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Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life Hardcover – September 16, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470343753 ISBN-10: 0470343753 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470343753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470343753
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,482,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Praise for Addicted to Stress

"This book offers remedies for all of us 'stress junkies,' tohelp us enrich our lives for now and the future."
—Dr. John Ratey, M.D., associate clinical professor ofpsychiatry, Harvard University

"This book needs to be read by every woman. It's never too lateto be born again."
—Bernie Siegel, M.D., author, Love, Magic & Mudpies and365 Prescriptions for Living

"An easy-to-follow, entertaining program for reducing the toxicimpact of stress for today's women, and reclaiming their health andwholeness as they seek to live more happily in these hectictimes."
—Jeffrey Brantley, M.D., director, Mindfulness-Based StressReduction 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. Weare 'hooked' on the encouraging ideas and guidance in Ms. Mandel'sinspiring book."
—Dr. Steven Gurgevich and Joy Gurgevich, authors, TheSelf-Hypnosis Diet

"If you long for more love, happiness, peace of mind, andauthenticity; if you want your life to be an expression of theyearnings of your heart; and if you want to feel that you are trulyenjoying your time on earth—rather than just struggling to getby—then you must read this superb book! It will remind youabout what is truly important. And it will help you transform yourlife into what you truly want it to be!"
—John E. Welshons, author, When Prayers Aren't Answered andAwakening from Grief

"Remarkable—Debbie Mandel has integrated the science ofstress and all its implications with practical ways of relievingit. This is a must-read for all those who suffer from theubiquitous vicissitudes of a stressful life."
—Alan R. Hirsch, M.D., neurologist and psychiatrist,neurological director, Smell and Taste Treatment and ResearchFoundation

More About the Author

I am most proud of my latest book "Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7-Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life." I love doing stress-management workshops for people from all walks of life: cancer survivors, attorneys, the elderly, nuns, teachers, medical personnel, young mothers, children and others. I listen to their stories and get asked the really tough questions. I am passionate about writing - I get ignited by creativity. Looking for a different angle, a fresh approach means everything - the process of being unique. Also, I have an outrageous sense of humor which helps me to step outside the box; no, I have actually broken the box!

To help me get the word out I produce and host a weekly stress-management /fitness radio show, the Turn On Your Inner Light Show in NY on AM1240 WGBB radio 7:00- 7:30 PM Eastern time Tuesdays. By the way the show streams live on the internet. Each week I interview a guest expert, usually a best selling author, give you the latest health tips and conclude with a segment from an elite trainer, Frank Mikulka, who addresses a weekly fitness question asked by the audience.

If all that isn't enough, I create and run an educational website with a free weekly newsletter. You can even listen to over 100 archived radio shows. Check it out:

Why am I doing all of this? I'm a second-generation holocaust survivor, who took care of two parents who suffered from Alzheimer's Disease, which makes me determined not to survive, but to really live. I delight in the ordinary and appreciate every little thing. My mission is to get the word out about happiness.

As a result of having confronted the "darkness" to appreciate the "light", I created a bold, new program, a creative merger of fitness and spirituality as a comprehensive response to the question: "Debbie, what is the secret to your constant happiness?" My books take you by the hand guiding you to live with a sense of who you are as you advance in strength and spirit.

After a first career as an English professor, I embraced mind/body fitness and devoted years to studying stress-management. However, my best credential is what my workshop participants have bestowed: "Sunshine Girl."

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Debroff on September 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If there's one thing that women everywhere know about, it's stress. Stress about kids, relationships, work, dinner, laundry...the list goes on and on. In fact, one might say women are "addicted to stress." Which is exactly the idea behind Debbie Mandel's ingenious new book. In it, she likens a woman's tireless work to identity theft and points out the irony of calling a never-ending to-do list that we use to keep ourselves occupied every moment of every day "progress." But there's good news - we're only 7 simple steps away from changing our lives. Mandel helps women understand that stress addiction is a real problem, recognize the signs, and take action to improve our health and better our lives. And she's got her work cut out for her; after all, one of the major problems with stress addiction is that women today feel they need to keep busy in order to thrive. How often do you find yourself with free time, only to wonder what work or chores you could be getting done instead? Sure, we know we're busy, but we relish the purpose and sense of accomplishment, right? It turns out that stress may be affecting our lives in more ways than we realize, damaging our relationships, our family life, and even our health. Mandel's book is as interactive as it is informative, and it's absolutely a must read for anyone who experiences even a little stress in her daily life (which, let's face it, is pretty much everyone). With anecdotes from women you can relate to, questions and activities to really get you thinking about your own life, and advice to change everything from your diet and your house to your routine and your mindset, this book has the potential to really make a difference in your life. So enough with the excuses - finding the time to read this book will mean finding the time to rediscover yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Browne, Esq. on November 24, 2008
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I was expecting a well-written work with a warm touch of humor, given Ms. Mandel's credentials; but I was delighted to find so much more. "Addicted to Stress" is not only filled with the latest scientific research on "stress" and why and how it affects we women as it does; this volume is chock full of practical wisdom, useful guidelines, and enough "eureka" moments to make reading it a potentially life-changing event. The self-tests throughout the book are interesting and illuminating. I also enjoyed the private incidents that Ms. Mandel shares with her readers. These examples bring her unique thesis to life, illustrating how the "seven step" program helps the reader reclaim joy and spontaneity. One of the many nuggets that I found enlightening is the distinction Ms. Mandel makes between "force" and "power"--and how the two different elements play out in a person's life. This book contains loads of revealing insights that will help you enjoy life more, live better now, and, as promised, break your (or help some one else break her) addiction to stress.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Haltzman on October 12, 2008
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If you live around New York City, you know Debbie Mandel, and you know she's a straight talker who gives good advice to people on issues that matter. Here she takes a look at our love/hate relationship with stress, and speaks with humor and warmth to help her sisters get to the other side of chaos. Her advice is sound (although I found the references to some medical issues inaccurate, such as carbohydrates being a source of tryptophan--strictly speaking that's not so, but she is correct in saying that you need carbs in order for the protein to get into your brain). I think women (and men) could benefit from reading this insightful and clear book. The material meshes well with my own work:
The Secrets of Happily Married Women: How to Get More Out of Your Relationship by Doing Less
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BeeGee on November 3, 2008
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In this humorous and witty book, Debbie Mandel speakes to women and the many ways our life styles promote stress. Beyond identifying stressful areas, Debbie offers practical and fun stress-reduction ideas that are easy to incorporate into a stressful life. This book is a must no matter what stage of life you are currently living. I have bought extra copies of the book to give as gifts. Every woman deserves to benefit from the anecdotes and tips that are sprinked throughout this wonderful book.
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