- Series: 8 Keys to Mental Health
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393708098
- ISBN-13: 978-0393708097
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“[W]ritten in an easy how-to format that provides excellent resources for the average person in managing stress. . . . [A]lso an excellent tool for counselors in both individual and group counseling sessions. . . . [P]rovides excellent references and a useful index for researching specific topics. . . . I highly recommend the book.”
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“The text’s balanced emphasis on both physiological and mental process makes it a holistic and thorough guide for a broad audience. . . . [Scott’s] approach is collective and confident, a writing style that is ideal and even perhaps essential for readers experiencing issues with stress management. . . . [O]rganized and easy to read, 8 Keys to Stress Management is a convenient self-help tool for those looking to manage their stress more effectively.”
- International Journal of Psychotherapy
“[This book] provides a thorough and detailed overview on the subject. . . . [T]he book gives us an opportunity to take more of a structured and introspective look at the self. It’s a resource that one might actively work through and then revisit later, rather than read once and put on the shelf. . . . Scott helps normalize the experience of stress and provides a wealth of information about how to manage it.”
“[A] useful, practical guide to approaching stress. . . . [S]hort enough to be a quick read, yet substantial enough to be a worthwhile one.”
- Metapsychology Online Reviews
“In an easy-to-read and understandable style, Elizabeth Scott offers a blend of ancient tradition and modern science along with practical advice for dealing with everyday stress. This book is a useful, practical, and comprehensive guide that helps the reader find healthy ways to live life more fully.”
- Howard Blumenfeld, PhD, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher
“I have never seen a more incisive approach to stress reduction and management. The 8 keys format is friendly and easy to use, with down-to-earth examples from daily life. Theoretically sound, eminently practical, and unequivocal without being rigid, this book presents an effective strategy for virtually any real-life situation.”
- Emery J. Cummins, Emeritus Professor of Counseling, San Diego State University
“8 Keys to Stress Management does an exemplary job of simplifying and explaining stress, addressing its physical and psychological aspects while providing practical examples of how to manage it. Elizabeth Scott reminds us that, while we can’t control all stressors, we can control our attitude, and this alone helps us to manage stress better.”
- Pamela Gail Johnson, Founder, Secret Society of Happy People
“In a global culture where 'overwhelmed,' 'stressed-out,' and 'burned-out' are part of our daily vocabularies, Scott shows us evolutionary alternatives that allow us to live fully and healthily. This book will prompt you to realign with your true self... and, most of all, you'll get your twinkly back!”
- Ann-Marie McKelvey, LPCC, MCC, Buddhist Chaplain, Psychotherapist, Wellness Coach
From the Back Cover
Stress management shouldn't be stressful! Chronic stress takes a heavy toll on physical and emotional wellbeing, and it can be difficult to know where to even begin to manage it. In this easy-to-grasp, research-based book, Elizabeth Anne Scott draws from multiple branches of psychology to share current information about the effects of stress as well as the most powerful techniques to manage it. Use this book to gain a clearer understanding of stress and start feeling better right away. You can then create lasting habits that bring increased long-term resilience toward stress, at a pace that works for you. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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That doesn't mean the book wasn't practical. It was full of exercises one could do for both immediate stress relief and long-term stress relief. From personal experience, I can say the ones I've tried definitely work. In these stressful times, a book like this is needed. More specifically, this book is needed.
I am a psychologist, and so I tend to be a bit skeptical of self-help books that over-promise. However, I was pleased to find 8 KEYS TO STRESS MANAGEMENT to be a helpful resource. Author Elizabeth Anne Scott is a master's level professional who works as a wellness coach. She opens the book by detailing different types of stress, reviewing basic symptoms of stress, and explaining the impediments to change. She also accommodates readers by suggesting various ways to use the book, from skipping around to focusing in on change exercises.
With her eight "keys," Scott effectively covers some of the most useful techniques for coping with stress. She begins with identifying all causes of stress, from external (e.g., life events) to internal (including negative and distorted thinking). She then introduces ways to reverse the effects of stress, including managing symptoms and taking care of one's body. To address more internally-generated stress, Scott looks more specifically at the effects of different types of negative thinking patterns and presents cognitive strategies to assist with changing one's thinking. The final chapters address healthy relationships, positive psychology (which includes engaging in pleasurable activities, experiencing gratification, and expressing gratitude), and life-long resilience habits.
Each chapter of the book includes specific sections on "How to Manage" and "Activities to Try." The How to Manage sections concentrate on immediate changes that readers can make. These are practical suggestions that readers can put into action. Activities to Try tend to be more specific, offering step-by-step strategies such as practicing breathing exercises, setting boundaries with others, and starting an emotion-focused journal.
In 8 Keys to Stress Management, Elizabeth Anne Scott has produced a useful, practical guide to approaching stress. She concludes the book with tips on creating one's own personal action plan. At less than two hundred pages, this book is short enough to be a quick read, yet substantial enough to be a worthwhile one.