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Stress: all that matters

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”It would be suitable for anyone seeking an introduction to the subject”

Title: Stress: all that matters

Author: Michael E Hyland

Publisher: John Murray Learning 

Reviewer: Rebecca Myatt

What was it like?

This is a concise but thorough introduction to the concept of stress. It covers key issues such as what is stress and how it varies between individuals, how stress impacts on health, how stress affects society as well as good chapter on relaxation techniques. The book is organised in short, easy to read chapters that progress logically through the topic. 

What were the highlights?

The content is easily accessible with lots of good explanations and the text is broken up with tables, quotes and sub headings, which make it easy to follow. There is also a useful summary at the end of each chapter. At the end of the book is a section called 100 ideas. This gives ideas for further reading on important issues that have been raised within the book as well as relaxation ideas and lifestyle tips to avoid or reduce stress.

Strengths & weaknesses:

This book is a great introduction to the concept of stress and the theories regarding its importance and impact on us as well as the physiological manifestations. It also has some really useful exercises and coping strategies for managing this problematic condition. It is easy to follow and can be read logically in order or used to dip in and out of for ideas or solutions when things feel overwhelming.

Who should read it?

This is short and easy to read book but the style does not detract from the content. It would be suitable for anyone seeking an introduction to the subject but it also has plenty of references on where to go for further advice and information, which makes it useful for those seeking more in-depth information.

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