The Stress Book: Forty-Plus Ways to Manage Stress & Enjoy Your Life
D. Terrence Foster, MD
Global Health & Consortium (2021)
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (01/2022)
5*Strategies for Life Stress
“The Stress Book: Forty-Plus Ways to Manage Stress & Enjoy Your Life,” by D. Terrence Foster, MD, is an easy and practical guide to help alleviate the stress in your life.
Stress is responsible for many physical illnesses and disease in life, not to mention the feelings of anxiety, doubt, and dread it can cause—even to the point of suicide. But what if you could find a way to prevent getting to the breaking point of stress? Dr. Foster offers solutions in this easy-to-read and understand guide. It will take some adjustment—a new way of thinking, living, behaving—but change can be a good thing, if you have the right kind of tool to help you, like this book. You won’t be able to eliminate ALL stress from your life. Stress happens, and happens to everyone. Rather, you will be able to manage and even prevent stress in most situations. As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Better to prevent than treat, whenever possible. Using the acronym S.T.R.E.S.S., over 40 ways to reduce stress are contained in this book, and it goes in-depth, but in a way you can understand and incorporate into your daily life.
Foster delivers the perfect book for our stressful times. I like the comprehensive approach he gives his readers, with many takeaways and actionable tips. His points about toxic relationships are also valuable, because so many people seem to be caught up in them today. Other issues he covers include self-defeating behavior, indecisiveness, self-doubt, and more. Being a former social worker, I found his discussion of Abstract Kidnapping Disorder, or A.K.D., to be most interesting. Another positive feature of this book is that you can use it in all aspects of your life, from relationships, to career, to personal care, to community, which can include finances, breakups, grief and bereavement, etc.
The good news is that there is something you can do about stress—more importantly, something you can do to prevent it. Peace is achievable in your life, but you have to take that first step. Foster offers timeless wisdom, and seems to care deeply about the subject he’s writing about, and the people he’s writing it for. Stress-less living can be your reality. It can be your new lifestyle. Add it to your daily life the way you would vitamins or a healthy supplement. If you like the simple, direct approach to stress management and prevention, then you will love “The Stress Book: Forty-Plus Ways to Manage Stress & Enjoy Your Life”, by D. Terrence Foster, MD.