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Personal Stress Management: Surviving to Thriving, 1st Edition

  • Dianne Hales
  • Julia Hales
  • ISBN-10: 1133364314
  • ISBN-13: 9781133364313
  • 322 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

PERSONAL STRESS MANAGEMENT: FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING equips college students with the insights and skills to handle common campus stressors including academics, time management, and relationship issues. Packed with actionable strategies, this guide demonstrates how students can change their perspective and respond to demands with confidence, empowering them to be stronger, more committed, and more resilient in the classroom and in life. To accomplish this, PERSONAL STRESS MANAGEMENT: FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING delivers self-assessments that help students understand how and why they react to stressors, along with a customizable toolkit of strategies for diffusing them. Incorporating the latest in neuroscience, exercise physiology, nutrition, and medicine, PERSONAL STRESS MANAGEMENT: FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING also discusses healthy habits, such as regular exercise and good nutrition, to defend against the pressures of college life and prevent burnout.


  • Pressure Gauge: Each chapter starts with a check-up to help readers assess their own lives and the stress they’re experiencing. A variety of topics ask students about the health of their relationships, the level of stress they feel in the workplace, how mindful they tend to be, and more.

  • Quick Topics: A number of short topics in the readings present intriguing topics for students to consider and research further, or simply relate to their personal circumstances.

  • Tension Relievers. These stress relief tips appear throughout the text to offer students practical and actionable steps they can take today to reduce their stress levels.

  • Stress Management Toolkit. Unique and interactive, this handy feature equips students with a range of coping strategies, which they customize to specific situations and stressors, for effective relief whenever and wherever it’s needed.

  • Awareness Builders. Each chapter includes a “Reflection” and a “Technique,” each designed to deepen a student’s self-understanding of topics that correlate with stress levels, including internal versus external, gratefulness, healthy habits, and others.

About the Author

Dianne Hales

Dianne Hales is one of the most widely published and honored health writers in the country. Her bestselling textbooks include AN INVITATION TO HEALTH, AN INVITATION TO WELLNESS, and AN INVITATION TO PERSONAL CHANGE. Her most recent trade book is LA PASSIONE: HOW ITALY SEDUCED THE WORLD. Others include the award-winning compendium of mental health information CARING FOR THE MIND: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO MENTAL HEALTH; THINK THIN, BE THIN (with Doris Helmering); JUST LIKE A WOMAN: HOW GENDER SCIENCE IS REDEFINING WHAT MAKES US FEMALE; THE MIND-MOOD PILL BOOK; INTENSIVE CARING: NEW HOPE FOR HIGH RISK PREGNANCY (with Dr. Timothy Johnson); HOW TO SLEEP LIKE A BABY; THE U.S. ARMY TOTAL FITNESS PROGRAM; NEW HOPE FOR PROBLEM PREGNANCIES; and THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SLEEP. The President of Italy named Hales a "Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana" (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) in recognition of her bestselling book LA BELLA LINGUA as an "invaluable tool for promoting the Italian language." Her other writing awards include prizes from the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Women's Political Caucus, California Psychiatric Society, CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), Council for the Advancement of Scientific Education, and the New York City Public Library. Her latest general audience book is the biography MONA LISA: A LIFE DISCOVERED.

Julia Hales

Julia Hales earned her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marital and family therapy from the University of San Francisco. Her counseling experience includes work as a school therapist and researcher, as well as in treatment centers, hospitals, and universities. Her clinical expertise centers on individual and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental and mental disorders, as well as crisis intervention, psychological assessment, and social skills training.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Stress.
2. Stress and Your Body.
3. Stress and Your Mind.
Part II: Stress on Campus.
4. Stress on Campus.
5. Your Personal Environment, Time, and Money.
6. Relationships, Social Health, and Stress.
Part III: Managing Stress.
7. Personal Change.
8. Psychological Approaches.
9. Stress-Resistant Health Habits.
10. Spirituality, Life Balance, and Resilience.
11. Occupational and Environmental Stress.
Part IV: Stress Reduction and Relaxation Techniques.
12. Breathing, Relaxation, and Guided Imagery.
13. Mindfulness, Meditation, and Self-Hypnosis.
14. Physical Techniques.
15. Complimentary, Alternative, and Creative Therapies.


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Instructor's Website  (ISBN-10: 1337291218 | ISBN-13: 9781337291217)

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