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Real Calm

Book Description

Let Psychologies Magazine show you the path to a calmer, happier life

Real Calm is your guide to getting rid of stress for good. The unrelenting demands of everyday life never stop, and stress is a natural byproduct of modern life; you cannot change that, but you can change your response. Psychologies Magazine, the leading magazine for intelligent people, explores stress, calm and the spectrum in between to show you how to cope. Packed with tips, ideas and expert insight, this book draws on cutting edge global research to help you understand your brain's response to stress and build real calm into your everyday life. What does life look like when you're calm? What are the obstacles standing in your way? How is stress affecting you right now? Let the experts guide you to the answers you need, and start living better today.

Everyone knows that stress is bad for your health, relationships, productivity and quality of life — but how can we avoid it? The answer is we can't — we can only temper our response, use the stress as a tool or make it go away. This book shows you how, with clear, helpful advice and a real-world focus on the little things that have a great impact on your day-to-day.

  • Explore what real calm means to you
  • Learn what's standing between you and your peace of mind
  • Identify your stressors and develop a self-care plan
  • Deal with the big things, and let the little things go

Motivational, inspirational and highly practical, Real Calm is your roadmap to a happier, healthier, calmer you.

Table of Contents

  1. FOREWORD
  2. INTRODUCTION
    1. HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
    2. THE EXPERTS INTERVIEWED FOR REAL CALM
  3. 1: WHAT DOES REAL CALM MEAN TO YOU?
    1. CHAPTER 1: DEFINING REAL CALM
      1. CHOOSING WHAT REAL CALM MEANS TO YOU
      2. FINDING SPACE IN A COLLECTIVE TIME OF TURMOIL
      3. STRIVING NOT STRUGGLING
      4. UNDERSTANDING THE TIPPING POINT OF STRESS
      5. IDENTIFYING WHEN STRESS IS NOT THE ISSUE
    2. CHAPTER 2: WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE CALM?
      1. YOU WANT TO FEEL LIKE THAT HOLIDAY-YOU
      2. YOU’RE TIRED OF BEING TOO BUSY
      3. YOU JUST WANT TO BE HAPPY
      4. YOU WANT YOUR TEAM TO BE CALM
      5. YOU WISH YOU COULD SHUT DOWN 
YOUR MIND
      6. YOU WANT TO BE YOUR BEST AT WORK
      7. WHEN YOU ARE CALM YOU CAN COPE
    3. CHAPTER 3: HOW DOES REAL CALM REALLY FEEL?
      1. YOU CAN ACCEPT ALL OF WHO YOU ARE
      2. OTHERS EXPERIENCE YOU AS CALM
      3. LIFE LOOKS GOOD
      4. YOU’VE GOT YOUR MOJO BACK
  4. 2: WHAT’S STOPPING YOU FROM FEELING CALM?
    1. CHAPTER 4: WHAT’S AT THE ROOT OF YOUR STRESS?
      1. YOUR EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE SHAPES YOUR BRAIN
      2. YOU’VE SOMEHOW KEPT A LID ON THINGS
      3. YOU’RE HEADING FOR BURNOUT
      4. YOU FEEL ANGRY, RESENTFUL OR REJECTED
      5. UNDERSTANDING WHY YOU’RE AT WHERE YOU ARE
    2. CHAPTER 5 : UNDERSTANDING YOUR MIND: WHEN TO SEEK HELP
      1. ASSESS YOURSELF
      2. SEPARATE NORMAL FROM EXCESSIVE
      3. WHAT’S YOUR LIMIT?
      4. WHEN YOU HIT ROCK BOTTOM – THE ONLY WAY IS UP
    3. CHAPTER 6 : STRESS TRIGGERS
      1. 1. IGNORING YOUR NATURE
      2. 2. CRITICAL VOICES
      3. 3. YOUR EGO
      4. 4. SETTING CALM AS THE GOAL
      5. 5. A WANDERING MIND
      6. 6. BELIEVING YOU HAVE A FIXED PERSONALITY
  5. 3: HOW CAN YOU BE CALM?
    1. CHAPTER 7 : CAN YOU LEARN TO BE CALM?
      1. UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN
      2. YOU CAN’T HURRY CALM
      3. LEARN TO IDENTIFY YOUR STRESSED HABITS
      4. IT’S ALL ABOUT TRAINING
    2. CHAPTER 8 : LIVING YOUR OWN VERSION OF CALM
      1. YOU DESCRIBE LIFE AS BALANCED
      2. YOU CHOOSE WHEN YOU WANT TO BE CALM
      3. YOU EMBRACE STRESS
      4. YOU’RE A GREAT COMMUNICATOR
    3. CHAPTER 9 : CALM BOOSTERS
      1. 1. RELATING TO OTHER PEOPLE
      2. 2. MASTER CORRECT BREATHING
      3. 3. DO MORE OF WHATEVER MAKES YOU 
FEEL GOOD
      4. 4. BE PREPARED
      5. 5. TRAIN TO TAME THE MIND
      6. 6. A CALM BODY STEERING THE MIND
      7. REMEMBER YOUR CALM BOOSTERS
    4. CHAPTER 10 : KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON EVERY DAY
      1. HAVE A HEALTH MAKE OVER
      2. GET STRATEGIC ABOUT YOUR DAY
      3. GO TO THE PARK AND MOVE
      4. CHOOSE CAREFULLY WHAT YOUR MIND CONSUMES
      5. GO CALM FROM THE INSIDE OUT: EAT TO BOOST YOUR MIND AND MOOD
  6. WHAT NEXT?
  7. ABOUT PSYCHOLOGIES
  8. REFERENCES
  9. EULA