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Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life 1st Edition

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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. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470485906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470485903
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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So much of what Debbie Mandel says sticks. She was the first person I'd read to explore what drives the woman who constantly reminds everyone how busy she is. One of my favorite examples of Debbie's unique take on things is Step 5: Cultivate Your Sense of Fun and Humor. She questions our need for age-old proverbs and aphorisms (such as "Look Before you Leap" and "He Who Hesitates is Lost") that contradict each other when juxtaposed and don't really fit who we are, but live on because they've been branded in our heads. Her don't-numb-down message tells us why it's okay to seek and create new truths. What a great starting point for change.
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By Opine on January 24, 2009
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I bought this book minutes after hearing Debbie Mandel's interview on National Public Radio. I wish I would have waited and just checked it out at my local library. The information in the book is not well organized and there is just too much to take it all in. If you aren't already stressed when you start this book, you will be when you finish it. Granted, the author does give some insight on why women are creating some of their own stressors, she doesn't offer much substantive advice on eliminating those stressors. Basically, a somewhat interesting read but definitely not worth the purchase.
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