How to Deal with Stress

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Written by two internationally-recognized experts in the field of stress management, the book shows how to identify the underlying causes of stress and how to set out a clear plan to manage both the causes of stress and its effects. 

Aimed at the busy executive, How to Deal with Stress includes tips on topics such as time management, exercise, nutrition and relaxation techniques, as well as a new chapter on building problem solving skills. It can serve as a ...

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Overview

Written by two internationally-recognized experts in the field of stress management, the book shows how to identify the underlying causes of stress and how to set out a clear plan to manage both the causes of stress and its effects. 

Aimed at the busy executive, How to Deal with Stress includes tips on topics such as time management, exercise, nutrition and relaxation techniques, as well as a new chapter on building problem solving skills. It can serve as a go to handbook for both home and office and a resource to dip into for quick advice.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the previous edition:

"[A] solid and very important guide that shouldn't be missed." —The Midwest Book Review

"In-depth insight into the causes of stress and how to deal with them successfully." —Management Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749467067
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Series: Creating Success Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 796,091
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Palmer, PhD, is one of the UK's most influential experts on stress management. He is Founder-Director at the Centre for Stress Management and Honorary Professor of Psychology at City University, London. He has written or edited over 30 books on stress management, psychotherapy and coaching.

Cary Cooper, PhD, CBE, is Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and past President of the British Academy of Management.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

01 What is stress?
Simple definition
Pressure and stress
Costs of stress
How do you cope with stress?
Are you in control?
Health locus of control
The biology of stress
Summary

02 A working model of stress, coping and resilience
A model of stress, coping and resilience
Helpful versus unhelpful troublesome negative emotions
Important: choice of interventions
Summary

03 Changing your thinking
Changing your thinking: it isn't a modern concept!
As simple as ABC!
Thinking errors
Helpful challenging questions
'Pros and cons'
Stress thought record
Dealing with your own anger
Overcoming the self-esteem trap
Accepting others but not their behaviour
Inference chaining
Summary

04 Changing your imagery
Coping imagery
Self-motivation imagery
Staying-focused (or goal) imagery
Time-projection imagery
Relaxation imagery
Anti-craving imagery
Summary

05 Changing your behaviour
What are you, A or B?
Social support
Assertiveness training
Assertiveness rights
Assertiveness skills
The three-step model of assertion
Time management
Top tips for the time manager
Developing goals
Summary

06 Improving your physical health to help you conquer stress
Alcohol
Caffeine
Exercise
Nutrition
Weight control
Smoking
Relaxation
Summary

07 From problems to solutions
The PRACTICE model
Case study
The PRACTICE solutions Form
Summary

08 Dealing with work-related stress
Definition of stress
The financial and health impact of work-related stress
How do you cope with stress at work?
The unfit manager
The fit manager
Work-related stress risk assessment and interventions
Before you start a work-stress risk assessment
A comprehensive approach
What can you do?
Summary

09 Stress self-audit

10 Developing your own action plan
'Stress carriers'
Home-work interface
Action plan
Sample stress management action plan
Start now
Summary

Appendix
References and bibliography
Useful organizations

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

    How to Deal with Stress by Palmer & Cooper: An Impressive Material for Self-Coaching in Stress Management

    Published by Dr. Stephen Palmer and Dr. Cary Cooper, two of the UK leading stress management psychologists, this 2008 edition of the book entitled "How to Deal with Stress" contains simple and straightforward know-how techniques to conquer and/or prevent stress. In 9 chapters, 41 activities and 164 pages, the book can take the reader from a stressful-state of mind, physiology and body to a well-managed and healthy state. In short, this book adopts a self-coaching approach that could seriously help you understand, recognize and deal with stress to finally become a stress manager or even a life manager if you just read it carefully and reflectively, and practice some of its multiple stress-busting techniques. If the reader finds it difficult to spare enough time to wholly read the book, s/he should read the basics and then apply Activities 14, 28 and 33. I believe that these activities are highly instrumental in preventing and/or alleviating stress. In this case, I would recommend that Palmer's multimodal relaxation technique in Activity 33 be modified to directly and explicitly address the stressful situations in its imagery rehearsal portion. In short, despite some errors, I highly recommend this book and find it an extremely useful material for stress management self-coaching.

    Dr. Yehia A. Ibrahim (yehia-ct@hotmail.com)

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