Monday, July 16, 2012

Extremely Insightful

Stress Pandemic: The Lifestyle Solution
Author Paul Huljich has written a masterful book.  Within this book he has written four parts that I find really break down and define his overall objective in writing this great book.  
Part One deals with what the stress pandemic is, how stress affects you and how to overcome the stress that you may be facing.
There are charts: Potential Effects of Stress and Potential Causes of Stress which show how stress manages to work it's way into each of our lives.  How we deal with these various stress points is vitally important and even life altering.  
Paul describes two components that are essential to managing stress and living a life of wellness.  These two components are:  preparation and response.  It is here a person prepares themselves to be able to withstand the stress of life without it overwhelming them.
Part Two of the book deals with Nine Natural Steps that will enable a person to master the stress they are facing.  These steps include:  Taking Charge, Kicking Your Bad Habits, Learning to Say No, Affirmations, Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep, The Power of Awareness and to Never Give Up.
Then within these nine steps we find additional purposes.  "Steps 1,2, and 3 are the transformative steps, designed to address the underlying habits that are the cause of stress.  Steps 4, 5, 6, and 7 are the practical steps.  The function of these steps is to optimize your general wellness and allow you to feel better than you've ever felt before.  The final two steps, 8 and 9, provide insight for your continual self-assessment and also serve to illuminate the frontiers of your ongoing progress."  These steps are chocked full of information, illustrations, wisdom and insight that will be both rewarding and enlightening as you read alone.  
Part Three is Paul's personal story of his own battle with stress.  How it affected his life and how he chose to deal with it becoming the person he is today.  I found this section to be very enriching and valuable.  It all does us well to know we aren't the only one to ever deal with a particular problem or issue and Paul opens up and shares from his personal experience.
Part Four is filled with Resources.  There are notes, references, charts, illustrations, exercises and so much more.
This is certainly a much needed book for this hour.  With so many people filled to the brim with stress causing untold damage on their bodies, jobs, marriage, etc... we truly need a resource such as this to give us comfort.  This is truly a source of encouragement that things can improve and become better if we only learn how to handle our stress.
5 of 5 stars.
This book was provided free of charge by for my honest review.

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