This book is for anyone suffering from the demands of today's 'always on' culture (which let's face it, is most of us). Increasingly social media and email make it increasingly harder to switch off and work constantly encroaches on leisure time. The format of the book allows you assess just how stressed you are, and is organised so that you can dip into different topics, including cutting edge areas such as wearable technology. While the book is aimed at individuals it would also be useful for health professionals, fitness professionals and others, either to use to plan interventions or else as a resource to give to individuals. The book backs up its advice with credible evidence, including links to other resources. And it's all up to date.
We are operating at a faster pace with higher demands on our minds, energy, families, bodies, time, work etc. This book is a must read as it gives helpful insight into how we can keep ourselves safe from burnout. Whilst we may think we know what causes stress in our lives, how many of us actually stop and sit down to think about it and then more importantly, make a change. In my experience, not enough of us. Give yourself some time out and reflect on yourself and your life by using this well written book as a supportive tool....and then get someone close to you to read it too as I am about to now.
This book got the balance just right. Given you are likely to want to read this if you are feeling under pressure then the last thing you want is something too long or academic as you probably just won't read it. Whereas this book I read in one sitting. So it is concise enough that you actually read it. And it is personal enough, in tone and content, to be accessible and empathetic without being preachy. But equally it is not flippant or too thin on credible content. Much of the advice we probably should know about (e.g. healthy diet, exercise etc) but it's helpful to be reminded and some structure put to it. Other areas I hadn't considered so much so learned new things.
Very good practical guide. This book provides advice on relevant topics to understand and relieve stress from the medical to holistic angle. Some very helpful information and useful links are included. This is a very easy read.
The first thing that came to mind whilst reading this book was how useful it would of been whilst I was working in HR as a manager previously, it could be very easily used as a basis for managing stress conversations, as well as useful within a team environment for when the 'going gets tougher'. There are times when we know that employees are likely to experience stress and difficult times, but often the support isn't put in place for them or done at the right times, but this book would be a very easy and supportive tool that could help create a foundation tool to be used by both managers and their direct reports.
So I think it's a fantastic resource for all manager's in how they can help their staff be resilient when confronted with situations that they personally are finding stressful. Our workplaces carry so much stress within them, and this then knocks on to ill health, and performance issues, and this book would be a very good and inexpensive resource to have to hand during those times.
Based on the personal journey of the talented and successful author this self-help guide is the essential companion alongside those established across the various business disciplines. As such it will have its rightful place, and proper prominence, on your everyday reading bookshelf. Drawing on its wise counsel it will go a long way to ensuring that your success doesn't come 'at a price'. That price all too frequently being ill-health and corporate burn-out.
As a seasoned entrepreneur, I've *had* to learn how to manage the stress of striving to be a good husband, father and CEO. It hasn't always been easy, and over the years I've developed a variety of patterns for managing stress. I wish, though, I had Lawrence's book when I started. He gives practical advice on a variety of topics. And while I think I enjoy cookies and ice cream a bit more than Lawrence would recommend, I'm thankful that his advice focuses on being helpful, not preachy.
Unlike other 'self-help' or psychology and wellbeing books I read, this one has a simple and clear message delivered without forcing the reader through pages and pages of academic thinking, supporting research and evidence. You read it because it takes you by the hand and leads you through the changes that you need to make and why. The essence of reams and reams of research is distilled and summarised for you in clear, easy to manage and memorable chunks. All you have to do is follow the advice. By the end of your read the new you will feel more in charge and (warning!) you may even find yourself quoting excerpts of the book back at the world.
Stress is something that affects every single one of us in a different way, and this easy to read and navigate book is full of useful tips and has helped me implement some important adjustments to my busy life. A really useful resource.