The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook / Edition 5

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook / Edition 5

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by Martha Davis

ISBN-10: 1572242140

ISBN-13: 9781572242142

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

Stress occurs whenever there is change. We all know how fast our society is changing -- so it's not surprising that the rate of stress related illnesses is also growing. In fact, every year, about fifteen percent of the American population -- nearly 40 million people -- suffer panic attacks, anxiety, and other stress related conditions. In this completely revised and…  See more details below


Stress occurs whenever there is change. We all know how fast our society is changing -- so it's not surprising that the rate of stress related illnesses is also growing. In fact, every year, about fifteen percent of the American population -- nearly 40 million people -- suffer panic attacks, anxiety, and other stress related conditions. In this completely revised and updated award-winning book, you'll learn how to use breathing to release tension and control stress symptoms, how to progressively relax all the muscles of your body, and how to enjoy the benefits of meditation, visualization, self-hypnosis and relaxation tapes. You'll find out how your thoughts can influence your feelings and behavior, how to rid yourself of distressing thoughts and irrational ideas, and how to cope with anxiety, anger and other unpleasant emotions. New to this edition is the latest information on Worry Control. An entire chapter explains how to evaluate your worries and distinguish between healthy and unhealthy worry, how to turn worrying into problem solving, how to overcome your worst fears, and how to change behavior that leads to needless worry. Covering every major approach to stress management, including valuable information on how to deal more effectively and less stressfully with other people, The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook has proven its effectiveness for more than two decades. Let it empower you with the skills you need to stop living under constant pressure and start living with greater pleasure.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition
How to Get the Most Out of This Workbook
1How You React to Stress1
Sources of Stress
The Fight or Flight Response
Chronic Stress and Disease
Schedule of Recent Experience
Symptoms Checklist
Tactics for Coping with Stress
Symptom Effectiveness
2Body Awareness15
Internal Versus External Awareness
Body Scanning
Letting Go of Your Body
Stress Awareness Diary
Record of General Tension
Breathing for Awareness
Diaphragmatic or Abdominal Breathing
Deep Breathing
Complete Natural Breathing
Breathing for Release Tension
Breath Counting
The Relaxing Sigh
Letting Go of Tension
Breathing for Symptom Control or Release
Abdominal Breathing and Imagination
Alternative Breathing
Controlled Breathing
4Progressive Relaxation31
Basic Procedure
Shorthand Procedure
Establishing Your Posture
Centering Yourself
Three Basic Meditations
Mantra Meditation
Sitting Meditation
Breath-Counting Meditation
Releasing Muscular Tension
The Inner Exploration
Moving Band Meditation
Mindfulness and Present-Moment Awareness
Eating Meditation
Walking Meditation
Seeing Meditation
Mindfulness of Pain or Discomfort
Letting Go of Thoughts
Types of Visualization
Rules for Effective Visualization
Eye Relaxation (Palming)
Metaphorical Images
Creating Your Special Place
Finding Your Inner Guide
Listening to Music
7Applied Relaxation Training61
Progressive Relaxation
Release Only Relaxation
Cue-Controlled Relaxation
Rapid Relaxation
Applied Relaxation
The Power of Suggestion
Postural Sway
Postural Suggestion
Personalized Self-Induction
Basic Self-Induction Script
Abbreviated Inductions
Hypnotic Suggestions
Self-Hypnotic Induction for A Specific Problem
Example: Insomnia
How to Facilitate Your Response When Doing Autogenic Training
How to Practice the Six Basic Autogenic Themes to Normalize Your Body
Autogenic Formulas for Calming the Mind
Autogenic Modification Exercises
10Brief Combination Techniques91
Stretch and Relax
Autogenic Breathing
Stop and Breathe
Changing Channels
Using a Coping Mantra
I Am Grateful
Deep Affirmation
The Tension Cutter
Breath Counting
Taking Control
Accepting Yourself
11Recording Your Own Relaxation Tape99
Your Voice and Background Sound
Mantras and Affirmations
Constructing Your Relaxation Script
Using Your Tape
Buying Tapes
12Refuting Irrational Ideas107
Rational Emotive Therapy
Assessment of Your Beliefs
Irrational Ideas
Rules to Promote Rational Thinking
Refuting Irrational ideas
Rational Emotive Imagery
Developing Alternative Emotional Responses
13Thought Stopping127
Thought Stopping Instructions
Eye Movement Technique
14Worry Control135
Distinguishing Healthy versus Unhealthy Worry
Worry into Problem Solving
Four Steps to Managing Your Worry
Risk Assessment
Scheduling Worry Time and Worry Exposure
15Coping Skills Training151
Coping Skills for Anxiety
Learn to Relax Efficiently
Make a Stressful-Events Hierarchy
Create Stress-Coping Thoughts for Anxiety
Imago Coping Skills
In Vivo Coping Skills
Coping Skills for Anger
Learn to Relax Efficiently
Make a Stressful-Events Hierarchy
Create Stress-Coping Thoughts
Image Coping Skills
Invivo Coping Skills
16Goal Setting and Time Management175
Clarifying Your Values
Setting Goals
Developing an Action Plan
Evaluating How You Spend Your Time
Combating Procrastination
Organizing Your Time
17Assertiveness Training197
Mistaken Traditional Assumptions Versus Your Legitimate Rights
Three Basic Interpersonal styles
The Assertiveness Questionnaire
Describing Your Problem Scenes
Your Script for Change
Short Form Assertiveness Technique
Assertive Body Language
Learning How to Listen
Assertive Listening and Expressing Go Together
Arriving At a Workable Compromise
Avoiding Manipulation
18Job Stress Management221
What Causes Job Burnout?
Identify Your Symptoms of Job Stress
Identify the Sources of Your Job Stress
Identify How You Respond to Your Specific Job Stressors
Set Goals To Respond More Effectively to Your Job Stressors
Motivate Yourself
Change Your Thinking
When In Conflict, Negotiate
Pace and Balance Yourself
Ten Steps to Positive Eating
Taking Charge of Your Nutritional Well-Being
Aerobic Exercise
Stretching and Toning Exercises
Developing Your Own Exercise Program
Diary of Opportunities to Exercise
Choosing the Best Type of Exercise for You
Establishing Goals
Sample Exercise Program
Heart Rate in Beats Per Ten Seconds and Per Minute
Estimated Heart Rates for Selected Ages Table
Exercise Diary
21When It Doesn't Come Easy--Getting Unstuck283
Questioning Your Goals and How You Spend Your Time
Taking Responsibility for Your Decisions
Confronting Roadblocks in the Road to Stress Management and Relaxation
When Symptoms Persist

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The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sure we're all stressed a little now and then, but when the stress REALLY starts to build up and becomes too much, consider this little helper. An oversized volume (making it easier to read), this book contains not one, but MANY different ways of reducing your stress- that's why its called a workbook. And this is precisely what makes this book such a gem- there's something in it for everyone. If you don't like one technique, just go to the next chapter and try another one. A great book that should help a lot of people, I give it 5 stars easy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This workbook is a must for busy people. You read the first 2 chapters, which are relatively short. Then from there you use the tools they give you to key into the chapters that fit you. I particularly enjoyed the meditation chapter and how it truely can relax you. Only negative is that I wish it had a CD to go with it for some of the mental exercises in which you need to close your eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is by far the most helpful book I have read. I've suffered from insomnia and sleep apnea my entire life, and i had come to the point where I didn't think I could sleep restfully without medications. Within 3 chapters of this book, I was learning new ways to relax deeply, and have the best sleep i've ever had. It's such a wonderful thing, this book, I think everyone should read it. As a person that suffers greatly from servere depression, insomnia, and sleep apnea, I would have to say it is much better than any pill, tea, or nifty little food trick to help you relax you mind and body and reach a new platform of contentedness!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another practical book by New Harbinger. The workbook style works well as it gives its readers many tools to help them solve their problems. If you suffer back pain, I also highly recommend their back pain book "The Multifidus Back Pain Solution."
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! After spending a number of years in therapy, I must say that I have found this book to be profoundly more helpful than any of the therapy. I truly wished every therapist, especially the HMO therapist that I have had to deal with, had a copy and practiced the formulas in this book. Highly recommended! Read this book and give a copy to you therapist and/or Physician for them to actually read and use.