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From a young age, Kay Johnson worried about everything. After graduating, she spent most of her working life conducting consumer and social research projects. She led a busy family and social life, and had many different interests, but life was very stressful at times, dealing with constant deadlines, public speaking, relationship break-ups, illness and financial concerns.
Then, out-of-the-blue in her mid-30s, Kay’s immune system gave out and she went down with a crash. It was a watershed and took 18 months to get her health – and her life - back on track. At that point, she knew she had to find a more effective way of handling life’s ups and down.
Over the next 5-10 years, she consulted hundreds of books and articles about how to manage stress and worry, visited countless related websites and listened to dozens of recorded seminars. Little by little, through trial and error, she discovered what worked and what didn’t. All of this knowledge has been distilled down into the ‘How Can I Stop Worrying?’ 5-step process.
This approach has relieved Kay’s troubles and worries, and restored her peace of mind. It’s her wish that it will do the same for the readers of her book.
How Can I Stop Worrying? contains a concise 5-step process to help the reader worry less. Using their own experiences of finding and applying stress management techniques over the years, the steps depicted in the book are ones that they use to overcome the stress associated with everyday life. At the end of each chapter, there’s a summary of the key points discussed that I think would be really useful, especially if you take a break between chapters. Not only is each chapter simply, concisely named, but there are also headings throughout to break up the information and everything is written in a clear, conversational style. The five-step process demonstrates what the author does when worry strikes. The techniques try to help the reader form the habit of thinking more positively about a situation, thereby reducing the levels of stress and worry in their everyday life. Later in the book, the technique is also applied to letting go of the past and building self-confidence which I thought were useful applications. This is a very insightful book, and the author shares personal insight and examples of how the techniques she adopts worked for her. I think that How Can I Stop Worrying? is a nice example of someone pulling all of their years of research together in order to help other people. As is clearly stated in the book, I wouldn’t mistake it for medical advice. I would describe this book as a single experience shared, that can be related to and perhaps learnt from.
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