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Stress proof your life (52 Brilliant Ideas) [Kindle Edition]

Elisabeth Wilson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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Elisabeth Wilson looks at the sources of stress – occupational, genetic and environmental – and reveals 52 brilliant techniques for creating a stress-free zone. When your batteries are blown and burnout is imminent these top tips can help you regain control.

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"This book looks at sources of stress ... and reveals 52 ideas for curing
them." -- Thrive magazine, March 2006

"...plenty of ideas for living stress free in the real world..." -- She magazine, October 2005

Thrive magazine, March 2006

"This book looks at sources of stress ... and reveals 52 ideas for curing

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of useful ideas 22 Aug. 2011
By TopCat
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Let's face it, who doesn't have at least a bit of stress in their life? That's why I'm always open to ways of reducing stress and making life a little bit better. I picked this up as a Kindle freebie (still free as I write the review) and compared with the last non-fiction guide I picked up for free this one was pretty good.

Unsurprisingly it provides 52 ways to try and reduce stress levels. These hints encompass diet, organisation, relaxation and plenty more. What I liked was that the author acknowledges life will never be stress free, and that in fact it's probably not healthy to be that way, but seeks to provide ideas to suit all sorts of people. She also accepts that some of the hints may be a bit zen or new age for some people but gives reasons as to why they are worth a try and approaches the whole thing with a touch of humour. The fact that it's not presenting a vision of utopia made me feel like the ideas were achievable. I've already put some of the ideas into practice and am planning to try some more. I loved No. 26 Restoration Day, a sort of duvet day combined with a bit of gentle exercise and mini-detox.

Each idea starts with a description, followed by an activity to try, then another idea appearing in the book that relates to it, followed by a Defining Idea - a quote, then a Q&A to pick up on areas that might be difficult or additional info. Some of it is common sense, and other ideas may not be covered in sufficient depth if you have already read a lot about topics like aromatherapy, but it covers such a range that was fine with me.

Handily this book is well-formatted with a proper table of contents with a brief description and a link to each of the ideas.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a really handy set of tips 19 May 2010
By EPhill
i keep this book in my bathroom library and dip into it frequently to reassert the ideas here. They are not all applicable to everyone but there are enough good ideas in there that everyone will find a few excellent nuggets of practical advice. Lots of it is 'common sense' if such a thing exists but i think its a really good point of reference to remind yourself when things maybe getting out of control. My personal favourite is the ten minute trick which ive evangelised to all and sundry to looks of bewilderment and much scoffing. Thanks to this method i can thoroughly clean my house from top to bottom, get my guitar practice and exercises done, create a website and weed the garden in the space of a saturday morning and none of it feels like a chore. I also like the memory bowl, ditch the debt and advice about coping at work
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stress proof your life 22 July 2011
By Sherry
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I downloaded this onto my Kindle this afternoon and spent a lovely (stress free) couple of hours flipping through it. I will definitely be trying out some of the techniques. Very well written, informative, inspiring and at times funny. Even if you aren't particularly stressed it is still a good read if, like me, you just want to make your life a bit more organised and focused.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stress proof your life - Elisabeth Wilson 7 Jan. 2008
A relative bought this book for me. It proved to be very useful. You can read the parts that relate to how you feel the day that you pick it up and move quite easily to related topics in the book. It helped me to make a decision about how I was letting stress affect my life. I let go of a lot of old feelings and bad memories and moved on. A brilliant book for all to pick up and read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of good ideas and tips 4 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is probably one of the best books i've read about dealing with stress. Loads of advice and sense that is practical and easy to apply to your own circumstances. It's an easy book to dip in and out of when you need to and I liked the 'ideas and tips' sections at the end of each chapter, which you can choose to try if you like.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read and relax! 10 Nov. 2007
This is the "Brilliant Ideas" series at its best. An easy-to-read digestible book of supportive advice which encourages you to take steps to help yourself. Having suffered chronic stress in the workplace I found the style of this book reassuring. It is a "must-buy" for yourself and others. It's format is accessible even for those who don't read much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars readable 19 Aug. 2011
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I've read self help books before and they always leave me cold - but this is a great book. For a self help book it is actually enjoyable!!!! Well written and good humoured - it left me full of positivity (which I hadn't been feeling before) and it's a great book to keep returning to (so ideal for Kindle). If you don't do self help, do this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is probably the most useful book on stress management I have read so far. This comes not as a result of the author having conducted the most in-depth or most omprehensive research but primarily due to the realism of the author - she does not insist on a 'wishful thinking' complete adherence to all rules in order to achieve success but breaks it all into little steps, all of which help and allowing the reader to choose the ones that work best for a start.

Each of the 52 ideas is broken down into a short introduction, a description of why the practice is stress mitigating, some practical guidelines for successful implementation and finally an alternative idea to combine it with, a famous person's quote related to it, as well as two Q&As related to the difficulties wih the specific practice.

Some readers may miss the academic vigour, as many steps are only partially validated by appropriate scientific studies; much comes from the author's own experience, as well as her general appreciation of the motivation / stress literature (without her always referring to the sources directly). Still, this is likely to make the book more appealing for the majority of readers at the same time, as much of it is simply up to the point (and the advice is usually not that counterintuitive that the reader would find it hard to swallow).

Finally, the proof of the pudding is in trying the steps out. They do work (in my opinion) in general and you will have enough of a choice from what the author offers, to find the handful of ideas that you like and want to start with to make your life a bit more serene and enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An alternative title might be: 'Getting A Grip For Beginners'.
It has some good ideas but surely nothing most people couldn't work out for themselves? However, if you can't work them out for yourself this book is just the thing you need.
Published 6 days ago by wizz
4.0 out of 5 stars Upbeat book
I started reading this book after being affected by a terrible shingles attack inside my ear. I'm under the average age for shingles sufferers . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Some good ideas
Published 2 months ago by MR RICHARD D KILPIN
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book.
Not a massive write up. However, I found some new useful tips on how to keep stress under control and some of my own thoughts confirmed. Written with humour and wit. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ospreyiv
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good way to review how to relax
Published 5 months ago by poppy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Did not have time to read it. Ha Ha
Published 5 months ago by Curious
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book very interesting ideas which I will use I'm sure through out my life to help me Destress worth a read
Published 6 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good book. I read it from start to finish ...
This is a really good book. I read it from start to finish then often refer back to it for odd chapters now. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Natalie Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars no stress
Pretty good book. Most advice is easily applied in practice. A lot of common sense bundled in one volume. I must say I did not find anything new.
Published 7 months ago by frans post
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I don't like it
Published 8 months ago by DEB 63
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