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The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living Paperback – December 24, 2013
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This practical, can-do guide, written by a positive-energy medical doctor at the Mayo Clinic, offers clear steps to take to decrease the bad kind of stress. As Sood notes, “Good stress motivates you, preps you for a challenge and gives you extra pep.” Bad stress is caused by “excessive workload, lack of control, and lack of meaning.” To cope with negative pressure, Sood highlights the principles of stress-free living: gratitude, compassion, acceptance, higher meaning, and forgiveness. Each principle gets a chapter. So do “tribe” (family and friends) and “relaxation and reflection.” Sood also provides his “seven-point program for increasing energy”: eating healthy food, sleeping seven to eight hours a day, keeping company with good people, avoiding news overdoses, following an exercise routine, doing something meaningful each day, and thinking good thoughts for others. Just reading Sood’s lucid, commonsensical recommendations is a start to eliminating negative stress. --Karen Springen
"An important innovative approach to well-being, one we all should know about."--Dr. Daniel Goleman
This practical, can-do guide, written by a positive-energy medical doctor at the Mayo Clinic, offers clear steps to take to decrease the bad kind of stress Just reading Sood's lucid, commonsensical recommendations is a start to eliminating negative stress.”
Taste for Life, February 2014
Offers an innovative approach to mindfulness and well-being.”
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Dr. Sood has come up with a rather amazing affirmation of a contented life.”
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Dr. Sood offers simple solutions to relieving stress in our day-to-day problems This 10-part guide can help readers find peace and achieve their goals toward creating a healthier and happier life.”
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This well-researched book discusses why our minds wander, why we tend to dwell on the negative, how that affects our life, and what we can do about it. I found the book simple to understand. However, please don’t mistake simple for easy. Many of us have spent years becoming who we are. It may take us years to become who we want to be. If true, that person will be years away until we actually start the work of becoming. Dr. Sood’s simple exercises and practices made it easy to start right away and simple enough to integrate into my everyday life.
This book is absolutely full of useful insights. However, I think the biggest lesson I learned from reading “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living" is that the most important emotions are gratitude and compassion. Focusing on them doesn’t mean you cannot strive to improve yourself or your situation. Far from it. Instead, it means you should be kind to yourself and those around you. Enjoy the journey as much as the objective. If you only focus on what you don’t have, you will miss so many opportunities to enjoy life and people along the way
Dr. Sood's comfortable writing style and warm voice make the book enjoyable to read. The organization of the materials and the excellent table of contents make it easy to refer back to exercises or concepts later. I would, and have, recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with stress, pain, loss, health concerns, or is just looking for direction.