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Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress

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A guidebook for the journey from exhaustion to enlightenment

Chronic multitasking and ever-increasing demands on our time and energy have caused a neurochemically-based dependence on sources of stress and stimulation to provide fuel for our chaotic lifestyles. While this may boost performance in the short-term, studies have consistently shown that when stress hormones are elevated over time they create the worst form of internal wear and tear; decreasing productivity, wasting time, and even killing brain cells. As a result, modern society is tired and wired, suffering from physical exhaustion while mentally amped up, and unable to get adequate rest.

Stress in and of itself is not bad, and is actually utilized for growth when balanced with adequate recovery. The solution to stress addiction is to build in and prioritize optimal rest and relaxation on a holistic level—body, mind, and spirit—in order to consistently recharge and create a more resilient operating system.

Stressaholic shows you how to win the war on stress without limiting progress by creating an optimal performance pulse of stress and recovery for life.

  • Explains the impact of chronic stress on the human operating system; body, mind, and spirit

  • Shows how a simple shift in mindset can dramatically alter physiological responses to stress

  • Reveals simple techniques for altering daily stress patterns to improve natural rhythms, creating a personalized performance pulse

  • With easy to implement tips and real-world examples of people and organizations that have turned stress into sustainable drive, Stressaholic will guide you on your journey from exhaustion to enlightenment!

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Dedication
    5. Foreword
    6. Preface: Monkey Business
    7. Introduction: The Crash
    8. Part I: Understanding Stress Addiction
      1. Chapter 1: Are You a Stress Addict?
        1. Understanding Stress
        2. The Stress Response
        3. Overload, Overwhelm, Over it All
        4. What is Stress Addiction?
        5. Nature versus Nurture
        6. From One Addict to Another
      2. Chapter 2: Why Taking it Easy is Hard
        1. Your CFO Brain versus Your CEO Heart
        2. Running on Empty
        3. Brain Drain: Too Much, Not Enough
        4. Our Serious Stress Problem
        5. Scary Stress Stats
      3. Chapter 3: How to Use Stress for Success
        1. Manage Energy by Minding the Gaps
        2. Simple Stress Rules
        3. Overcoming Obstacles
        4. Change Your Story about Self-Care
        5. Face the Truth
    9. Part II: Recharge Your Energy
      1. Chapter 4: Step 1: Rest
        1. Quiet the Mind: Just Breathe
        2. Simple Meditation Practices
        3. Calm the Body: Eliminate Irritants
        4. Social Rest
        5. Putting it into Practice: Stepping Stones
      2. Chapter 5: Step 2: Repair
        1. Nourish the Mind: Practice Gratitude
        2. Show Self-Compassion
        3. Nourish the Body: Eat Energy-Enhancing Foods
        4. The Experience of Eating
        5. Incorporate Daily Moderate Exercise
        6. Have More Fun
        7. Stepping Stone 2: Gratitude
      3. Chapter 6: Step 3: Rebuild
        1. Strengthen the Mind: Cognitive Training
        2. Creating Coherence
        3. Strengthen the Body: Interval Training
        4. Sample Interval Training Workout
        5. Stepping Stone 3: Let in, Let Go, and Find Your Ideal Flow
    10. Part III: Reprogram Your Operating System
      1. Chapter 7: Step 4: Rethink
        1. The Power of Positivity
        2. Mindset Matters
        3. Rewire Your Patterns of Thought
        4. What's Love Got to Do with It?
        5. Stepping Stone 4: Purpose, Perspective, and Positivity
      2. Chapter 8: Step 5: Redesign
        1. Personal BEATs
        2. Organizational BEATs
        3. Stepping Stone 5: Creating Your Optimal Performance Pulse
    11. Final Thoughts
    12. Notes
    13. Resources
    14. Index