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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is FILLED with information presented in a fun and completely intelligible format! Although I've read numerous articles and books on stress, I've never found one as practical and clearly defined as this book. There are mini-questionnaires throughout the chapters that are quick and fun to take, and very worthwhile. In addition Dr. Elkin cites and summarizes the most recent studies and literature. He has a talent for explaining complicated concepts in a way that reaches the reader. I was previously familiar with some of the literature that was mentioned in the book, such as Jon Kabat-Zinn's book, but Dr. Elkin's explanations crystallized the concepts for me.
I particularly enjoyed the section about worrying! Dr. Elkin's words explained it, made me laugh about it, and then gave me wonderful suggestions for dealing with it. A book like this can actually change your life!
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book over 5 times, and it just amazes me how this book is so clear about clearing up stress in my life. There is a wonderful sense of humor in this book. The author, Alan Elkin, must be a funny guy. I hope that he will write many more books. If you have any stress in your life, or if you even just want to laugh hysterically over and over again, please read this book!
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was feeling stressed out so I saw a psychiatrist (with my insurance a psychologist is not reimbursed). The only thing he could propose me was a few sessions of relaxation (I won't call it hypnosis). It helped me relax, but as soon as I left his office back into the stressful world I realized that it didn't really help me. So I ordered this book. My coworkers made fun of me but I don't care, they're all stressed out right now and I'm not. One of my coworkers even told me that I'm not showing that I'm committed. I guess people think you're really committed to your project when you stress out over all the things overwhich you have absolutely no control.

This book is great. He covers all the major areas of stress management and gives plenty of concrete ideas for reducing stress. The book is very practical, meaning you can practice it and improve your health. I read it about 6 months ago and I think I'm going to go back and read it again. If you're feeling stressed out I highly recommend this book.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2004
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I'm still reading this one, but so far I love it! It's got humor and helpful info, so I can de-stress while I'm reading about how to further de-stress. This may sound sad, but I think this has got to be one of my favorite books! It seems to have covered every place that stress can derive from and it gives useful and reasonable tips on how to handle it when it comes up or even before. It actually helped me to get through a would've been flaming-arguement with my husband without losing control and yelling at him when I read the section on venting beforehand. He wants to borrow it now. lol The tips in this book are easy enough so that you don't get stressed out even more trying to do them. There's nothing there that I've read so far that tells you that in order to deal with your stress better, you must first go to a field in the countryside over in Japan and be one with the grass and the air and the flowers and the birds. No crap like that. Just humor and help. My job isn't stressful but the trip to and from it here in Atlanta is, so that's where my stress areas begin. I carry this book from home to work with me and then back home and around the house to do more reading. I highly recommend this book!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2002
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You don't have to be a dummy in order to manage the stress in you life. There are a lot of things in life that can stress you out. This is an excellent book on stress management. It describes the causes of stress and various things that you can do to prevent or reduce the amount of stress, like breathing exercises. Did you know that a messy house can stress you out?
How about rush hour? The cartoons also help to de-stress you! How can you be stressed out when you are laughing?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2008
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I am a youth psychosocial group leader and I was looking for a book that I could use with my middle school and high school students. Even though this book is geared toward adults, much of the information can be useful for older youth, especially those kids who have had to grow up so fast due to their home environment. At the end of every chapter I would create either a jeopardy game or have them play a wheel-of-fortune/hangman type game to review the essential points of each section. The information was also helpful to me in a sense that it's good to remind yourself to practice stress management.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is the best by far for anyone suffering with anxiety. The tools presented work. I purchase this book for my friends who are struggling. Not a book to read cover to cover. Find a subject and practice the content. This book will change your life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2008
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This book is a great resource if you are not very good at stress management. It covers a lot of good ways to deal with stress in your life. It follows the same easy approach to the subject> Just like all For Dummies books along with some humor thrown in for good measure. In my opinion it is a great book for anyone that wants to learn how to deal with stress the right way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2012
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almost done with book, very practical stress reduction book. some tips are common sense but most of the suggestions are great. I use the quick breathing and muscle tense then release to relax even at work when stressed. it only takes a quick 30 seconds to a minute. the chapters on getting your life organized and house decluttered were nice too. very good job to the author!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2010
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I purchased this book in preparation to teach Autistic Adults stress management therapy. It had so many great ideas to reduce stress and I found it easy to read. Perfect for understanding stress and its causes. It has a ton of suggestions on how to effectively cope with stress in a healthy manner. I would recommend this to anyone.
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