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Stephen R. Covey’s influential business book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, inspired this stress-management manual. Health management professor Dr. Michael Olpin and his former patient Sam Bracken, who overcame childhood abuse and homelessness, show you how to change your reactions to stress. They teach that most stress comes from within, which means you can learn to “unwind” your stress and take charge of your response to it. They discuss seven paradigms you can change to control stress in your life. Each chapter includes sidebars and questionnaires to help you identify and work on your dominant paradigm. The last chapter lists specific techniques for managing mental, physical, emotional and spiritual stressors. getAbstract recommends this short, insightful guide to anyone seeking more peace of mind.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How stress affects people and organizations,
  • How to reduce stress by “unwinding” and changing seven life-choice paradigms, and
  • How to prevent stress.

About the Authors

Dr. Michael Olpin founded and leads the Stress Relief Center at Weber State University where he teaches health management. Sam Bracken, who wrote My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change, co-founded the nonprofit Orange Duffel Bag Foundation to help at-risk youth.



Understanding Stress
Stress is a part of life. Some stress is beneficial, but prolonged chronic stress is harmful. Take a holistic approach to changing the basis of your stress, not its symptoms. Rather than “managing” stress, you can identify its causes and reframe your thinking. Your...

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