Stress management book: Chill Out!

Do you want to understand and control your stress level?

The E-CENT Stress Book:

Chill Out: How to control your stress level, and have a happier life

Dr Jim Byrne

chill-out-cover“In very simple terms, stress is about having too many pressures, or too much pressure, in your life combined with inadequate coping resources – and feeling very unpleasant emotional and physical feelings about that pressure.  According to one dictionary, stress is “a pressure or tension exerted on an object”, in our case, a human; or “a state of mental or emotional strain”.

If you want to be successful and happy, then you have to know how to switch off your “fight or flight response” when it is triggered inappropriately.  (You cannot run away from a work or relationship challenge.  And you cannot fight a traffic jam or justified bill for house repairs).  If you want to avoid failure and unhappiness, you must learn how to avoid freezing when social pressures build up.  To summarise these statements, we can say: You must know how to manage your stress level, if you want to be happy and successful, at home and at work.

This book presents a comprehensive, multi-modal approach to stress management, which takes account of mental stress, physical stress, and environmental stressors.

It’s designed to help you, if you are suffering from anxiety or panic, or angry outbursts, or feelings of personal defeat, or unpleasant physical sensations because of excessive pressures in your life.

stressed-woman9It describes eighteen different strategies for stress management, drawn from Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Emotive Narrative Therapy (CENT); and from mainstream stress management theory and practice.  It also takes account of the Stoic and Buddhist traditions of mind management; and modern cognitive psychology.  If stress is ruining your life, and you want to change for the better, then this is the book for you.

It is written in such a way that you can begin by studying just one or two of these effective stress management strategies, so you do not overload yourself with new tasks to perform.

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stressed-man2Are you feeling pressured and stressed? 

Do you want to get relief from the constant strain of too much pressure at home and/or at work? 

If so, this book can help you. 

 

Now you can learn how to reduce and control your stress level, and to have a happier life.

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“In the bustle of life: In the pressure of decisions, peace has become a luxury.  Take it when it comes, and cherish it.  It gives you the time to breathe.  It gives you rest and hope and life”.  Pam Brown

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“If a barking dog leaps at you, you will automatically respond by fighting or fleeing – or sometimes freezing.  But you cannot run away from most things in life, such as: frustrations at home or at work; a loss that has already happened; an irritating phone call at work; perceived possibilities of future threats to your income; piles of work on your desk; current unemployment; a traffic jam; or (very often) other people’s bad behaviours towards you.  And you cannot solve most of your problems by responding aggressively!  (It is a myth that anger pushes you to get what you want.  Mainly it messes up your relationships and your life.)

The purpose of this book is to teach the reader what stress is, and how to combat it. It is written in the form of a self-help manual, with spaces for self-reflection exercises within chapters, and at the end of each chapter. However, it could also be used by counsellors, counselling students, and interested others, as a means to learn, understand and present the CENT approach to Stress Management in counselling, coaching and therapy contexts.

The book is based on more than fourteen years’ experience by the author in using a range of eighteen techniques and strategies to help hundreds of individual counselling clients to reduce and control their stress level.

Over the years, Dr Byrne has collected a set of testimonials from clients who have benefited from this system, testifying to the efficacy of using these techniques in combination with each other.  (See the Testimonials page on this website).

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Quotation: 

What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare…  No time to turn at beauty’s glance, and watch her feet, how they can dance… William Henry Davies

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Foreword

stop-stress2This book contains a comprehensive self-training program in stress management.  It will help you to restore your sense of ease, relaxation and happiness.  It sets out to explain what stress is, how to assess it, map it, and control it.  You will encounter a range of techniques and strategies designed to increase your coping resources for dealing with the stress in your life, at home and at work, and in the wider world.  If you only learn one or two of those techniques, that will give you a minimal level of protection from stress.  If you learn half a dozen of them, that will be like training yourself in the martial arts before going into battle every day.  But if you learn a dozen or more, then that will be like putting on a suit of armour to protect yourself from external pressures.  You will have enormous resilience in the face of life’s pressures.

You can use this book by reading it from cover to cover, and doing each of the personal reflection activities as you come to them.  Or you can choose to go straight to a particular chapter that you think you might find most helpful.

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There are too few empty pages in my engagement pad, or empty hours in the day, or empty rooms in my life in which to stand alone and find myself. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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“The third edition of the stress book is really quite different from the second edition.  The self-assessment and stress mapping sections in Chapters 1 and 2 are new, and the tables and charts are much clearer.  Although it covers the field of stress management comprehensively, it does so in language most people can understand, and using techniques almost anybody can practice.”

stress-at-work3The more you read and re-read this book, and the more you apply the techniques described here, the more your coping resources will increase, and the less will you be affected by the fixed stressors in your life.

It is advisable to end your engagement with this book by constructing an action plan, as described in Chapter 10.  If you want to maximise your chances of reducing your stress level, you should apply yourself diligently to implementing your own, personalised action plan.

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“If you learn some of the techniques in this book, you will be able to enjoy life much more at home and at work, as you get your stress levels under control.  You will no longer need to lash out at those people who put pressure on you, or to give in to every demand that life throws at you.  You will begin to develop a sense of real mastery in your life.”

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ecent-logo-blue3To purchase a copy of this 206 page book, please go to one of the following outlets:

To get your paperback copy, please click the Amazon link which serves your geographical locality:

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