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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.
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
References and Resources
About the Author
Text for undergraduate stress management courses.
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.