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Stress Management

Stress Management

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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.

    Audience

    Text for undergraduate stress management courses.

    Table of Contents

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    Preface
    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
    Strengths-Based Approach
    Journaling
    Summary
    Chapter 2. Physical Wellness
    Acupuncture and Acupressure
    Autogenics
    Biofeedback
    Breathing
    Diet
    Tobacco Use
    Sexual Health
    Massage Therapy and Therapeutic Touch
    Physical Activity
    Relaxation
    Sleep
    Qigong and Tai Chi
    Yoga
    Summary
    Chapter 3. Emotional Wellness
    Happiness
    Laughter
    Art Healing
    Dealing With Difficult Emotions
    Defense Mechanisms
    Summary
    Chapter 4. Intellectual Wellness
    Mindfulness
    Meditation
    Changing Distorted Thinking, Reframing, and Disputation
    Affirmations
    Goal Setting and Problem Solving
    Time Management = Self Management
    Creative Imagination
    Summary
    Chapter 5. Social Wellness
    Intimate Partner Relationships
    Interpersonal Communication
    Conflict Resolution
    Differences Between Men and Women
    Animal-Assisted Activity
    Summary
    Chapter 6. Spiritual Wellness
    Stress Management and Spirituality Practices
    Altruism
    Forgiveness
    Gratitude
    Additional Spiritual Wellness Practices
    Summary
    Chapter 7. Environmental Wellness
    Technology
    Light
    Temperature
    Air Quality
    Color
    Ergonomics
    Noise
    Sound
    Natural Surroundings
    Summary
    Epilogue
    Appendix: Reproducibles
    References and Resources
    Index
    About the Author

    About the Author

    Nanette E. Tummers, EdD, is a professor of health and physical education at Eastern Connecticut State University. A certified holistic stress management instructor, Tummers has developed and taught traditional and online stress management courses at the university level since 2005. She has taught stress management courses to other populations as well, including high-risk populations, cancer patients, and athletes.

    Tummers also trains educators in providing stress management activities for K-12 students, and she has developed ancillaries for stress management texts. She remains active in conducting research in positive psychology, peer mentoring, and stress management and has presented on these topics at the national AAHPERD conference. Tummers is the author of two additional books published by Human Kinetics, Teaching Yoga for Life (2009) and Teaching Stress Management (2011).

    In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking and volunteering.

    Ancillaries

    All ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available online at www.HumanKinetics.com/StressManagement.

    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.