Great - at last, a book on stress management that isn't stressful to read! I was given Brilliant Stress Management by a friend a few months ago, but have only just got around to reading it - wish I hadn't delayed. The book is packed with insights into how and why stress can come into your life, and the practical steps you can take to acknowledge then tackle it. Included are advice on relaxation, time management, decision making, self-esteem, conflict, change issues and a whole lot more. It also helpfully talks about ways to mimimise the stress you can cause to others.
Like all self-help books, much of what is written seems like common-sense, but the writing style and exercises allow you to evaluate why it is that good intentions go awry in the real world, and what tactics you can develop to get back on course. The book is formatted such that you can read it right through, or dip in and out as you like.
The reassuring style made me feel like I was in the safe hands of an honest friend. Mike Clayton says right at the outset that he's been stressed all of his life, and you sense that you're in the hands of someone who knows what he's talking about. His personal experiences and anecdotes are combined with enough background information to convince me that the advice offered is built on firm foundations. Thoroughly recommend.