Addicted to StressA Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life
A woman's down-to-earth guide for releasing stress and reclaiming her free-spirit Stress management expert and radio personality Debbie Mandel presents her highly original program for stress reduction. She explains that women who are constantly stressed out have forgotten the dreams of the free-spirited girl living inside them before they became somebody's wife, mother, or workplace colleague. This book, the inspiring and humorous story of successful recovery from stress addiction, outlines her seven steps that have proven to help women overcome daily stressors and reclaim a life of joy and spontaneity. Explores the habit forming pressure principle of stress addiction and how to cure it Provides step-by-step program for self-empowerment, self-care, healthy narcissism, and renewing humor in a woman's relationships Explains the powerful, researched based relationship between food, exercise, and mood Contains indispensable strategies for accepting constructive conflicts with a spouse, partner, friend or colleague to get what she wants Teaches specific techniques for reducing and eliminating stress reduction Addicted to Stress shows how as the addiction to stress is cured, women find it possible to build up an immunity to outside pressure and become their true core self.
Preface vii STEP 1 Be Aware of Your Own Stress Addiction 1 STEP 2 Reclaim Your Identity 31 STEP 3 Learn to Become a Healthy Narcissist 57 STEP 4 Build a Healthy Body 85 STEP 5 Cultivate Your Sense of Fun and Humor 119 STEP 6 Jump-Start Your Libido 147 STEP 7 Reframe Your Thoughts 175 EPILOGUE A New View of You 205 Notes 219 Resources 225 About the Author 229 Index 231
Debbie Mandel is the radio talk show host of a popular weekly health and fitness radio show on WGBB 1240 AM in Long Island, New York, which is broadcast live and on the Internet. She is the publisher of the highly regarded wellness Web site www.addictedtostress.com and conducts stress-management and relationship workshops for couples, women's groups, and others.
Addicted to Stress In this highly original program for stress reduction, stress management expert and radio personality Debbie Mandel explains that women who are constantly stressed out have forgotten the dreams of the free-spirited girl living inside them before they became somebody's wife, mother, or workplace colleague. Debbie Mandel offers seven proven steps to help women overcome daily stressors and reclaim a life of joy and spontaneity. Addicted to Stress shows how as the addiction to stress is cured, women find it possible to build up an immunity to outside pressure and become their true core self. Here are the steps that have been proven to work: Be Aware of Your Own Stress Addiction Reclaim Your Identity Learn to Become a Healthy Narcissist Build a Healthy Body Cultivate Your Sense of Fun and Humor JumpStart Your Libido Reframe Your Thoughts Addicted to Stress teaches self-empowerment, exercise and self-care, healthy narcissism, renewing sensuality, and the role of humor in?a woman's?relationships. Debbie Mandel explains the powerful, research-based relationship between food and mood, offers indispensable strategies for accepting constructive conflicts, and shows how to jumpstart sexual intimacy.
Praise for Addicted to Stress "This book offers remedies for all of us 'stress junkies,' to help us enrich our lives for now and the future." —Dr. John Ratey, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard University "This book needs to be read by every woman. It's never too late to be born again." —Bernie Siegel, M.D., author, Love, Magic & Mudpies and 365 Prescriptions for Living "An easy-to-follow, entertaining program for reducing the toxic impact of stress for today's women, and reclaiming their health and wholeness as they seek to live more happily in these hectic times." —Jeffrey Brantley, M.D., director, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, Duke University Integrative Medicine "Everyone can benefit from the practical wisdom in this book, which will relieve stress addiction with no worry of withdrawal. We are 'hooked' on the encouraging ideas and guidance in Ms. Mandel's inspiring book." —Dr. Steven Gurgevich and Joy Gurgevich, authors, The Self-Hypnosis Diet "If you long for more love, happiness, peace of mind, and authenticity; if you want your life to be an expression of the yearnings of your heart; and if you want to feel that you are truly enjoying your time on earth—rather than just struggling to get by—then you must read this superb book! It will remind you about what is truly important. And it will help you transform your life into what you truly want it to be!" —John E. Welshons, author, When Prayers Aren't Answered and Awakening from Grief "Remarkable—Debbie Mandel has integrated the science of stress and all its implications with practical ways of relieving it. This is a must-read for all those who suffer from the ubiquitous vicissitudes of a stressful life." —Alan R. Hirsch, M.D., neurologist and psychiatrist, neurological director, Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation
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