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The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, 7th edition

 MSRP: $25.95  Format: Paperback  Author: Martha Davis , Elizabeth Eshelman, Matthew McKay  Category: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy  Publisher: New Harbinger Publications, Inc  Published: 2019  ISBN: 1684033349  ISBN-13: 978-1684033348  Book Site

Now in its seventh edition—with more than one million copies sold worldwide—The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook remains the go-to resource for stress reduction strategies that can be incorporated into even the busiest lives.

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook broke new ground when it was first published in 1980, detailing easy, step-by-step techniques for calming the body and mind in an increasingly overstimulated world. Now in its seventh edition, this fully revised and updated workbook—highly regarded by therapists and their clients—offers the latest stress reduction techniques to combat the effects of stress and integrate healthy relaxation habits into every aspect of daily life.

This new edition also includes powerful self-compassion practices, fully updated chapters on the most effective tools for coping with anxiety, fear, and panic—such as worry delay and defusion, two techniques grounded in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)—as well as a new section focused on body scan.

In the workbook, you’ll explore your own stress triggers and symptoms, and learn how to create a personal action plan for stress reduction. Each chapter features a different method for relaxation, explains why the method works, and provides on-the-spot exercises you can do when you feel stressed out. The result is a comprehensive yet accessible workbook that will help you to curb stress and cultivate a more peaceful life.

Editorial Reviews

“The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook is both classic and contemporary. It has not only stood the test of time but also has kept up with changing times by including new research and evidence-based best practices.”

—Patrick Fanning, coauthor of The Daily Relaxer and Mind and Emotions

“After seven editions, this workbook continues to be one of my favorite stress management resources. I still refer to my copy of the original version published in 1980. I love everything about this new edition, from the extensive references and strong theoretical framework to the practical, easy-to-use (and teach) self-help techniques. A must for anyone interested in stress management.”

—Richard Blonna, EdD, retired professor emeritus from William Paterson University of New Jersey, and author of Stress Less, Live More and Coping with Stress in a Changing World

“The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook is a classic. Its track record speaks for itself, now in its seventh edition and over one million copies sold. This is the ‘go-to’ workbook for stress reduction, offering a comprehensive array of strategies and down-to-earth practices to live better with stress and anxiety.”

—Bob Stahl, PhD, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Every Day

About the Author(s)

Martha Davis

Martha Davis, Ph.D., was a psychologist in the department of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, CA, where she practiced individual, couple, and group psychotherapy for more than thirty years prior to her retirement. She is coauthor...

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Elizabeth Eshelman

Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who worked as a staff operations consultant for the marketing and internet services group of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. She is now retired and lives in the San Francisco...

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Matthew McKay

Matthew McKay, Ph.D. is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on...

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