Stress Management

Learn how to take control

Bring priorities into alignment and take control of your well-being with many stress relief tools and techniques – then take advantage of your opportunity for counseling. 

 

Apps

Anti-Stress Quotes
Michael Quach
Apple App Store (FREE)

Best Anti-Stress Quotes! Relax completely with the best anti-stress quotes! Stress is a part of day to day living. We all experience stress & worry sometimes. This helpful FREE app gives you many wise quotes on the topic of stress & anxiety. I hope these quotes will inspire you to overcome your worries & to manage your stress better. Get the wisdom you need to live more happily from now on.

 

 

Beating Stress
KoolAppz
Android Market (FREE)

It may be a symptom of the strains of modern life: the prevalence of stress and anxiety. It seems that stress is ever-present, attacking us at work, at school, on the road, and at home. To a large extent, it is impossible to thrive on stress. Do you ever feel as though you’re on the verge of a complete nervous breakdown? As though, if one more thing goes wrong with your day that you don’t know what you’ll do? Did you know that stress is not something that should be feared—rather, it is an aspect of life that needs to be managed. You will find that there are a myriad of causes for stress and anxiety. Both can appear on the scene anytime, anywhere. However, a growing body of research suggests that there are numerous ways to reduce the negative effects of stress. If you follow these instructions for stress relief, you should find yourself leading a fuller, more productive life.

 

 

Take a Break! – Guided Meditations for Stress Relief
Meditation Oasis
Apple App Store (FREE)

You can enjoy the deep relaxation, stress relief and benefits of meditation now with this app by Meditation Oasis™. Featuring two popular meditations from the the Meditation Oasis podcast, the app gives you the option to listen with or without music or nature sounds. You can also listen to the relaxing music and nature sounds alone.

 

 

Breathe2Relax
The National Center for Telehealth and Technology
Apple App Store (FREE)
Android Market (FREE)

Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a health care worker.

 

 

Mayo Clinic Meditation
Mayo Clinic Health Solutions
Apple App Store ($2.99)

Mayo Clinic Meditation is a clinically validated method of meditation you can easily practice using your iPhone or iPod. Developed by Mayo Clinic, this meditation program will help you feel more focused and relaxed throughout your day.

 

 

Mindfulness Bell
Spotlight Six Software
Apple App Store ($0.99)

Rings a beautiful Tibetan Singing Bowl at a specified interval – or random intervals – throughout the day. Just set it up and then exit the app. The bell will ring in the background, whether the app is running or not.

 

Books

From Stressful to Successful in 4 Easy Steps: Stress at Work? Stress in Relationship? Be Stress Free. End Stress and Anxiety. Excellent Stress Management, Stress Control and Stress Relief Techniques 
John McArthur
ASIN: B007U0LVXS (eBook)

Stress should not be viewed as a negative phenomenon and the approach should be that it is not the stressor that determines the response; but it is rather the individual’s internal reaction that triggers the response.

People have negative and positive coping patterns to overcome stress. Negative stress coping patterns many of which can lead to dependence and addiction that will actually aggravate the condition we are trying to stop or cure include things such as use of drugs, use of alcohol, smoking, overeating etc.

Positive stress coping include things such as techniques to calm the mind, time management, maintaining good relationships, exercise, healthy diet etc. This book is beneficial for every person in the street, and should be in the hands of all who truly want to address their inner awareness of stress as well as their physical readiness to generate a self-system based on calmness.

 

 

Stress Relief Today: Causes, Effects, and Management Techniques That Can Improve Your Life! 
D.K. Jefferson
ISBN: 978-1469903583

The average American’s daily life is filled with frustrations, demands, deadlines and hassles. Stress has become so common that many accept it as the norm. Stress isn't always bad – in small doses. In fact, stress can help people perform under pressure and motivate them to do their best. On the other hand, if you’re constantly stressed and overwhelmed, it can have a dramatically negative effect on your physical and emotional well-being. In “Stress Relief Today: Causes, Effects and Management Techniques That Can Improve Your Life”, D. K. Jefferson examines the various types of stress, and the universally common stressors. He gives practical advice for managing, reducing, and dealing with the things in our lives that keep us in a state of stress. Before stress can be managed, however, it must be identified. A simple exercise for identifying and labeling the things that cause you stress is provided in “Chapter 3: Managing and Treating Stress”. Mr. Jefferson also shares the results of a comprehensive survey of Americans who candidly discuss their own stressors, and the steps they take to manage them. The quotes from the survey respondents are incredibly moving and inspiring. With this book, you no longer have to suffer in silence. You’re sure to find a technique or combination of techniques that will help you get control of the stress in your life.

 

 

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook 
Bob Stach, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Elisha Goldstein, Saki Santorelli
ISBN: 978-1572247086

Stress and pain are nearly unavoidable in our daily lives; they are part of the human condition. This stress can often leave us feeling irritable, tense, overwhelmed, and burned-out. The key to maintaining balance is responding to stress not with frustration and self-criticism, but with mindful, nonjudgmental awareness of our bodies and minds. Impossible? Actually, it’s easier than it seems.

In just weeks, you can learn mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a clinically proven program for alleviating stress, anxiety, panic, depression, chronic pain, and a wide range of medical conditions. Taught in classes and clinics worldwide, this powerful approach shows you how to focus on the present moment in order to permanently change the way you handle stress. As you work through A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, you’ll learn how to replace stress-promoting habits with mindful ones-a skill that will last a lifetime.

 

 

21 Stress Management Tips—Turn the Compass In Your Favor and Take Your Life Back 
David Brugger
ASIN: B007PL1BMS (eBook)

Experiencing intense levels of stress seems to be the norm in today’s society more so than ever before although our ancestors might not agree. Even though we have massive amounts of modern technology claimed to make life easier, we seem to accumulate more and more stress just trying to use all the technology designed to make life easier—rather ironic. But combine that with the financial instability in our economy, the wars, and dangers surfacing around the world, the threat of terrorism, political climate, severe weather, etc., and it is no wonder that stress can be one of the destructive aspects of our lives that is most difficult to cope with and causes many serious health problems if left untreated for long periods of time.

 

Meditation for Stress Management: Quick & Easy Guide for Beginners 
Julia Green
ASIN: B008YLMPDW (eBook)

“I like how the book breaks the stereotype of meditation. You don’t have to be in the “Buddha” pose to meditate” Jamie Whitle
“There are in-depth instructions on doing meditation that are very clear and make it easy to do” Sandra D. Healey
“Even Reading The Book Relaxed Me!” Stuart Roberts

Meditation for Stress Management by Julia Green is a quick and easy guide that will help beginners to learn the basics of meditation. Why it works, how it can help you reduce stress in your life and finally, how to meditate. Meditation helps control your stress levels, which invites a healthy lifestyle.

 

Web Links

Stress basics Mayo Clinic

The American Institute of Stress

StressManagement.net

Meditation for Health and Happiness and self-hypnosis University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine

healthjourneys.com Guided Imagery

Mentalhealth.gov Information from CDC, FindYouthInfo.gov, MedlinePlus, NIH, National Institute of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

Self Assessments and Quizzes

Additional Life Balance Resources

   
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