Book contents

Contents introduction

  • what is stresswise?
  • another book on stress
  • do you need teach yourself managing stress?
  • the three sides of stress
  • the story of frank
  • how to use this book

part one: stress check - self-assessment

part two: awareness of the stress concept

  • stress: a twenty-first century problem
    • facing a new type of threat?
  • what is stress?
    • stress can be good, bad and ugly
    • a definition of stress
    • distress
    • eustress
  • the stress response
    • why you need to learn about the stress response
    • what is the stress response?
    • on your marks
    • get set
    • go
    • your emotions are revealed in your blood chemistry
    • the power of the alarm response
  • signs of stress
    • linking the physiology of the stress response to the signs of stress
    • assessing your signs and symptoms
    • signs of distress
    • signs of eustress
    • the outward signs of hormone activity
    • recognizing stress in others as well as yourself
  • stress and health
    • some stress-related disorders and diseases
    • how the stress response can lead to ill health and death
  • stress and performance
    • the performance curve
    • the effect of stress on industry, commerce and the professions
  • sources of stress
    • the nature of the demands
    • Type A Behaviour
    • life events
    • family, social and work situations

part three: dealing with stress

  • personal stress management planning: preparation
  • improving coping ability
    • etting the right balance
  • altering demands
    • reducing demands
    • increasing demands
  • learning to relax
    • recharge your batteries
    • are you breathing correctly?
    • use biofeedback
    • progressive and deep muscular relaxation
    • meditation
    • the benefits of relaxation
  • lifestyle review
    • diet
    • caffeine
    • alcohol consumption
    • smoking
    • fitness and exercise
    • body weight
    • sleep and rest
  • modifying Type A Behaviour
    • how does Type A Behaviour arise?
    • unlearning Type A Behaviour
  • Improving personal life skills
    • increasing love and support
    • enhancing self-esteem
    • smiling, laughing and developing a sense of humour
  • your personal stress management plan
    • how to develop your stress management plan
    • how to evaluate and revise your stress management plan

appendix I: scoring and evaluation

appendix II: products and services available from stresswise

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