ psychologically powerful approaches to self-awareness* Improve self-talk through the use of cognitive behavioral principles* Apply daily-debriefing techniques* Utilize a structured reflection guide to uncover areas that require special attention* Incorporate silence, solitude, and mindfulness into daily life * Stop the drain of valuable emotional energy caused by toxic life situations and unexamined attitudes and beliefs* And much moreMost important, Bounce helps you develop your own self-care protocol and personal renewal program, based on an honest assessment of your needs, life situation, and habitual ways of dealing - or failing to deal - with stress. Insightful, practical, and filled with wise guidance, Bounce shows us all how to live with greater resilience in a world that grows more stressful by the day. - Description from Syndetics

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