This book evolved out of two needs. Th e first pertained to the experiences of my students, colleagues, friends, and relatives who, as I listened to their stories, seemed to be crying out for help in dealing with the stress of life. Upon closer scrutiny, I realized that the only cries I was deaf to were my own. I, too, needed help managing stress.
The second need related to the nature of texts on this subject. I thought they were informative or interesting but seldom both. Furthermore, I didn’t think stress management was presented as the complex subject I envision it to be. I thought books on this subject explored parts of stress management but omitted several key components. I wrote Comprehensive Stress Management both to address the complexity of the subject and to respond to the very human needs of college students living highly stressful lives.
This book, then, is written in a more personal, informal manner than most, and it is organized around situations in life that, when perceived as distressing, result in the emotional and physiological arousal we know as stress. Th ere is an abundance of scientific and statistical information in this book, but there is also a healthy dose of anecdote, humor, and personal experience to bring the content to life. In addition, numerous means of self-evaluation are provided so that content takes on personal meaning for each student.
Managing Stress in an Increasingly Stressful World
Comprehensive Stress Management empowers students to—
Learn what stress is—emotionally and physiologically—and how it aff ects their health.
• The science of stress is presented in three chapters covering everything from the role of the brain in stress to the eff ects of stress on the body.
• New or expanded topics include resiliency, optimism, humor, forgiveness, spirituality, anxiety, budgeting, safety on campus, the relationship between obesity and stress, and many more.
Evaluate their current level of stress and develop a stress profi le that identifi es their personal triggers and stressors.
• Lab Assessments in each chapter help them identify attitudes, behaviors, and coping skills and target areas for improvement.
• The Personal Stress Profi le and Activity Workbook—available on the Online Learning Center for Comprehensive Stress Management (www.mhhe.com/ greenberg13e)—helps students actively create a personal plan for managing stress in their lives.
Apply what they learn to their own lives by using the tools and activities to become active participants in managing their own stress.
• A chapter on stress and the college student helps students identify and understand stressors unique to their current phase of life.
• Detailed descriptions of stress management and relaxation techniques off er many diff erent approaches to explore and try, including yoga breathing techniques, meditation, progressive relaxation, imagery, behavior and anxiety management techniques, and more.
• “Getting Involved in Your Community” boxes challenge students to participate in projects designed to decrease stress levels on a broader scale.