A Wellness Approach
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Stress is an unavoidable part of our everyday lives—and some of it can be good. But a lot of stress is unhealthy, and most of us don’t know how to handle it. Ignoring or mishandling unhealthy stress has all sorts of negative consequences.
That’s why Stress Management: A Wellness Approach is such a valuable resource. This student-friendly guide identifies stressors in six dimensions of life—physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, and environmental—and presents tested tools that students can use in managing that stress in healthy ways.
This text offers these features:
• Questions that promote critical and reflective thinking in journal entries and discussions as students look to creatively solve problems
• Experiential activities that encourage students to practice stress management techniques
Author Nanette Tummers presents stress management from a holistic viewpoint. She considers not only the symptoms of stress but also the challenges students face in their physical, emotional, intellectual, social, financial, cultural, and spiritual circumstances. Stress Management draws heavily from leading research and best practices from experts in the field of positive psychology, such as Seligman (flourishing), Benson (relaxation response), and Kabat-Zinn (mindfulness).
The material cultivates students’ strengths rather than pointing out their weaknesses. The book includes sidebars describing resources (books and websites) that instructors and students alike can use in further exploration of issues in stress management.
Stress Management helps college students manage stress in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing climate: social, culture, politics, economics, technology, and media. It explores key issues of stress and stress management and offers evidence-based research and practical tools that students can use in coping with changes and stress in healthy and positive ways now and throughout their lives.
Text for undergraduate stress management courses.
Chapter 1. Introduction to Stress and Stress Management
Wellness Versus Health
Good Stress Versus Not-So-Good Stress
Definitions of Stress
Stress and Life Stage of Becoming an Adult
Understanding the Stress Response: Fight or Flight
What Happens During Stress Reactivity or the Stress Response
The Pathophysiology of Stress
Mind-Body Health: Psychoneuroimmunology
Chapter 2. Physical Wellness
Acupuncture and Acupressure
Massage Therapy and Therapeutic Touch
Qigong and Tai Chi
Chapter 3. Emotional Wellness
Dealing With Difficult Emotions
Chapter 4. Intellectual Wellness
Changing Distorted Thinking, Reframing, and Disputation
Goal Setting and Problem Solving
Time Management = Self Management
Chapter 5. Social Wellness
Intimate Partner Relationships
Differences Between Men and Women
Chapter 6. Spiritual Wellness
Stress Management and Spirituality Practices
Additional Spiritual Wellness Practices
Chapter 7. Environmental Wellness
How a strength-based approach enable us to be proactive in managing stress
How a strength-based approach enables us to be proactive in managing stress
Sleep; the ultimate stress management tool
Use an anxiety journal to help cope
Instructor guide. Contains chapter overviews, extended learning activities, discussion starters, web links, additional readings, audiovisual aids, and reproducible worksheets.
Test package. Includes 96 essay questions.
While I'm glad that physical health proponents are finally acknowledging the importance of mental health and psychological skills and techniques, they need to understand that there's an entire field of professionals who have been working with people on their "stress management" as far back as the infamous Sigmund Freud. The obvious re-packaging of psychological skills and principles as "stress management" is a concerning trend surfacing among health coaches, life coaches, public health professionals, and public educators who are employing therapeutic strategies without proper training. Tummers even encourages people to explore their defense mechanisms as a "stress management" technique. Another exercise encourages people to engage in cognitive behavior therapy, by noting their emotions and engaging in thought reframing. Again, that's a psychological/ mental health tool, not a "stress management" tool. I can just imagine a life or health coach thinking it's perfectly ethical for them to use these techniques with a client, but when they do, they are engaging in the work of mental health therapists. Due to the re-packaging of psychological and psychotherapeutic skills as "stress management," I find this book dangerous and unethical. Call the techniques what they are and emphasize that their use in a person-to-person format represents psychotherapy, which should only be done by adequately trained and licensed mental health professionals, and I'll change my tune. Until then, I am deeply concerned.