What is stress? The 'fight-or-flight' response. Causes of stress. Personality types. Why stress is harmful. Recognizing your stress signals. Keeping a stress diary. Medical approaches. Dealing with stress. Managing yourself. Anti-stress diet. Exercising control. Living healthily. Breathing a sigh of relief. Taking it easy. A little therapy goes a long way. Anti-stress supplements. Lower your stress in 12 weeks: Overcome your stressors; Delegate or share responsibilities; Be aware of your breathing; Consider your work/life balance; Consciously relax; Use biofeedback to unwind; Learn to meditate; Stop watching the clock; Focus on your good points; Review your 'To Do' lists; Don't judge yourself too harshly; Address any continuing stressors. Charts: Stress diary chart; 'To Do' charts; Health charts; Reward chart. Useful websites. Index.
Dr Sarah Brewer qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working in general practice and sexual health, she now specializes in health communication and is the author of 50 popular self-help books. Sarah was voted Health Journalist of the Year in 2002 and is also a registered nutritionist.