Stress Less, Live More: How Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Can Help You Live a Busy yet Balanced Life

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I'm never going to finish this project on time. This is hopeless; everything's going wrong. Why do I try to do everything at once? A busy life is full of stressful situations — that's a given. But that doesn't mean there is nothing you can do. Your thoughts can actually affect the way your brain processes stress, for better or worse. Most of the time, our brains compound the problem, adding thoughts of self-doubt and frustration to already difficult situations.

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Overview

I'm never going to finish this project on time. This is hopeless; everything's going wrong. Why do I try to do everything at once? A busy life is full of stressful situations — that's a given. But that doesn't mean there is nothing you can do. Your thoughts can actually affect the way your brain processes stress, for better or worse. Most of the time, our brains compound the problem, adding thoughts of self-doubt and frustration to already difficult situations.

Stress Less, Live More presents a program based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) that can help you train your brain to react to stress in a different way. With the mindfulness and acceptance techniques in this book, you'll clear out mental clutter, enhance your focus, and concentrate on the present moment, so that you can channel your energy into what matters most to you. It's that simple.

  • Learn to mindfully accept what can't be changed
  • Find peace and contentment in the present moment
  • Practice relaxation skills you can use to calm yourself in a crisis
  • Make time for yourself by asserting your right to say 'no'
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"I loved this book! The acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) approach to overcoming stress and creating a balanced, peaceful life is the most groundbreaking and powerful approach I have ever encountered. Blonna’s strategies are truly life-changing. I highly recommend this book."
—Lyn Kelley, Ph.D., LMFT, CPC, president of GROW Training Institute, Inc., and professional speaker, writer, coach, and consultant

"Like no other book available on stress, this volume both embraces what was useful about the traditional literature on stress and takes the reader into unexpected and powerful new territory. You will never think the same way about your stress again."
—Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada and author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

"In Stress Less, Live More, Blonna distills ACT into a useable stress management program. People looking for a natural and reasonable approach to reducing stress and increasing valued living will be drawn to this book."
—Kevin L. Polk, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and ACT trainer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572247093
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,024,355
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Blonna, EdD, is university professor at William Paterson University of New Jersey and a nationally certified life coach, counselor, and health education specialist. He has taught and written about stress management for over twenty years, helping thousands of students and clients learn how to manage their stress using his holistic approach. Blonna lives in Hillsborough, NJ. Visit him online at www.healthystressdoctor.com

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Table of Contents

A Letter from the Series Editor vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 What Is Stress? 5

Chapter 2 What Is ACT? 13

Chapter 3 Controlling, Eliminating, and Managing Stress 29

Chapter 4 Values and Stress 47

Chapter 5 Purposeful Living Through Valued Action 67

Chapter 6 ACT, Acceptance, Willingness, and Experiential Avoidance 85

Chapter 7 Developing Mindfulness 99

Chapter 8 Relaxation Training 109

Chapter 9 Finding Your Optimal Level of Stimulation and Demand 121

Chapter 10 Assertiveness, Aggressiveness, Nonassertiveness, and Stress 139

Chapter 11 ACTing to Manage Your Stress 151

References 161

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