The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Seventh Edition

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Seventh Edition

Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman & Matthew McKay

Now in its seventh edition—with more than one million copies sold worldwide—The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook remains the go-to resource for stress reduction strategies that can be incorporated into even the busiest lives.

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook broke new ground when it was first published in 1980, detailing easy, step-by-step techniques for calming the body and mind in an increasingly overstimulated world. Now in its seventh edition, this fully revised and updated workbook—highly regarded by therapists and their clients—offers the latest stress reduction techniques to combat the effects of stress and integrate healthy relaxation habits into every aspect of daily life.

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Now in its seventh edition—with more than one million copies sold worldwide—The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook remains the go-to resource for stress reduction strategies that can be incorporated into even the busiest lives.

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook broke new ground when it was first published in 1980, detailing easy, step-by-step techniques for calming the body and mind in an increasingly overstimulated world. Now in its seventh edition, this fully revised and updated workbook—highly regarded by therapists and their clients—offers the latest stress reduction techniques to combat the effects of stress and integrate healthy relaxation habits into every aspect of daily life.

This new edition also includes powerful self-compassion practices, fully updated chapters on the most effective tools for coping with anxiety, fear, and panic—such as worry delay and defusion, two techniques grounded in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)—as well as a new section focused on body scan. In the workbook, you’ll explore your own stress triggers and symptoms, and learn how to create a personal action plan for stress reduction. Each chapter features a different method for relaxation, explains why the method works, and provides on-the-spot exercises you can do when you feel stressed out. The result is a comprehensive yet accessible workbook that will help you to curb stress and cultivate a more peaceful life.

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Item RSRW
ISBN# 9781684033348
Pages 368
Cover softback
Year 2019

Authors

Martha Davis, PhD, was a psychologist in the department of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, CA, where she practiced individual, couples, and group psychotherapy for more than thirty years prior to her retirement. She is coauthor of Thoughts and Feelings.

Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, MSW, worked for the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Program for thirty-seven years. During her tenure, she was a clinical social worker, hospice director, researcher, health educator, and management development instructor and coach. She is retired and lives in Northern California.

Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, ACT on Life Not on Anger, and Seeking Jordan. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic grief. He lives and works in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Contents

Table of Contents:

Preface to the Sixth Edition

Acknowledgements

How to Get the Most Out of This Workbook

1) How You React to Stress

2) Body Awareness

3) Breathing

4) Progressive Relaxation

5) Meditation

6) Visualization

7) Applied Relaxation Training

8) Self-Hypnosis

9) Autogenics

10) Brief Combination Techniques

11) Focusing

12) Refuting Irrational Ideas

13) Facing Worry and Anxiety

14) Coping Skills Training for Fears

15) Anger Inoculation

16) Goal Setting and Time Management

17) Assertiveness Training

18) Work-Stress Management

19) Nutrition and Stress

20) Exercise

21) When It Doesn't Come Easy - Getting Unstuck

Index

Excerpts

"Stress is an everyday fact of life. You can't avoid it. Stress results from any change you must adapt to, ranging from the negative extreme of actual physical danger to the exhilaration of falling in love or achieving some long-desired success. In between, day-to-day living confronts even the most well-managed life with a continuous stream of potentially stressful experiences. Not all stress is bad. In fact, stress is not only desirable, it is also essential to life. Whether the stress you experience is the result of major life changes or the cumulative effect of minor everyday hassles, it is how you respond to these events that determines the impact that stress will have on your life."

Reviews

“The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook is both classic and contemporary. It has not only stood the test of time but also has kept up with changing times by including new research and evidence-based best practices.” —Patrick Fanning, coauthor of The Daily Relaxer and Mind and Emotions

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