Stressbusting Books: What to read now

Stressbusting offers this brief guide to what to read and listen to on the topics of stress and stress-relief – just in time for the gift-giving season.

GENERAL

Stress Beaters – 100 Proven Ways To Manage Stress (Metro, £7.99), by Dr Roger Henderson – a GP, medical columnist and contributor to stressbusting.co.uk – is full of useful suggestions on how to manage and relieve stress. It can be ordered direct on 01476 541080.

MIND

You Can be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles for Keeping Life in Perspective, by Richard Carlson (Hodder & Stoughton, £7.99). Richard Carlson – author of the bestselling Little Book of Calm – outlines further fundamentals to help you negotiate the stresses and strains of everyday life. Keep it by your bed.

Be Your Own Life Coach, by Fiona Harrold (Hodder & Stoughton, £10).
Learn from successful ‘life coach’, Fiona Harrold how to prioritise, write lists and give yourself strict cut-off times for a better-organised, less stressful existence.

How To Do Everything and Still Have Time for Yourself, by Dawna Walter (Quadrille Publishing Ltd, £9.99). Dawna Walter, creator of The Holding Company, shows you how to reorganise everything from your wardrobe to the way you travel and bring the fun back into your life.

Awaken The Giant Within – How To Be In Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny, by Anthony Robbins (Simon & Schuster, £10.99). This inspiring volume could enable you to overcome some of life’s more complicated issues. It provides exercises to helps you analyse why you’ve been putting off change, and teaches you that you that you can achieve your goals.

Positive Under Pressure – How to be Calm and Effective When the Heat is On, by Gael Lindenfield and Dr Malcolm Vandenburg, (Thorsons, £6.99). Leading psychotherapist Gael Lindenfield and founder of the London Hospital Hypertension Clinic, Dr Malcolm Vandenburg, offer an innovative mind-body system which demonstrates how to handle work projects, job interviews, sporting events or simply the stresses and strains of contemporary life. This clearly written book will help you harness the positive energy of pressure without feeling the damaging effects of stress.

BODY

Freedom from Insomnia: The Natural Way to Solve Sleep Problems, by Alexander Stalmatski (Kyle Cathie, £7.99). Lack of sleep is one of the symptoms and also one of the causes of stress. This book outlines a course of exercises, developed from the Russian Butyeko method, which will help you control your breathing and encourage a better quality of sleep.

The Body Code Diet and Fitness Programme, by Jay Cooper and Kathryn Lance (Piatkus, £6.99) The authors suggest that we all fall into one of four body types and explain how you should eat and exercise to best suit your type.

The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition by Anita Bean (A &C Black, £13.99). A guide to eating and drinking for maximum fitness in a reader-friendly format. The section on designing your own personal nutrition programmes is particularly good and there are a variety of suggested eating plans and recipes.

90-Day Fitness Plan, by Matt Roberts (Dorling Kindersley, £9.99). One of Britain’s leading personal trainers has devised a three-month programme to help men and women ‘Lose weight, get fit, feel good’. The book starts with a self-assessment quiz to discover how fit – or unfit – you are, then gives well-laid out advice on how to bring about a transformation.

7-Day Detox Plan, by Leslie Ellis (Foulsham, £6.99). Are you anxious and mentally exhausted? Do you fly off the handle at the slightest provocations? These classic symptoms of stress suggest you could also be suffering from toxic overload. Leslie Ellis offers a flexible, easy-to-follow seven-day menu with wheat and dairy-free recipes to help you cleanse yourself from the inside out.

SPIRIT

Five Secrets of Health and Happiness: Chinese Wisdom to Nourish Your Life, by Angela Hicks (Thorsons, £8.99) Achieve natural balance and understand your constitution, emotional strength, diet, environment and work-life balance and you will gain the Chinese way.

The Laughter Album (£7.99 plus p&p from www.happiness.co.uk) is 30 minutes of continuous laughter, which can’t help but get you chuckling. If you make yourself laugh throughout the day for 30 seconds at a time, laughter will become a habit and a laughter-filled life is a more relaxed life.

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