This is pure serendipity. As I sit down to write this review of the sixth edition of The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook, and pull the book up on Amazon just to check whether it’s the most current, I learn that the seventh will be released on April 1, 2019. So mine is “good enough.” I’m reviewing the Workbook because I hope those of my clients who suffer from anxiety might take a look. I know it’s been worthwhile for me personally for relieving day-to-day tensions. I’ll be telling friends and family about it.
This hefty manuscript by Martha Davis, PhD, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, MSW and Matthew McKay, PhD is a comprehensive how-to guide to the most thoroughly researched, proven relaxation and stress reduction techniques developed from cultures and medical specialties around the world. It covers, among other methods, deep breathing, visualization, meditation, assertiveness training and exercise. It is powerful, but not a quick, simple or peaceful read. The exercises can be emotionally painful and/or physically uncomfortable at first. Learning these competencies is challenging: they require practice to build new habits. You could choose to learn them alone, or I believe this is a fantastic book for friends or family to share on an “accountability partner” basis. It could even be a foundation for efforts in coordination with a health coach.
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