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Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques
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Stress is a part of life. With too little stress, one can become bored and lethargic. With too much stress, one moves into an overload condition. Continue reading article on Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques»

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The best stress management and relaxation self help guides are listed below. Many include resource lists of audio and video products which can also be useful aids to relaxation.

See also:Meditation, Yoga and Pilates; Health and Wellness

Best Self Help Books on Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques

The Alchemy of Peace & Love: Magical Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Lift Your Spirit (Audio 2-CD Set) by Sandi Anders and David YarianFull-Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-ZinnThe Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, et.al."These are the Stress Management and Relaxation self help books and products that I recommend most frequently to my clients dealing with high levels of stress who need to learn how to de-stress, relax and begin to reverse the physical toll of chronic high stress on the body."
David Yarian, Ph.D.



More Recommended Self Help Books on Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques

10 Simple Solutions to Stress10 Simple Solutions to Stress
Claire Michaels Wheeler

This little book offers ten simple solutions you can put into practice right now to reduce the stress in your life that is making you miserable. Based on positive psychology, mind-body medicine, and cognitive behavioral therapy, the ten simple solutions in this book offer powerful antidotes to stress. These practices and stress-rescue techniques will help you to cope effectively with stressful moments throughout your day. Try them and, in no time at all, you'll start enjoy better health and balanced more fulfilling life. 2007, New Harbinger Publications


The Alchemy of Peace & Love: Magical Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Lift Your Spirit (Audio 2-CD Set) by Sandi Anders and David YarianThe Alchemy of Peace & Love: Magical Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Lift Your Spirit (Audio 2-CD Set)
Sandi Anders and David Yarian

This 2-CD guided meditation set is a delicious combination of evocative words, original music and the soothing voice of Sandi Anders. Learn to deeply and fully relax using the Deep Rest Meditaion, a guided body scan relaxation. This meditation will help you to create the Relaxation Response which combats the ravages of chronic stress.

Sandi Anders, R.Y.T.: The Alchemy of Peace & Love: Magical Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Lift Your Spirit

Beyond the Relaxation Response by Herbert BensonBeyond the Relaxation Response: How to Harness the Healing Power of Your Personal Beliefs
Herbert Benson

In this sequel to The Relaxation Response Benson concludes that combining meditation with faith in a healing power, either inside or outside the self, is even more powerful in combating stress. This highly rated self help book clearly conveys the power of mental strategies in influencing health and the healing process. 1994, Berkley Publishing Group


Body Awareness and ImaginationBody Awareness and Imagination (Audio CD)
Patrick Fanning and Matthew McKay

You can control your body's response to stress. The Body Awareness and Imagination complete audio program includes exercises in body sensing, positive visualization, and guided fantasies that will enhance body awareness and make deep relaxation easily achievable. This CD is based on the exercises and techniques in the bestselling and authoritative Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. 2008, New Harbinger Publications


The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work by Donna FarhiThe Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work
Donna Farhi

A practical self help guide for using the breath to relax the body during stressful situations, to develop better concentration, improve athletic performance, enhance sexual pleasure and to cultivate inner peace. 1996, Henry Holt


Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing by Andrew Weil, M.D.Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing (Audio CD)
Andrew Weil, M.D.

In this two CD self help guide, Dr. Weil teaches eight fundamental breathing exercises. He considers proper breathing the single most important practice for healthy living. In plain language, Dr. Weil explains the secret of breathwork’s power over our health and its remarkable The 50 Greatest Self Help Booksability to influence and even reprogram the nervous system. 2000, Sounds True


Conscious Breathing: Breathwork for health, stress release, and personal mastery by Gay HendricksConscious Breathing: Breathwork for Health, Stress Release, and Personal Mastery
Gay Hendricks

“In your life-time you will breathe in and out more than a hundred million times . . . What if you made a tiny improvement in something you did that many times?” Hendricks offers guided breathing exercises, most done lying down and in combination with gentle movements which are designed to free the movement of the diaphragm, increase oxygenation and relax the body. Benefits can include stress reduction, pain management, improved health and spiritual growth. 1995, Bantam


Exercising Your Way to Better Mental Health by Larry LeithExercising Your Way to Better Mental Health: Combat Stress, Fight Depression and Improve Your Overall Mood and Self-Concept with these Simple Exercises
Larry Leith

Revealing the link between physical fitness and psychological well-being, this self help book includes many practical strategies designed to improve the reader’s enjoyment of and adherence to an exercise program. Useful self-monitoring forms are included in this self help book. 1998, Fitness Information Technology


Full-Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-ZinnFull-Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
Jon Kabat-Zinn

The program of the stress reduction clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center invites the reader to embark upon a journey of self-development, self-discovery, learning and healing. Originally developed to help persons with life-threatening illness, the program has been thoroughly researched and found to be useful in reducing stress and increasing health and wellbeing. 1990, Delta
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A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Goldstein and StahlA Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook
Elisha Goldstein, Bob Stahl

By using this workbook, in just weeks you can learn mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a clinically proven program for alleviating stress, anxiety, panic, depression, chronic pain, and a wide range of medical conditions. Taught in classes and clinics worldwide, this powerful approach shows you how to focus on the present moment in order to permanently change the way you handle stress. As you work through A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, you'll learn how to replace stress-promoting habits with mindful ones-a skill that will last a lifetime. 2010, New Harbinger


Minding the Body, Mending the Mind by Joan BorysenkoMinding the Body, Mending the Mind
Joan Borysenko

Borysenko, director of the mind/body clinic at Harvard Medical School, describes the clinic’s ten-week program for learning to care for the body through a medical synthesis of neurology, immunology and psychology. The approach combines meditation, breath control and stretching exercises and mindfulness to ease the stress of illness and exploit the body’s natural capacity for healing. 2007, Da Capo Press; Revised edition 


Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into Vibrance, Strength and Love by Judith OrloffPositive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into Vibrance, Strength, and Love
Judith Orloff

Dr. Orloff provides 10 detailed prescriptions for harnessing one's "positive energy" to replace fatigue with physical and emotional vigor. Her commonsense program includes pursuing an individual spiritual path, developing "true-to-self eroticism," designing an energy-building diet and exercise plan, learning to celebrate laughter and protecting oneself from "energy vampires." Along with practice exercises for following these prescriptions, each section ends with a public figure describing the ways that he or she uses Orloff's methods. her revivification techniques in thoughtful, accessible prose that some may find an energy builder in itself. 2005, Three Rivers Press


The Relaxation Response by Herbert BensonThe Relaxation Response
Herbert Benson

This groundbreaking self help book is based on studies at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Benson shows that relaxation techniques such as meditation provide immense physical benefits from lowered blood pressure to a reduction in heart disease. The book teaches a simple meditation technique to help the reader attain the relaxation response. 2000, Harper


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Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times by Judith LasaterRelax and Renew: Restful Yoga For Stressful Times
Judith Lasater

Experience the best rest of your life with restorative yoga. Relax and Renew contains a general sequence of supported yoga postures and breathing techniques to heal the effects of chronic stress, as well as programs for back pain, headaches, insomnia, jet lag, and breathing problems. There is a special section for women during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause as well as a guide to using props and a section on resources. 2011, Rodmell Press


The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, et.al.The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook
Martha Davis, et.al.

This sixth edition self help classic offers many self-assessment tools and calming techniques to help overcome anxiety and promote physical and emotional wellbeing. It presents a comprehensive look at stress, its physical manifestations and the multiple ways it can be managed. Chapters on breathing, relaxation, meditation, thought stopping, stress management, time management, assertiveness training, and body awareness offer the reader focused approaches to dealing with the many varieties of stress. 2008, New Harbinger
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The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety & Transitions by Lawrence ShapiroThe Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety & Transitions
Lawrence E. Shapiro

When you feel overwhelmed and stressed, it can be hard to help your child feel balanced. The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids offers more than fifty activities you can do together as a family to help you and your child replace stressful and anxious feelings with feelings of optimism, confidence, and joy. You'll learn proven relaxation techniques, including deep breathing, guided imagery, mindfulness, and yoga, and then receive guidance for teaching them to your child. By completing just one ten-minute activity from this workbook each day, you'll make relaxation a family habit that will stay with both you and your child for a lifetime. 2009, New Harbinger


Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives by Wayne MullerSabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives
Wayne Muller

We have lost the necessary rhythm of life: the balance between work and rest. Consequently, we may feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. Muller talks in this self help book about how the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor and shows us how in these harried times to create a special time of rest, delight and renewal. 2000, Bantam


Science of Breath: A Practical Guide by Swami Rama, et.al.Science of Breath: A Practical Guide
Swami Rama, et.al.

Swami Rama demonstrated to scientists what a yogi with control over his respiration can actually do. Before astonished researchers he demonstrated perfect control over his heart rate and brain waves. In this landmark book, Swami Rama and two noted American physicians explore the science of breath as the missing key to both physical health and the attainment of higher states of consciousness. Basic yogic breathing techniques are clearly explained. 2007, Himalayan Institute Press


Stress Less, Live MoreStress Less, Live More: How Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Can Help You Live a Busy yet Balanced Life
Richard Blonna

Stress Less, Live More presents a program based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) that can help you train your brain to react to stress in a new, more effective way. With the mindfulness and acceptance techniques in this book, you'll clear out mental clutter, enhance your focus, and concentrate on the present moment, so that you can channel your energy into what matters most to you. It's that simple. 2010, New Harbinger Publications


Transforming Stress: The Heartmath Solution for Relieving Worry, Fatigue, and Tension by Doc childre, Deborah RozmanTransforming Stress: The Heartmath Solution for Relieving Worry, Fatigue, and Tension
Doc Lew Childre, Deborah Rozman

In this book, the authors provide readers with the tools to respond to stress with more resilience, and to transform stress into positive emotions and creative energy. The keys to doing so are the transformative exercises developed by Childre and his team of researchers at the HeartMath Institute. These scientifically-validated techniques are easy to understand, and with regular, committed practice offer many benefits. Transforming Stress offers readers the means to consciously create joy and contentment in their lives, and to regain the energy and enthusiasm that are too often sapped by life’s daily stresses and tension. 2005, New Harbinger


The Wellness Book by Herbert Benson and elieen StuartThe Wellness Book: A Comprehensive Guide to Maintaining Health and Treating Stress Related Illness
Herbert Benson and Eileen Stuart

This comprehensive self help book introduces the reader to the essentials of healthy lifestyle including the relaxation response, nutrition, exercise and stress management. An accessible and complete guide for enhancing health and dealing with most illnesses. 1992, Fireside


Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-ZinnWherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Dr. Kabat-Zinn has trained a generation of professionals in his approach to stress reduction. In this self help book he offers a simple path for cultivating present moment awareness in one’s life. 2005, Hyperion

 


Wild Divine 4 Program Bundle: Healing rhythms, Passage, Wisdom Quest, Grapher Expansion by Wild divine projectWild Divine 4 Program Bundle: Healing Rhythms, Passage, Wisdom Quest, Grapher Expansion
Wild Divine Project

This four-program bundle brings together the complete Wild Divine experience, combining fascinating interactive gaming experiences with biofeedback tools and expert guidance to enable you and your children to grow healthier and calmer as you enjoy family fun together! The Journey to Wild Divine: The Passage and Wisdom Quest are the first "inner-active" computer adventures that combine ancient breathing and meditation with modern biofeedback technology for total mind-body wellness. Players wearing finger sensors that track heart rate and skin conductance travel through the Realm using the power of thoughts, feelings, breath and awareness. Much more than just a game, each edition is a tool for physical and mental health. Wise teachers guide you through enchanting and mystical landscapes, empowering you with the yoga, breathing and meditation skills needed to complete over 40 biofeedback 'energy' events in each edition. Build stairways with your breath, open doors with meditation, juggle balls with your laughter, and so much more. The Journey to Wild Divine makes biofeedback, a popular method of alternative healthcare, easily accessible and empowers you to take mind-body wellness, literally, into your own hands. Healing Rhythms is a wellness program featuring biofeedback training and expert guidance from Deepak Chopra, MD, Dean Ornish, MD, and Andrew Weil, MD. You’ll learn proven techniques to restore your body’s natural rhythms, relieve stress, experience deep states of relaxation and enjoy a renewed sense of well-being. The Grapher Expansion Pack enables you to plot and save your skin conductance level, heart rate variability and raw heart data so you can review your results after game play.


Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by John McQuaid and Paula CarmonaWhy Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress Related Diseases and Coping
John McQuaid and Paula Carmona

This self help book is a primer about stress, stress related disease and the mechanisms of coping with stress. Sapolsky sites studies of different animals as well as of people of different cultures to highlight his points. The book concludes with a hopeful chapter titled “Managing Stress.” 1998, W. H. Freeman


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