Everyone experiences stress in their lives. While it is a natural response to challenges, stress can have debilitating effects on both physical and mental health. Stress Management offers a fresh look at, and effective strategies for, managing stress and building resilience across six dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, and environmental. This foundational text takes a holistic approach to managing stress, detailing the effects of stress on the body and outlining techniques that examine root causes and proactive responses to stressors.
Stress Management offers a range of coping strategies that will help students formulate a well-rounded plan to tackle stress from multiple angles—before it occurs, while it is occurring, and after it occurs. That model is centered on four primary pillars:
Source management—reducing or eliminating stress at its source
Relaxation—employing techniques for breathing, meditation, and rest to focus the mind and relax the body
Thought management—adopting a thought process to better manage the stressor
Prevention—avoiding stress when possible
The book also offers practical tools to help students learn how to identify their triggers, practice self-care, and leverage support, including knowing when to seek professional help when necessary. To further aid in applying the strategies to their own lives, the text includes these features:
Case studies with discussion questions that prompt students to consider real-world scenarios and contemplate ways to solve those stressors
Research Spotlight elements that present current issues and hot topics related to stress
Online learning tools, delivered through HKPropel, including audio mini lectures and short interviews, self-discovery activities, chapter quizzes that are automatically graded and provide immediate feedback, and vocabulary flash cards and quizzes
Stress Management is a timely and highly practical book that offers students a deeper understanding of stress and its effects on overall wellness. It guides them in putting together a stress management plan that will help them be healthy in all aspects of their lives.
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Part I. Introduction to Stress and Well-Being
Chapter 1. Understanding Health and Wellness Defining Health and Wellness Influences on Wellness Dimensions of Wellness Mind–Body Connection Proactive Ways to Manage Stress Summary
Chapter 2. Understanding Stress Stress and Stressors Stress Response Stages Types of Stress Optimal Levels of Stress Stress Reactivity Societal Stress Summary
Chapter 3. Stress and the Body Nervous System Endocrine System Reproductive System Cardiovascular System Enteric Nervous System Renal System Musculoskeletal System Respiratory System Immune System Integumentary System Summary
Part II. Managing Stress Using Dimensions of Wellness
Chapter 5. Emotional Wellness Function of Emotions Emotions and Stress Basic Emotions Managing Emotions Self-Awareness Resilience Self-Esteem Choosing Optimism Positive Self-Talk Laughter Summary
Chapter 6. Intellectual Wellness Benefits of Intellectual Wellness Intellectual Wellness and Stress Enhancing Intellectual Wellness Goal Setting and Stress SMART Goals Problem Solving Changing Distorted Thinking Resilience and a Growth Mindset Summary
Chapter 7. Social Wellness Benefits of Social Wellness Social Support and Stress Relationships Interpersonal Communication Managing and Resolving Conflict Summary
Chapter 8. Spiritual Wellness Spirituality and Religion Components of Spiritual Wellness Spiritual Wellness and Stress Altruism Gratitude Empathy Compassion Summary
Chapter 9. Environmental Wellness Environmental Wellness and Stress Personal Surroundings Nature Built Environment Light Temperature Air Quality Noise Color Summary
Part III. Practical Strategies for Managing Stress
Chapter 10. Mind–Body Approaches Yoga Meditation and Mindfulness Breath Work Art Therapy Movement Therapy Summary
Chapter 11. Proactive Approaches Strengths-Based Approach to Stress Management Identifying Your Triggers Practicing Self-Care Planning and Prioritizing Managing Your Time Managing Your Resources Leveraging Support Knowing When to Seek Professional Help Summary
Pardess Mitchell, EdD, MCHES, is a professor at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, where she also serves as department chair. She teaches a variety of courses, including health, women’s health, community health, drugs in our culture, and public health, all of which cover the topic of stress management.
Pardess Mitchell recently coauthored Drugs Across the Spectrum, Ninth Edition (Cengage, 2024) and has contributed to other textbooks, including Access to Health and Health: The Basics (both from Pearson). She received her bachelor’s degree in health education from the University of Maryland, her master's degree in health education from Southern Illinois University, and her doctorate in education, curriculum and instruction from Northern Illinois University.