Stress is one of the rampant illnesses of our time, yet far too many people don’t take it seriously. This chapter explains the many conditions caused or aggravated by stress, and shows why treating it is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your health and lengthen your life.
1. Quick-Start Guide: Reduce Your Stress in Six Minutes
A mini-chapter to give you an instant taste of success. This introduces an easy six-minute relaxation meditation on the accompanying CD, and encourages you to note your state of stress before and after.
2. Good Stress/Bad Stress
People think of stress as a mental issue, but it is absolutely physical. Stressful events flood our bodies with very physical hormones that cause very physical changes. This chapter explains why we all have this system, why stress can be good or bad, and why it is vital that we learn to manage it.
3. Learn to Relax
Being able to relax is essential to everyone’s good health, yet how many of us get any training in how to do it? This chapter remedies that and introduces simple diaphragmatic breathing exercises, some using the accompanying CDs. You’ll probably find that you will use these techniques every day. Read more...